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Kites take to the air as festival gets underway

Novelty kites at Ashton Court. Credit: ITV News/Nigel Turner
This is the 26th year of the festival. Credit: ITV News/Nigel Turner
There's lots to see in the air and on the ground. Credit: ITV News/Nigel Turner
These kites were hand-made in Holland. Credit: ITV News/Nigel Turner
Kites of all colours, shapes and sizes. Credit: ITV News/Nigel Turner

Bristol International Kite Festival starts this morning

Competitors will come from all over the world. Credit: PA

The two-day International Kite Festival in Bristol kicks off this morning (Saturday 31 August) at the Ashton Court Estate. Kite-flyers are coming from Europe, New Zealand, the USA, and a Kuwaiti team is bringing the world's largest kite with them.

The displays will take place on the Ashton Court Estate. Credit: PA

Bristol is one of Europe’s largest kite events with giant 3-D creatures, synchronised stunt routines, power kites and ground-based air creations.


Bristol Mayor's trouser kite revealed

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson will try out his newest pair of red trousers in the form of a kite created especially for him by renowned kite maker Martin Lester.

Mr Ferguson will meet kite flyers from home and abroad, with their amazing selection of colourful, special-shaped kites and air creations, on Bristol's Durdham Downs as they prepare for this weekend's Bristol International Kite Festival at Ashton Court.

The Mayor's special creation is a pair of 'flying jogging legs'.

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Cornish kite maker prepares for international festival

A kite maker from Cornwall is putting the last minute touches to his design, ahead of this weekend's Bristol Kite Festival.

Martin Lester has been making his famous 'leg' kites, which are synonymous with the festival, at his workshop near Bodmin for the last 30 years.

What started out as a hobby has now become a thriving business and Martin has sold around 6,000 pairs.