I have never flown a kite before. I’ve been surrounded by rolling country hills that attract strong winds all of my life. I have no excuses. It was my birthday yesterday and not feeling like doing anything grown up (in denial about my age – I’m now 26), we crazily headed outside in the torrential rain and strong winds to fly my first ever kite.

There is a place in St. Ives called the Island (it’s not really an island, but a grassy hill with 360 degree views of St. Ives, the bay and the atlantic ocean). It’s gets the most weather in town and is usually perfect for kite flying. It’s also a great place for a walk as the views from this spot, despite the weather are always stunning. Here’s the view from one side:

We bought an ‘easy to fly kite’ and undeterred by the weather we crazily ascended the hill to fly our first kite together as a family. I wish that I’d taken a picture as we were walking up. The rain was horrific. But just as we reached the top of the hill and took this picture the sun popped it’s head out and stayed for the whole time we played. Hooray! Apparently we’re not the only crazy ones to be out in this weather. As you can see, people actually have tents on the beach and are in the sea! (this is another side of the Island)

Evie loved kite flying. She was really interactive from the start and soon learnt to hold onto it, shout ‘ready’ and then let go. It was so cute watching her trying to catch it as it flew off. But she, like us, was getting very cross when it kept flying back into our faces or landing on the floor again straight away.

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As I’m sure you can tell by my hair, it was VERY windy so it was perfect conditions for kite flying. For some reason our kite didn’t ever take to the air for too long, but we were doing much better than another kite flyer on the island that day. I don’t think their kite was easy to fly and it never did lift off the ground. Jamie was in his element running around with Evie. He used to fly kites here as a child, although apparently never with much success.

The heavens looked like they were going to open up again, so after half an hour or so we took our leave and headed back home. I’m not sure who had the most fun, although I think this photo might vouch for the fact that it was Jamie, who looks way too proud of our kite.

Although not the best kite flying session, I’m glad I’ve crossed another one off my bucket list!

I know lots of you love my Cornish posts. If you’re planning on coming on holiday down here, be sure to check out my ‘Top 5 Family Friendly Beaches in Cornwall‘.

What outdoors activities do you do in the rain? Have you ever flown a kite before?

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  1. August 26, 2015 / 6:10 am

    What a beautiful place! Yes, I’ve flown kites before, always have. The Alexander Graham Bell museum was near where I grew up in Canada and we got to play with GIANT kites there on class trips. 🙂

    • August 26, 2015 / 6:23 pm

      Oh wow that much have been incredible. You’re so lucky. I would love to try that! Although, I didn’t do very well with the most basic easy to fly kite, so I’m not sure they’d let me loose on some giant ones! 😀 x

  2. August 26, 2015 / 6:45 am

    I used to love to fly a kite as a kid but haven’t done it with my two! What a great idea – some great photos too! #whatevertheweather

    • August 26, 2015 / 6:24 pm

      It’s definitely an autumn thing isn’t it! When the September winds start to arrive. 😀 I hope you get out with your two little ones soon. x

  3. August 26, 2015 / 7:05 am

    What an amazing place to try flying your first kite! Lovely views. #whatevertheweather

    • August 26, 2015 / 6:24 pm

      Thank you so much. 🙂 Very, very windy though haha. x

  4. August 26, 2015 / 7:26 am

    What stunning views of St Ives, I don’t think I’ve ever been. fabulous. #whatevertheweather

    • August 26, 2015 / 6:28 pm

      This is on a gruesome day too. You’ll have to visit one day. I think you’ll fall a little bit in love. It’s a very old seaside town with lots of cute little cottages, cobbled streets, a busy working harbour and about 6 beaches. Definitely worth a visit. x

  5. August 26, 2015 / 7:47 am

    What a beautiful place to fly a kite!!!
    My eldest loves trying to fly kites, but every time we go the wind always seems to disappear.

    • August 26, 2015 / 6:29 pm

      Thank you so much. Oh no, you’ll have to wait till Autumn. September/October is usually perfect for kite flying so I’ve heard. x

  6. August 26, 2015 / 8:22 am

    I have not actually flown a kite before, I think I will try it at some point with the kids, for sure they will love it too… You got lovely photos and beautiful views as well! #whatevertheweather

    • August 26, 2015 / 6:30 pm

      I’d definitely recommend looking for one that says ‘easy to fly on it’ because some of them have more than one string and get really complicated. You’ll definitely have to try it, it’s a lot of fun. x

  7. August 26, 2015 / 8:26 am

    I’ve been meaning to buy BB a kite for ages – you have inspired me! #whatevertheweather

    • August 26, 2015 / 6:30 pm

      Do it! You’ll have so much fun. 😀 Even if it goes wrong (like our did a few times) it’s such a giggle trying to chase it and run about getting it to fly x

  8. August 26, 2015 / 8:28 am

    Every time we get a kite, the strings get all tangled up before we get a chance to fly them ! #whatevertheweather

    • August 26, 2015 / 7:58 pm

      Oh noo! That’s the same with things like headphones and cables isn’t it. You put them down for a second and when you go to get them they’re all tangled up! x

  9. August 26, 2015 / 8:37 am

    Love some kite flying. It does look windy there, but very beautiful. I think sometimes it’s not easy to fly a kite if it is too windy, so you did very well. Looks like you all had fun. x

    • August 26, 2015 / 6:31 pm

      I think it was a little bit too windy to fly them. It did just keep whacking us in the face haha. It was so much fun. The perfect afternoon out. x

  10. Stephanie
    August 26, 2015 / 8:42 am

    That looks like such a beautiful place to go Kite flying. We recently brought the girls a kite too, I remember making one as a child at school but other than that I don’t think I have actually flown a ‘proper’ one until now. It was so much fun, and seeing the sheer joy on the girl’s faces running about and getting it to stay up in the air was just magical.

    • August 26, 2015 / 6:32 pm

      It really is magical isn’t it! It’s such a simple thing to play with but it gets the whole family involved. It’s definitely something we’re going to be doing again and again. I’m glad you all had such a lovely time too! 😀 xx

  11. August 26, 2015 / 9:22 am

    Happy belated birthday! I hit 30 this year and in complete denial so don’t worry just yet 😉 we have a power kite which we have had some interesting encounters with… Looks like despite the wind and weather you had a lovely time x

    • August 26, 2015 / 6:34 pm

      Thank you so much. Ohh at least 30 is a great excuse for a big party! 😀 i don’t think I could be trusted with a power kite haha. This was bad enough. I bet that’s so much fun to play with though!!! x

  12. August 26, 2015 / 10:14 am

    The pictures look stunning – what a fantastic view! You’re right, it looks like a great place for kite flying! Evie looks so happy! Glad you ticked that off your bucket list and the weather was on your side 🙂 x #whatevertheweather

    • August 26, 2015 / 6:36 pm

      Thank you so much! We made it back to the car just in time for the next downpour. Definitely birthday luck! 😀 x

  13. August 26, 2015 / 10:33 am

    Looks like such fun! I haven’t flown a kite in years, might be about time to unleash my inner child and try it again (although don’t think I could find somewhere quite as picturesque as you) #whatevertheweather

    • August 26, 2015 / 6:38 pm

      Oh definitely try it! 😀 It is such a laugh trying to get it in the air and so rewarding when you finally do. So many people were walking past laughing at us because we kept cheering every time we got it up. You’ll really feel like a child again. x

    • August 26, 2015 / 7:40 pm

      Thank you so much. Haha it is very easy to get tangled. 🙂 x

  14. August 26, 2015 / 11:31 am

    I used to love flying kites as a kid. I’ve not been out with my little ones yet but for sure it’s a really fun activity we need to do soon! Your photos reminded me how great it is!

    • August 26, 2015 / 7:41 pm

      Aww you definitely need to try it! Nothing beats watching the joy on their little faces as they chase it around x

  15. LittleOandme
    August 26, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    Wow, this place looks stunning. I need to put flying a kite with Oliver on my bucket list! Gorgeous photos!
    Thanks so much for hosting #Whatevertheweather
    Becky xx

    • August 26, 2015 / 7:43 pm

      Thank you so much. I bet he would love it! It’s so sweet watching them chase it around. Evie was so happy! 😀 x

  16. Jenny Eaves
    August 26, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    You all look like you’re having loads of fun! A lovely birthday day out even if it did rain on the way up! We have a kite now too so will have to get out more with it, although I never had a proper kite as a child (we had plastic bags on strings, which sounds very deprived, but we were quite happy and it didn’t matter when one got blown away!) so not sure how to fly one properly.
    Have a lovely week! 🙂 x

    • August 26, 2015 / 7:45 pm

      Thank you. I think plastic bags on strings sounds way better than fancy kites! That’d be a great thing to do with your boys when they’re older so that you can show them what you did as a child. Maybe get them to help make the kites and draw faces on the bags or something. It’s actually a lot harder than I first though to fly a kite. It said ‘easy to fly’ on the bag, but I was really rubbish at it haha. x

  17. August 26, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    we have a kite that the little has been bugging me to fly. Its on the list for one of the next few weekends.

    • August 26, 2015 / 7:44 pm

      It’ll be the perfect thing to do in Autumn! 😀 I hope you get to get out soon! x

  18. August 26, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    Flying kites is so much fun! We haven’t got around to it yet this summer but I dare say we will soon enough 🙂 Great post and fab pics. xx

    • August 26, 2015 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you so much. It’s definitely a fun thing to do when Autumn comes isn’t it! A great excuse to get out of the house even if the weather is rubbish. x

  19. August 26, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    There is something so simplistically beautiful about flying kites! We bought one at the begining of the summer and have had so much fun flying it! Glad the weather was nice once you got to the top!! #whatevertheweather

    • August 26, 2015 / 7:47 pm

      You’re so right, it is simplistically beautiful. We were so lucky for that pop of sunshine. It’s such a fun and inexpensive thing to do isn’t it. Hours of fun (in the right conditions) x

  20. August 26, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    We love kites but my kid’s favorite rainy day activity is puddle jumping. Both simple but wonderful activities.

    • August 26, 2015 / 7:49 pm

      Oh how cute! 😀 I can’t wait until I can take Evie puddle jumping. 😀 We just need to get some wellies first. I bet you’ve had lots of puddle jumping with our weather this summer. x

  21. August 26, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    We love kite flying, my husband has several! We haven’t been for ages though, must take the kids again soon. What a fabulous view you had!

    • August 26, 2015 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you so much. It’s such an inexpensive activity isn’t it! And the whole family can join in. I wonder who enjoys flying kites more, your husband or your children. On our day out it was definitely my other half haha. Some of the outtake pictures I have are hilarious of him running around with the kite. x

  22. August 26, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    Awwww, I want to fly a kite! In fact we have one, and we are away this weekend. Consider it packed! X MMT #whatevertheweather

    • August 26, 2015 / 7:52 pm

      Have fun on your weekend away! 😀 I hope you have a great kite flying session! xx

  23. August 26, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    I bet she wants you to make all sorts of things fly now! Thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather x

    • August 26, 2015 / 7:53 pm

      There were lots of throwing toys about when we got home. We’ve had to try and explain that kites and balls are for throwing but not bears and books haha. 😀 x

  24. August 26, 2015 / 7:02 pm

    That view is incredible!! We’re up near Bodmin at the moment but we’ll have to put it on our list for next year!

    • August 26, 2015 / 7:54 pm

      I hope you’re having a great time! You’ll absolutely love St. Ives. Definitely a must see! 🙂 It’s such a beautiful seaside town full or little cottages, cobbled streets, a busy harbour, cute little shops and 5 beaches! 🙂 Can you tell i love where I live haha. I should be a St. Ives holiday sales person. x

      • August 26, 2015 / 8:29 pm

        I went to St Ives when our youngest was 6 months and absolutely LOVED it! So beautiful. I didn’t realise you had 5 beaches!!!!

        • August 30, 2015 / 9:42 pm

          Yes you wouldn’t believe how many there are in such a small town. Lots of them are hidden around corners and backstreets which is lovely because you can stumble from one to the next. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂 x

  25. August 26, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    I’ve fly a kite before as a kid, but not with rain. I think you did pretty well there. I’d like to go kite flying with my kids one day, perhaps when we have another nice day? 🙂 x #whatevertheweather

    • August 30, 2015 / 9:42 pm

      Hopefully we’ll have lots of windy but sunny days this autumn and then you can give it ago. It is so much fun watching them enjoy it. x

  26. August 26, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    This looks like great fun and well done for braving the elements. I’m not sure I would have made it to the top with lashing rain. It sounds like it was well worth it though #whatevertheweather

    • August 30, 2015 / 9:43 pm

      Thank you! We were so lucky to have a spot of sunshine in between. I think it would have been much different if it was pouring down when we were up there. x

  27. August 26, 2015 / 9:15 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever flown a kite, i’ll put it on my bucket list.. looks gorgeous there. #whatevertheweather

    • August 30, 2015 / 9:44 pm

      Definitely do. It’s a lot of fun! And so inexpensive. x

  28. August 27, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    I never thought about letting Holly fly a kite! it looks awesome!
    I cnt even remember the last time i done it!

    • August 30, 2015 / 9:45 pm

      You should definitely try it with her, I bet she’d love it. x

  29. August 28, 2015 / 8:31 am

    We’ve never flown a kite before – I just have visions of me looking like a wally! At least you can tick it off your list now. Happy birthday for the other day. You’re still so young – I’m in denial about my age and I’m THIRTY-six! Just remember that whenever you’re in denial haha! Sabrina xx

    • August 30, 2015 / 9:51 pm

      haha I will remember that. You really don’t look 36! You should definitely try flying a kite. It doesn’t matter if you look like a wally because you’ll have so much fun trying to fly it. We did! 🙂 x

  30. August 28, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    I tried numerous times to fly a kite when I was kid and was never ever successful. I will have to try again when my kids are a little older buy I’m not holding my breath that I will ever be able to do it lol.

    • August 30, 2015 / 9:56 pm

      Part of the fun will be trying. You definitely should try it. 😀 x

  31. Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme)
    August 28, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    I have never flown a kite before i think i would get cross too with it flying back at me haha! I can not believe there were people on the beach and in the sea in such bad weather!! #Whatevertheweather

    • August 30, 2015 / 9:58 pm

      haha we did get very cross at that part. It was crazy!! There were so many people braving the elements, but i guess if you’re down on holiday you have to make the most of it whatever the weather x

  32. August 29, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    What a fab day. A cheap way to make the most of a windy day! It looks beautiful. My brother in law has just returned from a holiday to st Ives he was very impressed with the beaches. We will be popping over that way in a couple of months too your posts make me excited! X #whatevertheweather

    • August 30, 2015 / 10:12 pm

      I’m glad he had a great time. You’ll absolutely love it down here, especially with your little ones. There is so much to do. 😀 x

  33. August 29, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    Wow that hill is amazing, I love the views, what a great outing. Mich x

    • August 30, 2015 / 10:32 pm

      Thank you so much. It is beautiful, even when it rains. 🙂 Which is so lucky. x

  34. September 1, 2015 / 10:42 am

    What a great activity to do for your birthday, it’s great you all got to do something you haven’t done before for your birthday. Flying kites has always been a hit with my kids and it’s great that Evie enjoyed herself. The view from the Island is stunning too, I’m sure you all had a great afternoon. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

    • September 3, 2015 / 8:46 am

      Thank you so much. It’s such an inexpensive activity as well. I think we’re going to do this regularly from now on. Thank you for hosting. I hope you had a great holiday! x

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