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‘Firework Champions’ is the series of events held in historic or stately homes up and down the UK. Competitors within the field of professional pyrotechnics are being invited by organisers MLE Pyrotechnics to take part.

Competitors each create a 10-minute pyro-musical display (firework display choreographed to music) and take to the skies to show their prowess.

The material the teams use is not available to the general public and is often the first chance some find of seeing the highest quality of display fireworks outside of London on New Year’s Eve.

  • FOOD – it’s entirely up to you whether you want to grab your cool box, beverages, picnic blankets, and seating or take advantage of one of the food vendors who will be on site
  • ENTERTAINMENT – Before the fireworks, there will be on-site entertainment as well as bouncy castles. Rides and attractions
  • PRE SHOW ENTERTAINMENT – to warm up the crowd

These events have featured on local and national news and the participants are indeed responsible for some of the most iconic fireworks in the UK including London’s New Year’s Eve, the Rugby, Football and Olympic events and you get to be up close and personal with some of the most experienced in the business in an incredible setting.

Firework Champions 2016 - Newby Hall by Dave Carter

Newby Hall is a 17th-century historic building that has been in the family for numerous generations and like all notable structures of its kind, has a sad and poignant tale within. The owner of the house in the late 17th Century was Lord Grantham, Thomas Weddell. His daughter married Henry Vyner and they had a son, Fredrick who on reaching adulthood, went travelling around the World (as most of his contemporaries would have done). Sadly, the trip came to a very sad end when Fredrick was killed whilst in Greece which his poor mother never quite got over and she had a gothic style church built in the gardens to commemorate his life in the midst of 25 acres of gardens and open space.

In 2019, Newby Hall Gardens was crowned the winner of the prestigious Historic Houses Garden of the Year award beating off some of the finest in the Country. In fact, one of the seven finalists in 2019 is one of the other venues for Firework Champions – Belvoir Castle. The house has been featured in Peaky Blinders and has been widely used both indoors and out as it has doubled up as Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace for film and TV production and continues to be used for both filming purposes and of course by the tens of thousands who go along to see the house and gardens annually.

Competing here at Newby this year are as follows:

Team 1 – Spectrum Fireworks and SFX – Newcastle – FIRING SYSTEM – FIRETEK

This teamwork with everything from small bespoke wedding displays to huge corporate and public events in capacity stadiums. They competed at Newby last year but were narrowly beaten to the trophy by Illusion Fireworks but this year, they have one or two surprises and new pieces to try out so it will be brilliant – watch this space!

Team 2 – Blaze Fireworks – Wakefield – FIRING SYSTEM – FIREBYWIRE

Responsible for the beautiful fireworks at the proms in the park at Pontefract Castle for the last couple of years in addition to an order book full of events.  Narrowly beaten 2018 to the win here at Newby Hall they are planning to bring it. Expect big, bold and beautiful.

Team 3 – Fire Monkey Pyro – Wolverhampton – FIRING SYSTEM – FIREBYWIRE

Relative newcomers to the industry as a whole, their members are busy all year round with everything from competition to baby ballroom events. Winners at their first attempt in the Firework Champions series in 2017 at Eastnor Castle as a last-minute replacement, they were absolutely outstanding and showed their incredible prowess in the sky once again last year when they took part in the event at Arley Hall.

This is an exciting opportunity to get out into the fresh air, enjoy time with your family away from the trappings of everyday life and sit back and watch in wonder as night draws into a sky full of fireworks that will stay with you forever.

This is determined by audience vote so make your feelings clear as each person gets to place their votes and whilst the counting takes place, organisers MLE Pyrotechnics will put on a memorable celebration display to cap the night off beautifully.

More information about the event, camping, and other facilities nearby are available on their website.



WHEN: 20TH JULY 2019

Yorkshire aka ‘Gods own County’ plays host to the first in the series of brilliant firework champions events, to be held in the grounds of the grade I listed Newby Hall near Ripon in North Yorkshire.

The imposing Hall was designed by a collective of Architects including contributions from Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Adam resulting in a stunning façade with even more impressive interior. Packed with furniture from the earliest beginnings of the house from Thomas Chippendale and artworks from Rome dated from around the first century BC to the second century AD.

Firework Champions 2016 - Newby Hall by Dave Carter

On the day of the Firework Champions event, the gates open for the audience at 4pm and the on-site entertainment kicks off at around 5pm with the event compere out and about in the crowds chatting with the display teams before the real fun gets under way.

This event also gives the crowd the chance to learn more about the fireworks industry and put their burning questions (no pun intended) to the experts.

As the night closes in the fun starts off with a demo at 9.15 and then the first competitors fire at 9.30pm.

The Competitors:

PYRO 2000

The display arm of Standard/Black Cat Fireworks have been competing and creating spectacular displays for over 30 years and their clients include the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as well as an impressive trophy cabinet going back over 20 years including wins in Canada, Monaco and Lithuania to name a few.


This company was established in 2014 by husband and wife team Karl and Vicky Mitchell-Shead and they have never looked back.  Last year was incredible as the team picked up wins at the Firework Champions event at Stanford Hall, then the British Firework Championships in Plymouth and then topped off their competition season with a stunning display at the British Musical Firework Championships in Southport.

Certain to bring colour and effects to the fore, this team are on a roll so the others had better get their battle dress on.


A team of firework and SFX specialists, this highly trained and knowledgeable team have worked for some of the UK’s biggest companies, creating mind-blowing displays for the BBC, Local Authorities and National and International companies including Audi.

Once all the competitors have completed their display, the organisers MLE Pyrotechnics Ltd take centre stage and continue to thrill the crowds whilst the voting is cast and counted.

A lovely day out for all the family and whether you want to take along a picnic and a blanket or eat out close by, there is plenty to choose from.

There will be some onsite concessions and whilst you are welcome to bring along a picnic, no BBQ’s are allowed.

So for great family fun and fabulous fireworks, get along to your local Firework Champions event.



This is the first event of the Firework Champions events and was destined to be one of the greats with a classy programme of three of the hardest working professional firing teams taking each other on.  Last year, local team Optimum Fireworks picked up the win but it was all to play for.

It was a stunner of an evening in every sense – warm, light breeze and of course, FIREWORKS

First, to fire, Blaze Fireworks, were always going to be up against it as such a lovely evening kept it light outside until very late meaning that they were firing in twilight rather than fully dark, but they didn’t let it beat them. Some of the colours were difficult to see and were not quite as clear as they would have been if the lighting conditions had been better. The mixture of music and the choreography was lovely and there were some bright spinners with purple breaks which were captivating. The final sequence was magical and fit perfectly with the music ‘Pure Imagination’ from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as the slow falling glitter was the perfect end to an excellent display. Well done Blaze Fireworks.

Second to fire; Blitz Fireworks. The opening sequence was beautifully paced and the pyro was perfectly matched to the haunting ‘Chandelier’ by Sia and then onto a cover of ‘The Sound Of Silence’ which was brilliant and the falling horsetails midway through the track brought an emotion to the display which is rarely seen – simply put it was beautiful. Beautifully symmetrical, great use of effects and colours and in a different class altogether.

Final competitors; Spectrum Fireworks. Again, a lovely mixture of music but the show was a little uneven for my taste as it appeared to lose some of the symmetry. Good mix of colours and effects and I particularly liked the rainbow colours on the full-width fan. The finale was really pretty with a good mixture of reds and golds – very good and a great interpretation of the music.

The votes were cast and counted whilst everyone was treated to a celebration display by organisers MLE.

The winner was BLITZ FIREWORKS which from the comments on social media, was certainly the chosen display from the spectators.

This weekend sees Firework Champions at the incredibly beautiful Stanford Hall near Rugby. Don’t forget, tickets are available for all the Firework Champions events taking place over the next few Saturdays.