Bridlington Kite Festival to return to the skies this weekend

The annual Bridlington Kite Festival will be flying high again this weekend after being called off last year because of the pandemic.

A host of vibrant kites will be soaring high above Sewerby Fields, just north of the seaside resort, and a newly-launched website will help visitors find out about all the activities and fun facts about the event.

The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12 following last year’s postponement and the replacement of the public event with a highly successful virtual festival.

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The organisers, East Riding Council’s events team, along with the Northern Kite Group, now want to ensure the weekend is back to its usual fun-filled format.

Councillor Jane Evison, the East Riding’s portfolio holder for economic development and tourism, said: “We really looking forward to some of the world’s largest inflatable kites taking to the skies, above the dramatic cliffs of the East Yorkshire coast.

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Oscar, an inflatable teddy bear kite flown by Craig Harby and Sue Kennedy of SmileFactor10, is 63ft long, and has flown several times at Bridlington Kite Festival
Oscar, an inflatable teddy bear kite flown by Craig Harby and Sue Kennedy of SmileFactor10, is 63ft long, and has flown several times at Bridlington Kite Festival

“Based on previous years’ festivals prior to the pandemic, this one promises to be the perfect family outing – bringing happy smiles to faces and a lot of memories to share.”

Kites of all descriptions, sizes and colours take to the air for two days of stunning aerial displays, courtesy of a number of internationally renowned experts who put on the show for hundreds of spectators.

As well as professional demonstrations, visitors have their own chance to have a go with kites available for loan during supervised sessions.

Alongside of this vast array of giant inflatable kites, visitors will find street food stalls, fairground rides and children’s entertainment, making it an action packed, fun-filled festival for all the family.



Festivalgoers can try their hand at kite flying
Festivalgoers can try their hand at kite flying

The festival will run from 10am to 5pm on both the Saturday and Sunday and the event is free to attend.

The Bridlington Kite Festival is set to return to its usual spring slot in the entertainment calendar, in May 2022.

For more information, visit the Facebook page or the Bridlington Kite Festival website.