Bearded Theory 2023

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Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th May 2023
Catton Hall, Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8LN, England MAP
currently £175 for the weekend
Daily capacity: 9,999
Last updated: Fri 2nd Jun 2023

The family friendly, fancy dress party with beards, bands, DJs, and more returns to Catton Hall, in Derbyshire with the dates  expected to be from 25th to 28th May 2023 



Artists on this year's eclectic line-up include: The Pretenders, Interpol, Primal Scream, Gogol Bordello, Gary Numan, Echo & The Bunnymen, Flogging Molly, Viagra Boys, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, The Beths, The Mysterines, She Drew The Gun, Yard Act, Snapped Ankles and many more with more to be announced. This year also sees the return of the innovative and unique Festival School, the Rogues Hideout and the Earth Area, and many more.

for the details as available please see the line-up page.


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Tickets for 2023 are on sale, priced as follows:-
Adult weekend : £175
Children aged 12-16: £65
Children aged 8-11: £40
Children aged 0-7: FREE but need ticket
Car parking: £20
Campervans & Caravans: £70
All tickets include camping, and Thursday entry. There are no tickets available on the gate.

A payment plan is also available.

Bearded School

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.

More info

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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