St Annes International Kite Festival

St Annes International Kite Festival

St Annes International Kite Festival 2019 – the seafront awash with colour as fabulous display kites take to the air on the beach adjacent to the pier. (Above photo by Dawn Mander).

St Annes Kite International Kite Festival 2019

The original weekend planned for 10 and 11 August 2019 at St Annes Beach was unfortunately scuppered by what you can only call stormy weather.

But top marks to organisers Fylde Council who rearranged the event for the weekend of 6, 7 and 8 September!

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You’ve all had a great time too – thanks for sending in your photos and video. The irony of it is that, after incessant wind during the previous week, the wind dropped to barely a breeze for the rearranged event!

Visit Fylde Coast contributor Sue Massey enjoyed THREE firework displays on the Friday night. Here’s how she did it…

Night Flying at St Annes

How is it possible to see three firework displays taking place on the same evening, at Southport, Blackpool and St Annes, from one vantage point? Easy(ish)!  Walk from St Annes as the sun sets, chase the receding tide, and keep walking.  It’s advisable to check tide times first, and take a torch.

This was the evening of the re-scheduled St Annes Kite Festival, the first of the Blackpool World Fireworks Championship, and Southport Air Show.

Blackpool World Fireworks seen from St Annes, by Sue Massey
Blackpool World Fireworks seen from St Annes, by Sue Massey
Just see Southport Fireworks from St Annes beach. Photo: Sue Massey
Just see Southport Fireworks from St Annes beach. Photo: Sue Massey

We watched the sun set as we walked miles out to sea.  A strong breeze blew sand devils across the beach.  Silhouettes of gulls and chattering oystercatchers flew across the skyline.  The tide rippled almost noiselessly.  Snap-shots merely give a flavour of being there.

Sand devils blowing across St Annes beach. Photo: Sue Massey
Sand devils blowing across St Annes beach. Photo: Sue Massey
Silhouette of gulls. Photo: Sue Massey
Silhouette of gulls. Photo: Sue Massey

Heading back towards St Annes, night kite-flying images bounced eerily across a darkened sky.  The DJ’s commentary, music, the thrill of the funfair, and the buzz of an excited crowd brought us back to a noisier world.  And the fireworks started with a bang!  What a stunning display.

Fireworks at St Annes Kite Festival Night Flight. Photo: Sue Massey
Fireworks at St Annes Kite Festival Night Flight. Photo: Sue Massey
Fireworks at St Annes Kite Festival Night Flight. Photo: Sue Massey
Fireworks at St Annes Kite Festival Night Flight. Photo: Sue Massey
St Annes Kite Festival Night Flight. Photo: Sue Massey
St Annes Kite Festival Night Flight. Photo: Sue Massey

Better still, the weather forecast was looking promising for a weekend of kite flying. And what a great weekend it was!

St Annes Kite Festival. Photo: Sue Massey
St Annes Kite Festival. Photo: Sue Massey

St Annes Kite Festival. Photo: Sue Massey

I love St Annes. Photo: Sue Massey
I love St Annes. Photo: Sue Massey

Video and More Photos of the 2019 event

In good faith we uploaded photos and a video made on the Saturday by a Visit Fylde Coast reader. Sadly they weren’t authorised and so we have removed this material.

A little bit of an event DID take place the first time round!

Weather dependent events around the UK took a battering during this weekend. The August date for Kite Festival at St Annes on Sea was just one of many events that was cancelled, before being rescheduled.

With near-perfect conditions for kite flying on Friday afternoon, some flyers took the opportunity to show off their magnificent kites knowing the Kite Festival had been cancelled on Saturday and Sunday.

A bit of kite flying on the Friday of the first cancelled Kite Festival weekend. Photo: Sue Massey
A bit of kite flying on the Friday of the first cancelled Kite Festival weekend. Photo: Sue Massey

A bit of kite flying on the Friday of the first cancelled Kite Festival weekend. Photo: Sue Massey

Saturday morning and the skies should have been full of kites and the beach jam-packed with excited families enjoying this brilliant free annual weekend event. Instead, just a couple of lonely kite flyers tussle with the elements.

Lonely kite flyers at the cancelled weekend
Lonely kite flyers at the cancelled weekend

Take a look at Previous St Annes International Kite Festivals

A great big, brilliant FREE family event, with kites of all shapes and sizes from all over the world!

Plus Entertainment, Stalls, Fun Fair Rides, Bouncy Castles, Donkey Rides and loads more. It’s a great day out for all the family.

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St Annes International Kite Festival. Photo: Dawn Mander
Photo: Dawn Mander
St Annes International Kite Festival. Photo: Dawn Mander
St Annes International Kite Festival. Photo: Dawn Mander
Looking through the pier. Photo: Dawn Mander
Photo: Dawn Mander

What’s On at St Annes International Kite Festival

Light up the sky, night fly and fireworks
Spectacular two day kite display
Team kite flying to music
Solo performances
Giant inflatable kites
Teddy parachuting
Live music stage
Children’s funfair
Bouncy castles
Donkey rides
Kite shop
Samba band
Art Fair
…and much more!

It’s a day of fun and spectacle for all the family on St Annes beach – plus enjoy the children’s funfair, farmer’s market and other stalls.

Take a look at this showreel from 2017 which includes photos and video clips, created by Geoff Plant

Please note that Visit St Annes is not the organiser of this event.

Should you wish to find out more information or take part in the event, please get in touch with the organisers direct.

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    Did anybody find a black wheelchair cushion after the Friday evening session?

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