Set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall in the heart of the National Forest, Bearded Theory borders 3 counties and is only 2 hours away for 50% of the UKs population. The 2,000 acre estate is a private family home, the hall itself steeped in history, with its gorgeous parkland alongside the middle Trent and enclosed by ancient woodlands forming our main festival arena – a truly idyllic location for 4 glorious days of music.

​Each year, Bearded Theory Festival comes to life in these beloved fields, bringing with it an amazing arena full of spectacular musical performances, a plethora of options for foodies and drinkers, camping and accommodation to suit all needs, an award-winning children’s offering for the next generation of festival goers, and unbeatable entertainment for all kinds of music-lovers. Read on to explore the fields… 

The Stages

Where the magic happens… We have eight wonderful areas full of music, dancing and the best times for you to explore while you’re here with us. Each one a unique experience for you to enjoy.


Whether you’re a live-in vehicle stalwart, a boutique camper with a taste for the finer things, or someone who loves life under canvas, we’ve got space for you. Find out about all the places you can stay at Bearded Theory!


Bearded Theory has an excellent Accessible Camping Field for our guests with additional needs, as well as other facilities to help make your festival experience wonderful. Click below to read more about what’s on offer.

Children’s Area

Our Award-Winning Children’s Area is second to none! Offering a Friday school for kids attending during term time, plus exciting and educational activities all weekend long for youngsters and teens alike.

Food & Drink

There’s plenty to whet your appetite and scintillate your tastebuds at Bearded Theory. We pride ourselves on inviting some of the best festival traders to cater our party, and have some excellent booze pairings for you as well!

Earth Area

Our crafts and healing space, is a beautiful area to discover, learn and grow, whether you’re a child or adult. Acquire new skills, excite your senses and treat your body, mind and spirit with us.