From the Blackheath Society’s website:
Bike & Kite Festival abandoned for 2011
The Society understands that this very successful event held in June will not take place this year as a result of the cuts. The Society is writing to Lewisham to request that the event be re-instated for 2012 – an important Jubilee year.
Such a shame. One of the best things about living in Blackheath. A really spectacular event. Ticks all the right boxes too – family friendly, encourages healthy lifestyles, etc. It’s something that was unique to the area. Maybe a rogue flash-mob festival should be organised regardless… Get the amazing Flying Squad kite flyers to come of their own accord (I’ve seen them practicing on the heath enough times), tell the organic chicken-burger-man from the farmer’s market to park his van by the side of the heath, and ask the crazy sound-system-on-a-morris-minor to provide the tunes.
As I write this, it is blowing a gale outside the Bugle’s window… I think the glass might actually rattle its way out of the window frames. So it seemed like an appropriate moment to put up these two videos of kites dancing over Blackheath, taken by youtube user jadepike4. Perhaps we should invest in those Blackheath wind farms after all.
Spotted in flickr user awesman72‘s album:
It looks so much fun, flying over the heath, I couldn’t resist doing a little bit of photoshopping…
It really is incredible how much lift these modern kites have. I’m sure we could power our houses with it one day.
UPDATE: The shop has now closed down, and the shop is currently unoccupied. A great shame.
If you’re looking for a kite to prepare you for the Blackheath Bike and Kite Festival on June 14th-15th, then you could do a lot worse than to take a look in Furley and Baker. I would have called it a sports shop, but I’m sure they do a lot of business selling kites there (they’re prominently displayed in the window). Oddly enough, I couldn’t find any kites on their website, so perhaps they only stock them at the Blackheath shop, to pick up the business on the common (as it were).
They were very helpful when I enquired – they have kids kites from £10, up to scary looking aeroplane wing-type things that could drag you off beyond Blackheath common into the wild blue yonder. The stunt kites go up to £95, but looked like you could get a good one for about £60.