Rainbow Factory

This family utterly adores the Rainbow Factory in Farsley, Leeds – there’s simply nowhere like it in the whole of the UK. 

A storytelling haven of a play centre, the Rainbow Factory offers arts & crafts, promotes an appreciation of sculpture, reading, drama and performance, and my kids never fail to feel inspired with every visit, their imaginations set free to explore and create, their minds expanded, their sweet souls touched beyond belief. It really is a magical place! 

Alice in Wonderland sculptures sculptures Rainbow Factory

You have to watch our video to believe it!

The Rainbow Factory undoubtedly nourishes young people of the formative ages of 2-10, boys and girls, and I must say, I love visiting the venue myself, as a nearly 35 year old! Not something you’d ever hear me saying about soft play that’s for sure!   


Established in April 2014 and opened on the 6th June this year, the Rainbow Factory is a truly innovative play centre with ever-changing themes such as ‘magic’ and ’emotions’ that resonate with little ones.

The centre focuses on well-known books and fairy tales, effortlessly bringing both traditional and modern stories to life through adventure, play, and of course, fun.

Look how captivating these hand made marionettes are?! Dazzling!

Sculptures lion sculpture marionette marionette fire cute sculpture

In addition to entertainment, the Rainbow Factory is committed to helping kids build their confidence, and frankly, feel excited about literacy and education through imaginative play. You cannot ask for more than that as parents.

arts and crafts



There, your child will sing, dance, act, craft and draw. My children literally jump in glee when we say we’re visiting for the day. They never want to leave either. 

play Rainbow Factory

The centre features a magical woodland, a pretty outside play area bursting with flowers and views over Leeds, and back inside the venue is bursting with vibrant rooms and breathtaking sculptures the kids all coo and gasp at.  

sculptures marionettes cute snail sculptures in progress workshop

Unlike soft play, the vibe is tranquil and relaxed. All the staff are trained, and highly experienced in working with children, so if parents and guardians fancy a break from the wealth of activities on offer, they’re welcome to sit down with a cuppa in the cafe or throw themselves on a comfy beanbag and watch their kids play.

arts and crafts

The storytelling wonderland is also a hugely popular venue for school trips and birthday parties and offers a fun-packed schedule of additional workshops for a range of ages, including ‘Theatre Club’, ‘Once Upon a Craft’, and ‘Story Makers’.

And this December the centre is staging an original festive production – The Shoemaker’s Christmas Wish – a magical re-imagining of The Elves and the Shoemaker, featuring live music, song and dance.

Performances are aimed at children aged between two and seven and will take place between December 8 and 24. Tickets are £5.

To book, click here.

Now for the really exciting part.

Founders and creators Hazel Merlino and Sarah Underwood are kindly offering one lucky Honest Mum reader the chance to have a birthday party for up to 15 children, worth £250, at the Rainbow Factory.

What’s more, the celebrations will be tailored around the birthday boy or girl’s favourite book.

The party must be held before August 20th 2016. 

party at Rainbow Factory, Leeds

Food, entertainment and venue will be covered.

Transport to and from the premises cannot be paid for.


The competition ends December 30th 2015

UK only

No cash reimbursement on offer and the Rainbow Factory need 3 weeks notice to cancel or rearrange the party date.

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27 Responses


    I would love to win this for my granddaughter Poppy’s birthday on 27th January. We live very close to Farsley, and I have read up on Rainbow Factory and it is something completely different from your usual type of birthday parties

  2. Alice Megan

    I’d love to win for my cousin
    It’s her birthday in January and everythings really tight after Christmas so it would be so magical to have everything already organised

  3. Ayse

    I would love to win for my nephew to get a first birthday party next June as my sister wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise. Fingers crossed x

  4. lucy rigley

    I never knew this existed – I’m from york and my sister lives in leeds so it’s definitely on my radar now as it looks so much fun for the kids!

  5. Margaret Murray

    Would love to win this as a special present for my dear friend and her young family.

  6. Kate Eccles

    Fantastic kids day out, which is local to us. Would love to win for my son’s birthday in February. I can imagine the Rainbow Factory would make it a very special day 🙂

  7. Diane Jackson

    I’d like to win the prize for my son and his friends, as they are all now working hard and could do with a break 🙂

  8. Susannah Siddall

    I would love to win this for my little girl – she would love it. Fingers crossed

  9. rachel yates

    Would love to win for my 3 year old boy. He loves stories and imaginative play

  10. Mummy Fever

    Oh how amazing – we visited recently and had a wonderful day. I’d have to choose between to four children’s birthdays as they were all fascinated with the place. A wonderful prize . Hope you are well x

  11. Helen Brimacombe

    Looks fabulous, been meaning to take Darcey for ages and you’ve inspired me. Will go before Christmas, think she will love it x

  12. aj

    we have been to the one in York but as a family it would be great for my son to have his party their.


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