Deer Shed Festival

20th - 22nd July 2018

Location: Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, N Yorks

Size: 6,000

Website: www.deershedfestival.com/

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.

Deer Shed Festival 2017 Review

** Click for 2015 PARENT REVIEW by Lisa Rabone **

** Click for 2014 PARENT REVIEW by Sam O’Brien **

Read more…

Deer Shed Festival 2017 Review

big wheel deer shed
Happy to be on the big wheel!

We are Deer Shed regulars and we have enjoyed many happy years of basking in the sun, or at most a light shower. It had to happen at some time – finally Deer Shed festival got hit by the rain. So this is Deer shed festival review – the muddy edition. Did the mud stop us from having a great time – no of course not!

Read more…

Deer Shed Festival 2016 Review

A Warm Yorkshire Welcome For a Great Family Weekend

By Kirsty with Evelyn (6) and Martha (3)

Deer Shed 2016

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…

Deer Shed 2015 Review

Deer shed science

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.

Read more…

Best Family Festivals 2015

CIAF 2014


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.

We have included our affiliate links in the listings – if you click “Buy Tickets Now” you will go straight to the ticket page for your chosen festival. You will not pay anything for this but the festival will give us a small commission to keep Festival Kidz up and running – so please use them!

Read more…

Festival Kidz Award Winners 2014

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!

2014GoldAward Read more…

Deer Shed 2014 Review

Review by Sam O’Brien

DSCF3246Having 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.

Read more…

Best Family Festivals 2014

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…

Deershed 2012 Review

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:

Createfivetwo.tumblr.com/create-52-2-deer-shed-3-festival-review

Festivalsforall.com/a-weekend-of-smiles-at-deer-shed

Thanks to Andy Tattersall and Linda from Festivals For All for the links x

Top 15 Music Festivals for Under-5’s – 2012


Top Festivals for Babies and Toddlers 2012 (for 2013 – click HERE!)

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:

Read more…

Deer Shed Festival

20th - 22nd July 2018

Location: Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, N Yorks

Size: 6,000

Website: www.deershedfestival.com/

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.

Deer Shed Festival 2017 Review

** Click for 2015 PARENT REVIEW by Lisa Rabone **

** Click for 2014 PARENT REVIEW by Sam O’Brien **

Read more…

Deer Shed Festival 2016 Review

A Warm Yorkshire Welcome For a Great Family Weekend

By Kirsty with Evelyn (6) and Martha (3)

Deer Shed 2016

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…

Best Family Festivals 2015

CIAF 2014


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.

We have included our affiliate links in the listings – if you click “Buy Tickets Now” you will go straight to the ticket page for your chosen festival. You will not pay anything for this but the festival will give us a small commission to keep Festival Kidz up and running – so please use them!

Read more…

Deer Shed 2014 Review

Review by Sam O’Brien

DSCF3246Having 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.

Read more…

Deershed 2012 Review

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:

Createfivetwo.tumblr.com/create-52-2-deer-shed-3-festival-review

Festivalsforall.com/a-weekend-of-smiles-at-deer-shed

Thanks to Andy Tattersall and Linda from Festivals For All for the links x

Deer Shed Festival 2017 Review

big wheel deer shed
Happy to be on the big wheel!

We are Deer Shed regulars and we have enjoyed many happy years of basking in the sun, or at most a light shower. It had to happen at some time – finally Deer Shed festival got hit by the rain. So this is Deer shed festival review – the muddy edition. Did the mud stop us from having a great time – no of course not!

Read more…

Deer Shed 2015 Review

Deer shed science

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.

Read more…

Festival Kidz Award Winners 2014

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!

2014GoldAward Read more…

Best Family Festivals 2014

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…

Top 15 Music Festivals for Under-5’s – 2012


Top Festivals for Babies and Toddlers 2012 (for 2013 – click HERE!)

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:

Read more…

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