Deer Shed Festival: Additional acts and the return of the Beer Festival

Posted on 2 June 2013
By Anna Wade
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Having announced the bulk of the music, comedy and arts programmes for Deer Shed Festival 4, the other activities and adventures have been announced along with a few additional acts including CBBC’s Big Howard Little Howard, the return of the Beer Festival and exciting new partnerships with Sunderland City Council and legendary toy company, Meccano.

With the music headliners consisting of Edwyn Collins, House of Love, Darwin Deez and Gaz Coombs, a big PG rated comedy line-up, cinema showcases and an extensive arts programme; Deer Shed Festival provides a fully immersive and interactive holiday for the whole family to enjoy together in a beautiful site, set to the soundtrack of top quality music.

New for the Big Top Comedy tent are the award winning Big Howard Little Howard, stars of CBBC’s Little Howard’s Big Question, The Royal Variety Performance and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, will be hosting and evening of variety and stand up in The Deer Shed Big Top.

Expect a joyful mix of wonderful stand up and variety as Big Howard and his animated partner in mirth Little Howard introduce the uber daft Duncan Oakley, Steve Best and Justin Moorhouse.

Latecomers on music line up are Velcro Hooks, a raw four piece, garage rock band from Bristol that will be bringing their now notorious full on, in your face explosion of pure rock in their live show.

On top of all music, cinema, comedy and arts line-ups there’s also a variety of other activities and facilities that are specifically there for the comfort and amusement of the entire family.

Other additional activities for the whole family include: Eight tons of play sand, that game with a tennis ball on a string® Deer Shed have designed their very own sets, made out of heavy duty steel and powder coated pink, just for that special Deer Shed touch.

Due to overwhelming demand The Cardboard city is back again, this year with bigger boxes and more boxes to play with.

The Sports field will have lots 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, running shoes and motivation to be provided by participants.

This year Deer Shed have teamed up with some local and national companies to give an additional injection of creativity. Sunderland City Council, extending their family friendly activities away from Sunderland’s beaches and multiple attractions, are sponsoring the Family Workshops area, enabling the festival to splash out on even more ingenious and bonkers ways to keep the whole clan occupied and engaged throughout the festival.

Deer Shed has also teamed up with everyone’s favourite mechanical toy, Meccano, who are donating a heap of their legendary kits. Aspiring and professional mechanics alike can try their hand at building anything imaginable, be it a racing car, jet plane, motorbike or helicopter, Meccano offers a variety of different models, movements and parts to keep even the most senior mechanics busy for hours!

Tickets for Deer Shed Festival are available from £89, with the child (6-15) tickets for £25. For more information, visit