skybums 2022 quality high performance kites handmade in shropshire since 1986

about skybums

Paul and Helene Morgan have been designing and building high quality, high performance kites in Shropshire since 1986.

Both Paul and Helene went to Shrewsbury Art School before going to Art College. Paul took a course in Illustration and Graphic Design in Cambridge and Helene studied Fashion and Textiles along with Business Studies in Brighton. In 1982, just before the birth of their second son Dominic, they took their 2 year old son Jonathan on holiday to the coast and bought an inexpensive plastic octopus kite. Jon had as much fun splashing in puddles and eating sand but the kite was flown all day and they became hooked. From that day forward kites became a bigger part of life until, in 1986, Morgan Kites was set up and they started selling kites to the public and other kite retailers. In 1991 they wrote "The Book of Kites" and in 1992 changed the company name to Sky Bums to coincide with the opening of their shop in Shrewsbury.  By 1995 they decided shop-keeping was not for them and returned to what they do best. Designing and building kites. Paul and Helene still work full time from home and produce all their kites themselves. They can also be found on the field at festivals most weekends throughout the summer. So if you want a kite or just friendly help and advice just pop into the Sky Bums stall or contact them by clicking on the Contact page.

In 1998 they also took over the organization of the Shrewsbury Kite Festival. Since the festival moved out of Shrewsbury it is now known as the Shropshire Kite Festival which is held in the south of the county. For more information please click on the link to the Festival page.