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Black Deer Festival

After the phenomenal success of last year – the UK’s only Americana and country music festival is back. Happenin' this June just outside Tunbridge Wells, book your tickets now!

After the phenomenal success of last year – the UK’s only Americana and country music festival is back. It promises once again to be all kinds of swing jive and Texas Two Stepping cool…


Black Deer Festival (winner of Best New Festival on the Block 2018) will take place on Fri 21, Sat 22 & Sun 23 June 2019 in Eridge Park, Britain’s oldest deer park, on the Kent/East Sussex border near Tunbridge Wells (just 50 minutes by train from London to nearby Tunbridge Wells station).

To sum it up this festival celebrates the best of a bygone rural age and way of life. It’s all about enjoying the simplicity of the natural world around us – think ‘authentic’ and ‘returning to our roots’.

The festival will have sections dedicated to music (read more on the band line-up below); food (think classic American smokehouse BBQ, oh and whiskey); motors (showcasing all the best mean machines from classic American trucks to custom vintage motorcycles); traders (get loads of Black Deer Mercantile offering authentic wares from quality textiles and original printed posters to handmade surfboards and banjos) and young folk (there’ll be loads of children’s activities as it’s a family friendly affair).

MUSIC: It’s basically a stellar lineup of established and new Americana, country, blues, folk and bluegrass artists. Latest additions include personal faves country duo The Shires with their own unique brand of catchy anthemic songs and UK four-piece The Magic Numbers joining Grammy nominated Band of Horses (didn’t know them but am getting better aquainted after a quick google) and The Mavericks (love these guys). But there’s heaps of acts to enjoy and discover, with more than 100 across 6 stages in fact!

KIDS: The organisers behind this event definitely know their onions having worked in the festival scene for years and as a result have been really specific about the ‘young folk’ activities they want to offer. There’s Woodland Tribe a ‘Build your own adventure playground’ experience (pictured above) which has already proved hugely popular at Camp Bestival and Elderflower Fields. And there’ll also be tree climbing, Forest Jack, creative workshops from local Freckles & Fire, storytelling, music workshops, a dedicated Papermoon stage and more…

CAMPING: There are a few camping options. These include: General camping – included as part of the Weekend Camping Tickets (bring your own tent and pitch up).

There’s Pre-pitched camping – you’re placed within the General Camping part of the site but can make the most of a consierge camping experience. Just pre-book your tent and it will be pitched ready for your arrival and taken down after your stay so you can come and just enjoy the festival – easy peasy!

Live-Ins – for those bringing their own wheeled accommodation e.g. campervans, caravans, trailer tents and motorhomes (electric hook ups are also available).

Fancy Camping – a wonderful array of beautiful home-from-home stays, from simple bell tents to emperor bells, traditional tipis and hand-painted gypsy bowtop caravans. Now we’re talking!

Airstreams – traditional American Airstreams situated in the Fancy Camping area, the ultimate experience stay (limited availability). Check out all the details of car parking and booking your pitch here.




Black Deer Festival of Americana & Country, Eridge Park, Fri 21 – Sun 23 June 2019 WIN A FAMILY TICKET! (4 Weekend Camping tickets based on a family of four, 2 Adult & 2 Junior/Child tickets – total value £450)

TO ENTER: ‘Tis easy peasy! All you have to do is:

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We will be pulling the winners’ names out of our stetson hat on Wed 5 June. The winners will be randomly selected and winners must claim the prize within 48 hours of announcement. If a winner does not claim the prize after 48 hours, an alternative winner will be selected. Please note you have to be 18+ to enter this prize draw.

5 comments on “Black Deer Festival”

  • C McGurry May 29, 2019

    Oooooh, we’d love tickets to go and enjoy this music – love bluegrass, americana and folk in our house!

  • Derek greenaway May 31, 2019

    Quality prize my granddaughter would love this

  • tammy tollefsen June 1, 2019

    looks like so much fun, loving the photographs, i so want to be there feeling the love and vibes!

  • Hein Pretorius June 2, 2019

    Would love to attend! quite a few acquaintances raving about last year and attending again this year….

  • Natasha Aidinyantz June 3, 2019

    Really great giveaway. Would love to tale my family as I love camping and the simple life! This is a great British summer and I need more ways to enjoy it but money is low.


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