We can’t wait to celebrate the start of the school holidays with a family friendly festival tucked away in Yorkshire. In its 9th year, Deer Shed hits the mark for family fun – from music, to theatre and adventures in the woodland, there’s no better place to start the summer season!

What we absolutely LOVE about this festival is that is it taking a very bold step of banning the sale of single-use plastic bottles and straws for 2018! BOOM! They are investing in better recycling infrastructure and pledging to become a completely single-use plastic free festival by 2021.

So what else can you expect from this festival, taking place in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire from 20th-22nd July? Music, theatre, science, arts and of course, adventures.

Have a look at what’s on offer next weekend:


Goldfrapp, Drenge, Field Music and Public Service Broadcasting isn’t a bad line up for a family festival. We can’t wait to see Field Music take to the stage with the Open Here Orchestra – this is a not to be missed music highlight of the weekend.


Deer Shed Festival has recently begun to produce its own theatre, and this year Leeds-based Manic Chord Theatre have been commissioned to create a unique, immersive promenade theatre performance for the site’s woodland belt aka The Wilderwild, which also contains a green and traditional craft area. The show, Our Time, will feature Lewis Carroll inspired characters of time, who embark on an interactive journey alongside Deer Shedders to save Father Time. Isabella is going to LOVE this!

You’ll also find The Royal Shakespeare Company, Northern Ballet, 201 Dance Company and York Theatre Royal leading various specialist workshops – what a treat!


The theme of Deer Shed changes each year: 2018 is the year of ‘Making Waves’, with many aspects of the programme being informed by both water and sound waves. Art installations like artist-in-residence Johnny White’s ‘Good Vibrations’, Dan Fox’s ‘Sound Garden’ and Pif-Paf Theatre’s ‘Celestial Sound Cloud’ all feature interactive sonic sculptures. Modular synthesis, music production, marine forensics and a virtual reality voyage to the Arctic with Greenpeace are among the wavy science tent highlights.

Arts and crafts

If your kids love crafts, this is the place for you! They can design fish out of old book pages, make their own deep-sea diving helmet, build a boat or upcycle waste materials such as plastic bottles to make lovely art creations with Sarah Turner in the festival’s arts & craft workshops.


A brand-new wellbeing area – The Hideaway – sounds amazing! A place you can find all sorts of different yoga and a place you can  downshift and recharge. Bliss.

Grab your tickets for the weekend here www.deershedfestival.com/tickets

See you in the fields, adventurers.

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