Picnics, beer and flying: Streatham Common Kite Day is back

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Picnics, beer and flying: Streatham Common Kite Day is back - Inside Croydon

The 23rd Streatham Common Kite Day will take place on Sunday May 12.

From 11am to 5pm, London’s only free family-friendly kite festival combines world-class kite displays with the opportunity to fly your own.

Thousands flocked to Streatham Common Kite Day in 2023 to see the displays, fly a kite and sample the delicious food and drink on offer at the stalls. The organisers expect similar numbers again this year.

The event features kite flying by experts and enthusiasts from all around the world flying kites of all shapes and sizes from a postage stamp through to a life-sized blue whale more than 100 feet long.

There will be dancing kites and NASAman – whose kite helps lift him up into the sky. But not quite into space.

Streatham Common Kite Day is not just for the experts. Bring a kite or buy one at the pop-up kite shops and fly it over the Common.

Caroline Hewitt, from of the Friends of Streatham Common which organises the event, said: “Streatham Common Kite Day is back this May and we think it’s going to be better than ever. It’s a brilliant day out for all the family with our incredible kite displays, delicious food stalls, a super bar and kite shops.

“We’ve been drawing crowds to gaze in wonder at incredible feats of air acrobatics for over 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.”

Kite Day is the ideal family day-out with a range of food stands – highlights this year include Lucknow 2 London bringing real Indian flavour from the streets of Lucknow to the streets of London, award-winning Streatham fish specialist and deli Fish Tale, a bar run by Streatham Common’s own The Inkspot Brewery, and live music from local band Rapture Riders. There is also plenty of room for picnics.

Once the food has 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.

Streatham Common Kite Day is run entirely by the volunteer members of the Friends of Streatham Common charity.


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