Deer Shed 28th - 31st July 2023
Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, N Yorks

Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, N Yorks

28th - 31st July 2023

Contacting Us

By email info@deershedfestival.com

Press enquires to hello@hanglands.com

Site Opening Hours 2023

  • Site opens at 10am Friday 28th July 2023.
  • Site closes at midday Monday 31st July.
  • On Friday the arena opens at 12pm. There will be entertainment in the arena shortly after it opens and the first band on the Main Stage will perform at 4pm.

Car Parking and Vehicle Access

  • Car parking in the main car park is charged at £20 (+ booking fee) paid in advance via our ticketing page. This is a change to the previous plan due to cash handling and COVID considerations. You will not be recharged if you leave and return.
  • The main car park is accessed via Gate 1a.
  • All live-in vehicle access is via Gate 1b.
  • Camping Plus is via Gate 1b.
  • All glamping is via Gate 2 with a glamping car park ajacent to the pitches.
  • Trolley hire is available from the Main Gate 1a Car Park (see section on trolley hire below).

Quickly de-coop the kids

They put some festivals in daft places - anyone for Lowestoft? Nope, us neither. Stupidly easy to get to us, just two miles from junction 50 of the A1(M). By car 90 minutes from Manchester, 70 mins from Sheffield, 60 mins from Newcastle, 45 mins from Leeds.

Travel - Getting here by car

Coming from North, South or West the key to getting to us easily is to find junction 50 on the A1(M). Exit the A1(M) at this junction and take the A61 towards Thirsk. Take the first right on the A61 towards Baldersby St James. After 3 miles turn left at Gate 1 into the festival site.

Coming from the North-East or East exit the A168 at Topcliffe going straight through the village turning right immediately after the bridge onto Park Road and then right at the T junction. After 1/4 of a mile turn right at Gate 1 into the festival site.

It's all signposted clearly, so no bother.

We know that most of you bring a car full of clobber with you to the festival but for those with a bit of space to spare why not head on over to goCarShare and go share a car to save petrol and pennies.

Travel - Getting here by train

The nearest train station to the festival site is Thirsk, seven miles away. Thirsk is on the main East Coast Main Line which runs from Kings Cross in London to York and onwards to Edinburgh.

We recommend Grand Central Trains for a great direct service from London to Thirsk in around 2 hours.

We run a limited shuttle bus from Thirsk train station to the festival site for a fee of £4. The shuttle runs inbound from 1pm to 9pm on Friday and outbound on Monday from 9am to 1pm - just look out for a bus in the main car park with our logo in the window.

Below are some local taxi companies who can take you from the station to the festival for £10-12

Taxi CompanyNumberDetails
Chapmans Taxis079605682993 taxis: 2 x 8 seater, 1 x regular cab
Alpha Taxi074985526531 x regular cab
K.A TAXIS078178580775 taxis: 1 x 8 seater, 2 x 6 seater, 2 x 4 seater
White Rose Taxi078559200181 x regular cab
A-B Taxis Thirsk079401257101 x regular cab
Premier Taxis Thirsk079703040502 x regular cab
J E B Taxis079717776661 x regular cab
SCL Taxis Thirsk079714104121 x regular cab
Bravo taxi077177722491 x regular cab
Wright Taxis077940650451 x regular cab
Toms Taxi077393925511 x 6-seater

Welfare

We have a longstanding partnership with the NCT (National Childbirth Trust), who are onsite each year. They have a dedicated NCT tent clearly marked on festival signage, located near the Teeny Beans tent. We know planning to bring very little ones to a festival can seem daunting (we've been there), so the NCT cater for a variety of your welfare needs. They offer changing facilities, feeding areas, milk sterilisation, high chair facilities, microwaves, sling hire and of course very important bathing times at the end of each day.

In addition our own welfare team are on hand to deal with all other aspects of, well, your welfare! Lost and found children, lost property, general information and advice. Or just a place to have a sit down and a snooze on a sofa.

Trolley Hire

Trolley hire for Deer Shed 2023 is provided by GOGO trolley (which is essentially us!). We see trollies in our dreams. Check out the GOGO trolley website.

Site Rules and Guidance

These are in additional to those in our terms and conditions.

  • Free camping in a tent is included in the full weekend ticket price.
  • NO GAZEBOS please.
  • Camp fires and BBQs are not permitted.
  • NO GLASS anywhere on-site please. Your own alocohol is permitted in the campsite but not in the arena. Please decant into a non-glass container.
  • Small camping gas canisters only permitted (up to 2.7 kg in gas weight).
  • Camp site wardens will be stationed in the camping area throughout the festival to answer any questions.
  • Please respect your neighbours and keep noise to a minimum, especially after 11pm.
  • No animals allowed on-site.
  • The sale of single use plastic bottles and straws has been phased out, so please bring re-usable bottles to fill up at our many water standpipes around site. Cans of water and branded re-usable bottles are available to purchase.
  • No amplified music i.e. don't bring your radio.
  • No drumming, leave your bongos at home.
  • Your own alcohol will not be permitted in the arena.
  • Try to keep general noise in the campsite to a minimum especially after 11pm.

Kids Policy

  • Key workers managing the activities will be DBS checked.
  • Children under 16 are the responsibility of their guardian/parents and signage within the children’s area will alert adults of this. Activities undertaken within the children’s area will be suitably risk assessed and any age restrictions will be applied by notice.
  • Deer Shed Festival’s policy is to encourage family participation and signs will be displayed accordingly.
  • Water is available freely from many standpipes dotted around the arena and campsite, and cans of water are available for purchase at bars.
  • If you or your child requires medical attention, contact any member of staff or security who will then contact our medics. The medic tent is located next to the main campsite entrance and manned 24 hours.
  • Feeding and nappy changing facilities will be available near the Teeny Beans tent. Suitable food vendors will be on site to provide food and drink.

Drugs Policy

  • The dealing in or use of illegal drugs is not condoned by Deer Shed Festival. It is illegal to take, to buy or to sell drugs. Drug enforcement laws are as applicable on site as anywhere else in the country. If you deal in drugs, it is likely that you will be arrested via security and handed over to North Yorkshire Constabulary. There are covert security onsite who will take action as appropriate. Neither anti-social nor illegal behaviour will be tolerated and participants will leave themselves liable for eviction from the site.
  • Experimenting with drugs can lead to adverse reactions. Drugs can kill. The crowds and the size of the festival can be frightening and disorientating and taking drugs could spoil your enjoyment of the event. If you do take drugs and you become ill, depressed or frightened please ask a steward to direct you to one of the many facilities on site which can help and support you.

Age restrictions

  • All persons 0-15 years old must have a valid young person's ticket. All under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is over 21 years old (Maximum ratio 1:4)
  • Those wishing to stay in the family camping area must be accompanied by children 16 years or younger.
  • Under 25s will be asked to provide photo ID at the ticket exchange to gain a wristband that will allow service at the site's bars. Driver's licence, Passport, Citizen Card, VALIDATE UK are all valid forms of ID.
  • Deer Shed Festival will not intentionally showcase content unsuitable for children. All comedy is rated PG. Other stages may feature material not suitable for children that we are unable to predict and classify due to the nature of live performance. There may be age restrictions on some workshops.

Frequently asked questions

I can no longer attend the festival – can I have a refund?

As per our terms and conditions we cannot refund tickets.

We recommend Twickets for face value, ethical reselling, so you don’t end up out of pocket. https://twickets.live

Should I bring cash to the festival?

Deer Shed 13 will be heading towards a cashless event. All vendors will take cards and some will still take cash. Bars and merchandise will be cashless however.

There will be no cash machines on-site.

Is it a long way from the car park to the campsite? I've got loads of camping clobber.

No, not in comparison to most festivals. The car park and campsite fields are adjacent to each other. Inevitably as more people arrive you will have further to go so get here early if you are worried. We do however have a trolley hire service which most people tend to take advantage of.

Can we reserve some space in the campsite so that we can camp next to our friends?

No you can't. You will immediately get off on the wrong foot with your neighbours if you try to do this. Try to arrange arriving at the same time or alternatively camp further from the car park where there is much more space and you shouldn't have a problem.

We are coming in a campervan but our friends aren't, can we camp next to them?

Unfortunately not. The campervan/caravan/trailer tent field is separate from the tent camping field. Our local authority have concerns regarding motor vehicles and tents mixing so we have to limit this. However if you have a small utility tent you CAN erect this next to your caravan/campervan/trailer tent. See below.

Can we put up a tent next to our campervan/caravan/trailer tent?

Yes you can BUT it must be yours (not a friends) and it must be small (not exceed 4m square excluding guy ropes.)

Can my friend help me put up my tent or park up my campervan?

Only ticket holders can gain access to the campsite. We have many volunteers who will help you out if you are struggling.

Can I buy a day ticket for Deer Shed Festival, I only want to come on Friday/Saturday/Sunday?

Afraid not. We want you all weekend. In our experience the vibe always suffers at festivals which have a different audience on different days.

I'm not the camping type. Can I leave site at night and return in the morning?

Yep! You're free to come and go as you please. Just ensure you keep your wristbands (provided when your ticket is scanned upon first entry) on throughout the weekend. Our car parks are efficiently managed so you can get your vehicle out easily. Keep your car parking ticket in your car.

Can I enter site, set up the tent, leave to pick the kids up and then return?

Yup, same as above! Just don't leave valuables in an unattended tent, to ensure the festival is not an appealing prospect for thieves.

Can I bring my dog, he's really well behaved?

No pets, not even our sheepdog is allowed in.

How do I book workshops and activities?

To book a workshop or activity, simply head to the location (stated clearly on the map in the print programme and on signs around site). You can book onto activities each morning for the day ahead, meaning if you arrive late on Friday, you will still be able to book activities for Saturday. Sometimes popular workshops do become oversubscribed, but we try to flag these in the festival programme, and there will always be a fun alternative available.

Do you have electrical hook-up and chemical waste disposal for caravans?

Yes, you can purchase an electrical hook-up ticket here, and we have chemical waste disposal facilities available.