Kite Display Team

We are pleased to publish this, the first in a new series of videos that we hope to produce helping those at the early stages of flying to keep their kites in the sky and their interest developing.

Last update: 7th October 2016

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Where can I buy a kite?

There are others, of course, but our favourite retailer is Kiteworld - in business since 1989 and still going strong. Click the logo to visit them.


4 Octopi

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How cool is this combination?



Everyone wanted their photo taken with these kites.


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Try this for size?

A Giant Turbine from HQ Invento


Roger Backhouse

Who is that lurking in the bushes?!!


Don’t worry - it’s kite enthusiast and  ace cameraman,


Roger Backhouse!


Roger is the man responsible for many of the stills and videos on this site!

Kite-fliers’ lessons in landing.

It’s amazing what you can learn from things that happen around you!

1) If you are watching - don’t stand directly under where someone is trying to land.

2) If you are the pilot - land in to the wind.

3) Look out for changes in wind direction

4) Come in sideways if you need to

5) Once you are committed - go for it!

6) Fly as if your life depended on it

7) Consider other people’s safety!

Better explained in the link HERE

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HQ Crackerjack


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Kite Display Team

Husband and wife kite flyers, Close Encounters Kite Display Team, welcome you to our web-site.

Come back here often and see what’s been added.

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About us

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Prism Isotope

The Red Devil

A classic from HQ Invento

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There’s a new kite bag out from HQ

HQ Giant Triangulation Click photo for Video

HQ Infinity Vented or Standard

Click below for two nice videos of these beautiful HQ kites in action

Pairs video”or

“Tricks video”

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If you have taken the trouble to write to us but not received a reply - it can only mean that we didn’t receive it -we are sorry! - Please re-send!

This does not apply to people trying to sell us things or improve our ratings - we already said that they would be ignored - they have been - and they always will!


Close Encounters are the country’s premier, all round, Kite Display Team

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Filmed in the New Forest England

Single Skin Lifter Kite

by Peter Lynn




Octopi Kites




Team Colours

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Fun kites

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Allan and Marilyn fly pairs with tails.

HQ Delta Rainbow Graphic

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We are continually updating or adding “Kite videos” just like the one HERE

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Before you fly a kite

Always read the instructions first. These would normally give the proper assembly information as well as basic flying hints and tips. A guideline to the strength of the wind suitable for the kite may also be printed — do not exceed this as the kite can become uncontrollable

Never fly kites in wet or stormy weather. Static electricity can build up and be conducted down the line. This is also the reason why you should never fly a kite with wire or anything metallic in the line.

Never fly kites over other peoples’ heads or in an area where someone else could be injured from an out of control kite. Always make sure there is plenty of room around you.

Do not fly close to roads or paths. Not only can it be dangerous if the kite comes down but it can distract drivers as well.

Keep away from overhead power lines, transmission towers, telephone lines and aerials. If your kite gets caught—DO NOT attempt to rescue it yourself—ask for help from the right people such as the electricity company.

Always be aware of what is behind you, be it people, roads or even cliffs! It is easy to be distracted by the kite and step back.

Always wear gloves for strong pulling kites but be aware that gloves will not fully protect you.

Do not fly near airports or above 200 feet (60 metres)

Always tidy up after you. Take away any odd bits of line you have discarded, the bag that the kite came in, etc. Dispose responsibly or recycle.

Be careful of animals, they can be easily frightened by flying kites—particularly dual and four line kites.

If you have purchased a dual line sports or power kite, consider taking lessons in how to fly the kite, the kite trader you bought the kite from should be able to guide you in the right direction. Close Encounters Kite Display Team give free lessons. Training is particularly important for power kites as these can be very dangerous if not flown properly.

Always be courteous and think of others. Not everyone is happy with kites buzzing around them. If someone else thinks your kite is a danger to others and asks you to stop—do so. They may be more aware of what is happening than you are.



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Another member of our growing inflatable collection


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It just doesn’t get any better.

These guys are professionals!

Hello from Allan and Marilyn Pothecary - founders of 5 times British Champions, and now, Kite Flying Display Team, Close Encounters!

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Flying only the best kites to professional standards, this is one of the best all round kite display teams in Europe!

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A legend is lost.




















So sad to hear that on the morning of Sunday 3rd January 2016, legend and good friend Peter Powell passed, peacefully away in hospital.

Peter was one of nicest people we ever had the pleasure to know.


Peter was immensely proud of his family and their achievements in reviving the kite which made him so famous right across the world.

His name will live on for decades, even centuries to come - thank you Peter.


For the moment, please pass any messages through us either by email or our contacts page on this site.


Always ready with a kind word

This ol’ fellah came over to our tent and plonked himself down in my seat during the Weymouth Kite Festival claiming to be a long time kite-maker.

He reckoned that he was making kites before any of us at the festival were flying our quads and sport kites!

So I said to him - “...and who do you think that you are

en matey  - Peter Powell?!!

View Peter Powell stacks HERE

Video of the new shop in Cheltenham HERE

Four different animals to collect.

Click the donkey photo to see  him in action.

Tremendous fun - and an easy fly kite!

Take a peek at this HUGE pink Octopus


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Another great Witch video



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Single line kites at Hayling Island recently

Ray Fish - Click on the photo to view

Kiters’ Jolly Up

6th/7th August 2016

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Prism Bora 7

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Click the photo to see this superb kite in action

Come inside for lots more or... videos or...

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3 Limbo kites stacked

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A view from the past - Aces by Max Puckeridge

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A range of our kites in this video

Believe it or not - a Summers Day!

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Synchronised Flying - Chill-out to this

You gotta see this one!

Click anywhere in this frame

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Basingstoke Kite Festival 2016

Watch the end of  our famous, classic routine much unchanged since 1992 performed at Portsmouth Kite festival 2016

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Mass fly of Trilobite kites makes new world record

Photo by David Poole





Great fun to fly!

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