Deer Shed Festival is an independent festival run by a family for families – with a welcoming atmosphere and a strong passion for decent music, food and entertainment for all the family.
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A Warm Yorkshire Welcome For a Great Family Weekend
By Kirsty with Evelyn (6) and Martha (3)
Sadly there are still those who think festivals are all about drink and drugs and so totally unsuitable for children. Those people need a trip to Deer Shed. Read more…
Caitlin Moran once did a hilarious sketch about returning home from a festival and trying to explain to the other people in the office what it had been like. It made me giggle for ages. It’s actually hard to put into words what a great time we had at Deer Shed festival. We’ve returned home tired but happy, with lots of wonderful memories that keep rising to the surface like bubbles.
Here are our top picks for 2015!
Whether a festival is good for you depends on what music you’re into and what other things you like doing at festivals, as well as the age of your kids. If you are new to festivals with kids, you may want to read our guide to Choosing the right Family-Friendly Festival.
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Announcing the 2nd annual Festival Kidz Awards!
2014 was a fantastic year for family friendly festivals – we reviewed more than ever before and visited so many that it made judging the awards extremely difficult. If your favourite festival is missing from this list, please feel free to comment below!
Review by Sam O’Brien
Having researched Deer Shed Festival beforehand I was very impressed with their principle: easy access, easy camping, reasonable prices, child focussed whilst still remembering the parents. Unfortunately, a lot of festivals make a lot of claims and don’t necessarily live up to them, so, the question is was I still impressed upon arrival? Simply put, yes, from the moment I arrived it was the simple things that made the difference, everything was straight forward. Obvious, simple direction signs on the lead in, easy, close parking, simple access straight into the camping area without having to queue through check-in with frustrated children and arms full of luggage, plus due to the nature of this festival no need to struggle to find family camping, it was all family camping.
Here are our top picks for 2014!
Now is a great time to start thinking about buying your festival tickets – most of the festivals offer ‘early bird’ prices, which means they are reduced if you book them early.
Whether a festival is good for you depends on what music you’re into and what other things you like doing at festivals, as well as the age of your kids. If you are new to festivals with kids, you may want to read our guide to Choosing the right Family-Friendly Festival. Read more…
We weren’t able to get along to Deershed ourselves this year, but the feedback from all the families we have spoken to has been very positive.
Here are a couple reviews from families who did go:
Thanks to Andy Tattersall and Linda from Festivals For All for the links x
For really young kids we tend to recommend smaller festivals, particularly if you are not an experienced festival-goer. Smaller festivals have the dual advantage of not being so vast that a trip back to the tent for a forgotten dummy takes half the morning, and the stage areas are usually less crowded meaning you can get closer to the bands without fearing your little one getting accidentally trampled on or lost. That said, smaller festivals often don’t have as much budget for children’s activities, so your choice will also depend a little on the level of laid-on entertainment that your family need.
It really is very hard to choose from all the festivals that take place in the UK each year. But if we have to narrow it down, our short-list of the best festivals to take your really little ones to goes a little like this:
Choosing from the hundreds of excellent family-friendly festivals out there is really really tough.
Many families will place a different importance to different aspects. Personally I don’t like my festivals too crowded, I like quality music but I’m not so bothered by big names, and most importantly I like a good range of workshops and street theatre to keep everyone entertained. But people always ask me which are the best festivals for kids so here is my shortlist – the ones which I think have something extra-special about them: Read more…