Our Place is a new family-friendly events space and cafe from the team behind Boomchikkaboom.
Their family-friendly raves and creative workshops are already the stuff of legend, but now Boomchikkaboom has opened its own 200-capacity facility in Chapeltown. Our Place will host a regular programme of events for parents and kids, but they’re also opening up the space to community groups, freelancers and locals with something for just about everyone.
Boomchikkaboom is the brainchild of Faye Kenny, a local mum who started the business after having her son Ziah. She spotted a gap in the market for events that would entertain adults and kids at the same time. Soon, she was hosting hugely popular family-friendly raves across the country. Established DJs spin dance anthems parents love as the kids dance along and take part in fun activities. As a result of their huge success, they’ve branched out into workshops, summer classes and now they’ve opened their own venue.
“We’re constantly looking for new ways to have fun with your family,” Faye told us. “Recently, we started looking for a bigger storage unit to keep our ever-growing equipment, and I was introduced to the landlord at Buslingthorpe Green via a work experience student. Somewhere along the line I took a huge leap to take the whole building! Hosting many events across the country means I’m always on the hunt for new venues. I feel in other cities there’s a wide choice of multi-functional spaces, but in Leeds, there’s a lack of this and especially ones that are family-friendly.”
It’s a 10-minute drive out of the city centre with great access facilities and plenty of free parking. The venue has been refurbished by Faye with help from family and friends, after a successful Kickstarter campaign gave her a boost in funds. Inside, it’s a blank canvas that can be transformed for each and every event. Faye is expanding Boomchikkaboom’s programme, so you can expect more raves and workshops in their new space, as well as a host of new events during the school holidays.
Although these events are at the heart of Our Place, it will also be available to companies and community groups for everything from photo shoots to yoga sessions. Throwing a kids’ birthday party? They’ve got space for a whole hoard of children and they can help you make it special. And on top of all that, they’ve made space for flexible working facilities and local carnival designers Team Creative are the first full-time residents.
The main space will only be open for events, but their new cafe is open throughout the week. It’s a welcoming venue with bright walls, one of which boasts a rainbow that you’re encouraged to take a few selfies in front of. The menu is designed to appeal to the child in you – think mac ’n’ cheese, toasties, family grazing towers and extravagant hot chocolates with rainbow popcorn.
Our Place has already brought something new to Leeds. It’s a multi-purpose space that caters specifically for families with an electric programme of fun events and a cafe that’s open to all. But the most important thing is that you’ll want to visit just as much as the little ones.
Our Place, Unit 3 Buslingthorpe Green Industrial Estate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2HG.