Deer Shed Festival 2013

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July 2013
Baldersby Park near Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, YO7 3BZ, England MAP
£89 inc camping and parking
Daily capacity: 6,000
Last updated: Tue 4th Jun 2013

Now in its fourth 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 19th to Sunday 21st July 2013.


Edwyn Collins, House of Love, Darwin Deez, Gaz Coombes, Edwyn Collins, The House of Love, King Creosote, The Phantom Band, Stealing Sheep, The Milk, The Unthanks, Willy Mason, Public Service Broadcasting, To Kill A King, Zervas And Pepper, Kitty The Lion, Blue Rose Code, Tubular Bells For Two, Marconi Union, Smoove & Turrell, Deaf Club, Novella, Moulettes, Sweet Baboo, AlascA, and David McCaffrey. Weekend DJs will be Smoove And Turrell, NY Sushi, and Brigy. For the full line-up details, day and stage splits, as available please click here.


The early bird offer has ended. Tier one tickets are priced as follows:

An adult (16+) weekend ticket (Fri-Sun) is priced at £89.
Child (aged 6 - 15 years) weekend ticket is priced at £25
Child (aged under 5) weekend ticket is priced at £1
Weekend campervan & caravan pass is priced at £20
All the kids activities and workshops free of charge.

To buy tickets, click here.


This year's theme is Machines. 2013 will see Deer Shed Festival host a show stopping line up of gadgets, gizmos and games galore to celebrate the gargantuan impact of machines big and small, from every day appliances to mind blowing inventions! The wizard-like minds behind Deer Shed Festival have let their inner mad professors go into overdrive with a multitude of grand plans for Deer Shed Festival 4, including onsite 3D printing, the Deer Shed Festival 'Scrapheap challenge', teaming up with toy company Meccano, Robot themed discos, videogames coding, live demonstrations of animatronics and much, much more for all ages and abilities.

Paul Granjonis the is the 'Machines tent' headlining act, he builds all manner of fascinating machines including a pack of mechanical beasts, or Thingies, to interact with. Plus technology savvy volunteers will be able to scavenge parts to make their own new machine. Alex McLean and Dave Griffiths (Live Coding) will be programming a computer live and it in turn generates music.

The festival will also be hosting it's own Scrapheap Challenge with local teams pitched against each other to see who can make the fastest craft. A race or three on the lake on Sunday to decide the winner.

Robogals an international, student-run organisation will be running some great hands-on robotic workshops constructing and programing LEGO NXT robotics kits.

Raspberry Pi will be at Deer Shed in all manner of inspiring ways over the weekend with video games programming demonstrating what it can do with World Of Padman, a big Minecraft LAN party, and Picade (a Raspberry Pi based arcade machine).

Paul Harter will be demonstrating 3D printing making 3D solid objects from a digital model, using his printing environment in Minecraft - cutting edge stuff.

There's also opportunities to build your very own simple Pringle Tube Crystal Radio, learn To Solder, scratch program (create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, art and share your creations on the web), fly quadcopters, and interact with a Theremin or a selection of Music Boxes.

All these along with a few additional acts including CBBC’'s Big Howard Little Howard, the return of the Beer Festival and a new partnership with Sunderland City Council.

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.

Arts programme

The Arts programme will be broader this year including cinema, PG-rated comedy, commissioned theatre, artists at work, illustrators, graffiti artists, spoken word, circus, cabaret, storytelling, computer artists and animators. Most of these will be holding workshops so you can have a go yourself and will be creating work that evolves over the weekend.

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.


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.

Other additional activities for the whole family include: Eight tons of play sand. The Cardboard city is back again, this year with bigger boxes and more boxes to play with! Rounders England –with a tagline of 'Smile, Its Rounders'. Much better than 'Despair, It's Cross-Country', fit in perfectly with the ethos of Deer Shed and will be organising all sorts of rounders based fun in the Sports field, containing loads of clobber to occupy those with excess energy to burn off; Swingballs, space hoppers, hula hoops, the Deer Shed famous blue barrels and anything else they think will survive the weekend!

A celebration of Birds of Prey, Soft play kindly lent from Thirsk’s Toy Library and for the more active festival goer, Wild running, Deer Shed have designed specific route for a Sunday morning run, which takes in the parts of Baldersby Park that the keen festival goer may not have explored before.

More info

The festival site will open around lunchtime on Friday 19th 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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