Deer Shed to host Alessi’s Ark & Blue Roses

Fancy some Gothic Morris dancing? Of COURSE you do.

Fancy some Gothic Morris dancing? Of COURSE you do.

If you’re on the look for a laid-back festival with a bit of class, look no further than the intriguingly named Deer Shed Festival, a one day festival (camping’s an optional extra) taking place at Baldersley Park, North Yorkshire on 17th July.  It’s one for all the family, but they’ve not compromised on quality when it comes to booking super bands.

You won’t have to compromise on what you see though, as with 13 acts on two stages, you’re unlikely to need a clashfinder or make any heart-rending choices.  Alessi’s Ark, Blue Roses, Lone Wolf, and headliners The Wedding Present will entertain a select crowd of just 1,200 guests.

Children can indulge in mosaic workshops, a deer treasure hunt where specially commissioned model deer will be hidden across the festival site, or learn to make a freedom boot: “a marvelous percussion instrument made out of a stick, a boot, some beer tops and various other bits and pieces”.

Grown-ups can dabble in a bit of yoga, do a spot of vintage shopping or catch some live comedy, and all the family can marvel at the (probable) brilliance of the Jet Set Gothic Morris Dancers.

Tickets are a snip at £35 for adults, and this is guaranteed to be a small, intimate affair all round.  Get your mits on them here.

Words: Helen True