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  • Keep yours eyes out for Kite festivals in 2019

    The Portsmouth kite festival is one to see !  

    Portsmouth International Kite Festival takes place on Southsea Common, Portsmouth.

    Jointly organised by Portsmouth City Council and The Kite Society of Great Britain it promises to be more spectacular than ever with over a hundred invited kite fliers from 4 continents travelling to the event. They come because the Portsmouth International Kite Festival is recognised as one of the best Kite Festivals in the world.

    The event will see colourful demonstrations of kites including swarms of snakes, frogs, lizards, whales, jesters, fish, salamanders and much more. Also in the sky there will be a wide range of kites to enjoy and admire. These include beautiful single line kites - intricately appliquéd or painted with magnificent designs, amazing cellular kites – flying miracles of structural engineering, awe inspiring 3D soft kites in a magical range of shapes and sizes and skilfully flown kites performing excellent tricks and routines to music. Many of these expert kite fliers have been coming to the kite festival for years and they always put on their best display of beautiful kites both in scheduled arena events and in free flying throughout the event.

    At the 2016 Portsmouth International Kite Festival, a new world record for the number of Trilobite kites flown together was set, 21 in total. Since then the record has passed to the U.S.A. with 30 being flown, but the kite fliers intend to take it back again this year.

    Alongside this amazing flying display there will be a host of other activities to meet a family’s needs. These will include a craft tent, stalls, free children’s kite workshop and children's rides along with local amusements. Also located on the common will be dedicated kite traders who will be able to provide you with a wide range of kites, from colourful branded kites for children or the young at heart to immense power kites for the more adventurous.

    Portsmouth International Kite Festival 2019 promises to be a great day out for all the family, taking place from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Make sure you don’t miss a great day out on Southsea Common.

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    Kite Flying for Fitness
    Many of us have wonderful childhood memories of flying kites.  There was always excitement and sense of accomplishment when the wind would carry the kite high in the air.  But even for adults, kite flying is a great way to get moving and offers benefits for the mind and body.

    A Fun Core Workout
    Flying a kite is a great low-impact core exercise that targets the muscles in the shoulders, chest, back, arms and abs.  Keeping a kite airborne can also improve balance and stability as well as hand-eye coordination since it requires a series of pulls and tugs.

    What Equipment Do I Need?
    Kites come in many shapes and sizes and are designed for different conditions and purposes.  The most common are diamond, box, delta, parafoil, and stunt kites.  You'll also need flying line and a winder.  Some winders are quite simple and some are sophisticated and designed much like a fishing reel. Your local hobby shop can give you some suggestions for the best kite to get started with. And like many activities, kiting is something you can grow in, improving your skill, upgrading your equipment, and exploring new games such as stunts and kite fighting.

    Full Article website link :          GO FLY A KITE

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    Danbury Mission Church .

    54 Maldon Road
    CM3 4QL

    The Nutcracker
    Adventure with Saltmine Theatre Company this Christmas on a magical journey, inspired by the destive classic , The Nutcracker.

    6:15pm -8.15pm , doors open at 5:45pm.

    Adults £10, Children under 16 £5, Family ticket £25 (2 adults and 2 children under 16).

    Link to purchase tickets : 


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    Kite flying is a relaxing hobby that can be enjoyed on beautiful, clear days. However, if you’ve never flown a kite before, it can be a bit confusing. Luckily, flying a stunt kite is relatively easy if you assemble your kite properly and keep in mind that symmetry and control is key.

    Assemble the stunt kite rods. Remove the kite from the packaging and find the three rods that come with the kite. There will be two identical shaped rods and one shorter rod.[1] The shorter rod will be stuck horizontally across the kite into the two rod fittings at the top tip of the kite. This short rod is going to keep the kite spread open near the top. Be sure to keep the kite strings (bridle) out of the way.[2]

    • At the base of the kite, insert one of the longer rods through the rubber fitting near the center of the kite.[3] Stick the other end of the rod into the rubber fitting on the corresponding side edge of the kite.
    • To match the completed side, insert the other long rod into the center rubber fitting. Then stick the corresponding end of the rod into the other rubber fitting on the side of the kite.[4]

    ‚ÄčAttach the standoffs to the lower rods. The standoffs are the stick like items attached to the end edge of the kite. Insert the standoffs into the standoff fittings that are connected on the two lower rods.[5]

    • Adjust the standoff fittings on the spreader rods so they are even with the standoff attachments on the actual kite.

    For more information and the full article Go To :     HOW TO FLY A SPORTS KITE

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