21st Streatham Kite Day
SAVE THE DATE!
Now in its 21st year – Kite Day returns on Sunday 12th May 2019.
A great FREE event for all Streathamites, Kite fans and those who want a fun day out from further afield. It has everything…music, food…and kites!
Volunteers will be needed so if you want to join in – please let us know. We can only make it happen with the community being a part of it. its good fun and you get to be part of a really important Streatham Event.
Sunday 12th May 2019
11:00 - 17:00 | free entry
It’s that time of year where professional Kite fliers from all over the country congregate in the heart of Streatham.
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.
Twisted Bridle is Pea and Lisa – a kite flying pair who have been mentored by the Flying Fish. We look forward to welcoming them to their second Streatham Kite Day event.
The L Katz team – a dual-line sport kite team will be showing off their fabulous moves as well.
We expect to be hypnotised again by the father and son kite flyers Team SPECTRUM, who have flown together for over 20 years.
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 (GOGs) 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.
BRING YOUR OWN KITES ON THE DAY FOR A SKY FULL OF COLOUR.
If you don’t own a kite, why not make one or buy one at the festival?
Kite Day is the ideal family day-out with a range of food stands – this year we have incredible world flavours from our food trucks and stalls. Everything from Caribbean to Brazilian recipes, super tasty Vegan creations, Indian street food to Italian Pizza, Hog Roasts to Fish dishes, Beef brisket naan wraps to traditional festival favourites – Hotdogs, toasties and good old fashioned Mr Whippy ice cream. All washed down with Streatham’s finest coffee and home-made cakes.
There is also plenty of room for picnics, where you can relax and take in live music from local band Rapture Riders.
Once the food has been digested there are bouncy castles and face painting for children. Community groups are well represented with stalls for the curious visitor keen to find out more about the area or join one of the area's local groups or societies.
We are planning to make this event as green as possible. We have food vans on the day selling a fantastic range of food. But if you’re bringing your own picnic, leave zero trace. Please expect to take every bit of packaging back with you to recycle. The common will have litter pickers on the day –
BUT WE DO NOT HAVE THE FACILITIES TO RECYCLE.
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.