No. 7 Fly a kite

Father and son flying a kite on Dunstable Downs

When there's a bit of wind in the air it's the perfect time to enjoy no. 7 on our list of '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities. So, if you haven't flown a kite before, what are you waiting for?

Kites come in lots of different colours, sizes and even shapes. But they all have one thing in common – they love to fly. Can you imagine how it must feel to be a kite, soaring between the ground and the clouds, watching the world from above with the wind lifting you higher and higher?

Flying a kite is probably one of those things you think about doing when you're on holiday, usually at the beach. But you can fly a kite anywhere if there's a bit of wind and an open space.

What you need:

  • A kite
  • A breeze
  • A wide open space - beaches or parks are usually good choices
  • Strong arms - the kite can sometimes pull away from you in the wind
  • Someone to pick the kite up if it crashes and help launch it back into the air again

Follow our top tips below and you'll soon have your kite high in the air like a bird.

Top tips:

  • When you've chosen your spot, don't forget to look up and check there’s nothing that might get in the way of your kite when you start to fly it
  • Unwind the string about four metres and ask a friend or family member to take the kite away from you, while you hold tight on the string
  • Get them to launch it upwards into the wind and then you're in control
  • Pulling the string tight makes the kite climb higher, and unwinding the string allows it to go higher in the sky
  • Remember the longer the string you've got, the further someone will have to go to pick it up if (or when) it crashes
  • It can be just as hard to fly a kite in very strong wind, as it is in no wind at all