Bearded Theory

26th - 29th May 2022

Location: Catton Park, Walton upon Trent, Derbyshire, DE12 8LN

Size: 8500


Parent Reviews: 2019, 2017, 20162015, 2014, 2013

Highlights for Families

Bearded Theory have a large Children’s Village. They have 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. This year there are new circus and theatre fields.

Bearded Theory School

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.

Festival Kidz think this is an excellent idea, and are excited to be trying out the school – See the 2016 review for what we thought of the school!

Rogues (Teens) Hideout Bearded Theory

Recognising that teens need their own space, Bearded Theory has a special small creative save hideaway for children and teenagers.

In this space there will be a series of workshops in which Rogues can learn to DJ, build-a-band and graffiti.


There is always a fantastic range, with something for everyone. This year The Cult, Suede and Doves are rubbing shoulders with Editors, Oh Sees and Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul. Other acts include Stiff Little Fingers, Idlewild, The Orb, Slow Readers Club, The Skatalites, Seth Lakeman, The Wildhearts and Reef.

Pen and Parchment

Festival Kidz are especially excited about Bearded Theory’s brand new area which will showcase comedy, spoken word, band interviews, magicians, as well as charity talks from the festival’s chosen charities.

The Site

The campsite is spacious and the ground is pretty flat. The campsite is around a 5 minute walk, basically it’s on the opposite side of the river and you have to walk over a bridge to get to the campsite.

The campervan fields have been improved, and the campsites will continue to provide hot showers, picnic areas plus a world of fabulous organic and affordable food concessions. With prices much lower than similar festivals and children five and under gaining free entry, it will be a great start to next year’s summer festival season and an ultimate family experience.

Beards are not compulsory but they are traditional at Bearded Theory!  I believe they hold the Guinness World Record for the Most Fancy Dress Beards being worn at one place.