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Wild, and then some.

Leave behind the trappings of modern life, and join us in the wildest of spaces.

Playful Meetings with (Un) Remarkable Trees

Playful Meetings with (Un) Remarkable Trees

Playful Being will invite Deer Shedders to join them on a journey to meet one of the Wilderwild’s oldest trees and celebrate the special place trees hold in our lives. Together we’ll decorate the tree with wool and create temporary sculptures and play spaces. Stories of childhood tree memories will be shared, magical miniature worlds in and around the tree will be built with found objects, and new woodland legends will be born.

Newfoundland Dog Rescue

Newfoundland Dog Rescue

The Newfoundland rescue doggos are bounding back to Baldersby Park for Deer Shed 9. Young children can experience short cart rides on their backs (sorry adults – you’re a bit too heavy) and everyone will be able to give them a hug and a cuddle. Learn how the famous Newfoundlands have saved many lives.

Muddy Fingers RAKU Pottery

Muddy Fingers RAKU Pottery

Have a go at the ancient Japanese Pottery technique of Raku firing. There’s lots of different styles of pots and 3D tiles for you to choose from. Paint your tile with our special Raku glazes and watch your pot coming to life as it gets fired up to ONE THOUSAND DEGREES! Leave it with us to cool for around an hour, and you’ll have the perfect take-home pottery creation.

Fire Pit

Fire Pit

No woodland adventure is complete without a campfire. You’d be hard pressed to find a festival goer that didn’t have lovely memories of sitting around a fire pit, singing some classic tunes and roasting some marshmallows. Join our professional fire tenders for a beautiful evening of warm nostalgia.

Fireside Sessions

Fireside Sessions

If no woodland adventure is complete without a campfire, no campfire is complete without sharing some intimate performances around it. Steven Adams will head to the fireside after his Pallet Stage performance with the French Drops, and we’ll also have a special performance of campfire songs from Nikki Stevens, our wonderful Big Top stage manager, before Solstice Story telling enchant campers with their magical tales.

The Laurelles

The Laurelles

One of Thirsk’s fastest emerging bands will perform a special set in the Wilderwild. Comprised of Aidan Tulloch, a young piano and violin prodigy with BBC composing credits already to his name, and Luke Coupland, a deft guitarist and skilled songwriter. If you follow the music to the woods, you might just discover the future of North Yorkshire music!

Camp KindleWoods

Camp KindleWoods

Only some dare enter the depths of The Wilderwild! Are you brave enough? Head to the KindleWoods base camp to learn forgotten secrets from their tribe of woodlanders. They are experts that can equip you with the tools and skills you’ll need to survive the running rivers, dense forests and fend off any feisty fiends!

KindleWoods Wild Kitchen

KindleWoods Wild Kitchen

We all know that cooking our in the open world with an open fire can produce some of the most delicious food you’re ever likely to taste. KindleWoods’ wild chefs will give a cooking master class, teaching you how to make wood fired pizza that could rival Pizza Peddlers and Pizza of Dreams... ok, maybe not quite that good, but it’s always most satisfying to feast on your own culinary creations.

KindleWoods Green Woodwork

KindleWoods Green Woodwork

Like cooking for yourself, we find great satisfaction in crafting our own tools and appliances. Some of the best things at Deer Shed are homemade: the Deer Shed doors and, for 2018, our Crazy Golf Course and even the brand new eco loos! Craft your own mallets and camping stools with KindleWoods to use throughout the weekend. There’s always one person that forgets to bring a chair!

KindleWoods Fire Lighting Masters

KindleWoods Fire by Friction

Have you ever wondered how great explorers, adventurers and survivors on television and film spark a spontaneous fire from a thistle, a flint, or any other random thing you can find on the wild floor? You never know when you might need to light a fire out in The Wilderwild, and Kindlewoods will ensure you are never stuck for improvised fuel.

KindleWoods Wild Textiles

KindleWoods Wild Textiles

In a world where pretty much everything is made for us, instantaneously and on demand, it’s easy to forget about traditional crafting methods. They may be a little slower to make, but there’s simply no substitute for hand crafted goods. KindleWoods will teach you how to craft your very own yarn using a traditional drop spindle. Because you never know when you’ll need to make an emergency pair of socks!

Willow Dream Catcher

Willow Dream Catcher

The woods can get a little creepy when the sun goes down. If you find yourself wild camping, it’s important to ensure you have sweet dreams, uninterrupted by the creatures of the night. That’s why Craft Locker will show Deer Shedders how to make beautiful dream catchers from willow, complete with lights just in case you forget your torch.

Willow fish

Willow Fish

Some people are just hardy. If you’re not worried about bad dreams during nights spent out in the open, you can instead hand craft your own Willow Fish. They don’t help you sleep quite so much and they’re not even the best swimmers, but they’ll sure look lovely hung up in your home!

Light Wands

Light Wands

Light Wands clearly have great use when the sun goes down in the Wilderwild. The best use for them, though, might just be down at the main stage where you can all wave them around to create quite the spectacle in the audience to impress none other than Goldfrapp. And it makes obsolete those cheap, nasty, plastic light wands too!

Kite Making

Kite Making

Festivals are all about going with the wind and enjoying yourself in a totally carefree way. What better symbol of that experience than a kite soaring high above Baldersby Park? Craft Locker will help you to fashion your own kite, before releasing it into the wild blue yonder.

Askham Bryan - Seed sowing

Seed Sowing

You reap what you sow, and all! Our gardening experts – the staff and students from Askham Bryan College Horticulture department will demonstrate how to sow seeds to begin germinating outside your tent. Choose from vegetables, herbs, flowers, or a funky mix of everything before taking them home to grow. And don't forget to ask the team for free expert gardening advice while you’re there!

Hydroponics demonstration

Hydroponics demonstration

Did you know that most British cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes are grown in soil-free – or hydroponic, in clever spiel – systems? Find out why, and more about the new technologies that are helping us to grow more of our own produce at this information area from the team at Askham Bryan College. Some of the systems we will be showing are simple and suitable enough for your own home-grown produce!

CSI Plants

CSI Plants

“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes”. Ok, Mr. Holmes might not have been talking literally about plants here, but it certainly gave us an idea! Those flowery things are full of microorganisms belonging to vast ecosystems. Get them under a microscope and, with the help of our flowery dectives, learn about the natural expanse of a plant microverse, led by the lecturing staff and students of Askham Bryan Horticulture department.

Askham Bryan - Tree climbing

Tree climbing

Let Jessica Herbert & Askham Bryan College Tree Climbers help you to safely scale the most magnificent specimens Baldersby Park has to offer. What is always the greatest urge you feel when you see such giants of the natural world? Climb! We will be welcoming Jessica Herbert, the Head of Horticulture at Askham Bryan, who will be scaling the most impressive trees, and helping you to conquer them with her. We guarantee this will be the most extreme bushcrafting you are ever likely to experience.

IVE Marble Workshops

IVE Marble Workshops

Like Deer Shed, IVE believe creativity is king. They aim to inspire a more creative society by supporting the development of kids, educators and businesses. These ultra-good eggs also offer the opportunity for young Deer Shedders to achieve the Arts Award through the festival’s 120+ workshops. One of these workshops will be marbling, run by IVE, where you can learn the art of making stunning acrylic marble patterns!

Lerae Dodds – garland head bands

Lerae Dodds – garland head bands

The ultimate festival head accessory! Embrace your inner hippy by creating a flowery garland head band to wear at Deer Shed. Lerae Dodds will use her green fingers to demonstrate, before you craft one for yourself. Sure to make you look like the belle of Baldersby Park!

Lerae Dodds – Tea Tasting

Lerae Dodds – Tea Tasting

Summer festivals have become a true British tradition through the years, but what’s the ultimate British tradition? Tea, of course! Builders, breakfast, Earl, green, peppermint – everyone has a favourite. Discover your new favourite flavour of wild tea with Lerae Dodds, our resident tea connoisseur.

The Den Experiment

Den Building

Remember how fun building your own den as a child used to be? The Den Experiment believe that the experience of den building is fundamental to children's development, allowing them to learn through play and exploration. Despite the proven value of den building activities, research suggests that it is dying out. Through engaging and inspiring people, our aim is to preserve the art of den building, providing opportunities to learn a broad range of skills, including team work, problem solving, mathematical skills and creativity.

Manic Chord

Manic Chord

With every tick that passes, every tock clocked, our world is growing more and more unstable! Father Time has disappeared and we need you. It could get ugly, but without your help time itself may come to an untimely end. Our Time is an interactive theatre journey for all the family, presented by Deer Shed Festival in collaboration with Leeds-based theatre company, Manic Chord. Throughout the weekend, the Lewis Carroll-style characters of time may fly into other areas of the festival arena to recruit willing Deer Shedders for an adventure through topsy-turvy time.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Perhaps the most exciting addition to Deer Shed’s infrastructure under 2018’s making waves theme. Other than the hot tubs, that is! Grab your oars and head out on to the Baldersby Park Lake. If you’re looking for a romantic paddle on a gondola – this isn’t it. The perfect way to learn the basics of canoeing and kayaking, before having a race against your mates. The rapids await!

Land art for kids

Land Art for Kids

Land Art is the creation of artistic pieces using the natural resources at our disposal. Environmental artists Richard Shilling, Julia Brooklyn and LandArtforKids will run these creative workshops, suitable for all the family and children of any age. Come along and make all sorts of interesting sculptures, mandalas, spirals and stacks using Mother Nature's natural materials. Drop-in whenever you like, stay as long as you like and prepare to let your imaginations run free!

Celestial Soundcloud

Pif-Paf presents Celestial Sound Cloud

A beautiful digital sound and light installation hung above the Wilderwild, to create a space to discover a galaxy of voice and illumination. The piece provokes the audience of strangers to come together and learn to interact with the sculpture, and one another, by singing, moving and dancing underneath creating their own visual soundscape.

Clay Tree Guardians

Clay Tree Guardians

Every tree in The Wilderwild has its own unique personality, just like each Deer Shedder. Some are old, some young; some are Ent-like giants filled with wisdom, some are little more than saplings. Now you can put a face to the personality by making a clay tree face for your favourite tree in Baldersby Park. The Wilderwild invites you to hug a tree, discover its personality and create a character out of clay that you think represents the tree well. Is it gnarly and knotty or willowy and whimsical? Using our super squishy clay that moulds to the tree, you’ll be able to shape the clay into any kind of face you want. Add materials from the woodland floor and watch your character come to life!

Darren Potter - Fantastic Fairy Doors

Darren Potter - Fantastic Fairy Doors

Have a magical time decorating a fairy door made from reclaimed wood. Choose from a variety of different shapes and sizes and then decorate it with paints and glitter. Add a window and a door handle to make your door complete and ready for your fairy to use in your bedroom or garden.

Wilderwild Run

Wilderwild Run

There’s no better feeling than striding through the fields of Baldersby Park; the wind blowing through your hair as you are cheered across the finish line by family and friends. This year we are offering both a 3k and a 6k track so you can test yourself a little more if you fancy a challenge. Equally, nobody will judge you if had a bit too much fun on Friday or Saturday night to really push yourself to the limit the next morning! Runners must be aged 10+. 10-15 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Communal Willow Deer

Communal Willow Deer

At Deer Shed, we always have at least one willow weaving workshop each year. We love the stuff! Its bendiness means you can pretty much mould it into any shape you want to create beautiful willow art. For 2018, we’ve decided to make a huge Deer Shed tribute to willow art. And what better tribute way than crafting a huge deer out of willow? Head down to the Wilderwild to join in on making our wonderful communal willow art. We love collaboration at the Deer Shed Festival. Often some of the best works of art have been produced through a communal effort, with many hands working to leave their own little fingerprint on a huge piece.

WasteAid Recycle Workshops

WasteAid Recycle Workshops

WasteAid is a charity that spreads recycling around the world, creating jobs and stopping plastic reaching the oceans. They’ll be demonstrating how to make recycling fun, utilising common waste materials you might find around the house – bottles, cans, and anything else you can think of – to create musical instruments, shakers, and much more!

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