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DEER SHED FESTIVAL will be held at Baldersby Park, Thirsk, 22nd - 24th July 2016!

Edinburgh Festival Award Winner and Time Out Critic’s Choice Mark Watson heads up one of the most exciting Deer Shed Festival comedy line-ups in its seven-year history. With the focus firmly back on traditional stand-up for 2016, Mark Watson leads Justin MoorhouseTony Jameson and an as-yet-unannounced special guest in an evening of entertainment, fun and hilarity, while the afternoon will play host to comedy favourites Rob Deering, Mrs Barbara Nice and Tiernan Douieb.

Mark Watson is one of the most talked-about British comedians to emerge in years. A regular on television (with appearances on Mock the Week, Have I Got News for You? and Would I Lie To You?), Mark was also the star of the BBC Radio 4 show Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better, which aired on BBC Radio 4, and also starred Tim Minchin and Tim Key. Not only an excellent stand-up comedian, Mark has written four novels: Bullet Points (2004), A Light-Hearted Look At Murder (2007), Eleven (2010) and The Knot (2012).

Making a very welcome return to the Deer Shed Festival is Manc comedian Justin Moorhouse. Justin has had many a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe, and he’s taken his comedy all over the world, charming audiences as far away as Australia, China, Japan and The Middle East. He’s also a familiar face on TV, having appeared on Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show and Coronation Street! He was also crowned The Champion of Champions on BBC 5 Live’s Fighting Talk, which is no mean feat! At Deer Shed Festival, he’ll stick to stand-up as he opens the evening show.

Hailing from the northeast, Tony Jameson is an ex-college lecturer who found his calling in 2008 when he stepped into the comedy circuit. He’s been to Edinburgh Fringe four times, with his 2015 show Football Manager Ruined My Life gaining him notoriety. He has since taken his tour around the country, entertaining audiences with carefully woven tales of the everyday, and fun riffs from his “manchild” lifestyle. With his quick wit and hilarious anecdotes, Tony is guaranteed to light up a room… or a Bigtop!

The afternoon’s comedy will star excellent musical comedian Rob Deering, who will be using a guitar, a loop pedal and his voice to create impressive rock and pop soundscapes; he’ll also tell some jokes, of course. Since starting out in 2000, Rob has become one of the most in-demand comics on the circuit, and he’s performed across the world. He has appeared on many Radio and TV shows, most recently winning Celebrity Mastermind on BBC 1… a feat he shares with Justin Moorhouse and Mark Watson!

Barbara Nice will be returning to the Deer Shed Festival with more tales of being a middle-aged Stockport housewife and mother of five kids. Barbara, A.K.A. Janice Connolly, is perhaps best known for her association with Bolton’s Peter Kay, and her roles in Phoenix Nights and That Peter Kay Thing, though her brilliantly hilarious stand-up has made her a firm favourite on the comedy circuit.

Tiernan Douieb will be opening the comedy at the Bigtop with his silly stand-up made for kids and bigger kids. Gaining endless success on the comedy circuit, his charming style will have you hooked from the second he walks onstage. Our younger audience might recognise Tiernan from CBBC show The Slammer, or as BBC’s Dick & Dom’s warm-up.

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We’re thrilled to have such a strong comedy line-up joining us at the Deer Shed Festival this year. There’s no doubting the quality and brilliance of these comedians, each of whom is guaranteed to have you rolling with laughter. Second headliner is on the way soon!



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% aged 15 and under. This year’s music line-up is our most ambitious yet, with Richard Hawley, Everything Everything, Beth Orton, Anna Calvi, Steve Mason, Rae Morris, Field Music, C Duncan, Eagulls, Lonelady, and many, many more….

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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