Popular kite festival returns to Southsea Common for the weekend

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ONE of Portsmouth’s most popular events returns to Southsea Common this weekend with a new name and new dates.

The newly-named Unbeatable Car Portsmouth International Kite Festival takes to Southsea’s skies from 10am to 5pm today and tomorrow.

Historically, the free event has been held on the August bank holiday weekend and last year it shared the common with Victorious Festival.

But with the music extravaganza expanding this year it was decided to bring the date forward.

The theme this year is myth and fantasy and crowds will be able to enjoy all the action for free with spectacular kites, flying demonstrations and workshops for kids.

Cllr Linda Symes, Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: ‘This is one of the UK’s premier kite festivals and attracts kite fliers and visitors from around the world.

‘I’m delighted we’ve found a solution to ensure Portsmouth can continue to host this fantastic event, and would like to thank Unbeatable Car for the role it’s played in this.

‘The new dates also mean an extra weekend of free entertainment this summer for everyone to enjoy.’

Unbeatable Car MD Mark Sopp said: ‘We are proud to be sponsoring the kite festival. It’s a real way of getting involved in local events which the community can enjoy.’