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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What's New!

  1. Flight Report:
    From Fresh To Calm In 2 Hours

    Aug 27, 16 07:28 AM

    On arrival at the field, the gusts tumbling over the tree-tops were just into the Fresh range - over 28kph. This was a challenge for the Tyvek Roller, which strained first one way and then the other a…

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Wind Speeds


Light breeze

6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
38–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6