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Bristol Kite Festival in full swing

Kites on Durdham Downs Credit: Lisa Gaynor Banger

Hundreds of kite flyers from across the world have been enjoying Bristol's kite festival on Durdham Downs.

The free event will feature everything from kite fighting battles, synchronised displays, to giant animals.

Bristol Kite Festival in full swing Credit: Lisa Gaynor Banger
Kites fly over Bristol Credit: Lisa Gaynor Banger

Kite Festival to move to Bristol's Downs

One of the more geometric offerings at the Kite Festival in 2011 Credit: PA

Organisers of Bristol's International Kite Festival have announced that is moving from its home at Ashton Court next year.

It is now due to take place at Durdham Downs - where it has been based before - from 22 to 23 August 2015.

A giant gecko kite struggles to get off the ground at the festival, which took place on Durdham Downs in 2011 Credit: PA

Organisers say they decided to take a break this year. They have also made the decision to put the event on every other year in future.

Following a highly successful festival in 2013 the organising team has, after much consideration, decided to give this year a miss and instead to focus our efforts on planning for 2015 which will also mark Bristol’s year as European Green Capital City.

As many of you will know the festival is still run by a core team of hard working friends and volunteers and has become a major event to organise on top of family and full-time work commitments.

We will also not be running a Festival at Weston Beach this year for the same reason.

By running the Bristol event every two years in future, like some other major festivals, it gives us more time to plan ahead and manage these other commitments.

– Bristol International Kite Festival


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'.