WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2016 – RAGLEY HALL
WHEN: SATURDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 2016
WHERE: RAGLEY HALL, ALCESTER, WARWICKSHIRE, B49 5NJ
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
COST: £18 ADULTS – £8 CHILDREN
CAMPING: £10 PER NIGHT PER ADULT
The Hall was built in 1680 by Robert Hooke. It has been in the family since the current 8th Marquess of Hertford’s predecessor purchased the 6500 acre site several hundred years ago. Very much a family home, the Marquess, his wife and four children all live in the Hall which has been open to the public since 1958
Positioned just east of Stratford-upon-Avon, this is the first time the Firework Champions event will take place here, and as a new venue, there is of course lots of space in which to ensure that the teams can show their pyrotechnic prowess in the skies over Warwickshire.
In the grounds you will have the opportunity to just kick back and take the family along with a huge picnic blanket and take in the sheer beauty of the house and gardens. The fireworks get under way just after 9.15 with a demonstration/tutorial about Category 4 pyrotechnics (professional use ONLY) before the competitors take their places.
The event is the brainchild of MLE Pyrotechnics who will be responsible for the finale show whilst the votes are cast and counted.
The teams competing at Ragley Hall this year are as follows:
9.30 Atom Fireworks – Salford, Manchester
This professional pyro team have over 50 years experience between them and they are delighted to have been invited along to take part. Atom Fireworks are supremely proud that they have a ZERO accident rate and work in close contact with local and community organisations. They are new to the competition so we are really looking forward to seeing some new blood.
Display designed by: Jason Graham
Firing System – FireByWire
9.45 G-Force Fireworks – Evesham, Worcestershire
The team in this instance has over 17 years of professional display experience and have competed at several Firework Champions venues and were runners up in the British Fireworks Championships in Plymouth in 2009 and 2011.
Display designed by: Rob Lewis
Firing System – FireByWire
10.00 Phenomenal Fireworks Ltd – Wigan, Lancashire
Established in 2005, this team of highly skilled pro firers are incredibly busy all year round with an order book brimming with weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and various corporate events.
Their client list includes the RAF, BBC, Channel 4, ITV as well as the Trafford Centre and B.T.
This team is competing for the 4th year running in 2016 and they are looking forward to it immensely.
10.40 MLE Pyrotechnics – Daventry, Northampton – FINALE DISPLAY
Once all of the competitors have shown their wares, the organisers MLE Pyrotechnics take to the stage whilst the public votes are cast and counted. MLE’s display will not be subject to competition rules so you may see some really new and innovative pieces.
The gates open at 5.30pm to allow people to get settled before the competition gets underway. You are welcome to bring along a picnic and take your positions for best views early doors. Camping overnight is available in the field next to the car park at £10 per adult per night.