The Bognor Regis Kite Festival is about to return, bigger and brighter than ever
Bright colours, live music and spectacular kites will come to Bognor Regis this summer, as the Bognor Regis Kite Festival returns after a two-year hiatus.
Taking place from August 27-29 at King George V Playgrounds in Felpham, organizer Dave Mitchell says this year’s event will be bigger, brighter and better than ever.
“We have so many more kites this year than anyone has ever seen before,” he said. “Because we’ve been hiding inside, buying the kites, but we haven’t been able to get out much with them. On top of that, we have more kites than ever before.
“We’ve actually been very lucky. Because a lot of people have jumped on the bandwagon and want to come to the Bognor Kite Festival because they heard it was good.”
But the bar is already high. The festival started in 2016 and since then events have featured everything from huge white kites to giant puppies and killer whales.
Even so, Mr Mitchell believes this year’s event will set a new precedent for the community’s favorite event. Featuring live music from an Elton John tribute act, street food, giant inflatables, kite teams from around the country and beyond, plus a variety of craft stalls. crafts and kites, he hopes there will be something for everyone.
Among the new attractions are a ten-meter-long inflatable Sonic the Hedgehog, a 12-meter-tall inflatable teddy bear and three-meter-tall Mickey Mouse and Dory kites from Finding Nemo.
“It’s about encouraging people to get their faces off their cellphones, get out in the fresh air, and enjoy the real world. It’s a great community. It’s kept me busy for 30 years,” said Mr Mitchell.
This sense of community, he said, is reflected in the response from residents and locals, many of whom engage with and support the festival.
“The neighbors seem to absolutely love the festival. They come out of their homes at The Summerley Estate) saying ‘oh let us know if you want a coffee, just come in the back door.’ It just amazed me, you don’t get this anywhere else. I know you wouldn’t expect something like this on Southsea Common, but still. It really makes you feel like people appreciate you be there, which is a nice feeling for all kites.