Dunstable Downs Kite Festival

July 20th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge
Want to find out more about flying a kite? For a bit of a master class you might want to get over to Dunstable Downs Kite Festival on Sat 30th or Sunday 31st (11.00 to 17.00) to take a look as professional kite teams put on show-stopping displays that will inspire the whole family. Alongside the displays are a whole host of other family activities, local artists and entertainment, available with a bit of something for everyone. The event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs and the Whipsnade Estate, Bedfordshire.
 
We all have one tucked away in a cupboard or a shed somewhere and in the right conditions they can be great fun for any age. Kites were invented in China, probably because the ideal materials for kite building were readily available. It’s said that the first kite was actually invented by the famous 5th century BC Chinese philosophers Mozi and Lu Ban.
 
Kite flying is relatively easy and most will fly well in 5-15mph winds, but they can variety from 0mph for indoor kites to kites that perform well in 20mph + winds. But interestingly enough the general rule of thumb applies that; the larger the kite the less wind you'll need.  This is because a larger kite has a greater surface area to catch and deflect the wind. If you are new to kite flying and want to take it a bit further you might want to get in touch with one of the Kite society of Great Britain’s many local groups for advice- see group directory.
 
Source: Kite society of Great Britain