One of the events that makes Bearded Theory’s family-friendly atmosphere so unique is the festival’s annual attempt to break the world record for the largest number of people wearing false beards.

Starting life as a spontaneous response to the festival’s rather unorthodox name (who’s true origins still remain shrouded in mystery and intrigue), over the years the event has grown into one of the most enjoyable focal points of the weekend. With 2017 being Bearded Theory’s very special 10th anniversary, organisers are expecting record numbers in attendance, meaning that as many as 10,000 people could be taking part this year!

Taking place on Sunday, the World Record attempt serves as an opportunity for festival-goers of all ages to come together for some fun and silliness in front of the main stage. Coinciding with the fancy dress day – this year’s theme being the frankly bonkers ‘Mobsters & Lobsters’ – a ‘guest host’ (including previously The Cheeky Girls, X-Factor’s Wagner and Wheatus) pick a selection of some of the best false beard wearers to come up onto the main stage for some fun and games. The crowd then select a winner, who gets to attend the festival the following year for free! Notable past victors include a 6-month old baby, and last year’s mob of 20 highly excitable bearded minions.

Festival organiser Rich Bryan says “Our annual World Record attempt is a completely silly but joyously fun part of the weekend. It is completely unofficial – we once tried getting a famous drinks company to do it officially, but they quickly discovered that trying to get thousands of rather merry festivalgoers counted and registered was harder than herding an equivalent number of cats through a fishmongers. But the annual gathering has become one of those things that just make Bearded Theory that extra bit special, and we can’t wait to see our biggest ever crowd out there this year for our 10th anniversary.”


Seminal British rock act Skunk Anansie, and punk duo Slaves will headline the main ‘Pallet Stage’ on Friday. Led by the legendary Skin, Skunk Anansie will be the first female frnted band to headline Bearded Theory. Talking ahead of their appearance the band said “Stoked to be headlining Friday night. This festival is crazy good and we are looking forward to smashing it.”

Veteran bluesman and festival favourite Seasick Steve will headline Saturday night. Since rising to prominence as a solo artist a decade ago, Seasick Steve has frequently appeared in the album charts, with last October’s ‘Keepin’ the Horse Between Me and the Ground’ charting at #8. Steve’s albums have featured many guest appearances including Jack White (White Stripes) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).

Sunday night will reverberate with the sounds of classic hits including ‘Our House’, ‘Baggy Trousers’ and ‘One Step Beyond’, as North London’s finest nutty boys Madness will close the festival in style. Madness are one of the UK’s best-loved bands, achieving more than twenty chart hit singles, many of them instantly recognisable classics.

Also performing on the Pallet Stage are alt rock/punk band The Alarm, Bearded Theory legends New Model Army, Ska survivors The Selecter, seminal hip-hop act Sugar Hill Gang & Furious Five, Californian Rockers Vintage Trouble, Punk stalwarts Goldblade, Alabama 3, Ferocious Dog, Flight Brigade, Anti-Pasti, The Mocking Jays, Jaya the Cat, and many more.

Friday night on the beautiful custom-built oak Woodland Stage will be headlined by multi-million selling Britpop stalwarts, Cast. Northern Irish singer songwriter Foy Vance tops the bill on Saturday. Sunday will be closed by Sheffield’s finest, Reverend & The Makers.

We have also bagged a coup in securing post-punk legends THE FALL, led by their notorious front man Mark E. Smith, to perform on Saturday night.

Also on the Woodland are BBC Folk Award winners Kathryn & Sean Lakeman, heavy rockers Tess Of The Circle, dub punk band Smiley & The Underclass, Roving Crows, Kissmet, cow punk legends Pronghorn (celebrating their 25th year anniversary), and many more.

As a massive thank you to all the event’s loyal festivalgoers Thursday’s bonus line-up will feature virtually the entire 2008 Saturday Main Stage bill! As such BT welcomes back Bearded favourites Dreadzone (LIVE), 3 Daft Monkeys, Tarantism, True Deceivers, Hobo Jones & The Junkyards Dogs and more to help celebrate this 10th anniversary year.


Tickets are priced at £105 (Adults), £55 (Under 16s), £25 (Under 12s). Under 6`s are free (ticket is still required). £35 (Campervans) £12.50 (Parking). Booking fees apply.

Tickets are on sale via, or by calling the box office on: 0871 220 0260.

Bearded Theory’s Official and Exclusive Coach Travel Partner, National Express, will be running dedicated coaches to an on-site coach park from 16 locations around the UK. Great value fares are available from across the country, starting at just £20 return, with group discounts available.

Ticket and Travel packages are available, along with travel tickets only directly from

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Bearded Theory has been nominated at this years Festival Awards in the following categories...

★ Best Small Festival ★
★ Best Family Festival ★

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Bearded Theory has been nominated at this years Festival Awards in the following categories...

★ Best Small Festival ★
★ Best Family Festival ★

Follow the link below and please vote for us 🎉


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Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering

keep up to date with all our shenanigans (as they happen) in our Facebook event for 2018 below - as most of you are aware tickets flew out upon release day and are shifting now, so thanks again to all who have purchased.

We are working tirelessly to bring you a line-up worthy of your hard earned money, so bare with us and we'll be sure to announce some of those artists when the time is right! xox

Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering 2018May 24, 12:00pmBearded Theory's Spring GatheringBEARDED THEORY - THE SPRING GATHERING 2018

Thursday 24th May - Sunday 27th May 2018
Catton Hall, DE123LN.

🎟 2018 Prices 🎟
2018 Tickets -
'Early-Bird' Standard Adult (16+): SOLD OUT
Standard Adult (16+): £115
Ages (12-15): £55
Ages (6-11): £28
Ages (0-5): FREE
Car: £12.50
Campervans: £37.50


Tickets are on sale via the @[80157309571:274:SEE Tickets] website or by calling the Box Office on: 0871 220 0260. All ticket funds are secured in SeeTickets escrow account until after the festival.

All children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (21+). Please ensure you purchase the correct ticket for the age of your child as of May 25th 2017. Our gate entry will require photographic identification for any children that look older than their age. Ages 16+ might require identification to validate their age.

Bearded Theory is a multi-award winning creative and performing arts festival set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall in the heart of the National Forest. The festival borders 3 counties of West Midlands, South Derbyshire and Staffordshire and only 2 hours away for 50% of the UKs population.

We have been recognised in the National press as being one of the best festivals of the summer in various articles in the Guardian, Express, Sun, Independent, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 1, Channel 4, BBC Entertainment and the Mirror. We have an award winning free Children’s Village along with an award winning bar selling real ales, lagers and ciders at pub tariffs. In addition we are one of the very few festivals that allow you to bring your own drink into our arenas.

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Bearded Theorys Spring Gathering 2018


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I can't seem to find where I buy campervan passes?? Help x

Rebecca have you guys looked at this? We're undecided



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