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The Family Rave

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Regular readers of this blog will know that my family and I love to attend Camp Bestival – the award winning family friendly music festival that takes place each summer in Dorset. I enjoy getting our kids together to share an interest in music, good food and the outdoor life for a weekend, even if we sometimes have different tastes in the artists we want to see!

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Last weekend we had a taster of the festival vibe as we attended a family rave in Sheffield! This event was organised by Big Fish Little Fish who run raves all around the country. They will be at Camp Bestival this year with their offering and it is basically a safe place where families with young children can come together and enjoy good music, dance and take part in kid friendly activities like arts and crafts.

I took my teenager and tween along to check it out. For us, it was a little ‘young’, however grooving mums and dads with babies and toddlers are the target market and from what we could see – they loved it! I also enjoyed hearing the indie classics played by DJ Dave Booth, alongside some club bangers to get you dancing!

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The theme of the rave was neon / smiley. If you remember the acid house days in the late 80s / early 90s, you’ll get an idea of what it was about. The rooms were decorated with smiley faces and even had cupcakes on sale featuring the yellow sunny smile! I personally would have liked to have seen more of the adults dress up to suit the theme, I know that festival goers aren’t shy about dress up and costume, however it’s possible that this event was many families’ first adventures into family raving, so they didn’t think to! Once you have attended a few festivals, you become used to it all and feel under-dressed in ‘normal’ clothes!

Big Fish Little Fish are organising events across the UK and you can see their next sessions at their website. We will experience them next at Camp Bestival – if last weeks’ event was a taster for us – Camp Bestival is the main event! Three days of musical acts including old favourites and new artists. You can see the festival line up here. To buy your tickets for Camp Bestival 2017, click here.

The Big Fish Little Fish event I attended was at Plug, 14-16 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD. The event is conducted indoors with club lighting (no strobes) and really is ‘baby’s first rave’! If you have babies or toddlers and miss your clubbing days, check out the Big Fish Little Fish events to get back into the swing! More information at

Have you ever been to a family rave? Do you like the idea of clubbing with your kids? Let me know in the comments below!

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2017 Blog Ambassador: JuggleMum is proud to be an official blogger at Camp Bestival 2017. As an ambassador, my family and I visit the festival to share our experience with you. Camp Bestival is a family friendly festival that has entertainment for all ages from babies up. Learn more at their website. Click here to read all my posts as a festival ambassador.

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Comments to The Family Rave

  • We have been to a Big Fish Little Fish rave – I think the parents were definitely having as much if not more fun that the little ones! x

    Louise Edwards 17th May 2017 7:51 pm Reply
    • haha yes!!

      Nadine Hill 22nd May 2017 1:40 pm Reply
  • I left my raving genes somewhere in a field in the early 90′! It makes me laugh just thinking about it

    Jen Walshaw 22nd May 2017 12:24 pm Reply
  • I’m not sure my kids would appreciate me raving alongside them ha ha

    Cass Bailey 24th May 2017 8:59 pm Reply
    • hehe my teenager didn’t really appreciate it either but it was a fun experience!

      Nadine Hill 25th May 2017 12:11 pm Reply
  • we also went raving with Big Fish Litlle fish and agree that some of the kids were fairly young.
    However, the music was fantastic and I could not stop dancing!
    Hope to meet you at camp this year x

    Mary Louise 25th May 2017 2:06 pm Reply
  • We have done a couple of BFLF raves now although my kids prefer cheesy pop to dance music!

    Kara Guppy 29th May 2017 11:12 am Reply
  • Mine would love it but would think I am cramping their style lol, those cakes look fab x

    Karen Langridge 30th May 2017 7:58 pm Reply
    • I was cramping my kids’ style too!!

      Nadine Hill 2nd June 2017 2:38 pm Reply

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