We went to Deer Shed for the 1st time last year- was our 5th festival as a family having done Croissant Neuf, Beatiful Days & WOMAD in previous years. Friends had been going for a good many years and as it's only 40 mins away and the family we normally go to a festival with weren't doing one last year we decided to give it a go.
The weather didn't help as it was pretty awful at times and we thought overall that it was OK- not terrible but equally not brilliant.
Short drive for me
We got there pretty much as the gates opened so were parked really close so was only short walk to site and where we camped
Kids were at school on the Friday so enabled us to set up camp without any "I'm bored" situations.
Were with a big group of friends so was good from a social aspect- we also bumped into a fair few people we knew as well.
Loads for the kids to do.
Site is pretty compact so not too far to walk and easy to arrange/meet up with others.
Good beer selection.
Nice friendly atmosphere.
Not so good stuff
The festival was just to short for us- we are used to longer festivals both going as a family and when my wife & I have done Glastonbury. You set up camp Friday and really only have a full day on the Saturday before leaving on the Sunday- you do have the optyion of buying a Sunday night ticket but not many people seemed to do that looking at the tents that remained when we left.
Based on the above we found it relatively expensive on a per day basis but also thought that other things made it pricey too. Food whilst always expensive seemed even more so at deershed and some of the kids actvities were expensive too.
You can't take your own alcohol into the arena.
Our friends are going again this year but we are decided to pass and return to WOMAD. If WOMAD wasn't the week after Deershed we might have done it as line up looks pretty good this year.