Kite festival takes off

PUBLISHED: 16:56 23 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:45 24 May 2010

THE world's largest kite will take centre stage at this year's Bristol International Festival of Kites & Air Creations on September 2 and 3. Weather permitting, the special kite, which is the size of an olympic swimming pool, will be flown on Saturday and

THE world's largest kite will take centre stage at this year's Bristol International Festival of Kites & Air Creations on September 2 and 3.Weather permitting, the special kite, which is the size of an olympic swimming pool, will be flown on Saturday and Sunday as a finale to the days' activities.The festival, held at Ashton Court, is one of the region's most colourful events and is celebrating its 20th birthday this summer.Organisers are promising an action packed aerial extravaganza featuring spectacular flying displays, kite fighting battles, breathtaking synchronised routines flown to music and awesome power kites, as well as colourful ground-based inflatables and air sculptures of all shapes and sizes. There will also be fantastic play structures and children's attractions, selected specialist kite traders, a licensed bar and a range of food outlets.Festival organiser Avril Baker said: "We are really thrilled that the world's largest kite is coming back to our festival this year to help celebrate our 20th anniversary."When it first flew in Bristol two years ago it was just awesome and a real show stopper with the crowds. It will be fantastic to see it in flight again and a spectacular way to end the flying programme each day."Entry will be free for those on foot. Motorists should go to Ashton Court's Longwood Lane entrance and entry will be £6 per car. The festival will run from 11am-5pm daily.

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