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UK FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS 2018

WHAT: UK FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS 2018
WHY: FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHERE: CATTON HALL, CATTON PARK, CATTON, WALTON UPON TRENT, DE12 8LN
WHEN: SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2018 – GATES OPEN FROM 12PM – FIREWORKS STARTS AT 8PM

The UK festival of fireworks is held annually and is organized by Jubilee fireworks.

Catton Hall is the venue for what is known as the UK’s largest fireworks extravaganza. Witness the skies dark blank canvas set alight as 4 different companies on the fireworks industry put on their own musical pyrotechnic displays with something for all the family to enjoy.

The festival offers the opportunity to experience some fantastic and out of this world examples of firework art. Normally, in competition, the teams are bound by certain rules to what they can and can’t do but in the UK fireworks festival, each of the display companies are free to show off their own design talents in any matter that they choose, making this festival unique and one of a kind every year.

The gates to the festival open from 12pm with the main displays starting from 8pm onwards.

We advise to turn up early to get your prime viewing spot and get set up for the evening ahead.

You can bring along your own little afternoon tea or picnics or if you would like something different you can choose to sample some of the wide range of food and drink down at the food fair.

Catton Hall, however, does not accept or allow any pets, BBQs, garden flares, ball games or any personal fireworks on the site (this includes sparklers I’m afraid). But there is plenty on offer to eat and drink and do at the festival itself for you not to need these items.

Last years event saw the introduction of the steam rally, a collection of full size and miniature vintage steam engines and vehicles for any enthusiasts out there, and we believe this is the same this year.

The Teams:

FUSE FIREWORKS – RETFORD
With the mission statement for the company been “making people happy with fireworks” you know that the young and dynamic company run by husband and wife team are going to put on a jaw-dropping performance.

The company has entertained on both small and large scales and some of the lists of clients include Wembley Park, Flamingo Land, Alexandra’s Palace and Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

Using the most up to date systems of firing the company ensures that the shows they put on are the cutting edge on design and modern pyrotechnics.

FULLY FUSED FIREWORKS – BEDFORDSHIRE
With over 30 years’ experience in the business, Fully Fused fireworks is an event management company that excels in the production as well as management on all events they range from parties and weddings to indoor and outdoor concerts.

The company and its owner have a glittering cv and some good awards under their belts much as a winning show in Monaco (Monte Carlo) as well as winning many other international firework competitions.

1ST GALAXY – NOTTINGHAM
Known as a well-established supplier of consumer fireworks as well as doing professional displays the team at 1st galaxy have an abundance of experience and have staged some impressive displays not only for the normal public events like bonfire night, Christmas light switch on, new years eve and summer festivals the company has also taken part in “Festival D’Art Pyrotechnique” in Cannes.

As well as doing the displays the company also sells their own exclusive fireworks under the brand “Britannia fireworks” they also sell other brands such as Vulcan and Jorge from both Europe and China.

JUBILEE FIREWORKS – WEST MIDLANDS
Not only are they the company organising the event they are also taking part in the festival as well. The company was formed in 1987 and through the years has now been transformed into becoming a major force in the UK fireworks industry and have a powerful reputation internationally.

They have gained the champion of champions in both musical and traditions national competitions also received some winning medals for international competitions in Manila (Philippines) and Knokke Heist (Belgium). In 2015 the company won the golden Jupiter award in Le International Des Feux Loto Quebec in Montreal Canada adding one of the highest accolades to the trophy cabinet.

With all the companies having a win to their name, the event getting 5-star reviews on last year’s festival you know for definite that you are in for an action-packed, breath-taking, amazing evening.

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CATTON HALL FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS

WHAT: CATTON HALL – FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS 2016
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS
WHEN: SATURDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER 2016
GATES OPEN 5.00PM AND DISPLAYS BEGIN APPROXIMATELY 8.45 (AT DUSK/DEPENDING ON LIGHT LEVELS)
WHERE: CATTON HALL, WALTON ON TRENT, DERBYSHIRE, DE12 8LN
COST: DETAILS AVAILABLE FROM THE WEBSITE: HTTP://WWW.FESTIVALOFFIREWORKS.CO.UK/

2016 marks the 18th Catton Hall Festival of Fireworks and it continues to get better and better year on year. The competition was introduced in 1998 and has never looked back.

Catton Hall is a Georgian house built-in the late 18th century and the lands have belonged to the current occupiers’ family for over 600 years. The Hall, whilst a family home is also widely used for weddings, corporate events etc and of course is open to the public during the summer. There is a huge diary of events which take place throughout the year from early February to the latter end of September.

The house has 15 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and multiple reception rooms which have been lovingly restored and remain in the care of the current occupiers Robin and Kate Nielsen. It is a grade II listed beauty which holds portraits of King’s Charles I, Charles II and James II. The owner of the building, was a close friend and confidant of the three Kings and James II was of course the son of Charles I, who’s father was the man destined to be assassinated by Guy Fawkes.

The same architects and builders created the beautiful Stanford Hall in Leicestershire. The ‘Manor House’ in Catton was also referred to in the Doomsday Book written in 1086. There is also an ancient oak in the mature woodland around the site so it is a lovely place to have a walk around.

Jubilee Fireworks have been the motivating force in charge of organizing this fascinating event and continue to be a major player in the display fireworks field and over recent years, they have taken the international stage by storm.

International acclaim was theirs following wins at Monaco, Manila and Knokke Heist which are considered in the industry as some of the hardest fought international awards lifting the highly coveted Gold Jupiter Award.

Competing this year is the team from Hamex Pyrotehnika, Slovenia. Established in 1991, they are retailers of consumer fireworks along with display fireworks for both private clients (weddings), corporate events and they also carry out a lot of film, TV and theatrical work. Once again, a team of this calibre have had their fair share of success in international competition taking part again at Knokke Heist, Ignis Brunensis and they even took the runner-up prize in Shanghai.

Next up, Selstar Firework, Chichester was established in 1995 by Peter Cooper who had been a pyro technician from the late seventies when he fired for the Selsey Community Bonfire Society. In 2013, Peter retired, handing the reins over to Stephen Harriot who has continued in the same vein. Their order book reads like a book of who’s who, having fired for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, on the London Eye for the Eve of the millennium celebrations and of course, numerous businesses, schools and community associations across the region.

Final competitors are Alchemy Fireworks of Bedfordshire which was established in 2007. The teams are fully proficient in all areas of pyrotechnics, including of course, displays, close stage work, lancework, daytime fireworks and lasers/multimedia shows. This team first competed at Catton Hall in 2011 and are thoroughly looking forward to showing their wares.

There will be concession stands for food and refreshment and there is plenty of wide open space to enjoy.

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JAPANS MIDSUMMER FIREWORKS

WHAT: JAPAN’S MIDSUMMER FIREWORKS (MATSURI)
WHEN: MID SUMMER FROM LATE JULY TO EARLY SEPTEMBER
WHERE: ACROSS JAPAN
COST: FREE

From late July to early September, the night skies over the whole of Japan will be illuminated with fireworks at some point.

Most of the festivals and events around the country are for the giving of thanks and appreciation for the prosperity in their own regions. On the whole, they will all include fireworks and parades as a matter of course but this is not the end of the matter. Each festival brings in hundreds of thousands of spectators and of course, funding to each area. The parades will generally include the carrying of the local deity (Kami) through the town on a Palanquin – aka Mikoshi (a carried cart). This is the only time of the year when the Kami will leave the shrine.

Most of the festivals include a huge number of fireworks in all forms but there will be a large concentration of the super shells Japan is famous for. There will be food concessions all day, various performances of traditional dance and music and even dragon boat races.

The area of Kyushu for example, where they hold the Sasebo Seaside Festival they launch super shells which have a burst which is more than half a kilometer across reflecting on the water. They also hold a massive ‘tug of war’ competition.

Over in the Nagaoka, the first day of their summer event is dedicated to the 1486 people who lost their lives on 1st August 1945 during the bombing of the area by American allies. There were many more casualties of the war and in fact, Japan lost over 2 million people during the hostilities. The Nagaoka Rehabilitation Festival began one year after the end of the war. During the daytime, they hold a parade where the children of the region carry a wooden statue of Jizo through the village where fresh water is splashed over it for good health. As evening falls, a 25 foot high pyramid created with 3,300 lanterns which look like a giant glowing Christmas tree. The late evening of course, is packed with beautiful fireworks.

feathers fireworks

Over in Huis Ten Bosch, there is the largest Theme Park in Japan which has been operating for more than 20 years. The area has been created to look like a Dutch town. In spring, the area is covered in pink tulips. Come summer, the tulips are replaced by huge yellow sunflowers.

Come the evening, the area becomes a magical Kingdom of Light at around 6.00pm with an organic electroluminescent display (fairy lights to you and I!!) a carriage parade and bright lights illuminate the streets, castles, palaces, canal and of course the Dutch inspired windmills.

Another ‘must see’ is the Night Garden featuring 5000 sunflowers lit by LED lights. Fun is never far away and you can spend the afternoon with the family at the water park which has a huge outdoor pool and two super slides.

Beautiful KujukuShima are a large bunch of small islands off the coast off the Nagasaki Prefecture where there is also an aquarium and you can take a boat tour around the islands. The place is the setting for the opening scenes from Tom Cruise’s The Last Samurai.

Of course, as you would expect, the fireworks on display will be nothing short of magnificent, particularly as the Japanese are the masters of the big shell or ‘Warimono’. There are fireworks competition, festivals and displays all over the country from late July through to early September which are mostly for the entertainment of spectators. Collectively, they represent the whole of Japan and individually, they are in support of their local shrines, the people and the individuality of the region.

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