Fun Fest For Children offers a range of different childcare and children’s activity services across the UK:

Fun Fest for Children has been ranked as one of the UK’s top 100 franchisors, entering this prestigious list as number 72.

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Since it launched its national franchise programme in 2017, Fun Fest has achieved…

– A UK-wide network: Over 20 operating units in the UK, spread from Bolton in the North to Orpington in the South

– A unique USP of choice: All Fun Fest services are designed to be child-led, supporting children in their choices

– Growth: 68% growth in revenue year on year

– Customer Satisfaction: Net Promoter Score of 61

– Franchisee Satisfaction: 88% franchisee satisfaction rating

– Ofsted Approval: All services receiving ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ in their Ofsted inspections

– Awards: Best Newcomer to franchising award in 2018 from WorkingMums

If you want to run your own business and are looking for an exciting and quality brand in a growth market which will earn fantastic returns for a flexible working life then consider a Fun Fest franchise.

To start your journey please complete the enquiry form


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According to research, 2 out of 3 people have considered starting their own business.

Owning a franchise enables you to do this with a reduced level of risk and stress.

Fun Fest Directors Sarah Beattie and Ryan Turner

The benefits of owning a franchise are:

– You trade under an established brand name, giving you a head start at building your business

– It has a track record of business performance, giving you confidence that the business is in demand and profitable

– The brand will have defined its customer base, unique selling proposition and brand values so you can understand why the business is successful and decide whether it appeals to you

– There is an operating system which gives you step-by-step instructions on how to set up and run the business, with tools to enable you to do this effectively and efficiently

– The franchisor provides training, support and advice on how to set up and run your business so you are not on your own

– There is a network of franchisees who run the same business across the country, providing support and interaction with other people in the same situation

– You benefit from reduced buying costs and funding options due to economies of scale across the operation

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The Fun Fest family of brands operate within a flourishing and exciting sector of the economy

There are over 8 million children in the UK aged between 0 and 9 years old.

Compared with previous generations, women are now leaving it until later to have their first child, are having fewer children and are more likely to return to work after having children.

The UK has a significant gap between the end of maternity/paternity leave (6 weeks) and entitlement to childcare begins with 30 funded hours per week for children from 3 years old.

The traditional use of grandparents for childcare is in decline due to people deferring parenthood and retiring later in life.

Only around half of local authorities in England (57%) and Wales (43%) have enough childcare for parents working full time.

The average price of full-time nursery care for a child under 3 years old is £242 per week or £12,600 per year which is nearly 4 times as much as the average household spends on food.

The average price of full-time holiday childcare for a child of school age is £138 per week or £1,650 per year for state school holidays.

These trends result in high demand by working parents for childcare provision. This is coupled with a lack of adequate supply, creating a gap in the market. High quality and well-regarded childcare operators are particularly sought after, often having long waiting lists.

The Government recognises that it has to support this sector and has introduced legislation to encourage childcare providers as well as subsidies to working parents in the form of childcare vouchers and tax-free childcare.

The Children’s Party market presents an additional opportunity as 48% of parents spend up to £500 on their children’s birthday parties.

Sources: Christie & Co: ‘Early Childhood Education & Care’, Statista, Asda, Coram Family & Childcare: ‘Childcare Survey 2019’ and ‘Holiday Childcare Survey 2019’


Fun Fest For Children aims to provide working parents across the UK with the ideal solution to their childcare dilemmas.

All Fun Fest services are designed to be child-led, which means letting the children themselves choose what they wish to play, learn or explore and supporting them in their choices.

Every child is different and Fun Fest Holiday Club embraces this by offering them a choice from a menu of exciting activities every morning and afternoon. This means that children design their own individual holiday programme, choosing activities they love or trying something new.

In one week a Fun Fest Holiday Club can give children a chance to play Quidditch (Harry Potter Experience), hold a snake (Animaltastic), bake a cake (Cupcake Heaven), build a den (Great Outdoors), juggle (Circus Skills), score a goal (Football Camp), design a bag (BLING), solve clues (Treasure Hunt), paint a canvas (Picturesque Painting) and drive like Lewis Hamilton (Go-Karting).

“High quality holiday childcare is essential for both families and the economy: as well as enabling parents to work, it gives children the opportunity to take part in positive activities that they might not otherwise access”

Coram Family & Childcare: Holiday Childcare Survey

Having built strong relationships with schools where the holiday clubs are based, Fun Fest were increasingly being asked to run their before and after school clubs so this is what they now offer as another service to schools and as an additional income stream for franchisees.

By providing a different Fun Fest activity session every afternoon, such as Pottery, Dodgeball, Barmy Origami, Tag Rugby and Fun Day Friday, children can enjoy a variety of different after school activities.

Parents are constantly looking for inspiration for their children’s birthday parties.

The most popular Fun Fest activity sessions are ideally suited to this and so children can now enjoy a range of unique party themes on their special day such as the Beauty School Party, Nerf Challenge Party, Mission Impossible Party, I’m a Kid Get Me Out of Here Party and many more

With decades of experience of running Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ nurseries, the Fun Fest team are delighted to be able to bring this expertise to the market with the launch of the Canopy Children’s Nursery franchise in 2021.

Canopy Children’s Nurseries will provide high quality nursery provision for professional working families. The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum will be offered based on aspects of the Emilio Reggio approach to learning using open ended resources to stimulate children’s creativity and critical thinking. Fun Fest have been working with experienced design partners to create a model nursery environment based on child-centred, calm and inviting spaces that inspire awe and wonder in the children.

To find out more about Canopy Children’s Nurseries, please submit the enquiry form and we will send you a nursery prospectus.


Fun Fest provides franchisees with everything they require to set up and run their business effectively and efficiently

A franchisee is granted ownership of a geographical territory within the UK, as defined by the postcodes in that region, where they are the sole Fun Fest operator.

The franchise agreement specifies the rights and obligations of the franchisor and the franchisee.

The Fun Fest franchise package includes:

  • Training
  • Operations Manual
  • Tool Kits of resources
  • Mentoring & Support
  • School/Setting finding service
  • Ofsted Licence
  • Digital Marketing Package
  • Website page, booking and information system


Sarah Beattie, Founder and Managing Director, explains why she started Fun Fest for Children and how it has developed

Managing Director and Founder – her story

In 2009 I was working full time managing my nursery and had 3 children who were 10, 8 and 5 years old. Whilst I could manage to juggle everything in term time, I found that the school holidays were more difficult. The clubs that existed either did not suit all my children or they did not cover the full working day or the full holiday period. Trying to organise my childcare for the 6 week summer holidays in particular was a stressful, logistical exercise that involved a complicated mixture of different clubs for different children, family, friends and taking odd days off to cover the gaps and repay the favours!

I could see that I was not alone in this annual challenge and decided that I was in a good position to do something about it. My day nursery business is based at a private school in the centre of Solihull. This school has fantastic facilities and beautiful grounds but was empty for the duration of the holidays – what a waste!

I approached the school with a business plan to rent their facilities for the school holidays to run my own holiday club. I am very grateful that they listened to me, could see the potential and agreed to work with me and so Fun Fest Holiday Club was born.

I employed Ryan as one of our play workers when he was 18 and he came back to work with us every holiday for the duration of his time at university. When he graduated he was keen to work with me to set up and run his own Fun Fest Holiday Club – and so Fun Fest Franchising was born!

In 2021, the team will bring their experience of running Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ nurseries to the market with the launch of Canopy Children’s Nurseries.

I have a built a fantastic team of childcare and business professionals to support the network:

Lynne Newman,

Business Development Director: Marketing professional


Emma Price,

Operations Director – Midlands: Nursery Manager

Vicky Hayton,

Operations Director – North: Teacher, SEN specialist


Ryan Turner,

Operations Director – South

Helen Watson,

Franchise Assistant


Watch this video to hear some franchisees discuss their Fun Fest experiences

Our franchisees come from a variety of backgrounds. We have pharmacists, sales professionals, horticulturalists and business analysts as well as teachers, teaching assistants and nursery practitioners. They have a wide variety of knowledge and skills but share the following qualities:

– A knowledge of the local area in terms of families, schools and childcare
– A desire for quality and excellence in what they do
– A positive and proactive attitude
– The ability to plan ahead, project manage and complete tasks to a deadline
– Attention to detail
– A good communicator

Here is feedback from some of our franchisees but we encourage you to contact as many franchisees as possible directly and (all contact details can be found on their club pages).

‘I have been a franchisee for just over a year now. I have one thriving holiday club which is making a good level of profit and am now working towards opening my second club which I have achieved alongside other work and family commitments. It is very rewarding as I get such good feedback from my customers and I love the level of flexibility and choice that I have as a franchisee in building my business’

Kate Bailey, franchisee for Lichfield & Tamworth

‘The flexibility that my franchise offers is second to none. Originally, I put a few months’ hard work into setting up but was then able to run it alongside a full-time job while my Fun Fest grew. For relatively low start-up costs, the financial returns are now great enough to allow me to step away from full time work and focus on maximising the potential of my Fun Fest territory. I don’t have childcare qualifications myself but with the support on offer from the Fun Fest team and by employing strong staff members, this has never been a problem. Fun Fest is a great opportunity for anyone looking for greater personal and financial independence’

Ryan Turner, franchisee for Sutton Coldfield

“I knew it was time to ‘scratch the itch’ I had to run my own business, but not having done anything like this before I also knew I would need help and support from the start. I could see that a franchise would give me a business-in-a-box but to start with, I had no idea what sort of business would be right for me.

I was impressed with the Fun Fest brand, team and offering. The investment level was appealing, and I could see that I would not have to give up my existing work entirely to run a franchise with them. Having young children myself, I knew there was a need in my area for a holiday childcare service.”
A franchise with Fun Fest has given us the flexible and supported business we need, and our recent target-breaking launch just goes to confirm we made the right choice!”

Avni Dhiman, franchisee with her sister Anjli for Harrow & Stanmore


Fun Fest franchisees earn a fantastic return for running a part-time business or they can work and earn at a higher level by running a number of clubs or services. Full financial models are available when you have submitted an enquiry

Fun Fest Children’s Parties

Franchise Price: £2,999 + vat

Potential return for hosting 80 parties per year:

£30k per annum/£600 per week


Fun Fest Before & After School Club

Franchisee Price: £9,999 + vat

Potential return for 1 club with 50 children per day: £55k per annum/£1.4k per week

Fun Fest Holiday Club

Franchisee Price: £14,999 + vat

Potential return for 1 club with 70 children per day: £30k per annum/£2.5k per week

Price for all 3 of the above: £19,999 + vat

Canopy Day Nursery: Please enquire for prospectus

Next Steps

If you want to find out more about Fun Fest franchise opportunities then please enquire now as the first step towards choosing fun for a living

  1. ENQUIRE: Get in touch with us by completing & submitting the enquiry form
  2. CALL: We will call you for a quick chat to find out more about you and what you are looking for
  3. INFO: We will then send you an information pack and relevant territory maps
  4. VISIT: We meet up and take you to see our clubs, nurseries or parties in action
  5. APPLY: If you are keen to join us then you apply to become a franchisee

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