Must See Monday – Events of The Week: Bristol International Kite Festival, Cyclescreen & Shellsphere

17th August 2015

What: Bristol International Kite Festival // Where: Durdam Downs // When: Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd August (11am – 5pm) // Cost: Free
BOQ6PvOqzbJdeqac-0Exmh2Kn_oHrTNAYv2AZagoS80Bristol International Kite Festival is back with new dates and a new venue… 22nd and 23nd August 2015 on Bristol’s Durdham Downs.

Organisers are planning an action-packed aerial extravaganza with international kite guests expected from as far as Kuwait and America to join flyers and enthusiasts from across Europe.

The arena programmes will feature spectacular flying displays, kite fighting battles, artistic kites, breathtaking synchronised routines flown to music and awesome power kites as well as colourful ground-based air creations and banners of all shapes and sizes.

To add to the festive atmosphere there will also be fantastic play structures and children s attractions, specialist kite traders, a licensed bar and an array of appetising food and drink.

To find out more then click here.


Cyclescreen @ Watershed // Thurs 20th – Sun 23rd August // Cost:  £4.50 – £9.00 (Day ticket offers available)
In the words of John F Kennedy, nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. The rich and varied history of the bicycle is celebrated in this four day festival that examines the social and environmental benefits that have been derived from this remarkable machine.

Cyclescreen, Bristol’s first dedicated bike film festival, returns this August with an exciting programme of documentaries and talks from some of the leading filmmakers and authors from cycling culture. Throughout the festival we’ll be celebrating the ways this wonderfully adaptable machine contributes to people’s lives and continues to establish itself in the hearts of the Great British public.

To find out more click here.

Shellsphere @ Central Promenade // Sat 22nd August // Cost: Free 
The coast is coming to Bristol thanks to a 4D experience by the National Trust. A giant shell will be washing up at Bristol’s Centre Promenade allowing members of the public the opportunity to see, smell, hear and taste the sea this summer without leaving the city. 

Senses will be triggered inside the shell by the aromas of salty sea air, caves, rock pools, the sounds of the waves and seagulls, as well as magical interior lighting. With research showing that despite one in five Brits dreaming of escaping to the coast, the number of people visiting the coast has dropped by 20% in the last decade, the National Trust is bringing the great British coast to the city to help Bristolians reconnect to the magical experiences the seaside can offer. 

Over the summer, the Trust is also inviting members of the public to help one of Britain’s most celebrated poets, Dr John Cooper Clarke, complete the ‘Nation’s Ode to the Coast’ – a poem reminding the people of the UK of just what the coast can offer. Poem contributions can take the form of words, pictures, social media posts or even sounds, with submissions made using #lovethecoast. 

An interactive coastal photobooth will also be on hand to capture the experience. This free interactive encounter is suitable for all ages and is set to be a really fun family experience.

To find out more then click here.

Kevin McGough