Solent Kite Flyers

Contact The Secretary Mike Lowe :
Tel: 02380 770788 Email: secretary@solentkiteflyers.co.uk
44 Bellemoor Road Shirley Southampton Hants SO15 7QU

Flying Locations

Here is a list of popular locations suitable for kite flying. Information about each site is given including which wind directions are best for flying in and what facilities are available. If you know of a place within the Solent region that you think should be included in this list, then please submit it for inclusion.

Information was correct at time of inclusion, but may change without us realising it. If any information is incorrect then please let us know. Thank you.

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Location suitable for flying in winds blowing from these directions:

  • South
  • West
  • North
  • East

Facilities and services within walking distance of flying location:

  • Car Park
  • Public Convenience - Toilets
  • Public House
  • Fastfood, Takeaway, Burger van
  • Cafe or Restaurant

A-Z Index

Regions

  1. Bournemouth and Christchurch
  2. New Forest
  3. Portsmouth and Gosport
  4. Southampton

Locations

  1. Hengistbury Head
  2. Stoney Cross Common
  3. Wilverley Plain
  4. Baffins Pond
  5. Portsdown Hill
  6. Southsea Common
  7. Stokes Bay
  8. Cowshot
  9. Lordshill Playing Fields

Bournemouth and Christchurch

Hengistbury Head

s
W
E
N
CP
Toilets
Cafe
Near Christchurch, the most popular site in the area. Beware children and dog walkers. Charged car parking and limited time free parking - beware of parking on single yellow lines - check the signs. Power and traction kites over 3.5m², kite buggies and wheel boards are not permitted.

New Forest

Bye Laws

The Following restrictions are in place for kite flying anywhere in the New Forest and will be enforced by the Forestry Commission.

Small kites under 2m² may be flown on the forest but be considerate to other visitors and forest wildlife. Kites can frighten animals so keep well away from livestock and horse riders. Power and traction kites over 2m², kite buggies and wheel boards are not permitted in the Forest.

Taken from the Forestry Commission website.

Stoney Cross Common.

N
E
s
W
CP
Please make sure you have read the above New Forest Bye Laws. Situated in the New Forest North of the A31 near Minstead. If travelling from the east, take the last exit off the M27 sign-posted New Forest, do not continue to the end of the motorway. Take a right turn at the roundabout towards Bramshaw, Brook and Fritham. Take the second left after the Green Dragon. Continue past the golf course and through the wooded area taking the first turn on the left. Continue straight on past the turn for Fritham and the turn for Linwood. The flying site is the next car park on the right. The site is flat and firm, but beware of gorse bushes and brambles.
Wilverley Plain

N
E
s
W
CP
Please make sure you have read the above New Forest Bye Laws. As a high plateau this site catches the wind from most directions. The grass is short cropped and the surface undulating.

Portsmouth and Gosport

Baffins Pond, Tangier Road, Portsmouth

E
W
CP
Toilets
Pub
Take Away
Located in suburb with nearby shops. After flying kite, enjoy walk around the pond and feed ducks. Pub and Toilets nearby.
Portsdown Hill, Widley Walk, Portsmouth

N
CP
Pub
Take Away
This field is perfect for a Northerly wind. Mick's Burger Van or the Churchillian pub are nearby for a good feed.
Southsea Common, Portsmouth

E
s
W
CP
Toilets
Home to Portsmouth International Kite Festival. Check to see if any events are taking place which will occupy the field, such as Southsea show over Bank Holiday. Toilets at East of field.
Stokes Bay, Alverstoke, Gosport

E
s
W
CP
Toilets
Cafe
Excellent views of Solent. Large Car Park. Cafe 300 metres West along prom. Best for onshore breezes.

Southampton

Cowshot

E
s
CP
Toilets
Pub
Situated at the mouth of Southampton Water, there are splendid views of the ships heading to and from Southampton Port. There is a strip of grass just across the road from the beach which is excellent for flying in on-shore breezes. Beware the occasional helicopter! Not far from the Flying Boat Inn.
Lordshill Playing Fields

N
E
s
W
CP
Toilets
Also known as Lordshill Outdoor Recreation Centre. Home to Southampton Kite Festival. Toilets are located in the sports pavilion, but are only open when sports matches or public events are taking place. The site is very large and level although wind at ground level can be erratic.