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Basingstoke Kite Festival
Down Grange Sports Complex, Pack Lane, Basingstoke, Hampshire (Google Map)
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June 2018
Arena Displays and Stands open 10am - 5pm
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Some children engrossed in making their own kites

What is a kite festival without kites?

For a small fee to cover the costs of materials, the Workshop gives people the opportunity to make their own kite and also to get the pleasure of flying it. If you stand near to the exit from the workshop, people of all ages come out with their kites and start flying them, the joy can be seen on their faces once the kite starts to fly.

The style of kite is called a sled and is recognised as a good starter kite to make, and it is also renown as being very stable in low to medium wind conditions and therefore easy to fly for the beginner, no matter what age.

Requiring some plastic sheet, a couple of battens, string and sellotape, the kite is simply made by cutting the sheet to shape and then sticking the tail and bridle on with sellotape. Once this is done, the flying line as attached and the kite is ready to fly - providing of course, the wind is OK!