Bearded Theory is hosted at Catton Park which is predominately flat, but the ground is grass and some areas can be uneven. We provide a managed flat Accessible Camping Area just outside of our main arena.  In adverse weather conditions we shall allow wheelchair users to use the production roads to get between the Main arena stages.

We provide a flexible range of services to anyone with a disability and you can choose as little and as much of what we have on offer. You do not have to camp in our disabled area to use the facilities available as we appreciate you might want to camp in your group of friends/family. To use any of our services please let us know 4 weeks before the festival so we can make the arrangements for you.

If you are staying in a campervan or caravan you are still required to purchase a live-in vehicle pass. Passes to camp or to bring a live-in vehicle/caravan into the accessible camping area must be agreed in advance by the festival. It will not be possible to issue passes to the disabled area on the day. We have a limited number of passes which allow you to park near to your tent in the disabled area and these passes are available by the discretion of the festival. You are required to purchase a car parking pass via the official ticket outlets and then apply for disabled parking.

What we offer: –

  • Electric to charge wheelchairs and to plug in any medical apparatus in the Accessible Camping Area – please bring the relevant connections BUT please inform us in advance if you require an electric connection.
  • Flat camping area
  • Managed access camping with a dedicated team to assist in erecting tents etc
  • Accessible parking – for disabled patrons’ vehicle only – family and carers will have to park in the main car park
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible showers
  • Viewing platform (Main Stage)
  • Medical Storage
  • One free carer ticket subject to the relevant criteria
  • On-site British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter

Strobe Lighting 

Due to the nature of the artists it is likely that strobe lighting will be used throughout the performances. There will not be warning immediately before a period of strobe lighting.

Medical Centre 

The Medical Centre is in the 24-hour area should you need it. The centre is manned by qualified paramedics, medical technicians and first aiders. We have several ambulances that can transport off site in the case of emergency.

Medical storage 

We are aware that many people take prescription medication that needs to be kept chilled. We supply a fridge and safe storage in our Medical Centre. You will need to have your medication in a sealed container with your name clearly labelled on it and you will be asked to sign it in and out.

Main Stage Viewing Platform 

There will be a viewing platform in the Main Stage arena. Anyone wishing to use this will require a pass which can be requested by emailing us.

The viewing platform is solely for the use of our disabled festival goers plus one other. The access ramps will be in accordance with disability regulations. Please note chairs are not provided on the platform but you can bring your own.

Carer Tickets 

We offer a free carer ticket for a Personal Assistant if you receive Middle or Higher Rate DLA or the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), are aged 16+ and would not  be able to come to the festival without assistance. Scanned proof will be required, and all passes issued are subject to the festival’s discretion and subject to availability. Carer tickets are not allocated to parent/guardians of children under the age of 17, as all children under 17 attending Bearded Theory must be accompanied by a responsible adult/carer.

Applications for carer tickets for Bearded Theory 2022 have now closed. Please keep an eye out for information around our 2023 festival later this year.