Flying High – The International Kite Festival Is Back This Weekend!

The St Anne’s International Kite Festival is all set to return this weekend! Once again the seafront will be awash with colour as fabulous display kites take to the air on the beach adjacent to the pier.

In a bid to assure safety and discourage visitors crowding closely together and the Kite Festival is taking part over a much larger are of beach this year. And there’s plenty of beach at St Anne’s! Side stalls are out too, so the 2021 even will be devoted purely to flying kites.

Planned flying timings are as follows

  • Friday 3rd – 12 noon to 5 p.m. – set up day. Flying will commence once safe to do so
  • Saturday 4th – 11a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday 5th – 11 a.m. to 4p.m.

The festival is a partnership between Fylde Council, St Anne’s Town Council and kite fliers SmileFactor10. It features single line kites of all shapes and sizes, including inflatable octopus, flying cows, stingrays, whales, dogs and even hippos. Plus 2-line and 4-line stunt kites. It is a superb spectacle and the sky fills with plenty of colour allowing visitors to marvel at the expertise of kite flyers from the UK and all over the world. It’s based either side of St Anne’s Pier, there will be specially a designated arena – the David Lidstone Arena, with commentary from the kite fliers about their displays and encouraging you to watch the fabulous spectacle.

Given Covid sensitivities the 2021 event will be a ‘Kite Lite’ event, so this year there will be no fairground or stalls on the Promenade as organisers look to spread out the kite fliers far and wide on the expansive beach to allow for social distancing and safety.

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