Kite night

Recently we've been going out flying kites in the evenings and we're going to try to hold a regular kiting evening on Mondays during the summer.

Good kite flying depends on good weather conditions, so we usually wait until Monday morning to decide, using Windy to visualise predictions of wind and gusts in our local area, including the coast.

When we decide to go, we'll post the time and place here. Please check this page on Mondays if you would like to join us and have fun flying kites.

The most recent updates follow in reverse chronological order. Older updates are archived for the year 2019.

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The summer holidays are too full of fun and possibilities to tie Monday nights down to kiting. We'll be back posting updates of when we plan to go out from early September, probably Monday 8 September.

No kiting tonight — tired children and intermittent rain.

We went to a spot on the beach near Brean Down today to cool off in the sea and a do a bit of kite-flying. We had a 10 km/h westerly wind without much turbulance, and Ⓒ's kite launched almost automatically and sat in the air as she ran along the edge of the water.

We went to the excellent UFO in Weston and, after Douggy's excellent advice, splashed out on two kites. The first is a two-line stunt kite, the Cross Air 1.5, which Ⓑ found was stable to fly but also responsive enough to develop steering skills for cool tricks. Crucially, it has no hard parts and doesn't break when it crashes. We also got a single-line delta kite for £10 that was very stable in the air and which Ⓒ got to grips with very quickly.

We spent two happy hours flying them in a field near where we live that has recently been cut for grass. It is a wide open space with no hazards around, but with a gentle slope. We flew the kites lower down the slope, which faced into the wind. It felt like there were rising air currents without too much turbulence, but maybe the kites were stable because they were good and they didn't need much wind.