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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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BLACKPOOL WORLD FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS

WHAT: BLACKPOOL WORLD FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
WHEN: 9TH – 30TH SEPTEMBER 2016
WHERE: TOWER FESTIVAL HEADLAND, BLACKPOOL, LANCASHIRE, FY1 4BJ
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
COST: FREE

The 2016 Blackpool World Firework Championships get under way on 9th September with the first of three competing teams taking it to the skies over the Irish Sea.

First competed for in 1999, the competition continues to grow in size along with the support it receives from the general public, it has certainly positioned itself as one of the best FREE display events in the UK today.

The firework displays take part each Friday from 9th in competition format and the finale will be UK-based company Titanium Fireworks who will entertain the crowds whilst the winners are announced.

New for this year, there will be a 3D show projected onto the front of the famous Tower building. The event also takes place during the town’s busiest time – BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS so you have two reasons to pop over and enjoy the free family fun and entertainment on offer.

If you do have smaller children, why not make a weekend of it and take them along to the Wild West Diner where they can eat ‘cowboy and western themed’ style and the menu (including breakfast items like pancakes and eggs all day) will have something to suit even the fussiest of eaters. Alternatively, there are some family themed bars/restaurants along the sea front facing the fireworks.

Of course, the entertainment includes the usual amusements etc but you could also visit the sea-life centre or the zoo.

World Champioship Fireworks - Blackpool

Competing team at this year’s event are as follows:

Friday 9th September 2016 – Skylighter Fireworks – Australia

Established in 1999 Skylighter Fireworks have carried out some of the most prestigious work on the Southern Continent and continued to expand until last year, when Fireworx by Ian Riedel merged with them to create Skylighter Fireworx.

Friday 16th September 2016 – Privatex Pyro – Slovakia

The team have competed on every continent and continue to hone their skills on the World stage with an appearance here at Blackpool. This year, they have competed in Courcheval and at Ignis Brunensis as well as the International Festival of Dancing Fireworks where they narrowly missed out to the team from Pyrotex Fireworx from Derby.

Friday 23rd September 2016 – Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks – USA

The last team in the competition hail from Cincinnati in the USA. One of the original ‘Italian Firework Families’ they have been in the pyro business since before they moved to Cincinnati in 1895 (yes, 120 years!!). They have of course over the years performed throughout the states and many other countries and continents beyond.

Friday 30th September – Celebration display by Titanium Fireworks and winner announcement

Once all three teams have shown their wares, the finale will take place on September 30th when Titanium Fireworks take to the skies whilst the winner is announced.

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THE TOUR DE FRANCE 2014. STAGE 1.

The world and his granny have been waiting for the start of the 2014 Tour De France as for the first time in the event’s history the race will begin in our neck of the woods.

The Tour De France has been featured in the South of the UK a number of times but we are fortunate enough to have the race take place on the beautiful roadways around our region.

Day 1 of the Grand Depart leaves the beautiful and cosmopolitan City of Leeds on July 5th ahead of the riders 190km gruelling ride to the spa town of Harrogate on the first leg. Taking in the towns and villages along this beautiful journey of 190km before Day 2 sets off from York on Sunday 6th July.

Some of the Towns and Villages are:

Ilkley – Its magnificent countryside and the Cow and Calf rocks makes this area a must for rock climbers across the UK.

Skipton – a 900 year old castle and historic (yet painful for the cyclists I would have thought) cobbled High Street.

West Tanfield – this lovely village features a mention in the Doomsday book and houses one of the UK’s oldest and prettiest buildings – the 13th century church of St Nicholas and the Marmion Tower, a 15th century gatehouse of special historical significance because of its architecture.

Harewood – home to the stunning Harewood House, built in the mid 1700’s the house and grounds are holding a full on family entertainment spectacular. As the official ‘Ceremonial Start’ of the TDF, the Yorkshire Festival of Cycling has a HUGE programme of events including live music, theatre, the indomitable Red Arrows display team and there is even an army assault course and go-karting.

Middleham – The area records show that the first settlements were of the Roman Empire in 69AD. The building of Middleham Castle was started in 1190 and the town has many historical buildings dotted around the town including a medieval cross topped with a celtic cross. Well worth a visit.

Aysgarth – A beautiful village within the Yorkshire Dales National Park which again featured in the Doomsday Book of 1086 which essentially was an audit and a census of all the landowners, their property, land and livestock figures as commissioned by William the Conqueror. Aysgarth Falls and the stepping-stones in the River Ure were the location of the filming for the movie ‘Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves’ with Kevin Costner.

Kettlewell – an absolutely charming little village which is quintessentially ‘British’ offering visitors stunning views, picturesque terraces and quiet country lanes. This gorgeous place was also the location for the filming of ‘Calendar Girls’ a film about the fundraising efforts of the local Womens Institute and their decision to create a ‘nude’ calendar to raise funds for a soca for the hospice to be dedicated to one of the members husband’s who had passed away from non-hodgkin lymphoma.

There are of course spectator hubs all the way along the route where you can join with family and friends to make a full weekend of it with camp sites, large screens showing the race as it winds along the countryside of Yorkshire and food concessions. Details of all of these can be found online.

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