Ashdon Kite Festival Draws Near

PUBLISHED: 11:36 16 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 31 May 2010

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ONE of the country s best and biggest kite festivals and a regular fixture on the Essex calendar, Ashdon Kite Festival is now just a week away. A colourful delight for adults and children alike, the kite festival draws visitors from miles around with its

ONE of the country's best and biggest kite festivals and a regular fixture on the Essex calendar, Ashdon Kite Festival is now just a week away.

A colourful delight for adults and children alike, the kite festival draws visitors from miles around with its promise of a fun day out and a chance to witness some of the most exotic kites available.

One of the festival organisers, Elizabeth Noakes, said: "We have entertainment to appeal to all. In addition to the spectacular flying displays, children will be offered a 'kite school' this year, where they can get tips from the professionals.

"Children should bring their teddies for a chance to watch them fly high, and for something completely different visitors can enjoy 'animal encounters' - close up with reptiles!

"Of course, we also have a beer tent and teas with homemade cakes and sandwiches."

Taking part in this year's festival is Bryan Cantle, the "Dark Star", whose kite control has to be seen to be believed. Team Spectrum, a father and son duo from Ipswich, will astound spectators with their astonishing aerobatic excellence, flying kites in breathtakingly close formation.

Other featuring performers include Suffolk Power Kites, French Connection and world championship entrant Mike Harrison.

The kite festival, at Waltons Park, runs from 11am to 5.30pm next Sunday (June 1). Entry is £3 for adults and free for children under 11, with proceeds going towards the upkeep of the village church.

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