20th Streatham Common Kite Day
After a postponement, Streatham’s mini festival, Kite Day, will return to our beautiful Common on Sunday 2 September 2018 from 11:00 to 17:00. The free event is packed full of spectacular kite flying displays and is an opportunity for everyone to go fly a kite.
We will have another brilliant line-up of kite flyers this year who will dazzle and amaze with acrobatic displays or astound with their huge static kites.
- Lex and Irma are the Flying Fish – they started out on their local common in Southampton and in July they were crowned UK National Champions, in dual-line pairs, after four years finishing as the runners-up.
- We expect to be hypnotised again by the father and son kite flyers Team SPECTRUM, who have flown together for over 20 years.
- Twisted Bridle is Pea and Lisa – a newly formed kite flying pair who are being mentored by the Flying Fish. We look forward to welcoming for the first time to Kite Day.
- Members of the Kent Kite Flyers, which has been going since the early 1990s, will be attending the festival. One of the club's main aims is to spread the word about kite flying and encourage people to get involved so come along and have a chat with them if you need advice or have any questions.
- The most established club attending Kite Day is the Brighton Kite Flyers – they have been around since the 1970s and have an international membership.
- Keith aka NASAman will join us again to attempt to use the power of the wind to lift him up into the sky but not quite into space. His incredible kites can genuinely lift him into the air so he often has to be tethered down, just in case.
- We are pleased to also welcome back the Grumpy Old Gits and their big kites. They are a small, very select club, group or gang of “Old Gits” who make kites, fly kites and muck about. Look out for them as they aim to impress.
But Kite Day is not just for the experts – the organisers encourage people to bring their own kites to fly. If you don't own a kite, why not make one or buy one on site?
Fun for everyone
Kite Day is a wonderful family event. In between marvelling at the displays or kite flying, children can go on the bouncy castles or get their faces painted.
Dance on the Common to live music from The Rapture Riders, who will play between the displays. And if dancing is not for you, explore the community stalls to get a taste of the incredible groups and societies which help make Streatham so special.
Once again there will be an array of food and drink for you to enjoy, or you can have a picnic on the grass.
Mike Robinson, Chair of the Friends of Streatham Common, which organises Kite Day, is excited about the 2018 event:
“Streatham Kite Day is back and we think it’s going to be our best event yet – we’ve got incredible kite displays, more food stalls and a bigger bar and kite shop.
“We’ve been drawing crowds to gaze in wonder at incredible feats of air acrobatics for nearly 20 years. And don’t forget that you can bring or buy a kite and fly one for yourself!
“There’s always a great atmosphere at Streatham Kite Day – we’ll have live music, people can explore the many stalls with family and friends and there’s plenty of local food and drink to sample. And don’t forget, entry is free and the event is run by volunteers. Any profits will help make the Common and its gardens even more beautiful so there’s even more reason to attend.”
Ani Alia, a broker at London estate agent Douglas & Gordon, which proudly supports Streatham Common Kite Day, said:
“Community events like Kite Day are what makes London feel like home to so many people. We’re proud to be a part of the local community here and to support Streatham Kite Day. We hope to see you all flying high on Streatham Common very soon!”
Friends of Streatham Common
The Friends of Streatham Common is a voluntary organisation run by local residents. The Friends work to ensure that Streatham Common and the Rookery are well kept and have facilities for all sections of the local community, providing community views of the maintenance and development of the area in a way that balances the needs of a diverse groups of users.
As well as running Streatham Kite Day, the Friends also run a number of popular public events each year which include Bird Walks, Open Air Theatre in the Rookery and the Fun Dog Show.
The Friends campaigned to restore the Rookery Gardens and won funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. They have funded and installed a nature trail, and organised events to mark the Rookery Centenary in 2013.
Friends of Streatham Common has elected officers and currently has about 300 members, who help make all the activities possible. Membership is open to any individual, family or business.
If you would like to help support Kite Day and the continued maintenance of our Common and the Rookery, please donate via JustGiving.
Share your Kite Day memories
If you’ve been to Streatham Kite Day before, why not share your pictures and memories on social media using the hashtag #StreathamKiteDay.