The Festival

The 2016 Virgin Kitesurfing Armada will  take place on the weekend of 9-11 June 2017!

It’s our 5th year running the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada Festival – and it has been fantastic seeing the event go from strength to strength with the support of the kitesurfing community. Thank you all for getting us this far!

This year, we want to make the festival better than ever before and we have added a number of new features which we think you are going to enjoy.


Firstly, the massive brands tent has had to be extended by over 50% to 90+ metres long to cater for all the brands we have attending this year. Now brands know what to expect, there is a lot of chat about innovative stands being designed, great value deals for everyone at the festival and more kite gear to check out than will have ever been in one place in the UK before!

Live music

On top of that we are bringing the live music outside, with an additional new acoustic stage which will feature a variety of bands and artists giving us that festival feel throughout the weekend.

Food and Drinks

The festival food provision is getting a make over with a new food court providing a range of quality food options, served within easy reach of the outdoor stage so you can grab a tasty burger, pizza, wrap or salad and chill you’re your friends and family listening to the tunes on the outdoor stage.

The Harveys bar will be back serving the best local beers and ales, along with the Bug Bar team who will be back once again delivering delicious and summery festival cocktails from their converted VW van! Check out the festival café for you coffee, tea, cake and snack needs and you should be covered for the weekend.

The Kite Spa

A brand new feature we are excited about is the Kite Spa and Health Zone, which will feature am outdoor under tent spa area with two hot tubs, sports massage options and health and wellbeing advice from experts at Nuffield Health. Set up in full view of the stage – so if you have had a kite sesh and fancy a hot tub with your mates along with a glass of something nice while watching the bands – you go for it!

The Family Zone

The Family Zone returns for the kids to enjoy, with plans for kitemaking, face painting, outdoor games and loads more to entertain the kiters of the future!

Talks Stage & Jumbo Screen

And don’t forget to check out the full festival talks schedule (produced nearer the time) for details of all the presentations from the main stage and Jumbo screen – we have some fantastic talks already lined up and some great pro’s, industry experts and media guru’s ready to chat through everything kitesurfing – so grab a cuppa and come and have a listen!

Access to the festival itself remains 100% free, and we are always grateful for charity donations around the various activities. Thank you to the wonderful people at Havant Borough Council for all their support in bringing the festival back to Hayling Island once again.