Big Fish Little Fish Carnival Themed Rave at Northumbria Uni

Contains gifted experience – all opinions honest and my own

Anyone who knows me, knows my love of Old Skool dance tracks and any excuse to sparkle up my face, so this afternoon me and my two girls Jessica (9) and Emily (6) and hubby, threw some glitter in our hair and slapped on the unicorn liplgloss (I’ve been told to stress NOT my hubby) and headed to Northumbria Uni Students Union for a bit of a rave.

The family event was hosted by Big Fish Little Fish, this time with a Carnival Theme and North East resident DJ Mudfoot Blaps and special guest DJ Mojaxx on the decks.

We arrived just as the rave kicked off and walked into a space with a bar, large dance floor, stage and disco lights, and activities for the children to enjoy.

My girls headed first of all over to the tents and tunnels, then joined the queue for a tattoo. But literally only for a couple of minutes. The tattoos were transfers and applied in seconds. Emily chose to have two on her arms, as she wanted to ‘be like mummy’.

They then spent some time in the seated craft area with the play doh, then making masks, before running back to the dance floor to get amongst the bubbles, balloons and glitter cannons.

Both the girls ran around the spacious venue excitedly, waving about balloons whilst having a little dance. It is quite dark inside the venue, as expected at a rave. My kids always seem to like to run in opposite directions, so my hubby kept tabs on Emily, whilst I followed Jessica around. Jess is very sprightly so whilst Andrew had an opportunity to sit down whilst Emily ventured inside the colourful tents, I burned a few calories shadowing Jess.

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Over the two hours along with other families, we sung and danced to a playlist of 90s classics, house and techno tracks. A few parents were dressed in their best rave outfits and children in neon. My girls particularly loved the giant balloons which floated about the dance floor and the bubble machine proved popular too.


Jessica decided she’d like her face painted, and although she did have to queue for quite some time, the face paint has to be amongst the best I’ve ever seen. The child infront of Jess had a flower painted on her hand, and being a fan of body art, I thought it would look awesome as an actual tattoo. Although the tattoos and crafts are free, there was an additional cost of £3.50 for face painting, but well worth it. She’s one very talented lady.

The event ran over two hours but we did leave before the end as the kids were hungry, but we all had a fantastic time and will be back.

These raves are perfect for families with younger children, 8 and under, however older siblings are welcome too. There was a soft play ‘baby chill’ area for the very youngest of ravers, where parents can sit with their little ones as they play in individual ball pits.

I’d thoroughly recommend giving a Big Fish Little Fish rave a go. It’s as much fun for the parents as it is for the children, and there was even a licensed bar for the parents to have a cheeky drink if they wished.

To keep up to date with BFLF events and find one happening near you, check out their facebook page

1 Comment

  1. June 13, 2018 / 5:56 am

    This looks like such a fantastic idea for kids and such a fun thing to do during the holidays!

    Kate xx

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