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 our main arena. The ground can get muddy but should this happen we do allow people in wheel chairs to use the production roads to get between the Main Stage, Maui Waui and Magical Sounds.
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 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 by 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.
The access area is only available to disabled patrons and their immediate carers. Due to space limitations and to ensure that we can accommodate everyone who applies, we cannot allow non-disabled persons who are not the immediate carers to camp within the access camping area.
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
- Accessible toilets
- Accessible showers
- Viewing platform (Main Stage)
- Medical Storage
- Free carer ticket subject to the relevant criteria
- On-site British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter
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.
The Medical Centre is located in the 24-hour area should you need it. The centre is manned by qualified paramedics, medical technicians and first aiders. We have a number of ambulances that can transport off site in the case of emergency.
We are aware that many people must 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 viewing platforms in Main Stage arena. Anyone wishing to use this will require a pass which can be requested by emailing us.
The viewing platforms are 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 any of the platforms but you can bring your own.
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 festivals discretion and subject to availability. Carer tickets are not allocated to parent/guardians of children aged 16 and under, as all children attending Bearded Theory must be accompanied by a responsible adult/carer.
To utilise any of the above facilities or to apply for a carer ticket please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “MAKE MY LIFE EASIER”.