General information & frequently asked questions
Opening & Entertainment Times
Gates open at 09:00 on Thursday 23rd May 2019 and close at 21:00.
Friday 24th, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th gates open at 09:00 and gates close strictly at 21:00 but 19:00 on Sunday.
Venue Times – (subject to change)
|The Pallet||12:00 to 23:00||12:00 to 23:00||12:00 to 23:00|
|Magical Sounds||14:00 to 03:00||14:00 to 03:00||12:00 to 23:00|
|The Woodland||12:00 to 00:00||12:00 to 00:00||12:00 to 00:00|
|Maui Waui||12:00 to 02:00||12:00 to 02:00||12:00 to 23:00|
|Woodland Comedy||00:00 to 02:00||00:00 to 02:00||N/A|
|Something Else Tea Tent||12:00 to 03:00||12:00 to 03:00||12:00 to 00:00|
|Convoy Cabaret||13:00 to 02:00||13:00 to 02:00||13:00 to 23:00|
|The Ship||16:00 to 02:00||16:00 to 02:00||15:00 to 23:00|
|Rogues Hide Out||14:00 to 23:00||14:00 to 23:00||14:00 to 23:00|
|The One Big Show Case||14:00 to 23:00||14:00 to 23:00||14:00 to 22:00|
Catton Park is a glorious 250-acre private Estate, which has been owned by the same family for over 600 years.
Located in the heart of the National Forest Catton is located between Derby and Litchfield on the West Midlands, Staffordshire and South Derbyshire border. Interestingly Catton Park is a 2-hour drive away for 50% of the UK`s population.
Walton upon Trent
DO NOT FOLLOW YOUR SAT NAV & FOLLOW THE AA ROUTING SIGNS DUE TO A VERY NARROW BRIDGE IN WALTON UPON TRENT.
Food & Drink
You can bring your own alcohol into the festivals campsite and arena in moderation (don’t take the proverbial, please do your bit by supporting our bars).
Please be aware that anyone who appears to be under the age of 25 will be asked for valid identification if seen consuming or bringing alcohol into the festival. Bearded Theory only accepts Passports, UK Driving License and Age cards as valid identification.
Bearded Theory boasts 5 fantastic public bars operated by the award winning Thornbridge Brewery from Bakewell. The bars offer a great selection of real ales, ciders, spirits, lagers, wines and soft drinks at pub prices.
Bearded Theory carefully selects a great range of food concessions catering for all food tastes. In the past we have had food from all around the world including Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Tibetan, Caribbean, Italian, Pies, English Sunday Roasts, Welsh and of course the usual burger and hot dog stall.
All our food vendors have been selected to provide good quality organic foods at sensible prices.
Catton Park has an abundance of hotels and bed & breakfast accommodation located nearby. If you are planning on staying off site please ensure you have read the entry and re-entry times. Be aware that in previous years the majority of local accommodation gets booked up very quickly.
- Fradley Arms/ Premier Inn, Fine Lane, Fradley, Lichfield, www.premierinn.com, Tel: 08715 278000 (3 miles away)
- Travelodge, A38 Northbound, Barton-under-Needwood DE13 8EG, www.travelodge.co.uk, Tel: 0871 984 6069 (3 miles away)
- Wychnor Park Country Club, Barton-under-Needwood, DE13 8BU, Tel: 01283 791391, (4 miles away)
- Travelodge, A38 Southbound, Barton-under-Needwood DE13 8EG, www.travelodge.co.uk, Tel: 0871 984 6069 (5 miles away)
- Riverside Hotel, Riverside, Riverside Drive, Branston, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 3EP, Tel: 01283 511234 (6 miles away)
- The Ladybridge, Bonehill Rd, Tamworth, www.premierinn.com, Tel: 08715 278000 (8 miles away)
- Dovecliffe Hall, Dovecliffe Rd, Stretton, DE13 0DJ, www.dovecliffhallhotel.co.uk , Tel: 01283 531818 (10 miles away)
- Mecure Hotel, Newton Park Burton upon Trent, www.mercureburton.co.uk, Tel: 08448 159018 (14 miles away)
Nearby Bed & Breakfast`s
- Manor Farm, Coton-in-the-Elms, DE12 8EP, www.manorfarmbb.co.uk, Tel: 01283 760340 (2 miles away)
- Fern Cottage, Mill Street, Coton in the Elms, DE12 8ES, www.ferncottagebb.co.uk, Tel: 01283 763306 (3 miles away)
- Harlaston Post Office, Main Road, Harlaston, B79 9JU
www.harlastonpostoffice.co.uk , Tel: 01827 383324, (4 miles away)
- Wisteria Lodge, Harlaston, B79 9JX, www.wisterialodgeuk.co.uk, Tel: 01827 383007 (4 miles away)
- Peel Farm, Fisherwick Road, Whittington, WS14 9LJ, Tel: 01543 433461 (6 miles away)
- East Lodge, Byrkley Drive, Rangemore, DE13 9RN, www.eastlodgeburton.co.uk, Tel: 01283 712412 (7 miles away)
- St Johns House, St John Street, Lichfield, www.stjohnshouse.co.uk, Tel: 01543 252080 (7 miles away)
Entry Information & Site Rules
Entry to the festival is by advance ticket purchase only and tickets are not available to purchase on the gate.
Please see the ticket section on this website for full details of ticket types and for details surrounding our official ticket partners. Please do not buy tickets for inflated prices on internet auction sites and be careful when purchasing tickets from sellers on internet forums.
Children up to and including the age of 5 (at the time of the festival) can attend free of charge but you must still obtain a ticket for them and please remember they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
Please ensure you read the terms and conditions before attending the festival and remember that buying a ticket you are in agreement with the conditions set out.
Ticket Terms & Conditions
To see our ticket terms and conditions please click here
Parking, Live in Vehicle Field & Access Camping
To ensure we get you parked and ready for a weekend of fun as fast and as smooth as possible this year we are putting car park and live in vehicle tickets on sale via See Tickets who will be issuing window parking passes (not E-tickets).
Car Park Tickets are charged at £12.50 in advance. Car Park Tickets on the day will be priced at £20, so get clicking and get your pass now.
Campervan & Caravan passes are on sale now at £37.50 and they will NOT be available to purchase on the day.
Our car park is a 3-5-minute walk away from the closest campsite. Please note that any vehicles arriving earlier than 13:00 on Thursday and 9am on Friday will be asked to wait in a holding area until the official gate opening time.
All public cars need to follow the BLUE route and all campervans, caravans need to follow RED route. Access camping need to follow the PRODUCTION route.
Drop Off Point
We do have a pickup and drop off point – please follow the applicable AA signs.
Car Sharing is a great way to meet new people and you can also save money by sharing the cost of diesel and parking. So if you have a spare seat and fancy offering it to another festival goer then head over to www.gocarshare.com
Taxi & Black Cab Contacts
Lichfield City Radio Cars: 01543 255440 / 254999 / 252444
Alrewas Cars: 01283 790391 / 07775 725205 / 07970 52985
Burton on Trent
Station Taxis: 01283 532000 / 01283 532007
Dells Taxis: 01283 564012
3 B’s: 01827 63636
Upon arrival head towards the wristband exchange and get yourself wristbanded and then take the route to the festival campsites where our friendly stewards will point you in the right direction to your desired campsite.
Bearded Theory has 7 campsite areas:
- Walton Wood (Normal festival camping)
- Catton (Normal festival camping)
- Family (Families & Quiet campers)
- Trent (Campervans & Caravans Only)
- Oakland’s (Campervan & Caravans only)
- Ryelands (Accessible camping)
- Tipi & Yurt (Heathworks)
Please have respect for people in the Family Campsite and keep noise down – this will be enforced and persistent sinners will be asked to move.
Traditional Weekend camping, Accessible and Quiet & Family Camping are included within the weekend ticket price.
Campervans, Caravans tickets are available for purchase in advance for £37.50. Bell Tent and Tipi Hire is additional, prices and bookings are available to view by going to the Tipi & Yurt Page on this website (drop down menu box under Information).
We have a great Children’s Village run by the brilliant Heage out of School Club. Please visit the Children area of this website for further details.
We regrettably are not allowed any dogs or cats to be onsite at the festival this year. A nice kennel is only down the road in Catton village. Please contact Mansditch Kennels on 01827 383463.
Assistance dogs are allowed on site and we have an area for toileting.
Please visit our access page here for full details on the services we provide.
The National Forest
Welcome to South Derbyshire at the heart of England and part of one of Britain’s newest destinations, The National Forest & Beyond, the perfect place to enjoy rural recreation. Catton Park is only 2.5 hours away from 50% of the UKs population!
Explore rolling countryside dotted with picturesque villages, historic houses & gardens, meandering rivers & canal, skiing & tobogganing. Or enjoy a calming walk in The National Forest, Britain’s most ambitious environmental project, covering 200 square miles and linking the ancient Needwood and Charnwood forests.
10 million trees and more than 400 new and ancient woodlands make this a very special place, producing stunning new landscapes, wildlife habitats and experiences. This is woodland creation on a scale not seen for more than a thousand years and nearly 8 million trees have already been planted. There’s so much to explore…
For more details go to this page.
Support South Derbyshire’s Tourism & Business
Please support Derbyshire’s tourism and local business as thank you for allowing Bearded Theory to be able continue in the area. Please buy your food, drink and camping supplies from local shops in the area.
The festival has set out to cater for all your requirements however we do recommend coming prepared.
Local shops to Catton Hall are:
- COOP, Main Street, Alrewas, DE128LN
- Morrisons, Wellington Rd, Burton, West Midlands DE14 2AR
Traffic movement at the festival is restricted so please buy all your food and beverages prior to the festival taking place.
Proof of Age
The festival will operate a challenge 25 scheme to stop underage drinking at the festival. The festival will accept three forms of identification with regards to identifying an attendee’s age. This will be a valid UK Passport, Driving Licence or a PASS Identification Card.
BBQs & Fires
No open fires are allowed at Bearded Theory and we have an optional cooking area for people who would like to use gas stoves safely. We have a communal camp fire in the healing area each evening – enjoy!
Off the ground BBQs / fire pits are allowed.
BBQ Safety – the dangers of Carbon Monoxide
There have been a number of tragic deaths nationally from carbon monoxide poisoning linked to the use of barbecues within tents, camping structures and caravans.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odorless, tasteless poisonous gas produced by incomplete burning of carbon based fuels, including gas, oil, wood and coal. Levels of the gas can build up very quickly to levels that can make someone unwell or result in a fatality.
Approximately 4,000 people attending Accident and Emergency each year are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. When CO enters the body it prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to cells, tissues and organs. It can cause symptoms such as headaches, drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. CO can kill quickly, in minutes, without warning and even low levels of the poison can cause lasting damage to health.
Campers have lost their lives after taking lit barbecues into tents or caravans for warmth.
A lit or smoldering barbecue should never be taken into a tent, tent awning, camping pod, caravan or campervan. Similarly portable gas stoves are not designed to be used inside such structures. They should be kept clean, in good working order and should only be used outside in a suitably ventilated area.
It is tempting to move cooking equipment inside when the weather is poor, but this can quickly lead to a potentially deadly build-up of poisonous gas. Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to carbon monoxide fumes should seek medical advice immediately.
Where can I find advice?
For further information see Gas Safe web page on BBQ safety.
Tent theft is becoming common at festivals and we advise you to visit the Crimestoppers website prior to attending the festival raise your awareness of crime and help you to minimise risk to yourself.
All security personnel have UV marker pens where you can write your name and address on your belongings.
All security will have photo ID to ensure you know who you are dealing with.
Off-site Parking & Vehicle Movement
Any naughty vehicles parked on the roads surrounding the festival site will be towed away. Vehicle movement might be restricted depending on the weather.
Bearded Theory does have ATM Machines located near the main and we do accept all major credit and debit cards in the merchandise stall.
Don’t become a victim and avoid bringing excessive cash levels with you and withdraw money on a daily basis.
We will have various shower blocks located in the campsites and live in vehicle field which are free to use.
We receive massive amounts of praise for our toilets every year but we will continue to make these facilities better. We expect all our toilets to be clean and tidy at all hours of the day and we have a team working 24/7 to ensure these standards are met.
Bearded Theory has a corner shop that sells cigarettes, food, newspapers, fruit, crisps, soft drinks and plenty more bits and bobs.
Tipi & Yurt
This year, we will have tipis on site to hire for the first time!
Warm and snug on wet or windy nights and cool on hot summer afternoons, the tipis are made based on the Native American tradition from high quality materials and come complete with inner liner, full weather protection, groundsheet and matting.
A firm festival favourite, Tipis offer comfortable and roomy accommodation so you can really make yourselves at home for the weekend. They are available in three different finishes so there’s something to suit couples, families, groups of friends and those who simply cannot live without their creature comforts!
Bearded Theory Locker Service
This year we have a lockers service to keep your valuables safe.
No festival is immune to tent thieves, don’t give them anything to steal, Keep it safely locked up!
You can find the locker service in the Walton Wood campsite next to the arena gate.