The Bristol Kite Festival

One Of The Biggest, Best And Oldest

The Bristol Kite Festival, officially the Bristol International Festival of Kites and Air Creations is just one of many International kite festivals around the world. In most cases, they are held once every year.

How can I sum up everything that this massive event is, in just a few lines? I'm going to try! The Bristol festival is...

  • 2 days of non-stop wind-driven flying, art and culture, both air-based and ground-based
  • a partnership between the festival and the Bristol Children's Hospital charity
  • a forum for international goodwill and showcasing the world's best in kiting
  • a platform for breaking world kiting records, such as 'the largest kite to fly'
  • an excuse for any member of the public to go out and fly their favorite kite as part of the festival

Having existed for more than 20 years, each year tends to have the same main features as the year before. But I'm sure the organizers try to get hold of something new and even rather special each time!

Regarding the last point in the list up there, this Rainbow Kid's Delta Kite on Amazon would have to be a good choice, going by the reviews.




Bristol Kite Festival Highlights

I can feel another list coming on... Here it is, a summary of some great things that were planned for what happened yesterday and the day before! Yes, after finally getting around to writing the first draft of this page about the 2007 festival, I discovered that it all happened last weekend. :-/ On the opposite side of the planet... I'm in Adelaide, South Australia, you see.

  • Wallace & Gromit drew attention to the hospital charity in a special angel kite show
  • large, spectacular sea-themed kites wowed the crowd, including a 30 meter long multicolored manta ray
  • kite surfers demonstrated their extreme sport
  • traditional Japanese fighting kites engaged in aerial combat
  • more extreme sports - traction kites pulled buggies and land boards
  • kite-making workshops were held for the kids
  • a massive kite flew, in fact the world's biggest kite, the size of an Olympic swimming pool!

On that last point, did it actually fly? Hopefully it did, at some stage over the 2 days. It can't handle strong gusty wind.

 

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  1. Flight Report:
    Sea-sick Barn Door Kite

    Jul 28, 14 05:06 AM

    This was an experiment with mounting a camera directly onto the kite. With winds gusting to over 30kph up high, the Fresh Wind Barn Door kite was selected...

    In a word, it was tricky. I mounted the camera as close as possible to the center of gravity of the kite, but it still ended up quite a few cm closer to the trailing edge than I would have liked. It was only practical to mount he camera - on its bendy tripod (!) - near the diagonal spars crossing point. Electrical tape secured 2 short tripod legs to the diagonal spars, holding the camera upright with the kite sitting on its trailing edge.

    It was a struggle to get enough lift to gain much height, and the kite swung dangerously from side to side. Might try the drogues next time! I did my best to urge the kite higher in mid-swing.

    Eventually, for a few seconds, the kite got to around 100 feet on almost 200 feet of 200 pound Dacron.

    A video clip will of course be forthcoming on Facebook. And only seasoned kite fliers will bother watching it all the whole way through, possibly wrestling with sea-sickness all the while. Hence the title of this post. Still, it was an interesting, if slightly nerve-wracking, outing! At shoulder level, the breeze measured around 9kph gusting to 18.5kph. Some low cloud over the hills was absolutely tearing along, perhaps up around 40kph.

    Huge Homemade Kites And Aerial Photography: This is often the topic for posts which appear here. New things are always being tried so sign up for my newsletter to stay right up to date with the latest developments!

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