Firstly, we’d like to say a huge thank you for your patience and support while we’ve been navigating our way through this difficult time – it really does mean so much to everyone here.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Portsmouth International Kite Festival 2020 will no longer be going ahead as planned. Working closely with Portsmouth City Council we have jointly come to the conclusion that the only safe and viable option was to cancel the 2020 event.
We know this will be a huge disappointment to everyone who is part of our festival family but we will be working harder than ever and will return even stronger in August 2021 (confirmed for 7th & 8th August 2021) at our fantastic seafront location.
The health and well being of our kite flying friends and the many public who come to see the kites is the most important thing so please stay safe this summer, look out for each other and we will see you next year.
Jon and Gill
The official statement from Portsmouth City Council is
Unfortunately due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, it is with deepest regret that we have decided to cancel the Portsmouth International Kite Festival this summer.
We have been closely monitoring Government advice and were hopeful we could deliver parts of the event. However, the UK Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy clearly recognises that public events present a high risk to public health and therefore it will not be possible to hold large scale public gatherings at this stage and for many months ahead.
We want to thank all our kite flyers, traders and suppliers for your support and for organising what would have been a fantastic event and we hope to bring this to you next summer.