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STANFORD HALL – FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – THE COMPETITORS

WHAT: STANFORD HALL – FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – THE COMPETITORS
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: STANFORD HALL, LUTTERWORTH, LEICESTERSHIRE, UK
WHEN: SATURDAY 28th JULY 2018
TIME: 6:00PM TO 10:30PM

The setting for the second of the Firework Champions events is the beautiful grounds of Stanford Hall, just outside of Lutterworth which is holding its fourteenth Firework Champions event.

Stanford Hall is a perfect example of an early manor house and stands on land which has belonged to the ancestors of the current Fothergill family since 1430. In 1690, Sir Roger Cave commissioned the building of the current Manor House in the popular William and Mary style, inspired by King William III (William of Orange) and Queen Mary II. The main features of this type of architecture are the dormer windows, the central dome, a hipped roof and a very symmetrical composition. The house itself contains some beautiful Charles II furnishings which date from the early part of the 17th century.

During the second World War, Stanford offered refuge to the Holy sisters and children from the Sacred Heart Convent, London and more recently, development of a specialist defence and National
Rehabilitation centre in the grounds of Stanford is well under way. Once completed it will offer help, both physical and emotional for up to 300 injured service personnel.

The house is a popular tourist attraction set deep in ancient woodlands, this beautiful place is first rate to spend a relaxed summer’s evening especially with spectacular display fireworks. There is a campsite behind the hall which will cost just £10 a night per adult (children no charge) for your tent, caravan or motorhome. There is no electricity but there are basic toilet facilities and a water supply. We must stress that you are NOT allowed any BBQ’s as these represent a high risk of fire. The Hall is easily reached within a few minutes of the M1, M6 and A14. Alternatively, if you would like to make a weekend of it, there are several placed close-by to stay ranging in price from around £58 – £120 per night.

This year Stanford Hall Firework Champions competitors are as follows:

ILLUSION FIREWORKS LTD – WALLINGFORD, OXFORDSHIRE

Illusion are a fresh and dynamic team who have been part of the firework industry for many years, firing for other teams. They are passionate about pyrotechnics and are guaranteed to thrill the gathered spectators.

They won at Newby Hall in 2015, picked up a 2nd place at Capesthorne Hall in 2016, and they were winners once again at Ragley Hall in 2017 so this team is definitely proving itself to be the one to beat as they are already known for their precision and colour. This is only the beginning of their competition season as they have already been invited to both the British Firework Championships in Plymouth and the British Musical Firework Champion in Southport for 2018.

FIRE MONKEY PYRO – WOLVERHAMPTON, WEST MIDLANDS

The Fire Monkey Pyro team also brought their best when invited to their first ever Firework Champions competition at Eastnor Castle in 2017 as a last-minute replacement and walked away winners with an outstanding display, timed to absolute perfection – future pyro gods perhaps!

This professional team keeps busy all year around with weddings and local events including a ‘Baby Ballroom Christmas Special’ with guest judges, Strictly Dancing’s own Ola and James Jordan along with the usual smattering of local government events.

PHENOMENAL FIREWORKS LTD, STANDISH, WIGAN

The Phenomenal Fireworks team have been in the business for over 10 years and are a very busy team, kept working throughout the year with a huge number of weddings alongside their local government work with the local education authority.

This year, the team has also received the invite to compete in the British Musical Firework Championships in Southport so they at least get to take on some of the competition in a pre-practice!

The teams are all tasked with creating a 10-minute display choreographed to music and once all the teams have shown their wares, the public gets the chance to vote for their favourites whilst watching organisers MLE Pyrotechnics take to the stage with a finale firework display.

There is entertainment for all the family including chats with the organisers, demonstrations of the firing systems etc and of course, food and drink concessions. You can, of course, bring your own food and drink and a blanket and you are set up for a lovely day.

If you have any questions about the event, tickets, gazebo hire etc, please go to the firework champions website and the team from MLE will offer you every assistance.

Enjoy!

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FIREWORK CHAMPIONS STANFORD HALL 2017

WHAT: STANFORD HALL – FIREWORK CHAMPIONS
WHEN: SATURDAY 29TH JULY 2017
WHERE: STANFORD HALL, NEAR LUTTERWORTH, LEICESTERSHIRE, LE17 6DH.
CONTACT TEL: 01788 860250
EMAIL: [email protected]
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION
COST: £20 ADULTS – £10 CHILDREN
CAMPING: £10 PER NIGHT PER ADULT
GAZEBO: £25

Stanford Hall is the second venue for the firework champions competition with 4 more fantastic displays from 3 more top UK firework companies.

With Shakespeare’s Avon flowing through the park, this beautiful house has been within the same family since 1430. It was pulled down and rebuilt in the 1960’s it now resembles and shows the fantastic period that it was built in.

As with all the events at the firework champions, parking and disabled parking is available and will be monitored by friendly staff to help and direct you accordingly. Please note, there are some areas which are dark and the ground may be uneven, and may not be suitable for everyone.

Fireworks

Preshow entertainment includes information about the teams, interviews with the firework teams, and other interesting facts.

Options available on food either to bring your own or grab a bite from one of the vendors on the site, just remember as the grounds are within a stately home you can take along picnics and furniture, blankets etc. to sit on but under NO circumstances are BBQ’s or open flame appliances on site anywhere.

Voting to crown the champions couldn’t be easier as you the audience decides by voting for their favorite by text message from your mobile.

The Running order is as follows

Gates close for entry – Information and interviews with the teams announced: 9:00pm

Computer fired demo: 9:15pm
Team 1: 9:30pm
Team 2: 9:45pm
Team 3: 10:00pm

Competing Teams

Sky Dazzle Pyrotechnics

Flashpoint Fireworks

G-force fireworks

SMS Voting opens: 10:15pm
SMS Voting closes: 10:30pm

MLE Pyrotechnics – Larger scale closing display: 10:30pm

Results announced of winning team: 10:40pm

This will be the 14th year that its has been held at Stanford with each one beating the year so you know that you’re in for a treat.

Can’t make it! – There are still 4 more events to go see after this one plenty of choice.

Firework Champions 2017 – Here are the teams! from Firework Champions on Vimeo.

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STANFORD HALL FIREWORK CHAMPIONS

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – STANFORD HALL
WHEN: SATURDAY 30TH JULY 2016
WHERE: STANFORD HALL, NEAR LUTTERWORTH, LEICESTERSHIRE LE17 6DH. CONTACT. TEL: 01788 860250. EMAIL: [email protected]
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
COST: £18 ADULTS – £8 CHILDREN
CAMPING: £10 PER NIGHT PER ADULT
GAZEBO: £25

Saturday 30th July 2016 sees the second 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 Stanford Hall in Leicestershire.

Stanford Manor was originally built in 1430 but Sir Roger Cave, ancestor of the current owners, commissioned master builder and Architect Francis Smith of Warwick to replace it with Stanford Hall in 1690. The Hall is considered to be one of the finest examples of William & Mary houses in the country.

The Hall today is open to the public and can be used for conferences, corporate events, weddings and luxury weekend breaks.

The grounds are spectacular with the River Avon gently ambling its way through the ancient park and woodlands. 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 Stanford Hall this year are as follows:

9.50 GALA FIREWORKS – NORTHAMPTON

Northampton based professional team of technicians who have competed in Firework Champions events at other venues but this will be their first time at Stanford.

Show designed by Danny Edwards – using FireByWire.

10.00 COTSWOLD FIREWORKS

Cirencester based Cotswold Fireworks was established in 1997 and the team competed at Stanford hall way back in the early days in 2004. They openly admit that whilst they came last, they and the crowds had thoroughly enjoyed the experience. So much so, that they were invited to take part in another Firework Champions event at Eastnor Castle in 2009 and 2010 where they achieved a second place on both occasions.

The team have worked with clients including Pink Floyd, Chrissie Hynde and Fine Young Cannibals.

The show has been designed by Nick Woodruff using firing system FireTEK.

10.20 SHOCKWAVE PYROTECHNICS

Based in Redditch, this incredibly busy team of specialists was established in 2007 but their competition prowess continues to grow.

This will be the 6th time that Shockwave Pyrotechnics have competed in the competition and to day they have two wins and three runner up places to their names so this year they say that they are going for the win.

Shockwave Pyrotechnics also has a huge client list and has built up an exceptional reputation which has earned them a book full of orders from satisfied clients.

They will be using Firestorm.

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.

Fireworks @ Stanford Hall 2011 #3

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