I'm working with a Yorkshire based children's charity and I'm hoping to pitch a kite festival in late summer/early autumn to the board.
Would it be plausible to try to organise one for this year already, or would I be better off planning for next year?
Also, is the weather likely to be an issue?
Any and all suggestions are more than welcome 🙂17.03.2017 at 11:29 amLike
Sunday 12th March 2017
NKG Fly-in – Crosby
Sunday 19th March 2017
NKG Fly-ins – Fleetwood Beach & Pontefract Racecourse
Sunday 9th April 2017
NKG Fly-ins – Otterspool & Roundhay Park, Leeds
Sunday 15/16th April 2017
Newbiggin Kite Festival
Sunday 23rd March 2017
NKG Fly-in – St Annes
Sat 6th / Sun 7th May 2017
Bridlington Kite Festival
Sat 20th / Sun 21st May 2017
Middleton Park Kite Festival
Sat 3rd / Sun 4th June 2017
Westmorland Country Fest
Sunday 18th June 2017
Beacon Park Kite Festival
Sat 24th / Sun 25th July 2017
Morecambe Catch The Wind Kite Festival
Sunday 16th July 2017
NKG Fly-in – Fleetwood
Sunday 28th August 2017
RNLI Open Day @ Hoylake
Sat 2nd / Sun 3rd September 2017
St Anne’s Kite Festival
Sunday 10th September 2017
Sunday 24th September 2017
Taylor Park Kite Day
Sunday 24th September 2017
Wakefield Kite Festival
Sunday 8th October 2017
One Sky One World held at Pontefract Racecourse & Otterspool
Sunday 15th October 2017
Light Up The Sky, Otterspool
Sat 28th / Sun 29th October 2017
End of Season Bash @ Westmorland County Showground
Sunday 19th November 2017
NKG Fly-in – Worden Park
Sunday 10th December 2017
Sunday 14th January 2018
NKG Fly-in – Roundhay Park, Leeds
Sunday 21st January 2018
NKG Fly-in – New Brighton Dips
Sunday 18th February 2018
NKG Fly-ins – AGM Oldham
Sunday 11th March 2018
NKG Fly-in – Crosby
Sunday 18th March 2018
NKG Fly-ins – Fleetwood Beach & Pontefract RacecourseDaryl Smith shared a link to the group: Northern Kite Group.16.03.2017 at 05:38 pmLike
2017 NKG Photo Competition This once again is a blatant plea for help. This magazine will fold without content! There is no excuse not to enter the competition and it is open to any NKG member including Junior Members.
The Prizes will be Gift Vouchers from Amazon first prize will receive a £20 voucher. Second and third will receive £10 and £5 Vouchers respectively.
Rules 1) Please only submit your own work. Proof of ownership needs to be established (ideal proof would be the camera settings used from the original photo shutter speed and aperture) 2) Digitally re-mastering an image is allowed whether that's just cropping an image or adding filters all the way to redrawing the image, anything goes.
3) Please submit both the original image and the finished piece including a title.
4) You can only enter three images for the 2017 competition any additional images sent after the first three will be used in the magazine but will not enter the competition.
5) Judging The competition will be judged by ballot at the AGM.
6) By entering you agree that your image will appear in the NKG magazine in any format that the magazine should be archived in, and re printed in future magazines at the editors discretion but credit must always be given to the artist.Daryl Smith and 2 others added 16 photos to NKG Photo Competition 2017 in Northern Kite Group.19.02.2017 at 07:28 pmLike
"Sadly, Joe Barnes passed away on Thursday Jan 5th 2017.
For those who knew him, Joe was a lovely, friendly, gentle man. A kite flying enthusiast, who made many of his own kites. Both Joe and his wife Flo were long time members of the NKG and attended the AGM's year after year. During the Summer months Joe and Flo set off to the various Kite events, in their Camper Van and were known to members of other kite clubs up and down the country. Sadly Flo died in 2015.
I have fond memories of Joe, who was responsible for introducing me to the wonderful world of kites."
(These pictures were taken in October 2015 at the Otterspool OSOW and LUTS events)07.01.2017 at 11:55 pmLike
Stephen his eldest son has posted a photograph on the Pallas Family Flyers Facebook page with the following comment:
We have lost a great ambassador of the love of kites. Arthur Pallas my father, passed away 2 days ago from a short battle with cancer. He always wanted to see a kite in the sky, even if there wasn't any wind. He will be sorely missed by everyone. So fill the sky with kites, because he's still watching us fly.18.01.2017 at 05:40 pmLike
Rules are simple.
Any NKG member is eligible to enter.
Each person entering can only submit no more than 4 images.
All or any digital enhancements are acceptable.
Please submit images in the highest quality possible. Preferably in either .ing or .jpg formats to.
By entering you accept that the images will be printed in the NKG magazine and will stay on file for use at the editors discretion.
Prizes will be kite related gift vouchers.
£20 for 1st, £10 for 2nd and £5 for 3rd.
All entries must be in before the 11th of December.
Judging will be done during the NKG AGM in February.
Please submit images to
Simon Cooper.04.12.2016 at 10:34 pmLike
I have bought a Canon SX170is camera and am in the process of testing a Canon script for David Sykes - master of the art.
These were two photos from today. I had decided to fly the camera on the Flowform when I saw the herd of cows arriving. They were faster than I was so I had to follow them to get the straight down photos I wanted . I was out there for more than 3 hours enjoying seeing the kites fly in the sun. Arrived home just before sunset.09.10.2016 at 10:44 pmLike
The event is on Sunday 11th September.
Hoghton Tower is just north of Preston Lancashire, going towards Blackburn, the post code is PR5 0SH
For more information see http://www.hoghtontower.co.uk/
We have been asked to be on site before 10am and flying will be till about 4.30pm
This has been a nice event over the past couple of years in really nice surroundings.
We will also be doing a teddy bear drop so if you can lend a hand please come along.
Hoghton Tower, Lancashire
High on a hill in the heart of Lancashire, Hoghton Tower offers an enchanting and unique destination for every occasion.
WWW.HOGHTONTOWER.CO.UKDave Bleasdale shared a link to the group: Northern Kite Group.05.09.2016 at 09:08 pmLike
Thanks for any advice14.09.2016 at 10:16 pmLike
We have been asked to support the annual festival at High Crompton Park, Shaw near Oldham on Saturday 3rd of September with a field full of kites. The park is a typical delightful small town park with well laid out gardens and features.
We have a field (approximately two football pitches side by side) to ourselves next to the main festival event field. There are toilets available at the adjacent bowling green. Usual festival food stalls and the North Star Inn across the road.
We will be able to take our vehicles onto the flying field periphery but not onto the field itself. It has suffered damage from vehicles in the past and Oldham Council are very sensitive over this. They are arranging a roll-out hard standing for our vehicles to move on and/or park on.
There is going to be a kite making workshop on the adjacent field so we will be flying in our own staked arena. Usual Northern Kite Flying rules apply. Height limit is the usual 60m. No-one to fly outside of the arena.
Kite Fliers are to meet at the small car park opposite the North Star Inn along Rushcoft Road. Post Code OL2 7PR. We need to be there for 10am The roll-out road surface should be in position by then and fliers will be escorted to a parking position on the edge of the field. All vehicle movements with Hazards on.
Due to the requirement to pack up the roll-out road we will be asked to move off the field at 3.30pm so end of flying by 3pm.
This is a Northern Kite Group Event and the group are receiving a significant contribution from Oldham Council for attending. This money will be used to help fund the end of season event, so we need your support if you are able to attend.
I appreciate that this appears to be a last minute event but it would be good to see a good turn out, as it may lead to bigger things in Oldham for the future.
The Council require our car registration details so can all intending attendees please email Len with their details on email@example.com or message via Facebook etc. Any questions please get in touch.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Rushcoft Road. Shaw. Oldham. Post Code OL2 7PR
It might be more direct from M62 to come off at J20 and come down from Oldham but I have no experience of that route so:
From M62 J20 take A627(M) to junction with A663 (Royton, Shaw). Follow the A663 through its various road names, Broadway, Shaw Rd, Crompton Way to junction with B6194. Turn Right to B6194 (Rochdale). Follow the B6194 up the hill, past High Crompton Post Office to a mini-roundabout, take the right to Rushcroft Road. Continue along past the Church and School to skirt past park and car park on left and then take next left (also Rushcroft Rd) and continue to small car park opposite North Star Inn.
If coming from the south on M60 then junction 21 to A663 (Chadderton) and follow A663 Broadway to meet up with previous route.
Leonard Royles shared a link to the group: Northern Kite Group.18.08.2016 at 10:24 amLike
There is some sensitivity with regard to the numbers of vehicles allowed onto the beach so if you are thinking of attending please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook messenger so that I can notify the organisers. (No need for those folk who already know about it and have already discussed it with me).
The Promenade (North Parade) will be closed to all traffic from 8.00am till 6.00pm. This closure starts at King's Gap and reaches all the way to Hoyle Road.
We will access the beach from the Hoyle Road checkpoint. The Stewards at the end of Hoyle Road will allow us to pass and guide us through to the West Slip at the Lifeboat Station up till 10.00am. Please ensure that you are there before 10:00am because no kite flier traffic will be allowed after that time. Be prepared to show your membership cards at the barrier. All vehicle movements to be done at walking pace with hazards on. We are on the beach till the road reopens at 6pm. Please be aware that this is a big event and it could take a while for the traffic to clear.
Please see the map at : https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ok-MVlwPP8ZPXwESEQ6rA7RYO58&usp=sharing but note that the kite flying arena may be adjusted to suit the beach and wind conditions. We have been assured that if anyone gets into difficulties due to soft sand etc. the RLNI will be on hand to sort us out.
There are attended toilets in a block just a short walk up the prom at the bowling green, also some across the road from the Lifeboat Station at the local community centre. There will also be Portaloos all along the promenade.
There will be the usual food outlets on the promenade and there is also a beer festival taking place at the community centre.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the largest charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man as well as on some inland waterways. They have also been known to rescue fly-away Manta Rays! So it would be great if we could put on a big display for them.
Look forward to seeing you there.
From the M53 follow the Moreton Spur to the roundabout, take Upton Rd (signed A551 Moreton) and follow into Moreton centre to a roundabout, take left (signed A553 Hoylake), follow this road (Hoylake Rd. then Birkenhead Rd.) though into Hoylake. Continue till just past Esso garage on left and take Hoyle Road on right (signed Hoylake Community Centre). There will be road closed ahead signs at the beginning. At the barrier, contact stewards who should guide you to the West slipway.Leonard Royles shared a link to the group: Northern Kite Group.19.08.2016 at 05:11 pmLike
Big hugs and blue skies to you all.01.08.2016 at 07:41 pmLike
Dorothy has an upcoming birthday, and has expressed a desire for one each of the Premier Kites 8ft Kitten and Premier Kites 8ft Dog ( as shown in the pics ).
Premier list their UK distributor as LifesABreeze, but they are not showing any stock.
Does anyone know of anywhere which might have these in stock in the UK ( or does anyone have one or both, in reasonable condition, which they would like to re-home ) ?
Thanks - Mike31.07.2016 at 08:49 pmLike
We welcome all fliers to St. Annes Kite Festival on the 30th and 31st July. This year we are on both sides of the pier, with the Al - Farsi team on the Blackpool side and everyone else where we were last year. The lifeboat carpark, FY81SJ, is the nearest one to the beach. As usual everyone who attends will have a contribution toward travel costs.
On Saturday night there is a free evening meal and entertainment at St Annes Cricket club FY8 2RQ for all fliers.
Please can you also email to confirm attending the meal as need to let the chef know how many.
If you need to use your vehicle on the beach as an anchor then please email your name and surname, your vehicle make, model and registration number to email@example.com or via facebook. I have kept your details from last year so if still same just let me know 'same.'
Closing date for letting me know beach access is 8/7/2015. No vehicle will be allowed on the beach without having passed on their details. Please also bring your car insurance information as the council may ask for it (I doubt it but you can never tell with the council!)
Cars will access the beach at the lifeboat station FY81SJ on the day. Passes will not be handed out but the council will check each vehicle as they drive on. If you are not on the list, sorry they will not let you on.
Please note all vehicles need to be on the beach by 10:00am with a kiters briefing at 10:30 and no vehicle allowed to leave before 5pm.
Finally there is limited space for caravans, camper vans etc at St Annes Cricket Club and they can arrive from Monday 25th July. Priority will be given to those who stayed last year and Jim Potts is organising 07860822211 . If we don't put up awnings there will be more room to squeeze extra caravans in. Alternatively there is overnight parking for camper vans at the lifeboat car park.
Hope to see you all there.
Pat and all the team.13.06.2016 at 10:51 amLike
It arrived yesterday but we have been so busy at work I did not get hold of it until today.
Still not had chance to open it never mind fly it yet.
Saving it for the weekend.30.06.2016 at 10:20 pmLike
For those that are not aware the Beacon Kite Festival has been running for a number of years now & is the NKG's very own festival.
All fliers are very welcome, as previous years there will be a roped arena for insured fliers only with parking on the field adjacent to the arena. There will be no overnight camping this year.
There are toilets down at the Ranger offices just a short walk down the park. The Golf Club also serve from 7am and do a Full English Breakfast.
For those that haven't been before click link for map http://goo.gl/maps/a15Ru
For sat nav the best postcode to use is WN8 7RZ. You can also find directions on the NKG website.
Hope to see you there.
Len13.06.2016 at 09:42 amLike
Sat Nav.) LA4 4BU
Parking of vehicles is free on the road (arrive early) and
as usual cars will not be able to park on the prom itself but you can unload from the prom to the beach. Please move your vehicle directly after unloading. There are car parks across the road if needed. If you you need to park on a paid car park bring me your ticket and I will gladly reimburse you.
Regards to you all and hope to see you there.
Dave.22.06.2016 at 01:39 pmLike
Anyone wishing to attend Leyland Festival on Worden park on Saturday June 18th could you please let me know then I can order wristbands
Leyland festival 2016
Arrive 10:30 at car park gate (PR25 3DH)
You will be given directions to our area on arrival by myself(same as previous for anyone who has been before
I will be at the gate until 11:00
We fly all day until around 4
No movement of cars outside our area until 4:30
Leyland is very informal and if you want to have a wander as long as there is someone to look after your kites feel free
(I would not suggest you just leave them on the ground as there will be no arena)
All are welcome and any children under 16 get in free07.06.2016 at 11:53 amLike
Camping is available adjacent to the flying arena from 3pm Friday through to 11am Monday morning.
Those who are day tripping, you must be on site by 10am and there will be no vehicular movement off the site until approx 5pm.
The event is open to all insured kite fliers. If you are not an NKG member & wish to attend, send me a message with your email address & I will send you all the details.17.05.2016 at 08:25 pmLike