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Bearded Theory announce dates for 2019 | FESTIVALPHOTO

Bearded Theory announce dates for 2019

Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering, Derbyshire’s award-winning family-friendly festival, is delighted to announce that they will return in 2019 for the 12th successive year.

Returning again to its iconic home of Catton Park nestled in the beautiful National Forest, Bearded Theory will once again take place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend, Thursday 23rd - Sunday 26th May 2019.

All tickets will go on sale on Saturday 15th September. The first 1500 Adult Weekend Camping tickets will be priced at a special ‘early bird’ rate of just £105, with the remainder going on sale immediately afterwards for just £122.50. Once again, all children 5 years and younger can attend the festival for free, there are heavily discounted tickets available for older children and youths, and a monthly payment plan is also available (whilst stocks last) until December 30th 2018 – full ticket prices below.

The festival organisers have also revealed a raft of changes that will improve the festival’s traffic management procedures.

Most notably, the festival has appointed CTM - the UK`s biggest and most respected parking and traffic management company to oversee all vehicle and traffic management.
To reduce congestion on the roads, festival gates will open on Thursday from 9am and will remain open until 9pm. The number of Campervan and Caravan tickets has been reduced in number, and all spaces will be marked out in advance. The Police will be ensuring that traffic flows are maintained, and actively enforcing a strict ‘no waiting zone’ in the vicinity.

Live Music will not take place on the main stages on Thursday evening, however area areas, stalls and bars will be open from later in the afternoon.

The Bearded Theory booking team are hard at work securing some of the best live acts on the planet to perform at BT2019, and the first announcement of acts is expected later this autumn.

Michael Eccleshall, Bearded Theory spokesperson says,

“2018 was an exceptional year for everyone involved in Bearded Theory Festival. To welcome the likes of Robert Plant, Jimmy Cliff and hundreds more to our Spring Gathering - which started out as a stage in a pub garden made out of pallets a few miles up the road - was just mind blowing! We are incredibly proud of the overwhelmingly positive feedback received from both fans and the media for this year’s event, however we are never complacent. There is no doubt that we have our work cut out to make 2019 even better - but myself and the entire Bearded Theory crew have complete confidence that BT2019 will deliver the best experience yet to the only people that matter - our loyal festival-goers.
See you all back at Catton Hall in May!”

Having started life more than a decade ago as a birthday party in the garden of the Knockerdown Pub in Derbyshire, Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering has evolved to become one of the UK’s best-loved and critically acclaimed festivals, winning major awards including: ‘Best Small Festival’, ‘Best Promoter’ and ‘Best Family Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards; and ‘Best UK Independent Festival’ at the AIM Independent Music Awards.


On sale Saturday 15th September 2018




Adults (16+): £122.50, Age 12-15: £55, Age 6-11: £28
Children aged 5 and under are Free (Ticket Required).
A monthly instalment payment plan is available on Early Bird, Adult and Teen Tickets (whilst stock last)
until December 30th 2018. For more info see

Cars: £12.50 (advance)
Campervans & Caravans (7.5 x 7.5m Pitch): £37.50 – limited availability

Booking Fees Apply

All Tickets Include Camping
No Day Tickets Will Be Made Available

All tickets, and full T&Cs available:

Skribent: Anthony May
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