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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.


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.



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:


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.


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.


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

Stanford Hall Firework Results 2015

Stanford Hall in Lutterworth was the place to be over the weekend, 1st August, as the second event in MLE Pyrotechnics Firework Champions series filled the skies over this absolutely stunning setting.

The format of the competition takes three of the UK’s best pyro teams, responsible for all the massive corporate, business and private displays up and down the country, and pits them against each other to fire the in the most beautiful settings in the country. The venue this week was the absolutely stunning 17th century Stanford Hall, which has been home to the Cave family and their ancestors, was constructed on the site where the old Manor House was in 1430.

There were three teams competing in the following order:

Team 1 – 9.30pm – Blitz Fireworks

This display was excellent throughout with split second timing and it all kicked off with refreshingly different music. Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ certainly got the crowd dancing in their seats and frankly, the track was made for fireworks, especially on the chorus when the bursts were ‘on it!’

The second track was the brilliant Meghan Trainor’s ‘Lips are Moving’ with some really pretty colours and effects but a bit quieter. I have to say that the oranges ambers and reds were exceptionally bright and clean.

Track 3 was an absolute club classic Darude with ‘Sandstorm’ and the musical interpretation was absolutely spot on – favourites are the flying fish and the finale music was Protectors of the Earth’s ‘Two Steps from Hell’. A beautiful piece which was very evocative and will give the judges pause for thought but being honest, this display was going to take some beating. Great display packed with beautiful effects and colours and no issues apparent.

Team 2 – 9.45pm – Phenomenal Fireworks

The waltzing tune of ‘The Blue Danube’ by Strauss kicked off Phenomenal’s display. The slices were absolutely beautiful and the fireworks were precisely timed to the beat with an excellent array of colours and effects and some lovely musical interpretations.

Next up, Offenbach’s ‘Recuerde 2’ (aka can-can music) featuring the colours associated with the Folies Bergere with a sky full of shells and effects. The fast firing multi coloured tipped fanned pieces were wonderful. Then, like Blitz, they upped the tempo with Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson. Whilst a great show, it didn’t have the same impact as the Blitz team but lovely nonetheless.

The finale was to music from Dream Chasers, Future World Music which whilst stunning was a little repetitive with a glut of the criss-cross slices with glittering tailed comets with red tips, but a great effort (I think there must be a couple of container loads of these bad boys as EVERY pro display just lately has them in).

Team 3 – 10:00pm – Spitfire Pyrotechnics

The first track was ‘Shake Senora’ by Harry Belafonte and there appeared to be an issue at the beginning with some dark sky moments but it was refreshingly different with some very high bursting shells. A little haphazard at times for my taste (but, I am a little picky when it comes to symmetry) but that said, great interpretation of the music.

The second track was Rossini’s catchy ‘Barber of Seville’ and the lancework in the centre of the display made a nice change. Being a track I would describe as a drinking song it is definitely upbeat and catchy but again the effects were disjointed and non symmetrical. The timing though was AWESOME and they included more of the tailed comets with the red tips here too (there must be a lot of these in the UK at the moment as they appeared in all three displays and the finale!) it overran a couple of seconds, probably down to the timing issues at the start but onto the finale to the sound of ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’ by Grieg. Now this music is most commonly used during the ballet for Peer Gynt and in my opinion lent itself perfectly to the cadence of the fireworks filling the skies overhead. Definitely evocative of the dance and a beautiful build up to the crescendo of a finale which left the gathered crowds cheering.

Whilst the votes were cast and counted, the organisers of the event, the brilliant MLE Pyrotechnics took centre stage with their non competing display.

The first track used was Nothing Else Matters by Metallica and the timing was bang on with some MASSIVE shell bursts and really symmetrical. The ground work was absolutely awesome and the brilliance of the yellows and oranges was exceptional so they were off to a great start with the bright flashing red strobes – all perfectly timed and a huge expanse of effects filling the sky with incredible hang time.

The second track was ‘See you again’ by Wiz Khalifa which from the outset was very emotionally charged as there was a flash on each of the notes played on the introduction. A number of THE most beautiful double break shells with coloured stars and then a central glittering palm burst – OMG these are lush.

The last 30-seconds was just mayhem with super loud, super bright and highly colourful pieces filling the sky with effects – Lovely – All a very fitting tribute to Andy Lawrence (dad to Matt) who sadly passed away in May.

I caught a video filmed from some way from the venue which showed just the finale of each – the sound was simply what was carried on the wind but the Blitz fireworks display was clearly the more symmetrical but the MLE closing display was INCREDIBLY LOUD even from there.

If you want to experience this event first hand, get along to Belvoir Castle on 8th August 2015.