Let's Go Fly a Kite
Breezy summer days and big blue skies mean one thing….it’s time to go and fly a kite. Our Little Trekkers' Ambassadors have already been sharing their kite flying adventures on Cornish beaches and the wide open countryside of North Yorkshire. Just make sure when you take your kite up to the highest heights you don’t let dad hog the kite strings!!
Did You Know????
- It is thought that the Chinese invented the kite over 2500 years ago. One rather amusing tale of its origins is the tale of a farmer whose hat blew from his head in a gust of wind. He tied a string to it to make sure that if it happened again, he could catch it. The next time it blew off it remained airborne and hey presto, the kite was invented.
- Kites haven’t always been made just for play. Originally they were used by the military in Japan and China, and apparently were large enough to fly soldiers into the air so they could spy on their enemy!
- In Australia and other areas in the Pacific fishermen use kites to drop baited lines into the water to help catch fish. The kites allow them to drop bait further away than is possible with an ordinary fishing rod.
Kite Flying Formations
Now this takes real skill, and more importantly coordination!
If you want see some kite flying formations in action, head down to one of the many kite festivals that take place all over the country from April to September. The Kite Society of Great Britain has details of all up and coming events in this country and beyond on their website.
Up, Up and Awaaaaaaayyyyyyy!!!!!
Any of you out there had a go at kite surfing, what an adrenaline rush this must be!!!!!
According to Guinness World Records the longest continuous kitesurfing journey is 199.63 nautical miles by Phillip McCoy Midler (USA) who travelled from South Padre Island, Texas to Matagorda, Texas, USA.
Flying kites is great fun but safety must come first, always follow the kite manufacturer's instructions.
Tell Us About It...
Where have you been with your kites? Send in your photos of you and your family having kite flying fun to us on our facebook page