About the Kite Festival

“The  event will have a wide range of new kite fliers and firm favourites” explained festival organiser Gill Bloom. “It’s a lot of work to pull this festival together, but with the help of Portsmouth City Council, this year’s festival will be even better than ever.”

Once again the skies above Southsea Common, Portsmouth will be filled with a myriad of kites of all shapes and sizes on August 12th and 13th 2017, 10am until 5pm both days. This free event is jointly organised by Portsmouth City Council and The Kite Society of Great Britain.  

It will be truly spectacular with hundreds of kite fliers from around the world travelling to the event.  Why are the kite fliers so keen to come? They travel to Portsmouth because the Portsmouth International Kite Festival is recognised as one of the best Kite Festivals in the world. Having been listed as one of the 23 biggest kite festivals in the world.

The event has a spectacular setting on Southsea common overlooking the Solent and the location offers wide open spaces and good winds which allows kites fliers to show off their creations at their best.

This year celebrates the 26th Portsmouth International Kite Festival and the theme is “The Seven Continents” – although Antarctica may be a bit of a problem.

We hope to have kites and kite fliers from six of the continents of the world. Countries already pencilled in are China, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, North and South America as well as countries across Europe. Plus, of course, kite fliers from Great Britain.

The festival will have a stunning and colourful demonstration of the art of kite flying and kite making reflecting the tradition of kites around the world, with many kites in the sky and on the ground for visitors to enjoy and admire. These include beautiful single line kites - intricately appliquéd or painted with magnificent designs, amazing cellular kites – flying miracles of structural engineering, awe inspiring 3D soft kites in a magical range of shapes and sizes and skilfully flown kites performing excellent tricks and routines to music

At the 2016 Portsmouth International Kite Festival, a new world record for the number of Trilobite kites flown together was set, 21 in total. Since then the record has passed to the U.S.A. with 30 being flown, but the kite fliers intend to take it back this year at Portsmouth.  

Alongside this amazing flying display there will be a host of other activities to meet a family’s needs. These will include a craft marquee, free children’s kite workshop and local amusements. Also located on the common will be dedicated kite traders who will be able to provide you with a wide range of kites, from colourful branded kites for children or the young at heart to immense power kites for the more adventurous.    

The 26th Portsmouth International Kite festival promises to be a great day out for all the family, taking place from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Make sure you don’t miss a great day out. Don't forget it is free for everyone.

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