Let’s go fly a kite - join the thousands in Russell Park at this year’s festival

Bedford Kite Festival.
Bedford Kite Festival.

The spectacular Bedford International Kite Festival is all set to return to town next month.

Bedford Borough Council is getting ready to host this year’s International Kite Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, in Russell Park - and you’re invited!

Each year, this free event attracts thousands of visitors to Bedford and is a great day out for the family. The event showcases kites from the four corners of the globe including America, Canada, Japan, China, Germany, France Holland and Belgium as well as flyers from across the UK.

The programme throughout the weekend will feature kites never-seen-before in the UK and children’s and adults workshops in the kite marquee.

Cllr Doug McMurdo, portfolio holder for leisure and culture at Bedford Borough Council, said: “The sky over Bedford will be filled with colourful displays as hundreds of people take part in this year’s festival. It is great entertainment for the whole family.”

A sample of just a few participants present on the day include: Holland’s most famous kite makers, Bas and Sara Vreeswijk, who make and design beautifully appliquéd kites - each design is ‘a work of art’ and are amazing to see. Iqbal Husain, from Switzerland, who is renowned for his Centipede Kites - his ‘chicken complete with frying pans’ kite also lays and drops eggs.

He has another kite, of a cow’s head, (with 70 beef burgers for the body), plus many more amusing kites.

Godfrey and Karen Gamble are Australia’s best-known kite makers - their ‘Meg’s Head’ inflatable won ‘best soft kite’ and ‘best of show’ at the Festival of the Winds at Bondi Beach, in Sydney, and the duo will be displaying their beautifully decorated 3D kites.

The Kite Festival is open on Saturday, from 10am – 6pm, and on the Sunday, from 10am – 5pm.

The fun will spill over into the Bank Holiday Monday – with The ‘Battle of the Bands’ taking place in Russell Park, on May 26 from 11am – 5pm. The prizes include a spot on the main arena music stage at the Bedford River Festival.

If you would like any further information on these events, visit www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/outdoorevents or contact the events team on 01234 718617.