Earlier this year we bought a kite, which the kids loved, so we decided that going to the Downhill Demesne Kite Festival was a must! Typically, it was forecasting rain, but we were not to be deterred. The welly boots and picnic were loaded into the car and off we went!
The kites were visible for miles around! So although we didn’t know exactly where we were going, there was little chance of getting lost!
Parking was provided in a field, and after a short walk we arrived in front of Downhill House. It was a bit rough going with the buggy, due to the field and gravel paths, but it was manageable.
There were dozens of kites flying in front of the 18th Century mansion, which has fallen into ruin. Still it provided us with a perfect little alcove for our picnic. (There were plenty of food vans available, we just like our picnics. We even bring the china cups!)
And there were a selection of stalls inside offering face painting, kite sales, and paper aeroplane building, which Lewis loved! The staff from the National Trust were all very welcoming and friendly, letting us shelter in their tents for a little while.
Outside the enormous kites were the highlight!
And even though it rained the whole time, it did not stop my kids from stopping to smell the flowers! It’s a buttercup, in case you are wondering!
They had a bouncy castle and quad train rides.
The views from the top of the cliff where this festival is held, are just stunning!
They had lots of local artists displaying their work within the Mussenden Temple. Some absolutely beautiful pieces were available! This artist had grey skies too, though somehow this is much more attractive than my photographs!
All round a great wee day out! Afterwards we went to Benone beach and had a nosey around the tourist complex there. It is definitely an area we plan to explore more in the future!
Have you been to Downhill Demesne Kite Festival?