Creative Partners

We seek to bring together talented people and local communities in order to nurture talent and build relationships.

We are delighted to be working with our Creative Partners and we encourage you to get in touch with them if you are looking to create an event or workshop with a difference.


Lizzy Bean


Artist Lizzy Bean has been teaching and collaborating on art projects in Birmingham for two decades.  She holds her fantastic mosaic classes for children and adults in the basement of Bournville Community Hub, creates earth ovens for pizza parties, and held Storytime with Guinea Pigs at Bournville BookFest 2016.

Magdalen Gorringe

Magdalen teaches Bharata Natyam - a classical dance form from South India. She offers dance workshops and performances has brought Bharata Natyam to nurseries and schools, old people’s homes and children and adults with special needs, and even an asylum centre.

United Artist


Untied Artists are a Selly Oak-based theatre and performance company, creating diverse, engaging and heartfelt storytelling. From running tracks to contemporary art galleries, in village halls and schools; from theatres to high streets Untied Artists been touring nationally and internationally since 2008. Untied Artists brought Ali Baber to life at Magical Lands and this summer bring their brand new theatre show ‘The Acorn Emporium’ to Bournville Park. 

We also work with...

Bournville Village Trust (BVT) has been a wonderful supporter of Busy Parents Network from the very beginning. 

Founded in 1900 by George Cadbury, BVT is one of the largest and most respected housing trusts in the country, looking after over 8,000 properties across the Midlands. As Mr Cadbury hoped, families make a home in Bournville and often never leave thanks to the convivial atmosphere of the location.  

Busy Parents Network is pleased to be able to help BVT to connect with young families at our festivals and other smaller events held in the village.  We would like to thank BVT for their support.

Oulsnam Estate Agents – based here in Bournville – are very firm supporters, sponsoring festivals and advertising regularly in the Busy Parents Network Directory.

Barber Institute of Fine Arts
We have had the pleasure of producing several events with the Barber – including the award-winning Carnival of the Animals and Revolting Rhymes at BookFest 2017.  Our collaborations have introduced many families to the world-class masterpieces on display in the galleries and it has been fantastic to be able to stage events in their concert hall.

The Barber is free to enter and has a Little Artists club for preschoolers, Creative Sunday Workshops for older children and holiday art school.

Selly Manor Museum

Our Magical Lands events have seen Selly Manor and Minworth Greaves transformed into Narnia and a School of Wizardry. We value our relationship with the SellyManor Museum team and look forward to organisingmany more imaginative and original festivals in the future.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

As well as supporting our Directory and sponsoring BookFest 2017, the Rep has collaborated with Busy Parents with our Winnie and Wilbur Day at Library of Birmingham and a Harry Potter acting workshop.

Writing West Midlands

Writing West Midlands is the region’s literature development agency and organise the brilliant Birmingham Literature Festival.

Wyevale Garden Centre

Our neighbours at Wyevale Garden Centre have been very supportive, sponsoring Magical Lands, running a children’s plant-a-magic-bean stall and donating the most beautiful Christmas tree to our base at Bournville Community Hub.

Arts Council England

We are grateful beneficiaries of Arts Council Funding.

The Ticket Sellers

TheTicketSellers have managed the increasingly complex job of online ticket sales for Busy Parents events since 2016.  Established in 1998 they have worked hand in hand for many years with the UK`s leading promoters and event organisers to bring a wide selection of great ticket deals.