Despite the fire overnight, thousands of people have been at Ashton Court in Bristol today, enjoying the International Kite Festival in the grounds. With expert flyers from all over the world, the crowds have been entertained by a huge array of unusual shapes in the sky.
The 26th Bristol International Kite Festival is underway at Ashton Court with kites of all shapes and sizes taking to the skies:
A fire broke out in the North Wing of Ashton Court Mansion near Bristol overnight. The International Kite Festival, due to take place in the grounds today and tomorrow, will go ahead as planned.
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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.
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 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'.
A kite maker from Cornwall has been putting the last minute touches to his design ahead of this weekend's kite festival in Bristol. Martin Lester has been making his famous 'leg' kites at his workshop near Bodmin for decades. What started out as a hobby has now become a thriving business.
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.