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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 11th and 12th 2018, 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 27th Portsmouth International Kite Festival and the theme is “Kites and Art”.

We hope to have kites and kite fliers from around the world.

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

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 27th 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.

ADDRESS
P O Box 2274
Gt Horkesley
Colchester
CO6 4AY

CONTACTS
Trade and Catering Enquiries
lydia.mellor@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Portsmouth@thekitesociety.org.uk
Phone: 01206 271489