Kite festival set to soar

Daily Echo: Basingstoke Kite Festival is a popular annual attraction Basingstoke Kite Festival is a popular annual attraction

THE skies will be filled with colour this weekend as Basingstoke’s annual Kite Festival gets under way.

The extravaganza, which is run by the Loddon Valley Kite Flyers, and sponsored by Gazette Newspapers, attracts kite-flyers from other parts of the country and the Continent.

And with the festival coinciding with the long bank holiday weekend to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it is to be hoped that plenty of people will turn out at the free-entry event, which runs from 10am until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday at Down Grange Sports Complex, off Pack Lane, Basingstoke.

The Kite Festival started off as a one-day event in 1993 and it grew from there to include the whole weekend.

This year’s event promises to be as fun-filled as ever, with impressive arena shows, which are not only great for all ages to watch but also feature displays of incredible skill.

Entry is free although a small donation to the car park would be very welcome, as all money raised goes towards running the event.

Alan Cosgrove, event co-ordinator for the Loddon Valley Kite Flyers, said: “This is a great fun family event and day out.

“Guests this year include kite flyers from France and Germany and from around the UK.

“They all enjoy coming to Basingstoke and even ask to come back.

“There will be lots of flying displays, and kite and food traders, as well as bouncy castles, bungee trampolines and go karts.

“Families can bring a picnic and stay for a few hours, enjoying the things going on inside and outside the arena.”

The young winners of this year’s Design a Kite competition, which was on a theme of the elements, will also be presented with their prizes by the borough mayor.

More information is online at basingstokekitefestival.org.uk.

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10:27pm Wed 30 May 12

The _right_stuff says...

I'm really looking forward to this event. And it's free.

Thank you Loddon Valley Kite Flyers for organising this event.
It's going to be a brilliant weekend.
I'm really looking forward to this event. And it's free. Thank you Loddon Valley Kite Flyers for organising this event. It's going to be a brilliant weekend. The _right_stuff
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9:09am Thu 31 May 12

W Wallace says...

If Loddon Valley and the organisers are reading this can we have less meaningless chat on the PA system. I enjoy the kite festival as do my family but it can get annoying and somewhat boring when the guy chats about nothing of interest.
If Loddon Valley and the organisers are reading this can we have less meaningless chat on the PA system. I enjoy the kite festival as do my family but it can get annoying and somewhat boring when the guy chats about nothing of interest. W Wallace
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12:06pm Thu 31 May 12

Buster Preciation says...

W Wallace has beaten me to it. As soon as I saw the headline I thought I'd make the same comment. It spoils an otherwise enjoyable event and is very annoying for the local people.
W Wallace has beaten me to it. As soon as I saw the headline I thought I'd make the same comment. It spoils an otherwise enjoyable event and is very annoying for the local people. Buster Preciation
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