Exmouth kite festival 2018 - 4th & 5th August Great shows planned throughout the weekend!
11th June 2018
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Bring the family along and enjoy an amazing sky full of colour with kites of all shapes and sizes. We are planning some great shows for you this year from world class flyers. 

The arena program will feature spectacular flying displays, mass ascents of artistic kites, and breathtaking synchronized routines flown to music.

Look out for spectacular special shapes with swirling giant octopi, manta rays, mermaids, whales, geckos and other mega beasts jostling for position with crowd favourites such as flying angels, jogging legs, dragons and spirit kites. 

There will be fabulous artistic creations using kites as an aerial canvas. The makers intricate designs have wonderful colour, shape and flow.

Meanwhile on the ground you will see amazing artistic banners and forests of flags. There will also be a wind orchestra with various instruments such as Aeolian harps, pipes and hummers all played by the wind

On both days we will be holding kite battles! Flying 6 sided Japanese Rokkaku kites the fliers will try to topple and cut each others kite out of the sky until the last kite flying is crowned the winner. Lets see if the the kite sponsored by Kia Marsh Exeter can emerge victorious

On Sunday the battles will be accompanied by the fantastic drummers from Taiko Journey. This will really bring some excitement to the contest.

The Airheads

One of the UK's premier kite festival display teams. They fly exciting choreographed kite routines set to music, often with 30 meter tails streaming from their two line sports kites. They also have one of the best collections of Chinese dragon kites in Europe ranging from 15 meters all the way up to 80 meters.

Flying Fish

Back again this year are husband and wife dual-line kite pair Flying Fish. They fly beautiful aerial ballets set to music. Lets see if the winds are right for them to fly their Shark and Fish kites in an chase across the sky. 

Team Amalgamation

An exciting addition this year will be the UK’s newest quadline team. You can expect exciting flying from Amalgamation. With 4 lines on each of their kites they can produce amazing control and shapes in the sky.

Sky Painters

Mike and Dave from Sussex will be brightening up the Exmouth skies with their wonderful collection of large show kites. Expect some giant animal shapes and loads of vibrant colour.

Frances Anderson

Frances is an artist ,photographer and filmmaker living in Northumberland. Her unique kites are made using Japanese paper, bamboo and carbon fibre. Each one is patterned using Batik which is a technique traditionally used on fabrics. Frances has modified the technique to work on paper specifically for her kites. Many of her kites are stitched together forming spaces between panels in the sky. Patterns are heavily influenced by natural forms and forces such as water.

Caterina Capelli

Caterina is an Italian jewellery designer and illustrator. Her unique kites feature her vibrant drawings of fairytales and imaginary worlds. We are delighted she can join us for the festival and help make it an international event.

Martin Lester

A legend of the kite world, Martin is renowned for some of the most famous and original soft kite designs. He has been invited to fly and display his kites all over the world and we are delighted he can join us for the Exmouth kite festival.

Gill Bloom

Gill is a fantastic single line kite maker. She is recognised in the kite world as an  expert in fabric dyeing and appliqué sewing techniques. Often inspired by nature Gill produces unique kites and wind banners.

David Ellison

Local kite designer and maker David joins us again for the festival. He is building a reputation for striking black and white kites designs that have great presence in the sky.

He will also be bringing back the bizarre concept of kite painting! Yes you can paint a picture with a flying kite. Come and find out how.

Nick James

From Bristol. Nick is another world renowned kite maker. His Angel design kites are his trademark and an iconic kite design. Flown in groups they create a unique festival atmosphere. If the wind conditions are right we will have a mass fly of these beautiful kites.

Tim Rohn

Kite dragon master Tim will be displaying his newest show kite, the wonderful purple Amarinth. Make sure you don’t get too close – he might breathe fire!


The organizers are looking forward to welcome you and your family on Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th August for the 10th International Kite Festival.

The Festival takes place at the Imperial Recreation ground in Exmouth EX8 1DG




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