Flying high at Moss Bank Park 

22/06/10
Kite

Bolton Council is holding its annual Kite Festival in Moss Bank Park on Sunday June 27 between 12pm and 6pm.

The sky above Moss Bank will be ablaze with colour as fabulous kites of all shapes and sizes take to the air. There will be a kite display from the Kite Collective display team and members of the Northern Kite Group.

Tower FM’s road show will also be in attendance as well as children’s entertainers, street artists, falconry displays, a bike display team, arts and crafts and face painting.

The festival will feature single line kites of all shapes and sizes, ranging from a massive 30 metre long inflatable Octopus, down to intricate appliquéd kites made by kite artists. If the winds are suitable, traditional Chinese Dragon kites will fascinate spectators, with the largest at 80 meters long stretching up into the sky like a giant ladder. If winds are substantial, the largest kite of all will be launched, a 200ft long gecko of many colours which will soar high above the park.

There will also be a display of parachuting teddy bears and children are invited to bring along their favourite teddy to be dropped from the top of a kite line and parachuted safely back to Earth. Each teddy will be given its own certificate to show it has completed the drop.

Children will be able to make their own colourful kite at a kite workshop and then be able to join in the spectacle themselves. Spectators will also be able to purchase kites from a specialist kite trader attending the event, who will be giving advice on which kite will suit them best as well as flying tips.

Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Bolton Council's Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer at Bolton Council said: “The kite festival is a fantastic event which we hope will appeal to both young and old and urge everyone to come along and enjoy a fun-packed day out.

“Adults will be able to watch the stunning kite display and enjoy listening to the music, whilst children will be able to fly their own kite, watch their teddy do a parachute jump, have their face painted and even make their own kite. We hope that both Boltonians and visitors to the town will continue to use and appreciate Bolton’s beautiful parks and open spaces.“

 

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