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 were filled with a myriad of kites of all shapes and sizes on August 11th. This free event is jointly organised by Portsmouth City Council and The Kite Society of Great Britain.  

A truly spectacular event with hundreds of kite fliers from around the world who travelled to Portsmouth.  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.

Next year celebrates the 28th Portsmouth International Kite Festival 

The festival has a stunning and colourful demonstrations 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

There are regularly a host of other activities to meet a family’s needs. These include a craft stalls, free children’s kite workshop and local amusements. Dedicated kite traders are also on site and they  are 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 Portsmouth International Kite festival is always a great day out for all the family and is free for everyone.

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