The sky will be ablaze with colour for Moss Bank Park’s annual kite festival.
On Sunday, June 26, from noon until 6pm there will be stunning kites of all shapes and sizes taking to the air, and an array of family events taking place at ground level in the park.
Entertainers, street artists, kite making workshops, arts and crafts, and face painting will be on hand to make sure there is something for children of all ages.
The kites on show range from a giant 30m long inflatable octopus, to intricate appliquéd kites. If the winds are suitable, traditional Chinese Dragon kites up to 80m long will be on show.
If there are strong winds, the kite circus will launch the largest of all the kites, a 200ft long multi-coloured gecko 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 soft toy 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 trader attending the event, who will be giving advice on which kite will suit them best as well as flying tips.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, said: “The kite festival is a fantastic, colourful day for all the family, and shows off what a great attraction Moss Bank Park is. I would encourage anyone with some spare time this Sunday to come along and see all the entertainment for themselves.”
The Kite Collective display team works in partnership with Bolton Council and this will be its first family kite day. Guest kite flyers and members of the Northern Kite Group will join them.
For those that just want to laze on the grass and soak up the fun with a picnic, there’s a varied line-up of entertainment for all the family, with fantastic street artists performing for the crowds including:
Bernie Bennett Superhero Tightrope Show: Bernie transforms miraculously, in front of the audience, into a comedy superhero from another planet, intent on attempting the first crossing of wherever he is, by tightrope.
Danny Zapparelli’s One Man Circus Show Show: Danny's amazing performance with fireworks, magic, circus skills, comedy and audience participation climaxes with a daring and spectacular display of fire juggling on a ten foot unicycle and fifteen foot front wheel.
Jukalo: Watch the incredible juggling skills of Jukalo – with balls, scarves, knives and lots and lots of audience participation throughout the day – audience young and old will be intrigued by his quirky form of juggling and magic!
Bolton Majorettes: Bolton’s majorette display team will be performing in the arena throughout the day.
Punch and Judy Show: Join Mr Punch and all the old favourites for a traditional Sunday afternoon show in the park at the children’s performance area.
Musical Ruth: Ruth the singing Nun will amaze audiences on her high speed baby grand piano as she flies around the park with her own take on a few classics.