Deer Shed Festival 2011

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July 2011
Baldersby Park near Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, YO7 3BZ, England MAP
full weekend £59 inc camping and parking
Daily capacity: 5,000
Last updated: Tue 7th Jun 2011

Now in its second year Deer Shed Festival expands to offer three days of contemporary music and art takes place at Baldersby Park near Topcliffe, in North Yorkshire From Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July 2011. The festival has a Sky At Night theme in honour of headliners I Am Kloot so expect some rocket happenings.


I Am Kloot headline with The Go! Team. Joining them on the Obelisk Stage bill will be The Leisure Society, Erland and the Carnival, Caitlin Rose, Admiral Fallow, Matthew and the Atlas, Lanterns on the Lake, Laki Mera, Echaskech, Digitonal, Mach V, Echaskech, Frankie and The Heartstrings, Marcus Foster, Tom Williams & The Boat, Arthur Rigby and the Baskervylles, Tigers That Talked, Spokes, Let's Buy Happiness, The Neat, Just Handshakes (We're British), Yonderboy, Hope & Social, Two Spot Gobi, My Forever, Sam Airey, Holly Taymar, and The Glendale Family.


Tickets are available now priced as follows:

Adult (16+) weekend ticket (Fri-Sun) is priced at £59
Adult (16+) Saturday & Sunday only ticket is priced at £45
Child (aged 6 - 15 years) weekend ticket is priced at £15
Weekend campervan & caravan pass is priced at £15
All the kids activities and workshops free of charge and children under five go free but require a ticket.

To buy tickets, click here.

On site facilities

Deer Shed Festival offers a main stage with second acoustic stage in the Deer Shed itself, plus plenty of clean toilets and baby changing facilities. There will be a main bar as well as a cocktail bar, a large food tent with seating and high chairs. As well as the music the event offers vintage art and craft stalls, kids tent and outside play area, and will have a welfare and first aid tent.

Sky At Night Theme

Pop-up planetarium, Russian cosmonaut hosted cabaret, telescopes, binoculars, space hoppers, a band of merry local astronomers, star gazing, papier mache lunarscapes and more in honour of headliner I Am Kloot's album Sky At Night

The Busk Stop

There's a chance for festival goers coming to the festival to book a slot at the Busk Stop.


Entertainment will be starting on Friday evening, running through to lunchtime on Sunday. Expect the same quality of music as 2010 but with more cabaret, comedy, theatre, artists at work, workshops and an even more ambitous programme for kids, more undercover space,cartoons and family films to watch, storytelling, an artist blacksmith in residence to whip up pieces of bespoke jewellery, a cocktail bar and high quality food and beer to tickle all types of taste-buds.

Comedy & Cabaret

The Friday night cabaret show is curated this year by the Greentop Circus who will also be on hand over the weekend to teach circus skills. Comedy, which is all PG-rated, will be supplied by Chortle Award winners Pappy's, James Campbell, Jon Reed and Andrew Clover from BBC2's My Almost Famous Family.


The Deer Shed team are seriously considering attempting to break the world record for the most people simultaneously playing swingball this year. Failing that they'll have organised football and softball with qualified coaches and over a quarter of the campsite space will be given over to a field full of hula hoops, space hoppers, building barrels and that ridiculous amount of swingballs to keep everyone occupied when the main arena isn't open. They'll be recreating a mini-seaside too for those who enjoy some bucket and spade action.

Arts & Crafts

The arts endeavours in the arena will include a doodle wall, paintball art, graffiti workshops and ukulele lessons. Craft activities include making lots of different things out of lots of different stuff - guitars out of cardboard, mobiles out of CDs, masks out of of milk cartons, gardens out of plasticine, badges out of...well badges and models out of anything and everything you can lay your hands on.


Deer Shed Festival has also lined up artists and performing artists for this year's event who will be creating work that evolves throughout the day and holding workshops for festival goers to get involved in. These include Graffiti crew Best Joined Up who will be creating artworks on Saturday, and tagging workshops on Sunday. Morris dancing with a gothic twist from Jet Set Gothic Morris Dancers. Faery Floss combine yoga sessions with organic candy floss. Cabinet Fatalia, from Germany, combine "elements of freakshow, object theatre and cabinet of curiosities". Duckett & Jeffreys Gallery are bringing their mobile gallery to the Deer Shed Festival site. And on the final day of the festival, the Big Top will be home to a Sunday market with a wide variety of arts, crafts and vintage wares on sale, all from local Yorkshire artists.


This is very much a family friendly festival, with kids events an integral part of the day's programme with many of the artists performing and running workshops that the whole family can enjoy.


On the arts side there'll be some amazing creations evolving throughout the day; starting with a blank canvas (or chunk of wood, sheet of metal, piece of cloth) the aim is to get even the most artistically reluctant to have a go and make lasting reminders of the day.


The Deer Shed Festival in set in Baldersby Park near Topcliffe in North Yorkshire. We extremely handy to get to by car situated just 2 miles from the Dishforth junction of the A1(M) - 30 minutes from York and Teeside, 45 minutes from Leeds.

The nearest train station to the festival site is Thirsk, seven miles away. Thirsk is on the main East coast line which runs from Kings Cross in London to York and onwards to Edinburgh. There will be a limited shuttle bus from Thirsk station to the festival site throughout the day and night for a small fee, all profits going to charity.

Grand Central Trains offer a direct service from London to Thirsk in around 2 hours.


Camp fires are not permitted. Small camping gas canisters only permitted (up to 2.7 kg in gas weight). No cylinders.

The camp site is not accessible by car, camping equipment must be carried 300m from the car park. Limited porters will be available to help carry if required. There is a family camping area which is away from the main arena to minimise noise at night.

More information will be here when available.

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