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FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2019 BELVOIR CASTLE

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – BELVOIR CASTLE
WHY: FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: BELVOIR CASTLE, LEICESTERSHIRE
WHEN: 10TH AUGUST 2019
COST: SEE THE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

This stunning castle has been the ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland for approaching a thousand years.

The current fortified castle overlooks 3 counties and the land was gifted to the family by William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings in 1067 to the current Dukes ancestor Robert de Todeni who was his standard-bearer during the Battle of 1066. Over the coming years, thanks to the Wars of the Roses, various other battles and so on and it was more or less rubble by the middle of the 15th century so a second structure was built but again, the warring factions of the royalists and the parliamentarians put paid to that structure too and destroyed it yet again. Another was built but this time it was more of a country house design and although once again much was irreparably damaged, there still exists a model of the third castle in the ballroom of the existing castle.

The fourth and final rebuild has had more than its fair share of damage too though following from completion in the early 19th century but there was a devastating fire which destroyed several priceless works of art by Titian, Reubens and Van Dyck.

The name Belvoir means ‘beautiful view’ and is now home to the 11th Duke of Rutland and his family.

Firework Champions has taken place in the grounds of Belvoir for a number of years and attracts hundreds of visitors to the grounds of this stunning regency castle.

Belvoir Castle Fireworks

You can either take along your own chairs and picnic blankets and food or even book a hamper in advance which vary in price depending on if you want Prosecco or Moet et Chandon with your picnic and it includes finger sandwiches, homemade scotch egg and dressed salad, etc with delicious fresh scones, preserves and clotted cream (don’t mind if I do!).

Competing this year are teams from both the UK and China.

First to the plate Pyrotex Fireworx from Burton on Trent. This team are award winners around the world and in 2018 they won both Pyromagic in Poland and the 9th International Pyromusical Competition Grand Champions in the Philippines. Already this year they have two impressive wins under their belts including Courcheval in the French Alps (in the snow!) and 1st place again in the Philippines at the 10th running of the International Pyromusical event. They are admired amongst the pyro community for both their pyrotechnical ability, precision, and professionalism. Certain to create a very symmetrical display, this is definitely the team to watch.

Next up, Starlight Fireworks from the home of fireworks; Liuyang, China. Since 2001 they have been producers, retailers, and display specialists and they create some incredible shells using age-old Japanese craft. They have also been part of the team creating shows for the International Firework Festival, Taipei 101 for New Year’s Eve and the Winter Olympics in Korea in 2017. An unknown quantity in regard to what to expect, so this team are sure to bring something special to proceedings.

Final competitors will be Flashpoint Fireworks who won Firework Champions events at Belvoir Castle in 2018, Eastnor Castle in 2009 and were also crowned British Musical Firework Champions. This team always use a great mix of colour and effects and regularly carry out work for blue-chip companies.

Each team is tasked with firing against each other before the audience chooses their favourite. Whilst the votes are cast and counted, organisers of this brilliant event are MLE Pyrotechnics treat the crowds to a finale display.

A great evening out for the whole family and if you book early there is a reduction on the price.

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BELVOIR CASTLE 2018 – FIREWORK CHAMPIONS EVENT

WHAT: BELVOIR CASTLE 2018 – FIREWORK CHAMPIONS EVENT
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: BELVOIR CASTLE, GRANTHAM, LEICESTERSHIRE, NG32 1PE
WHEN: SATURDAY 11TH AUGUST 2018
COST: SEE BELOW

One of the favourite places for the teams who have fired in the Firework Champions Events, Belvoir Castle once again offers the stunning grounds of this Regency period stately home.
The translation for Belvoir (pronounced beaver) is unsurprising; beautiful view and the Castle and Gardens are home to the current 11th Duke and Duchess of Rutland and this stunning estate has been home to the family for over a thousand years.

The current castle is the fourth to grace the lands here since Norman times and was the work of the architect James Wyatt until his death in 1813 when the Reverend T Thornton took up the reigns until completion. The original house had been badly damaged during the War of the Roses, the English Civil War and finally a devastating fire.

The Castle is in the gothic revival style and it remains as impressive today as it has ever been positioned on the hill overlooking the lands belonging to the Duke. It also houses one of the greatest art collections in the world today with pieces from Poussin, Durer, Rubens, Stubbs and Gainsborough. In fact, one of the paintings of the seven sacraments by Poussin titled ‘Ordination’ was bought by a US art museum in 2010 for a staggering $24 million.

Belvoir Castle Fireworks

The Castle and Gardens will not be open to the public when the event takes place but this will, of course, leave the visitors to enjoy their picnic and of course beautiful pyrotechnics in the grounds below the castle.

The teams competing this year in the Firework Champions Events here at Belvoir are as follows:

FUSION FIREWORKS
The team have been in the business for 10 years and hold an extensive list of clients for both private and corporate events as well as a smattering of football clubs and wedding celebrations. Little is known about this team as they do not appear to have had much time to compete, but I am sure that being in this position is to their advantage as the others do not know what to expect. Good luck to Fusion Fireworks.

FLASHPOINT FIREWORKS
Established in 2003 this display team has been at the forefront of corporate events for many years and they are able to count some of the UK’s biggest Blue-Chip companies amongst their clientele alongside local government contracts and hundreds of private displays annually. The team have competed at Eastnor Castle and Newby Hall for Firework Champions in the past with a win at Eastnor in 2009 and they went onto win the British Musical Firework Championships the same year. We expect great things from them so keep your eyes peeled for what this team brings to the table. Good luck Flashpoint Fireworks

OPTIMUM FIREWORKS
Phil and Rebecca Cooper are friends of the team here at Epic so of course, they have a place very close to our hearts. The husband and wife team started crewing for other teams back in 1997 and finally took a chance and set up independently in 2010 and have never looked back. They were winners at Broughton Hall Firework Champions event and last year they fired at Arley Hall FWC.
Known for beat perfect rhythmic displays they will certainly be out for glory – bring it on!

Good luck to all the competitors

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BELVOIR CASTLE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS

WHAT: BELVOIR CASTLE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS
WHEN: SATURDAY 6TH AUGUST 2016
WHERE: GRANTHAM, LEICESTERSHIRE, NG32 1PE
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
COST: £18 ADULTS – £8 CHILDREN
CAMPING: £10 PER NIGHT PER ADULT
GAZEBO: £25

Saturday 6th August 2016 sees the third in the series of competitions held at some of the UK’s most beautiful stately homes. This week, the competition will be held in the grounds of the stunning Belvoir Castle in Grantham, Leicestershire.

Belvoir remains the family home to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland and their children and the Belvoir Estate has been owned by the family for over a thousand years. The current Castle has managed to dodge the bullet in regards to major repairs since the last fire in 1816 and is open to the public for numerous corporate events, shooting and weddings.

The perfect place to take the family along with a huge picnic blanket and take in the sheer beauty of the place before 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 Belvoir Castle this year are as follows:

9.50 SKYDAZZLE PYROTECHNICS

Based in Newport, Skydazzle is run by the whole family who share a passion for pyrotechnics. Today, fireworks and music are found with a number of events including shows, concerts and privately commissioned corporate events and the company have used all of their 30 year passion to great effect. The company have built up a great reputation and include clients like the Royal Marines, Barrett Homes and Great Western Hotels.

This will only be the second time competing at Firework Champions but Belvoir is one of the biggest in the series and they are going all out for the win.

Firing system: FireByWire.

10.00 KIMBOLTON FIREWORKS

Cambridgeshire based Kimbolton Fireworks is another long established family run affair which was established in 1964 by Reverend Ron Lancaster.

The company has an international client list which reads like a book of who’s who and they were heavily involved in the firework displays for the 2012 Olympic Games, London’s New Year Fireworks and Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

Kimbolton are the only UK company still manufacturing fireworks but they are EXCLUSIVELY for display company use as they have to be created under special licence and the handlers have to be qualified technicians. They make Gerbs (display fountains), Mines and Roman Candles.

Importers of a wide range of goods from across Europe and the Far East, they use these in conjunction with their own products during competitions etc.

The show has been designed by all the display staff who have each created different sequences and they will be firing with the FireOne firing system.

10.20 FIREWORK CRAZY

Based in Chelmsford in Essex, this incredibly busy team of specialists has been operating for a number of years now and their competition prowess continues to grow.

Firework Crazy has a vast retail/wholesale business alongside the professional display team who continue to delight everyone at events all over the country.

The display will be fired by Mark Priest using firing system PyroSure.

Belvoir Fireworks, 19th July 2008

10.40 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.

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