For those thinking of attending their first Family Rave, what can they expect on the day?
As it says on the tin - a rave the whole family can enjoy (particularly those with children aged 0-8 years old). Famous DJs playing great music for the old clubber parents mixed with bubbles, glitter cannon, club visuals and topped off with a parachute dance. Each party has a fancy dress theme which is reflected in the Happy Monkey craft area - with things to make and do - and the Villa Pia baby chillout area is for babies up to crawling with soft mats, ball pool, tent and tunnel (and older children can enjoy a play area with more tents and tunnels). There's free glowsticks and transfer tattoos plus a licensed bar and food to buy, buggy park and baby change plus a goodie bag with Bear snacks and Happy Monkey smoothies to take away. In October DJs include Alex Paterson (The Orb), Lol Hammond (Drum Club) and Andy Smith (Portishead) and the theme is "Spooky".
What makes Big Fish Little Fish events so fantastic for families?
A multi-sensory environment that even the little ones can get involved with and designed to appeal to the adults as much as the children. They're social, daft, anarchic events where everyone can relax, dance and enjoy.
Where can I find my nearest Family Rave?
Mostly in London: Islington, Hackney, Balham and New Cross but also occasional parties and festivals further afield (Margate, Bournemouth and Farnham are all in October) and now regularly in Exeter and hopefully Manchester and Nottingham coming soon!
What inspired you to set up BFLF?
I had left my 20 year career after my second child was born and was taking care of them both. I could see how much they enjoyed festivals but couldn't find anything with the same sense of fun and freedom outside the summer. So I decided to create the thing I wanted to take them to.
You're taking part in this year's Get Creative Family Arts Festival - what art activities will be at your events?
We have an excellent, highly acclaimed craft area created and managed by Captain Cookie and sponsored by Happy Monkey smoothies. Kids (and adults!) can make themed crafts to take away, colour in the giant wall mural and pound away at the playdoh table. We also have occasion features like the wishing tree or making crafts out of natural materials with a local Forest School. The items Captain Cookie designs are so appealing that often the parents end up wearing them or make them with their very small babies - nice bit of art therapy for sleep deprived mums and dads.
What's next for BFLF?
We've got some great new venues both inside and outside London in the new season and exciting new DJs and guest performers. There will be some regular parties starting across the country. Beyond that I want to do extended parties - increasingly like mini-festivals and - who knows? - maybe take it international at some festivals next year on our way to world domination.
How can I find out more?
Firstly, you can find us taking part in this year's Get Creative Family Arts Festival with several Family Rave's
. Or visit our website at www.bigfishlittlefishevents.co.uk
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