Beeston Castle Kite Festival: 16th, 17th June 2018
The skies above Beeston Castle will come alive with colour this weekend (16th & 17th June) as the English Heritage property hosts its second kite festival in association with Infinite Arts.
An international cast of expert kite-fliers will descend on the castle over the weekend, offering a spectacular showcase of their skills with a riot of flying colour, plus music, commentary and kite-flying tips to accompany the displays.
Alongside watching expert showcases zoom around above the castle, budding young flyers will also be invited to make their own kite in the company of a professional and practice the art of kite flying for themselves.
As well as attending the kite festival, visitors can learn about the castle’s prehistoric settlers, wander the trails where kangaroos entertained Victorian visitors and gaze into a well which reputedly holds Richard II’s treasure.
Timetable of Events
Visitor Kite Flying
Throughout the day, between 11am and 5pm, take up the chance to make a Diamond Kite in kite workshops by the visitor centre. You can fly your kite here surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the Cheshire countryside!
Expert Flying Displays
Between 11am and 5pm watch live kite demonstrations from a team of experts. They’ll showcase their colourful and unique designs as they take to the skies, at the top of the site.
11.30pm – Inflameia: thrills, spills, danger and stupidity! Featuring fire-eating, fire-breathing, and fire juggling.
1.30pm – Gravity Schmavity: it’s manic, it’s wacky, and, cor blimey, it’s even zany! Proof that 30 years of practise have been wasted! Clubs, balls and knives flying through the air…!
3.30pm – Inflameia: thrills, spills, danger and stupidity! Featuring fire-eating, fire-breathing, and fire juggling.
Meet the Experts
Michael and Fran Goddard: Just back from a kite festival in Italy, Michael and Fran have been exploring the remarkable world of kites for over 30 years. Fran’s kites are inspired by the wide variety of flowers and vegetables she grows in her garden such as sunflowers, oriental poppies, and tulips, which are photographed and printed onto her kites.
Karl and Sara Longbottom: Karl, an engineer by trade, has been a kite designer and kite maker for over twenty years. Together with his wife Sara, they travel the world flying kites and running kite workshops.
Frances Anderson: Frances is an artist who makes unique kites using Japanese paper, bamboo and carbon fibre with techniques she has developed over several years. She has already traveled this year to festivals in Qatar and Italy.
Amalgamation Sport Kite Team: Tom Greenfield, Josh Mitcheson, Jeremy Wharton and Ben Taylor make up the quad-line display team. Tom and Josh have been flying together for a few years and are the current quad pairs champions in the UK. Ben and Jeremy are more recent recruits to the team and together they’ll astound you with their trick flying.
Josh Mitcheson: Josh is the current quad–line solo flying champion and 2nd in the country flying 2-line kites. Josh is known for his energetic style of flying in all winds and conditions.
Pauline Taylor: Pauline will provide commentary and information about the kites in the air along with flying some of her own unusual painted kites.
Rainbow kites: At various times during the day visitors will be invited to fly in the demonstration kite flying area where Rainbow Kites will be able to advise and help you to fly one of a collection of Rainbow Delta Kites.
(Please note that all timings are approximate and some activities are weather dependent)