You’ve got the kite (from Kitedrone, obvs!), you’ve packed your picnic and checked the weather (no storms, yay) – now all you need is a good spot for kite flying. Luckily, we’ve done some research on that front so you don’t have to!
Even if you live in a built-up area, chances are you’re not far from a suitable kite flying spot. You just need to be aware of a few important safety rules, such as making sure you’re nowhere near an aerodrome or airport; making sure there are no overhead powerlines or cables of any kind; and watching out for obstacles around you such as roads, other people or even cliff edges!
There’s a more comprehensive list of where you can and can’t fly here but in short, you need lots of open space and room to roam! Think wide open parks, sandy beaches and grassy hills.
A good way to find kite flying locations is by searching for your local kite-flying club, as these host ‘fly ins’ at regular locations all over the UK, for when there’s no local festival or special event in your area.
So here’s our pick of the best places in the UK that fit the bill plus some kite flying events to get you in the mood…
These open, beautiful spots offer plenty of space to fly your kite and enjoy some local scenery at the same time.
The Malvern Hills, Worcestershire/Herefordshire
Hampstead Heath, London
Seacliff Beach, Edinburgh
Barmouth Beach, Mid Wales
If you want to see the pros in action, try a kite flying event which has professional displays plus all the usual attractions for a fun family day out.
12th May, Streatham Common Kite Day, London
19th May, Westward Ho! Festival of Kites, Devon
29th and 30th June, Catch the Wind Kite Festival, Morecambe Bay, Lancaster
10th & 11th August 2019, Portsmouth International Kite Festival, Southsea Common
6th July, Barmouth Kite Festival, Barmouth, Mid Wales