We really enjoyed the Farm and Harvest Family Festival. Our little boy loved the animals, and all the things to get involved with: bread-making, the bouncy castle and all the rhythm time instruments! I have previously enjoyed the market days, but with this one, I left with a real sense of community. I realised that I had seen friends/acquaintances from so many areas of my life all enjoying themselves there. I connected with friends from church, my neighbours, my local craft group, local play groups, a course I did 4 years ago (!), my Pilates teacher, plus I saw my sister's friend (who I'd told about it) and her ante-natal group friend there enjoying a coffee, with 3 weeks to go until babies were due…. I also enjoyed snapping up some nearly new bargains from a friend I used to work with in the NHS, who I put in touch with Busy Parents Network to start with! I think sometimes living in a big city it is hard to feel like you genuinely belong to a community, but I left the Family Festival really feeling like I do belong to a local community. Thank you Busy Parents Network.

Catherine, local parent

Well done for all your hard work, you have really enriched the local community through this. Constantly impressed.

Joleen, local parent

Here is some of the amazing feedback we received from this year's Book Festival:

“This is the first time we have been to the Book Festival and it was fantastic – Julia Jarman had everyone hanging on her every word, and Simon James had all the children in awe of both his drawings and his stories……We will be definitely be there next year. Such a sense of community, belonging and welcome deserves high praise. Well done to everyone involved!”

Jeanette Rodgers

“Today I watched my son get involved in a way that I’ve never seen before – moving about, dancing, singing, acting out stories, enjoying the energy of the kids around him…it’s been truly wonderful to see. I think you really made magic happen for us all. Thankyou”.

Rachel Gillies

“We came all the way from Bristol. Our daughter Olive loved it! Especially meeting the great Korky Paul! Thank you for putting on such a fantastic day”.

Ivan Jones

“Thank you for a fantastic festival! My children and I especially enjoyed Nick Cope and Korky Paul. It is a great chance for the children to think more widely about their books, to realise books are created by someone and that maybe they could create their own book one day. Thank you for bringing this opportunity to them!”

Abigail Martin

“We had a fab time visiting from Coventry today. Our 4 year old daughter loved Nick Cope singing rude words about bums! Julia Jarman had the children hanging on her every word! Our 7 year old son absolutely loved Professor McGinty taking them back to Tudor times and Korky Paul and Jake Evans were also highlights. Great family day out!“

Amanda Crossingham

As a designer and maker of handmade jewellery and as a busy parent, the Busy Parents Network has provided me with an ideal platform from which to sell my pieces. Alongside the opportunities to reach new customers via the Busy Parent Network events, Sarah is committed to encouraging her Business Associates in every way that she can”. I have hugely valued this new platform from which I am able to successfully grow my new business.

Jane Powell Jewellery