Deer Shed Festival returns for a 7th year at Baldersby Park, North Yorkshire this Friday (22nd July 2016) with its usual unique and varied selection of music, art and science.

This year’s offerings have us stumped at where to even start writing a preview, it would be quicker to write what’s not on offer. If you want music they have some of the biggest names on the music scene, headliners Everything Everything, Richard Hawley, Beth Orton and Anna Calvi are joined by Lonelady, Steve Mason and Lanterns on the Lake to name just a few.

Deer Shed Festival 2016 Preview

This year’s comedy offering surpasses previous years and reads like an episode of Live at the Apollo with stand-up performances from Mark Watson, Justin Moorhouse, Tom Wrigglesworth, Rob Deering and festival regular Mrs Barbara Nice.

In addition to comedy there is a large selection of talks from authors, spoken word poets and what looks to be a fascinating panel discussion looking at the cultural differences between England’s North and South.

But hold on, we’re still not finished with the arts, there are theatre and comedy shows and a cinema - we are particularly excited about sing-a-long Pitch Perfect.

But the real big draw for families to Deer Shed Festival are the amazing workshops, of which there are over 80 different ones, so there must be something for the fussiest of children. This year’s theme is At the Movies, so new workshops added include Accents and Improv, Stage Combat and Presence Theatre Voice Projection. In addition to this there are dance and exercise classes, a huge number of art and crafts and science workshops, including BBC Microbit, Forensics and Guerrilla Archaeology.

Deer Shed Festival 2016 Preview

And we’re still not finished! For the more active festival goer there is a huge selection of sports including the more traditional football, handball, rounders and volleyball and the downright strange, Hungry Hippos, Sock Wrestling and That Game on the Broomstick! Luckily Festivals for All reviews will be there to have a go and report back on what these might possibly involve.

Deer Shed 7 Festival, Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

Date: 22nd to 24th July 2016

Price: Tickets for adults (with camping) £145. Child tickets up to £45 depending on age.