Weston Kite Festival preview

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 June 2013

Avril Baker, Barry Cook, Dave Johnson and Alan Pinnock.

Avril Baker, Barry Cook, Dave Johnson and Alan Pinnock.


AN AERIAL spectacular will wow the crowds on the seafront this weekend when giant 3D kites and other displays take to the skies.

Across two arenas, the Weston Kite Festival hosts a variety of different kites, including a sea-themed finale with mermaids, flying fish and Neptune soaring above the waves.

The free festival starts at 11am on Saturday with the National Sport Kite Championships, where audiences can watch the precision round of technical routines on Saturday and the ballet round with kites flown to music on Sunday.

Children inspired by the displays will be able to make their own kites on the Grand Pier on Saturday between 2-4pm in workshops run by the Avon Kite Flyers.

There is a chance to see kites in ways people have never experienced before, with people pulled along the beach on landboards and buggies.

And there will be aerial combat when traditional Japanese Rokkakku fighting kites battle it out to be the last in the sky.

Throughout the weekend, invited guests from the UK and Europe will fly their single line kites, including doves, animals and cherubs.

The Weston Kite Festival will run on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-5pm each day between the SeaQuarium and the Grand Pier.

If you take any pictures during the festival, why not upload them to our iwitness site and they could be featured in the Mercury or online.

Simply register at weston.iwitness.co.uk and upload your pictures.

For a sample of what you can expect, click the gallery link on the right of this page.

Photos: Mark Atherton.

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