May Newsletter

May 12, 2017 6:15 pm

Welcome to our May Newsletter

Welcome to our final newsletter before Bearded Theory 2017, our tenth
anniversary. Tickets are all but sold out with less than 30 now
available, thank you for your support this year and let’s hope the
sun is shining on us in 2 weeks’ time.

The team are prepped and ready to start work at Catton Park from
tomorrow but we will do our best to try and answer last minute queries
and questions via our email and social media outlets. Please raise any
questions within the next 7 days where we are not governed by internet
signals in a field. Disabled applications have now closed for this
year’s festival and all access passes have now been issued.

Remember all car park and campervan and caravan passes have been
issued as paper tickets from See Tickets this year and these will be
exchanged for a window sticker for your vehicle on arrival. All
festival tickets are barcoded and will be scanned on entry to ensure

We have included below some key information we want you to read before
setting off, to ensure you have a safety journey and also so you are
prepared for this year’s festival.

Last Few Tickets – Last Call

Adult, 4-day Weekend Camping Ticket – £105 – Last few remaining
Age 12-16, 4-day Weekend Camping Ticket – £55 – Last few remaining
Age 7-11, 4-day Weekend Camping Ticket – £25 – Last few remaining
Age 0-6, 4-day Weekend Camping Ticket – £Free – Last few remaining

Campervan & Caravan Pass: £35 – SOLD OUT
Car Parking Pass: £12.50 – Last few remaining


National Express Coaches are close to selling out all the seats on all
routes to the festival. If you are planning on using the coach service
please ensure you book your seats in advance and be very quick to
avoid disappointment.

Coaches will depart from Liverpool, Manchester, Stockport,
Stoke-on-Trent, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, Bristol,
Gloucester, Worcester, Birmingham, London, Milton Keynes, Northampton
and Leicester.

Ticket and Travel packages are available from , and standalone tickets are also
available from

Important – National Express send you a E-Ticket for your travel
separate to See Tickets. You need to print that so the driver can scan
it. Check your junk mailbox for these emails. If you cannot find it,
get in touch to and we will send you your
booking reference and you can go onto the National Express website and
then download a new E-Ticket


Please do your homework on how you will arrive at Catton Park and do
not follow your Sat Nav when getting close to the festival (8 miles
out). This is due to a very narrow bridge in Walton on Trent and 3
accidents occurring on this bridge to festival traffic in 2016. We
have a strict licensing condition stating festival traffic avoid and
with that we ask you to support us and follow the correct route

The AA routing signage will direct you to the festival and you need to
follow the correct signage applicable to where you are camping.

Public Cars and Drop Off – FOLLOW BLUE ROUTE ON AA SIGNS

Campervans & Caravans – FOLLOW RED ROUTE ON AA SIGNS


From the North: Follow the M1 Southbound and exit onto the A38 at
Junction 28, heading West for Burton / Birmingham. Keep travelling
until you pick up the AA road signs, which will exit you at the
Alrewas / Rugely / Tamworth A513 turnoff. Follow the signs to the

From the West or South (a): From the M5 (from the West) or the M40
(from London ), take the M42 Northbound. Between Junctions 8 and 9
take the M6 toll road and exit at T4 onto the A38 Northbound. Follow
AA road signs which will exit you at the Alrewas / Rugely / Tamworth
A513 turnoff. Follow the signs to the festival.

From the South (b): Take the M1 from London, and exit at Junction 24,
following the A50 to Stoke. After a few miles you will exit onto the
A38 to Burton. Follow the BAA road signs which will exit you at the
Alrewas / Rugely / Tamworth A513 turnoff. Follow the signs to the

ARRIVAL TIMES Gates open at 10:00 on the Thursday and 09:00 Friday,
Saturday & Sunday May for all ticket holders. Gates close strictly at
20:00 on Thursday for entry/re-entry, 21:00 Friday & Saturday and
19:00 on Sunday. Please do not arrive before these times as it causes
us a right nightmare you naughty people!! We thought hippies got up
late for everything?


On the Sunday at 3pm after the parade*, Aid Todd from Drum Machine
will be conducting a huge drum n brass band which we want you to get
involved with.

If you play anything brass or woodwind, or a drum and you want to be
part of this finale extravaganza, then bring your instrument along to
the festival.

There will be a workshop on Saturday morning, where Aid will teach the
small horn melody to all melodic instrument players and the groove to
all drummers.

* The parade, led by Drum Machine with leave the Children’s Village
at 2 pm on Sunday and end with the huge band finale.

It’s going to be massive.


Sadly Trolley Totts retired this year and we have had to find a new
replacement and we have finally found Cart to Camp who are providing
trollies for little ones.

Cart-to-Camp are on hand to lighten your load, offering reliable
trolleys for you to hire to wheel your gear to your favourite camping
spot. In addition they are bringing their chariots for children and
can be pre-booked on their website or hired on the day (subject to

For further information and prices, visit:


Bearded Theory is a safe place to come to. Unfortunately, as with any
popular event, there is always a tiny minority who don’t come just
to enjoy themselves. In 2016 we had 7 reported tent thefts but we are
committed to reducing this. The measures we had in previous years
resulted in culprits being caught, reported to the Police and them
receiving custodial sentences.

We will have a campsite security office and in addition, there will be
campsite security patrols as well as decoy tents with CCTV cameras
supplied by South Derbyshire Police. Undercover and uniformed Police
will also be onsite for the duration and we thank South Derbyshire
Police for their continued support in this regard.

Whilst we are trying our hardest to reduce onsite crime, we need you
to help. Please keep any valuables with you at all times. Make sure
they are somewhere safe, and close to you especially when you are in
bed. Never leave handbags or wallets in the communal parts of your
tent better still use the lockers provided. These are located in the
middle of the campsite. Do not withdraw large amounts of cash,
withdraw daily amounts from the cash point in the arena. The cash
machines might charge you a couple of quid a time but it is better
paying that than losing £20+ to a thief.

Together we will stamp this out.


We hate rubbish and we have OCD when it comes to being clean, so help
us be tidy. We have more bins than before and litter dumps in the
campsites for your rubbish, please use them and don’t chuck your
mess all over the place.

The more we spend on litter, the less we have available to spend on
bands and DJ`s the following year. Last year we had to throw away old
sofas, a battered old caravan, piles of wood and it made us feel like
we had been advertising a tip rather than a festival. We recycle all
waste from the festival off-site using a recycling firm regardless of
what bin you put your rubbish in.

Please leave the campsite as clean as when you arrived.

If you can take one bag of rubbish home with you if you are in a
campervan or caravan, this will help hugely and mean we can continue
to increase spend on happier things.


Greetings from Bonjo Iyabinghi Noah




Hearthworks have informed us that they are close to selling out on the
majority of the tipis and yurts available this year. If you fancy
something posh to stay in over the weekend then you need to be quick.
Please note that Hearthworks will email all tipi and yurt purchasers
on 17th May to advise you on what you need to do when you arrive at
Catton Park.

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.

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!

For prices and booking information, please click here


Get in the mood for some dancing and listen to our Spotify playlist
which was painstakingly put together by a novice. Listen here