2019 PROMS SPECTACULAR

WHAT: PROMS SPECTACULAR
WHERE: HOLE PARK, BENENDEN ROAD, ROLVENDEN, KENT & STANSTED PARK, ROWLANDS CASTLE, HAMPSHIRE
WHEN: SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST (HOLE PARK) & SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST (ROWLANDS CASTLE)
COST: TICKETED EVENT – ADULTS £37.50 / CHILDREN 16 AND UNDER £15.00

For the first time in the South of the country, Brightling Entertainment is providing musical and explosive concerts this summer in some of the most beautiful historic state homes and gardens in the Hampshire and Kent countryside.

First to produce the spectacular display is Hole Park. This is one of the best-known gardens in Kent and is set over 16 acres of land in a magical parkland setting. The second of the list is Stansted Park a listed Edwardian house set on a 1,800-acre estate within the South Downs national park.

The programmes for both locations are packed with an evening of entertainment including a spitfire display, parachute teams, classical music and of course our favorite; plenty of fireworks, lights, and lasers all accompanied by British war themes.

This is a ticketed event so make sure that you get these in advance as they may not be available on the day. Also, there is no seating options or reservations of seating, so it is advised to arrive early to grab yourself a spot. As it is an informal open-air picnic concert you can bring along your own chairs, picnic blanket, and picnics with you but there is no BBQ’s, etc allowed on the sites.

Programme for both days

4:30pm – Gates open, pick your perfect viewing spot and settle down and unpack ready for the evening ahead.

6:30pm – The Kent Tigers Army Parachute Display Team take to the air performing highly intricate and technical canopy formations for the crowds.

7:30pm – Spitfire Display – filling the skies above with displays that are accompanied to opening pieces of classical music.

7:30pm to 10pm – Proms Spectacular Orion Orchestra – Sit back, relax and enjoy the music in the beautiful surroundings of the countryside.

10:00pm – The events differ slightly on the finale, but both have a memorable ending to a memorable day.

Stansted Park – Laser light display – a spectacular laser light displays synchronised to the music.

Hole Park – fireworks display from Meteor Fireworks synchronised to music.

Wherever you decide to visit you are guaranteed to have a first-class evening so grab the champers and a picnic and have an evening with a difference this summer in the countryside.

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BONFIRE SOCIETIES FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

WHAT: BONFIRE SOCIETIES FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019
WHY: FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: WISTON PARK, STEYNING, WEST SUSSEX (GROUNDS OF WISTON HOUSE)
WHEN: SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST 2019
COST: SEE WEBSITE

Over the last few years, here in the UK, we have been fortunate enough to be a party to some of the most beautiful fireworks in the World and last year, one of the longest established groups created a new event – The Bonfire Societies Firework Championships. During this event, 3 Bonfire Societies compete to be crowned champion.

Last year, the Battle Bonfire Boyes Bonfire Society lifted the trophy after battling it out against Neville Juvenile Bonfire Society and Lewes Borough Bonfire Society.

As well as watching the performances you can also take part and do your bit by entering the

Audience vote and texting your preferred winner of the three. The 3 teams are judged not only by the audience but a panel of professional judges. They are marked on:

  • use of material (10%)
  • the rhythm of the display (10%)
  • use of colour and effects (10%)
  • overall artistic impression (10%)
  • compliance with the rules (10%)

Tickets for the show will be available to buy on the night but to avoid disappointment you are better booking them in advance. The doors open at 4pm with the fireworks beginning at sundown (around 9pm) all the shows will be completed by 10:30 and then the judging and winner announced shortly after.

2019 Competitors

Cliffe Bonfire Society

Hastings Borough Bonfire Society

Hawkhurst Gang Bonfire Society

**The firing order of the teams is drawn nearer to the time and announced on the day of the event.**

The crowds will be entertained by a fourth show of the evening as the professional firing team from Phoenix fireworks take to the stage and put on a display whilst the judging commences. There is another pyro delight with a Maltese wheel demonstration, and along with this plenty of family entertainment, a funfair and food and drink stalls on site. Why not make it a full family evening out, bring along a picnic blanket or chairs grab a spot early and watch the sunset and join in the fun before the show begins relighting the skies above the beautiful grounds of Wiston Park.

Last year’s winners were Battel Bonfire Society with 71.05% of the vote. Check out their video to see what this year competitors are up against.

Some of the Bonfire Societies, and currently there are around 30 which are still fully active, have been operational since before the Gunpowder Plot. The winners of last year’s event; The Battle Bonfire Boyes is said to be one of the longest established of those remaining which has documentation about the Battle Boyes organisation dating back to 1646.

The Bonfire Societies were initially established in defiance of the actions of Mary Tudor who had systematically tried to eradicate the Protestant faith which had been established by her father Henry VIII.  He established the Church of England in defiance of the Catholic Church as they would not grant him a divorce from Anne Boleyn.  He then demanded that everyone change to his way of thinking and turn their backs on Rome. Unfortunately, it was an especially difficult time as the support of the church changed from protestant to catholic depending on which royal was on the throne.

Get along and show your support and keep the history alive.  The funds from these shows all go to the upkeep of the societies and local charity.

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EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO 2019

WHAT: EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO 2019
WHY: SHOWCASE OF MILITARY MUSIC AND MARCHING FEATURING FIREWORKS
WHERE: EDINBURGH CASTLE ESPLANADE, THE ROYAL MILE, EDINBURGH
WHEN: FRIDAY 2ND AUGUST – SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST 2019
COST: SEE WEBSITE

Witness one of the most iconic events in the Scottish cities calendar, in the esplanade of the castle with the show set against the beautiful backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual series of Military Tattoo’s as performed by British, Commonwealth and International military band representatives. The event has been held every August for 70 years. The word ‘tattoo’ is derived from a Dutch expression to ‘turn off the tap’ which was an instruction to the local hostelry to close the pubs so that the soldiers would be forced to return to camp.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2010

The first event took place in 1949 and was a simple band stand show aimed at bringing the Army’s contribution to the international festival. The displays take place every day (apart from Sunday) and on a Saturday there are two shows. Fireworks were added to the mix in 2012 and they have been an intrinsic part of the feel of the show throughout.

Witness skills and talents from the British Armed forces, the commonwealth and military teams from around the world perform with the addition of Scottish tradition and a fantastic fireworks finale in the evenings. For the pyro lovers amongst you, there will be an extended firework finale on Saturday evenings sending the evening out with a bang.

The show begins with a fanfare before a performance by the massed pipes and drums who all march out onto the parade square. Each different contingent will then perform including Highland Dancers, special representatives from the Commonwealth Countries and last year, there were performances from the Czech Armed Forces and the Shetland Fiddlers.

Edinburgh Military tattoo

On offer is a wide range of ticket options for across the 25 performances, standard seats range from £25 to £90. Along with this, there is premier seating, royal gallery seating and exclusive packages available where you can sip champagne of the castle ramparts, view the largest Scottish whiskey collection in the world and even mingle with the performers. All the exclusive packages include extraordinary Scottish dining experiences with tickets.

Please note more information on tickets

  • 8th August the performance will be audio described
  • 12th-16th August the performance will be recorded by the BBC for worldwide transmission later
  • 20th-22nd August – off-peak prices are available at these performances.

With sell-out to the audiences for the last 20 seasons of the event, this is known to be a showstopper of an event to attend. Make sure you don’t miss out on this epic event and book your tickets well in advance.

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