Busy Parents Family Festivals

Make memories at our fabulous Family Festivals!

We know that modern family life is often very busy. We seek to create space for families to enjoy time together having fun and learning new things.  

Our events introduce a new generation to high-quality arts at an affordable price.


For tickets go to the Busy Parents Network Facebook site: 

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our events soon!


The Hundred and One Dalmatians

Barber Institute of Fine Arts. October 21st 2017

Start your half term with us at our unique drawing and animation event The Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Featuring award-winning children's author Peter Bently and illustrator Steven Lenton in a live - often hilarious - draw-along reading of the brand new 101 Dalmatians picture book. Children and their adults can draw along too in sketch books provided! 

Children can also enjoy have-a-go art activities with a professional artist, storytelling in the galleries on and an animal inspired gallery trail as part of the day.  And the famous 1961 Disney film will be screened throughout the day.

Bookings taken for 2 timed sessions :- 10.30-1.15pm and 1.30-4.45pm with draw along interactive live reading as part of each session.

Performance times – 10.45-11.45am and 1.45-2.45pm. Book signings/Meet & Greet the author and illustrator sessions will follow each concert. 

There will also be a Dalmatian Animation workshop run by FlatPack, for ages 6+. Booking essential. 

Whole event ideal for 3-12 year olds. Younger siblings welcome and under 3s go free. 

All tickets are £5. This amazing event is subsidised by Arts Council England.

Winner of Best Family Event 2015 and Best Family Welcome 2016 from Get Creative prestigious national awards. This is what one parent said about last year's event:-

"What a wonderful experience! Listening to beautiful music - expertly performed - whilst characterful people, animals and scenes appear from the pen of the artist, with the audience sketching along. Pure magic!"

Buy your tickets here:https://busyparentsnetwork.yapsody.com


Upcoming Events

Theatre in the Park The Acorn Emporium.

Expect giant rodents with fluffy tails, music and laughter. Set around a beautiful marquee this is a tale of living in a land that doesn’t quite feel like home. A Busy Parents Network and Untied Artists production at Bournville Park. Thursday July 27th 2017, at 3pm. 5+


Bournville Scarecrow Festival 

Make a scarecrow for our trail around the village, and raise money for charity at the same time. The theme for 2017 is Characters Which Make Me Laugh. Saturday September 23rd 2017.


Bournville BookFest 

A 10-day celebration of storytelling, bringing world famous authors to Birmingham to read from the books and share their writing and illustrating tips with children.  In 2017 we had nearly 100 events, and sold 5,000 tickets. BookFest2018 takes place from March 15 to 25th 2018. http://bournvillebookfest.com


Past Events

Carnival of the Animals 

Our award-winning draw-along event at Barber Institute of Fine Arts!  Children joined acclaimed author illustrator James Mayhew to sketch to live music from Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. With a trial through the galleries, craft and stories. This event won Get Creative Family Arts Festival’s Best Family Welcome 2017.


Magical Lands

A celebration of fairy tales and enchanted places, at the historic Selly Manor Museum in May 2017.  This sell-out day of entertainment saw children learn archery from Robin Hood himself, brew potions in the School of Wizardry, and plant their own magic beans and sit spellbound by Arabian Nights Storytelling.


This is what people said about BookFest 2017:

“Genuinely wowed by the scale of BookFest. I have nothing but positive things to say about it and the events we attended. Definitely will come back next year.”

“The highlight of the spring term.”

“We were made to feel very welcome wherever we went. The festival is not at all stuffy and we felt totally relaxed and valued at all times. “

“We are very lucky to have the festival and the Busy Parents Network right on our doorstep!"

"Keep books alive and raise literacy levels by keeping Bournville BookFest going!”

“I am overwhelmed at how much effort, time and love was put into this festival. Bournville BookFest is amazing value for money and is certainly one of the highlights of the year. We cannot wait to attend next year.”

“We are new to the area with a profoundly deaf pre-school aged daughter. I was nothing short of overjoyed to see so many BSL interpreted and deaf-friendly events suitable for my child. This is a rarity.”

“BookFest is worth clearing the diary for!”

“I have yet to see anything like this festival in Birmingham!”

"My daughter is only 3 but loves to read and I feel Bournville BookFest has a big part to play. It’s the highlight of our year.”

“There is nothing else like it.”