Glamping

Wild, and then some.

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

City Play

City of Play

Reviving the 'lost art of den building', Tinkertown is a playful, place-making event that supports children and families to design and build their own structures from pallets and scrap timber. Visitors are provided with guidance and tools and are free to play, learn and discover in their own time while developing their creativity, individual thinking and construction skills. The open nature of Tinkertown offers children the opportunity to explore and experience a different kind of play; it enables children to investigate their imagination and ideas, learn about risk (within a managed situation), build physical and social skills and produce a piece of work which is inhabitable, autonomous and of their own making.

Wild Swimming

Wild Swimming

We know there are many wild swimming fanatics in our audience so we thought why not bring Wild Swimming to Baldersby Park. But we realised we really needed an expert to lead the sessions so all hale Wild swimming expert Winnie Poaty. Winnie will be bringing her words of wisdom and leading a wild swim session in the river early mornings on Saturday and Sunday . If your a hardcore wild swimmer or just starting out on your journey don't miss the chance to be dip your toe in the water and experience the highs of this increasingly popular outdoor sport.

Feral Farm

Feral Farm

We've always said Deer Shed should be environment where our younger audience members get the freedom to choose what they do over the weekend. So we thought why not go one step further and create a brand new area where there are no rules in site. Feral Farm is the place to leave your parents at the door and go wild , play in the straw , and do pretty much what you want - who needs grown up's, although this might work for parents and grandparents too.

Fireside sessions

Fireside sessions

Late nights activities at other festivals can look like a warzone. While at Deer Shed you can let loose at the silent disco until the wee hours, but we know some people prefer a more tranquil end to the day. That’s why we ask a selection of our favourite acoustic artists to perform a special late night session by the fireside after the Main Stage headliners finish.

RSPB Nature Walks

RSPB Nature Walks

The Wilderwild and its surrounding areas are full of nature. What better way to connect with it than joining RSPB on a walk through the magical woodlands? Their experts will guide you on a journey to discover the beautiful flora and fauna of the Baldersby Park forests. Though it goes without saying that the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds are predominantly interested in winged creatures, they will also provide information on other animals, insects and foliage throughout their nature walks.

Magic Wands

Amerton Studio: Magic Wands

Sprinkle a little magic dust over your festival weekend by visiting Amerton Arts Studio in The Wilderwild. Using ancient carpentry tools – a shave horse and a spoke shave – together with traditional carpentry techniques passed down through the generations and honed over hundreds of years, you can build your very own wooden magic wand fit for the very best witches and wizards.

Woodland Trust Tree and leaf identity

Woodland Trust Tree and leaf identity

Baldersby Park is home to the oldest oak tree in Yorkshire. Identified as the oldest by its huge trunk this amazing tree has been growing in the park for longer than we can remember. Definitely one to spot on your tree identification walk onsite. We don't like to boast but its a pretty cool fact that we think you should know about.

Woodland Trust Leaf rubbing

Woodland Trust Leaf rubbing

Spring is officially here. That means nature is about to truly come to life. Embrace the springtime by sourcing leaves from the park and create your very own leaf masterpieces. An activity that combines both art and science, this is not just a great way to create interesting patterns from nature itself, but it’s also an interesting way to facilitate conversations about the different parts of the leaf of the plant as the colouring highlights the different details of the leaves.

Woodland Trust Mini Beat Spotting

Woodland Trust Mini Beast Spotting

Bugs are friends, not foes! Seriously: bugs are a fundamental aspects of our eco-system and food chain and, without many of them, the human race quite simply wouldn’t be able to survive. Get hunting for creepy crawlies on our self led mini beat hunt and see what you can find at Baldersby Park.

Croft Pottery

Croft Pottery

The Croft pottery team will be demonstrating the art of throwing pots with a kick wheel as well as putting on some fun workshops for kids over the festival weekend. We will be offering young festival goers the chance to hand make a flower pot using a festival pottery pack which will also include a plant to take home.

The Woodland Trust: Journey Sticks

Journey Sticks

A journey stick is a special way of remembering and telling the story of each journey you embark on. To make sure you remember everything about your Wilderwild adventure, choose the colour of string or wool that represents how you feel best and wrap it around. The biggest adventures require a huge stick, while the smaller, but equally special, adventures require a shorter one. Can you find any decorative foliage that represents your mood? In years to come, your journey stick will tell your personal story of Deer Shed 10.

Sloemotion Gin Tasteshop

Sloemotion Gin Tasteshop

You’d be hard pressed to find any grownups in Baldersby Park who would say no to supping some free gin - particularly when that gin is distilled by our favourite purveyors of fine juniper juice, Sloemotion. Their team invite you to drop by their Hedgerow Bar in the Wilderwild and inside their famous Deer Shed Cocktail Tipi to learn more about distilling, their efforts to reduce waste in their cocktail creations and to take part in an informal tasting workshop on all things gin and sloe!

Wilderwild Run

Wilderwild Run

The Wilderwild run has become something of a tradition on Saturday and Sunday morning at Deer Shed. Few things will get your endorphins going for the day of family fun ahead like striding through the fields of Baldersby Park. We offer both a 3k family run and 6k track for those who want to test themselves a little more if they 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.

Tree climbing

Tree climbing

Let Jessica Herbert & Askham Bryan College Tree Climbers help you 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! Jessica is a pro at scaling the most impressive trees, and she’ll be helping you to conquer them. Guaranteed to be the most extreme bushcrafting you’re ever likely to experience.

Kayaks

Kayaks

Perhaps the most exciting addition to Deer Shed’s infrastructure under 2018’s making waves theme. You lot made such a splash on the Baldersby Park Lake that we simply had to get them back. Grab your oars and head out for some games on the water. 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. Make sure you head to the lake when the arena opens on Friday to book your session. The rapids await…

Bean Creative: Felt accessories

Bean Creative: Felt accessories

The Wilderwild is the perfect environment for all you festival goers to take some time out and make you own funky felt accessory. Bean Creative will show you how to get hands on with wool fibres to make your own colourful, wet felted decoration for your wrist, hair or anywhere you like! You’ll be the envy of all your friends, especially when they find out you made the accessories yourself.

Bean Creative: Copper rings

Bean Creative: Copper rings

With Bean Creative to guide you, there is a lovely opportunity to try something a little different by making your own unique, recycled copper pipe ring made from old plumbing parts. Inspired by the trees around you, you’ll hammer, texture, file and polish to produce a beautiful piece that is the perfect piece of festival jewellery!

Pole Lathe Turning

Pole Lathe Turning

A pole lathe is a wood turning lathe in a treadle, used to power many machines before the invention of electricity. There’s no electrical hook up in the Wilderwild, so we’ll be transporting you back in time to learn the ancient art of pole lathe turning. Although the actual origin of the pole lathe is lost in antiquity, thanks to those clever archaeology bods at the nearby Jórvík dig sites right here in Yorkshire, we know that they were used by Viking settlers.

Whistle Making with Amerton Studios

Whistle Making with Amerton Studios

Make some noise bush craft style at this whistle making workshop. Cut, chop, drill and whittle a branch using a shave horse, spoke shave and a knife to craft your very own wooden whistle to take home.

Feral Metal

Feral Metal

Get creative and have fun with Feral Metal's Forever Living Flowers. Upcycled and re-used aluminium cans, buttons and wire are used to created flowers that need no water, no weeding and last forever.

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