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Baldersby Park, Thirsk

22nd – 24th July 2016

What to expect from the North’s Premier Family-Friendly Festival?

“This is the biggest and best festival yet!” It’s the thing every festival says every year but, in the case of the Deer Shed Festival, it could not be more accurate. The festival has invested in more music, more comedy, more arts, and more workshops than ever before; it’s even opened up a field dedicated just to sports! Despite all this “growing,” the team are working hard to preserve that friendly, family vibe that regular Deer Shedders have come to know and love. With plenty for both children and adults to enjoy, the Deer Shed Festival is looking to reaffirm its position as the North’s Premier Family-Friendly Festival.

This year’s music line-up reflects the festival’s growth with Richard Hawley, Everything Everything and Beth Orton taking the top spots. The line-up also includes the likes of Scottish Legends Steve Mason and C. Duncan; mesmerising solo artists Rae Morris, Anna Calvi and Lone Lady; and ever-popular northern bands Field Music, Eagulls and Money. 

However, one of the beauties of Deer Shed Festival is that the quality doesn’t end with the music. This year’s comedy line-up includes stars of radio, TV and (of course) the comedy circuit, with Mark Watson, Justin Moorhouse, Tom Wrigglesworth and Rob Deering all due to appear. As for the festival’s theatre shows (amongst which are Dinosaur Park, The Kagools and Rayguns Look Real Enough), they’ve all been tried, tested and loved at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Add to that a Q&A with the cast and crew of Dad’s Army, a panel discussion about arts in the North (The North Will Rise Again? starring Andy Burnham MP, Nick Ahad, Kate Fox, Adrian McNally and Marie Nixon), and over 100 arts and science workshops including model-making with Aardman Animation, and the organisers are beginning to wonder how exactly they’re going to squeeze all this into just one weekend! It’s just lucky that there’s that brand new sports field, which will play host to a huge host of new sports, including football sessions run by newly promoted Middlesbrough FC’s “MFC Foundation.”

Whilst for most festivals, organising and running a huge event might seem like enough to be getting on with, the Deer Shed Festival team have decided that they’re going to create and film a movie as well. With a predicted run-time of 30 minutes, and a script which tells of Peter Black, the head of an evil corporation intent on using a dangerous type of virtual reality to put a stop to bad behaviour, this film is no small project. Whilst 10% of the footage has been pre-recorded in London, the majority of the film will be shot at the festival in our dedicated “Studio Tent,” and it will star many of the festival’s audience.

This year’s festival is movie-themed, so the festival will be packed full of movie-based surprises and activities, along with a touch of red carpet glamour. Is there a better way for a family to begin their summer holidays? We don’t think so.



Our history

This is the seventh Deer Shed Festival. The team behind it have been in place from the start, and families are at the heart of the preparations, activities and services on-site. In the last seven years, we have steadily grown our attendance to 10,000, with 46% under-16. We are wary of getting too big. Those seven years have seen a host of amazing acts play, including John Grant, Johnny Marr, Billy Bragg, Edwyn Collins, Wolf Alice, I Am Kloot, Saint Etienne, The Wedding Present, House Of Love and Field Music.

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What They Said About Deer Shed Festival:

“The best yet in what is becoming the North’s answer to the Latitude Festival” Hartlepool Mail from 2015

“Set in beautiful, rolling countryside outside the North Yorkshire market town of Thirsk, Deer Shed has quickly established itself as the jewel in the North of England’s summer festival crown. It is warm, welcoming and really rather wonderful.” God Is In The TV from 2015

“There’s something about the atmosphere, the site and the families which remains unmatched anywhere in festival-dom. And I’m willing to wager that for 99% of the audience at Deer Shed, that’s what keeps them coming back year after year. Here’s to Deer Shed’s 6th birthday.” There Goes The Fear from 2014

“Deer Shed is jam packed with quality. The organisers have clearly given much thought to what all members of the family will want within a festival and have gone a considerable way to delivering that.” E-FESTIVALS

Ticket price structure (inclusive of booking fees)

Early bird adult full weekend ticket (16+)                 £105    Sold Out

1st tier adult full weekend ticket (16+)                      £115    Sold Out

2nd tier adult full weekend ticket (16+)                     £125    Sold Out

3rd tier adult full weekend ticket (16+)                     £135    AVAILABLE

4th tier adult full weekend ticket (16+)                      £145    Not released

Child full weekend ticket (6 to 15)                            £45

Child full weekend ticket (3 to 5)                              £10

Child full weekend ticket (0 to 2)                              Free

Sunday night camping per tent/live-in vehicle            £50

(Only valid for holders of full weekend tickets)







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