Frequently Asked Questions

What time does the kite festival start?

The kite festival starts with a launch event on Friday evening from 7.00pm until 9.30pm. On Saturday & Sunday the festival runs from 11.00am to 5.00pm both days.

What are the 2018 dates?

The dates for the 2018 St Annes Kite Festival are Friday 31st August (evening), Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd September.

Why do the dates change from year to year?

As a beach event on the Flylde coast, we are completely tide dependent and just part of a well established local events calendar. We have to work with the low tides and pick a weekend that does not clash with any other funded events e.g. the Lytham Festival or 1940s Wartime Festival.

Where is the kite festival?

Look for the kites on St Annes Beach, close to St Annes Pier (FY8 1SB), just off North Promenade.

Is there parking nearby?

Limited pay and display parking is available at the pier and extra parking will be provided by Fylde Borough Council at the Beach Terrace Cafe. Use SAT NAV FY8 1NW. Park all day for £5.00 - all profits from the carpark go towards next year's event.

Where can I stay?

If you intend to visit for the whole weekend and need somewhere to stay please take a look at local Hotels, Guest Houses and Bed & Breakfast accommodation that offer rooms at competitive rates.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are not allowed on the beach between 1st May to 30th September but you'll still get a great view of the kites from the seafront and promenade. Please keep your dog on lead at all times. If you are approached for money to take your dog on the beach, ask for ID. We have not been made aware of any "official" wardens operating on kite festival weekend. Kite flyers have been granted permission to bring their dogs but must keep them on a lead inside the arena at all times.

Can I bring / fly my own kite?

Yes. There's lots of space for public flying but please don't fly your kites above 30 meters (90 feet). A height limit is in force from Blackpool Airport and any infringement could jeopardise future events.

Can I bring a barbecue?

Unfortunately not. The council enforces a ban on barbecues on St Annes beach. We can, however, recommend the local eateries, with delicious hot and cold food and drinks served at the Pier and close to the kite festival.

What if the forecast is bad?

Kite flyers are a hardy bunch. We'll be there, giving it a go, whatever the weather. If it gets seriously wet or windy we might have to make a decision based on kite flyer and public safety, and the value of the kites on display.

What if there's no wind?

In the unlikely event that there's not enough wind for us to fly there will still be plenty to keep the family entertained on St Annes Beach, North Promenade and St Annes Pier.

How can I support the event?

We are looking for sponsors and advertisers to support the event this year and in future years. If you think you can help please get in touch. A range of advertising opportunities and sponsorship packages are available.

Can I trade at the event?

We welcome interest from all traders. If you would like to contact us regarding a trade pitch please complete our enquiry form. Closing date: 31st July 2018.

Can I advertise on this website?

We are always looking for advertisers and sponsors for the website and printed materials, please contact us for more details.

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