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First music announcement!

Out of the gloom, shining bright like the Summer sun comes the Deer Shed 11 first music announcement. And so for July we welcome...

Stereolab, Baxter Dury, Kate Tempest, The Twilight Sad, Sinkane, Roddy Woomble, Snapped Ankles, Liz Lawrence, Ren Harvieu, Dry Cleaning, Melt Yourself Down, Big Joanie, Heidi Talbot & Boo Hewerdine and Native Harrow.

Full details on our music page with loads more very exciting music in the pipeline :)

Deer Shed Festival 11 - Incognito!

Since we finished packing away Deer Shed 10 we've been asking ourselves a number of questions. What more can Deer Shed be? What is left unexplored? How can we keep ourselves and most importantly keep you guys excited?

On top of the usual music, comedy, science and sport, the last decade of Deer Shed has seen the festival produce immersive theatre, site-wide participation games, interactive art, and even a feature film – all with the aim of placing the Deer Shed audience at the heart of the action.

So here we go, combining everything we have learned over the last decade into our most ambitious theme to date for Deer Shed Festival 11. Everything hinges on your powers of perception, deception, stealth, problem solving, and general sneakiness.

Curious? Excited? Nervous? Us too! But fear not, THE EYE is here to guide us through...

Advent Calendar Goodies

Remember, liking ALL of our advent calendar posts (and maybe commenting the odd nice thing) on Facebook will enter you into our Vintents glamping competition to spend Deer Shed 11 in vintage luxury.

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Some nice reviews of 2019, proving that whatever the weather, Deer Shed is still the ultimate family festival...

"If ever there was a festival that comprehensively appealed to all generations, it is Deer Shed. It’s a wonderland of creativity and an inspired vision."
Bido Lito read full review.

"Deer Shed is the best family festival in the UK, Deer Shed is a place to make memories that you will cherish forever."
Festivals For All read full review.

"Since its inception as a one-day festival back in 2010, Deer Shed has slowly evolved into what is now commonly regarded as being the UK’s premier family festival."
God Is In The TV read full review.

"Mum, when we go to the next Deer Shed, can we, like, stay for a week or something?"
Efestivals read full review.

"Allowing children into a festival is not the same thing as putting families at the heart of it, and that’s what Deer Shed does brilliantly."
Little Vikings read full review.

"The weather gods fail to spoil family friendly festival’s 10th anniversary celebration."
Leeds Live read full review.

"The rain poured for most of the day, but unlike a lot of other festivals, Deer Shed have it covered very well!"
On-Magazine read full review.

And most importantly what you guys thought.


Announcements coming thick and fast over the next few months...


The best contemporary music from the UK and beyond. Discover your new fave band.

Click here for a look at our first 2020 music wave.


Booking great PG rated comedy is hard, but we get it right most of the time!

Click here for our 2019 comedy...


We drag our kids round the best shows from Edinburgh Festival, so you don't have to!

Click here for our 2019 shows...


Take stuff to bits, forensics, soldering, music production with emphasis on FUN!

Click here for our 2019 science programme!


BMXing, slacklining, tree climbing, footie, swingball, wild running, wrong pong...

Click here for 2019 sporty stuff.

Spoken Word

The Guardian's Dave Simpson chats to the great and the good of the music world and beyond.

Click here for our 2019 programme!


Curated by Katherine Stanton, our own book club, but without the cheesy nibbles.

Check out 2019 here.


You can't beat bespoke theatre pieces outside. Explore and interact.

Check out 2019 theatre here.


Loads of crafty, relaxing, energetic and arty workshops to take part in at Deer Shed in July, and all FREE to boot :)

Check out 2019 workshops here.

Under 5s

Ways in which we look after and entertain your under 5s!

Click here for 2019 Under 5s.


Worried about your kids not getting out much?

Click here for our 2019 Wilderwild programme.


We are not well, how about you?

Click here to step onto the 2019 road to recovery!


Quite often it is the usual pieces of site art that you remember about a festival.

Check out 2019 arts line-up here.


From Arthouse to sing-along-a-Tangled, your chance to downshift and relax.

Click here for our 2018 Cinema programme.


Who might you bump into whilst having a wander in Baldersby Park?

2019 walkabout line-up.


Some people come to festivals just for the food, this we understand and invite the best of the best.

Coming soon for 2019!!

Love Deer Shed Ambassador Scheme

Come for free? Join our Love Deer Shed Ambassador Scheme!!

If you already rave about Deer Shed to your friends and family why not be rewarded for your enthusiasm and join our ambassador scheme!

In a nutshell, for every 8 adult tickets you sell on our behalf we will give you a FREE adult ticket plus there are all sorts of other rewards to earn!

And if you have your ticket already or if you are keen to volunteer you can still benefit by gifting your FREE ticket to a friend.

Check out our Ambassador page for all the detail!!

Our take on the family friendly music festival thing.

We might rant on a bit here, sorry.

If you go and watch a Pixar movie with your children, everyone has a great time. Not just your kids, EVERYBODY!!! We strive for this holy-grail every year.

We don't have kid's areas as such, they're not zoo animals! The whole site is accessible to everyone and we will welcome you as though you were our house guests, which you essentially are.

But we are a cultural event too and you will be exposed to many new things. We like new things. You might be challenged by some of them, but we want every family member to leave Baldersby Park inspired, if that's ok.

And finally, our music line-up, hitting you through extremely high fidelity PA systems will be as thrilling and contemporary as you will find at any UK festival in 2019 - it's just that you can share that thrill with your kids and feel perfectly safe at the same time.

Oh, and if you don't have kids to bring, that's fine too xx

Other gubbins


Baldersby Park is a lovely place to camp and making sure that you have plenty of space is always a top priority, even if it means shuffling things about a bit.


Bring your own tent, bring your campervan or caravan or choose from one of our glamping options.


Volunteer for 8 hours over the festival weekend and get an adult ticket for FREE!! Find out all the details on our volunteering page.

Our history

Various themes and lineups from over the years. The theme for DSF1 was 'OMG we're having a festival' and consequently we can't find the artwork :)


Our friends

Folks that we are proud to be associated with.

Association Of Independent Festivals

The Association Of Independent Festivals is essentially a trade body for the best of the UK's independent festival sector as well as the source of most excellent gossip.


Candlelighters is a charity bringing light and hope to the families of children suffering from cancer. They are our festival charity with over £2500 of donations in 2016.


Founded by waste management professionals to share practical and low-cost sustainability solutions with communities in low-income countries, WasteAid is a charity that spreads recycling around the world, creating jobs and stopping plastic reaching the oceans.

Attitude Is Everything

Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people's access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry. We work closely with them to improve our accessibility.


Our charity for 2017, SASH prevents young people from becoming homeless by offering them a room in the home of a volunteer. Their ambition is that those we help never have to experience homelessness again and are able to lead successful, independent lives.


Like us, IVE believe creativity is king. They aim to inspire a more creative society by supporting the development of kids, educators and businesses. The good eggs at IVE also offer the opportunity for young Deer Shedders to achieve the Arts Award through the festival’s 120+ workshops.

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