Exmouth kite festival promises to be a roaring success

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 July 2017

Exmouth Kite Festival. Ref exe 8379-23-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Exmouth Kite Festival. Ref exe 8379-23-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn


Details have been announced about this year’s Exmouth Kite Festival, organised by the Rotary Club of Exmouth and District, which takes place at the Imperial Rec’ Ground on Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6.

Exmouth Kite Festival. Ref exe 8351-23-15SH. Picture: Simon HornExmouth Kite Festival. Ref exe 8351-23-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Organisers of the Exmouth Rotary Kite Festival have revealed details of this year’s festivities.

Held at Exmouth’s Imperial Rec’ Ground from 10.30am to 5pm on Saturday, August 5, and Sunday, August 6, organisers say that the charity event is ‘planned to be even bigger and better than the previous eight festivals’.

Once again, the Rotary Club of Exmouth and District has chosen to support Children’s Hospice South West as its main charity.

In addition, the public can choose from three other local organisations – the Exmouth Boxing Club; the Exmouth Gig Rowing Club and the Jurassic Coast Trust - to receive additional funds. The organisation with the most votes by 5.30pm on Saturday, August 5, will also receive a third of the festival’s profit.

During the event, the sky will be full of kites of all shapes, sizes and colours.

“We are planning some great shows for you this year from world-class flyers,” said a festival spokesperson. “The programme will feature spectacular flying displays, aerial kite fighting battles, mass ascents of artistic kites, and breathtaking synchronised routines, flown to music. Look out for spectacular special shapes, with swirling giant octopuses, manta rays, mermaids, whales, geckos and other mega beasts jostling for position with crowd favourites such as flying angels, jogging legs, dragons and spirit kites. There will be fabulous artistic creations using kites as an aerial canvas. The makers’ intricate designs have wonderful colour, shape and flow. Meanwhile on the ground you will see amazing artistic banners and forests of flags.”

Display teams include The Airheads and The Decorators, while individual kite artists include Gill Bloom, Frances Anderson and Claudio Capelli.

In addition, the Wind Orchestra – a display of Aeolian musical instruments, powered by the wind – is back. The family event will also feature fairground stalls, a bouncy castle, a children’s marquee, a storyteller, Polly the Clown, arts and crafts and food and drink concessions.

Tickets on the gate are £5 per adult (under-16s free). Advance tickets are £4 per adult and a family weekend ticket is £10. Visit exmouthrotaryclub.co.uk/index.php/kite-festival/

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