This year I am taking my two cousins because my brother and sister have something else planned for tomorrow. My cousins Abigail and Fynn are very excited and when they come over later we are going to sit down and get crafty, and I am going to show them how to make and decorate a kite of their own. However they will be bringing more sustainable kites to the festival this year, but just to get into the kite spirit we are going to make one each.
The venue is really great, there is a kiosk, BBQ facilities, entertainment, shop, and disabled toilets/car park, pretty much everything you need to enjoy a great day out.
The best part of the kite festival (apart from having an amazing time) is the talented kite flyers and their amazing kites and skills. My siblings watched in awe last year on our little picnic blanket we brought at the astonishing kites. It is really fun looking at other peoples kites, we saw a Cookie Monster one, a shark one, and a really beautiful sequin like kite, which of course my sister loved.
I would like to add my top three reasons why I enjoy going to the Kite Festival, so people can decide if they would like to go or not.
1) It is free, which is great because when you go somewhere that costs money to get in, it can get quite annoying because then you have to pay for parking (maybe),food, and other stuff along the way.
2) The kids enjoy it - I have to admit, I'm not sure if this event is for every child, but my siblings enjoyed it a lot, because it was totally different than what they are used to. Last year I saw a family with two little boys who looked like twins and looked about the age of six, they were rough housing, running around, destroying each other's kites, not listening to their parents and kept complaining they were bored. Either these kids were troublesome all the time or they had been there for too long, or maybe kites just weren't their thing. I'm not sure but if you think your child would get bored, it might not be a good place to go, because in the end it'll just ruin the whole day. Unless you're taking a few kids, and most want to join in on the fun, I promise the grumpy child will realise this and join in as well. Having a nice day outside with some beautiful kites flying up in the air has never killed anybody, so don't let your kids dictate your day.
3) Its relaxing - I never realised how relaxing watching kites was, I didn't bring my own as I had to carry a bag, and keep setting up the picnic blanket but my brother and sister brought theirs. They did not fly it around all day, sometimes they wanted a rest.
As I always mention in all of my articles (well most), do not let the children ruin the day by bringing their gadgets. You are meant to be there enjoying the fresh air, the lovely entertainment and doing something different. Handing your kids an iPad to play on while they take a break from kite flying is just not on, instead get them to go play on the playground or take a nap on the picnic blanket if you bring one. A kite festival is not the place to be playing games.
I hope you enjoyed this article and consider going to the event.