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BABY RAVE NORTH

As seen on the BBC and supported by Mothercare, Baby Rave North hosts some of the most unique and innovative social events for babies, toddlers, young children and of course their families. holding regular raves across the north big and small, transforming venues into a child friendly party environment, with the soft play area, sensory activities, interactive singing, dancing and more. since launching in april 2013, the events have grown massively with regular ravers travelling far and wide to join the fun.

MMB Magazine are excited to attend the Baby Rave North Christmas Rave in December!

Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

I am Faye Kenny, 28 owner of Baby Rave North and mummy to Ziah.

What made you set up Baby Rave?

If I’m honest, I never set out for the Raves to be a business that I’d end up running full time. I’m often asked what I did in preparation to start the business, but the truth is it was accidental!

Coming from a background working arts I had to be a jack of all
trades and work whenever and wherever I could. I would go from teaching in a primary school in the morning, high school in the afternoon and singing in a nightclub at 2am in the morning to wake up the next day and head to work on a corporate team building event. After having Ziah, being self employed and a self confessed workaholic I had to start working almost immediately!

After being underwhelmed by what was out there for the “modern” parent, my brother had suggested putting on an event for babies and younger children and within a couple of weeks the first event was out there and sold out, from then it’s just built up into being my full time (and then some) job. When I realised that what I had created worked, I was determined not to have to put Ziah in full time nursery for me to work for someone else  and be able to work alongside spending quality time with him.

Baby rave

What have been the biggest challenges and rewards for you as a business owner and working mother, how have  you adapted?

The biggest challenge is to find a balance between business and family. I try to make sure I fill my spare time with family activities and where possible Ziah comes to work with me! Some weeks I don’t get a spare moment, so I make sure the following week I’m freed up a little to get that quality time in. Once Ziah is tucked up in bed, that’s when I spend my time doing paper work, emails etc so I don’t have to be sat at the computer during the day. Then day time is working at a Rave, which he loves and often cries when he knows I’m heading to a rave and he’s missing out.

It’s not easy running a business and being a mother, but I know how lucky I am to be able to spend so much time with him, that’s the biggest reward by far. We’re now at the point where we have to apply for Primary School for next year and I really don’t know what I’ll do without my partner in crime.

Baby Rave pic

We notice you work with Mothercare how did that come about?

When it came to working with Mothercare, it was Debbie from their Mumspace who had seen the success of the events and suggested me hosting smaller versions. This was never the vision as I really didn’t want to become another “class” that parents could get bored of. I felt like to be something different, it had to be something that people would look forward to and feel special as opposed to a weekly shindig.  In the end I thought giving it a bash couldn’t hurt and the support we get at our Mini Raves at Mumspace, Mothercare has been phenomenal. It’s great having a big name that has our back and supports what we do.

Where are you at with baby Rave now in 2015?

I feel like I’m finally getting to the point where I’m finding that balance. I’m managing to get through paper work faster and prioritising so I can have more family time.

I also have the amazing Natalie who works for me now and it’s great to have another person that is capable of running the events to my standards and it gives me that extra time to manage the other side.

What would you have changed, if you could go back knowing know what you know about running your own business?

I would of had more confidence in myself and my business. Any negative feedback about my business I would take so personally. In the past anything less that 100% positive reviews would play on my conscious, reduce me to tears even.

But having such a wide audience, I’ve had to learn and appreciate that it’s not for everyone, but I’m so proud that from the thousands we have raving there’s only a small handful who have small negatives to say so I can’t grumble and so I have to take it with a pinch of salt.

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Where do you wish to go in the next 5 years?

I’ve held back on building the business to its full potential because I love the time I get to spend with my family. Once Ziah starts school in September and I have that extra time to put in even more work, it’s time for world domination!

Would you do it all again?

In a heartbeat. I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing support network which I think has been vital for my business to succeed alongside being a mother. Friends and family that have helped out at the raves, with Ziah, shared Tweets and Facebook posts and just believed in me and pushed me to continue.

I recently read a quote that I think sums it up,

” The only way to get better, is to surround yourself with people who believe in you.”

RAVES NEAR YOU NOV / DEC 2015

FREE HIP HOP BLOCK PARTY

Saturday 14th November

Leeds City Museum, Millenium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH

12pm-1pm

FREE FREE FREE

Just turn up and places will be first come first served.

LETS TAKE IT BACK TO 2003

Tuesday 17th November

Cottonbudz, Oaklands Avenue, Rodley, LS13 1LQ

10am-10.45am

11am-11.45am

(0-3yrs)

£4 per adult + optional £1 for stay and play in Cottonbudz after.

To book your place email the number of tickets required along with a contact telephone number to : info@babyravenorth.co.uk

BOLLYWOOD VIBES

Wednesday 18th November

Mini Rave @ Mumspace

Mumspace, Mothercare, Crown Point, Leeds.

1pm-2pm

(0-3yrs) older siblings always welcome

£6 per adult/ £8 per family (2 adults with 1 child/siblings)

To book your place email the number of tickets required along with a contact telephone number to : info@babyravenorth.co.uk

PRE FESTIVE JAM, SHIPLEY

Monday 23rd November

DM Academy, The Studios, Shipley, BD17 7BT

1pm-2.30pm

(0-5yrs)

£6 per adult, £2 per child, FREE under 1’s

To book your place email the number of tickets required along with a contact telephone number to : info@babyravenorth.co.uk

PRE FESTIVE MINI JAM, HUDDERSFIELD

Wednesday 25th November

PPD STUDIOS, unit 16b Marsh Mills, Luck Lane, HD3 4AB

(0-5yrs)

£6 per adult/ £8 per family (2 adults with 1 child/siblings)

To book your place email the number of tickets required along with a contact telephone number to : info@babyravenorth.co.uk

PRE FESTIVE JAM, WETHERBY

Friday 27th November

The Engine Shed, Wetherby, York Rd, LS22 6SL.

(0-7yrs)

11.30am-1.30pm

2.30pm-4.30pm

£7 per adult, £2 per child, FREE for under 1’s

Tickets on sale 26th October @ 9am: www.babyravenorth.co.uk

Pre Festive Jam Mini Rave @ Mumspace 

Sunday 29th November

Mumspace, Mothercare, Crown Point, Leeds.

10.30am-11.30am

12pm-1pm

(0-3yrs) older siblings always welcome

£6 per adult/ £8 per family (2 adults with 1 child/siblings)

To book your place email the number of tickets required along with a contact telephone number to : info@babyravenorth.co.uk

The BIG Christmas Bash! CONTROL©, LEEDS

Saturday 5th December

1pm-4pm

Control©, Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Road, LS4 2DG

(1-7yrs but all ages welcome)

£8/£5, FREE under 1’s

Tickets on sale 2nd November @ 9am : www.babyravenorth.co.uk

****THE GROTTO LEEDS****

7th-24th December we will be taking over 3 units on the ground floor of The Corn Exchange, Leeds.

Complete with Santa’s grottos and space available to hire for private Christmas themed parties as well as a huge range of our intimate festive events. From Mini Raves, Frozen Workshops and Arts & Craft sessions, to Pottery Painting, Interactive Story Telling sessions and Messy Play!

Timetables of events will be available VERY soon…

More dates released soon.

Please check us out at www.babyravenorth.co.uk AND find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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