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Kite flyers’ new venue

DOZENS of kite flyers will be heading to a new venue for this year’s Bognor Regis Kite Festival.


The popular event will be taking place at King George V Playing Fields in Felpham.


Its delighted organisers announced the change this week to enable the bank holiday celebration of the aerial fun to continue – and be bigger than in the previous three years.


One of them, Jan Malpas, said: “We have been searching hard for the last few months to find a new home for the 2018 August bank holiday kite festival.


“At last, we have now found one and it means the kite festival will be able to be much bigger than it was at West Park and we shall have onsite parking.


“With this extra space, we shall be able to have two large arenas for kite flying. So, we can have bigger kite flying displays and many more amazing kites flying for our visitors to enjoy.”


The kite festival has previously been held at West Park in Aldwick. It began in 2015 as a two-day event and continued in that format the following year. In 2017, it expanded to three days and moved to the August bank holiday weekend.


This meant its second day clashed with the starting point for the town’s annual illuminations gala in the evening.


Arun District Council, which owns the park, ruled priority should be given to the gala for this year. It promised to work with the kite festival team, which also includes Sarah Boote-Cook and Dave Mitchell, to find an alternative location.


This has led to King George V Playing Fields being chosen. “Along with the kites, we shall have a host of other activities, including live music, bar and catering outlets, children’s entertainment, giant inflatables and rides, kite making workshop and a large variety of stalls,” said Mrs Malpas.


“It is everything people could want for a fabulous day out and weekend and it is free.”


The bank holiday will also see the festival host The Great Bognor Bake Off for the second year.


The festival will be open from 10.30am-10pm on August 25 and 26 and 10.30am-5pm on August 27.

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