Deer Shed Festival 2012

Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July 2012
Baldersby Park near Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, YO7 3BZ, England MAP
early bird full weekend £69 inc camping and parking
Daily capacity: 6,000
Last updated: Mon 18th Jun 2012

Now in its third year Deer Shed Festival expands in capacity to 6,000 and offers three days of contemporary music and art takes place at a 90 acre site at Baldersby Park near Topcliffe, in North Yorkshire From Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd July 2012.


Headlined by St Etienne, Villagers, and Cherry Ghost, with special guests Field Music, Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny, Dutch Uncles, Los Campesinos!, Human Don't Be Angry, Cashier No 9, Janice Graham Band, Ellen and the Escapades, School of Seven Bells, Woodenbox, Laki Mera, AK/DK, Arthur Rigby and the Baskervylles, Gary Stewart, Sam Airey, RM Hubbert, Monument Valley, Beccy Owen, Boat To Row, Serious Sam Barrett, The Lost Brothers, Rae Morris, Treetop Flyers, Tupelo, Rachel Sermanni, and more. For the full line-up details, day and stage splits, as available please click here.


Last year's event sold out. Tickets are priced as follows:

An adult (16+) weekend ticket (Fri-Sun) is priced at £69.
Adult (16+) Saturday & Sunday only ticket is priced at £59
Child (aged 6 - 15 years) weekend ticket is priced at £20
Weekend campervan & caravan pass is priced at £15
All the kids activities and workshops free of charge and children aged five and under go free but require a ticket.

To buy tickets, click here.


Following on from Deer Shed Festival 2's Sky At Night theme, in 2012 Deer Shed Festival is all about scary, mythological, fairy tale, imaginary, cuddly, extraordinary Monsters.

New for 2012

Plans for this year so far include more live acts on the Friday night, additional arts including commissioned theatre productions taking place in the woods, more camping space, different campsites for folks who want to stay up to the wee hours, extra after-hours entertainment and later bar opening hours for those fans of the wee hours, improved availability of the vast array of workshops, a longer 'long goodbye' on Sunday.

Theatre, spoken word, and cinema

The new site layout which has increased by a third, adds a cinema tent, hosts specially commissioned theatre productions, and expands its arts and activities programme.

Theatre comes to Baldersby Park for the first time. The Flanagan Collective will present a real/unreal narrative that runs throughout the whole weekend. Spoken word also stops at Deer Shed Festival for its debut – authors Dave Simpson ('The Last Champions: Leeds United & The Year Football Changed Forever') and Anthony Clavane ('Promised Land') chat football and whether it has lost its soul while Dorian Lynskey ('33 Revolutions Per Minute: a History Of Protest Music) and Boff Whalley (Chumbawamba) talk pop and whether it still has a political voice. James Priestman leads the festival's first foray into poetry running family workshops including Monster themed pieces and Twitter poems.

Partnering up with the National Media Museum, there's a weekend of scary cinema lined-up including silent classic Nosferatu accompanied by Darius Battiwalla on piano, Monsters, and Monsters Inc which will be followed by a workshop from Teeside University showing how Pixar make the critters. Lecturers and students from the uni will be running lots of workshops and demonstrations throughout the weekend including stop frame animation, green screen video production and 3D modelling. All involving monsters.

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.

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 more cabaret, comedy, theatre, artists at work, workshops and a full programme for kids, with undercover space, cartoons and family films to watch, storytelling, workshops, a cocktail bar and high quality food and beer to tickle all types of taste-buds.

Festival regulars returning include Best Joined Up graffiti artists, Matt Pattinson's Doodle Walls with four towering sentinels, Jon Reed's Comedy Workshop, artist blacksmith David Stephenson creating bespoke jewellery, Spike & Sponge's Sunday Market in the Big Top full of arts, crafts and vintage wares all from local Yorkshire artists. The Greentop Circus Cabaret will also be back to host the Friday night family show in the Big Top.


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.

This year the monster theme is taken quite literally and are super sizing on offer for kids. Customised swing balls made out of heavy-duty steel, giant sea monster creations which will be built by kids and then floated on the lake, BIG paintball art guns and over 40 exotic animals to meet on the Sunday (snakes, spiders, lizards, massive toads and some furry things).

The festival team will also be scouting for human guinea pigs to take part in Dr Frankenstein's DIY Monster Project from Eureka! The National Children's Museum.

All in addition to the regulars of organised sports, arts sessions, modelling workshops and play areas.

More info

The festival site will open around lunchtime on Friday 20th July. In addition to circus cabaret performance in the Big Top, Friday evening will also have headline music acts on the main stage. The Friday ticket is optional though most festival goers make a full weekend of it.

Saturday is the main music and arts day, three music stages, and loads going on.

Sunday is a Long Goodbye. Coffee, newspapers, organised kids sports, live ambient electronica cafe in the Big Top, a crafts market, a birds of prey display, nature trails and lots more to be confirmed. The festival site will close late on Sunday afternoon.


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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