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14 & 15 July: Dunstable Down's party in the sky

Author: Jemma Finch, Marketing Officer, National Trust Published: 10th July 2012 18:11

Dunstable Downs Kite FestivalDunstable Downs Kite FestivalDunstable Kite Festival is back on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July, when professional kite teams from around the world will entertain you with their stunts and amazing display of unique and beautiful kites.

From one of the most experienced kite display teams in Europe, the Flying Squad, to teams that specialise in tricks, power kiting to displays with music - it really is quite the visual spectacle. Look out for single, dual and multi-line kite fliers who have demonstrated their skill on the field and in competitions at national and international levels.

Enjoy the fantastic atmosphere as you're bedazzled by ‘Dark Star', a one-man team and one of only a few in the UK to fly three stunt kites all at once. Team ‘Spectrum' will be demonstrating synchronized kite flying choreographed to musical accompaniment. ‘Son Of The Winds' is possibly the only person who dances whilst flying his kite. And ‘Cascade Kites' will be bringing an array of inflatable kites, from jelly fish and aliens to penguins and lions.

For Lewis ‘Son Of The Winds', Dunstable Downs is his local ocean of air; "Dunstable kite festival is a proverbial open air ballroom where I can unleash my passions and theatrical flight. It allows me to sculpt air and turn it into a visual soufflé for all to eat with their eyes... a beautiful backdrop; I get immense pleasure from flying there."

Paul Hancock, is the event's coordinator at Dunstable Downs; "This year we are truly international with a special visitor to the festival - Jos Valcke who will be bringing his famous giant inflatable kites to the festival." 

The National Trust's Dunstable Downs is a kite flying hotspot throughout the year, but the festival is a highlight in the events calendar, growing in popularity to become one of the biggest in the eastern region. There will be children's activities and entertainers too. So bring your family and friends and find out what all the fuss is about.

This year's festival will take place at Dunstable Downs on Saturday 14 July, 11am to dusk and Sunday 15 July, 12 pm to 5pm.

(image supplied by National Trust)

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