This festival has been postponed from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th May 2020, firstly for 10th-13th September 2020, and now until May 2021. Organiser's statement.
The family friendly, fancy dress party with beards, bands, DJs, and more returns to Catton Hall, in Derbyshire.
Every year Bearded Theory attempts to break the world record for the most amount of people wearing a fancy dress beards in one place and at one time. The theme for 2020 is 'Masquerade Ball', so hide the beard behind a mask.
Acts include The Flaming Lips, Patti Smith & band, Primal Scream, Toots & the Maytals, KT Tunstall, The Undertones, The Damned, Sugarhill Gang & Furious Five, The Dualers, Ferocious Dog, Nova Twins, The Lagan, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Passenger, Blackballed, Dead Naked Hippies, Leftfield (DJ set), and more, with more to be announced.
For the details as available please see the line-up page.
Tickets are on sale, currently priced as follows:-
Children aged 12-16: £60
Children aged 8-11: £35
Children aged 0-7: FREE but need ticket
Car parking: £13.50
Campervans & Caravans: £39.95
All tickets include camping, and Thursday entry. There are no tickets available on the gate.
The Children's Village is extensive. In addition to a large and well-equipped family camping zone, a ‘rogues hideout’ for teens, a full baby care tent and a huge variety of coordinated ‘Village Green’ style activities (all staff CRB-approved), Bearded Theory is the only festival in the UK to offer a completely free, fully OFSTED-approved on-site school, allowing children ages 5-16 to be eligible for authorised absence.
Bearded Theory pioneered the idea of offering school education for children attending in term time. The Free Bearded School takes child enrolments with lessons have been planned to reflect the national curriculum. The idea is that parents can prove the day off is educational. The school will be open 9.30 until 3pm. Parents need to complete a form to guarantee your children’s spaces, resource pack and certificate.
Gates will open at 9am on the Thursday, until 9pm. There's no live music on the main stages on Thursday.
Along with the music there's a 'quiet space' campfire area with story reading, discussions and poetry, a (non-animal) circus, and late-night comedy.
More information will be here when available.
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