As a traditional pastime enjoyed by generations of small children, kite flying has grown into an active sport enjoyed by all ages.
Working with the local flyers the Royal Parks have set up two types of flying zones ('static' and 'traction') and introduced a permit scheme for traction kite flyers to ensure safe, responsible kite flying for the future.
Permits are available from Holly Lodge on Monday-Friday between 9am-4pm. You will need proof of 3rd party insurance, i.e. a BPKA (British Power Kiting Association) or a BKSA (British Kite Surfing Association) card. Please note permits can now also be issued over the phone: 020 8948 3209.
Here are some useful links in getting insurance as part of a first step to a permit:
You can also download a leaflet with details about kite flying in Richmond Park, its designated zones, the permit scheme and code of conduct:
If you don't have Acrobat installed you download it free from here.