BELVOIR CASTLE 2018 – FIREWORK CHAMPIONS EVENT

WHAT: BELVOIR CASTLE 2018 – FIREWORK CHAMPIONS EVENT
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: BELVOIR CASTLE, GRANTHAM, LEICESTERSHIRE, NG32 1PE
WHEN: SATURDAY 11TH AUGUST 2018
COST: SEE BELOW

One of the favourite places for the teams who have fired in the Firework Champions Events, Belvoir Castle once again offers the stunning grounds of this Regency period stately home.
The translation for Belvoir (pronounced beaver) is unsurprising; beautiful view and the Castle and Gardens are home to the current 11th Duke and Duchess of Rutland and this stunning estate has been home to the family for over a thousand years.

The current castle is the fourth to grace the lands here since Norman times and was the work of the architect James Wyatt until his death in 1813 when the Reverend T Thornton took up the reigns until completion. The original house had been badly damaged during the War of the Roses, the English Civil War and finally a devastating fire.

The Castle is in the gothic revival style and it remains as impressive today as it has ever been positioned on the hill overlooking the lands belonging to the Duke. It also houses one of the greatest art collections in the world today with pieces from Poussin, Durer, Rubens, Stubbs and Gainsborough. In fact, one of the paintings of the seven sacraments by Poussin titled ‘Ordination’ was bought by a US art museum in 2010 for a staggering $24 million.

Belvoir Castle Fireworks

The Castle and Gardens will not be open to the public when the event takes place but this will, of course, leave the visitors to enjoy their picnic and of course beautiful pyrotechnics in the grounds below the castle.

The teams competing this year in the Firework Champions Events here at Belvoir are as follows:

FUSION FIREWORKS
The team have been in the business for 10 years and hold an extensive list of clients for both private and corporate events as well as a smattering of football clubs and wedding celebrations. Little is known about this team as they do not appear to have had much time to compete, but I am sure that being in this position is to their advantage as the others do not know what to expect. Good luck to Fusion Fireworks.

FLASHPOINT FIREWORKS
Established in 2003 this display team has been at the forefront of corporate events for many years and they are able to count some of the UK’s biggest Blue-Chip companies amongst their clientele alongside local government contracts and hundreds of private displays annually. The team have competed at Eastnor Castle and Newby Hall for Firework Champions in the past with a win at Eastnor in 2009 and they went onto win the British Musical Firework Championships the same year. We expect great things from them so keep your eyes peeled for what this team brings to the table. Good luck Flashpoint Fireworks

OPTIMUM FIREWORKS
Phil and Rebecca Cooper are friends of the team here at Epic so of course, they have a place very close to our hearts. The husband and wife team started crewing for other teams back in 1997 and finally took a chance and set up independently in 2010 and have never looked back. They were winners at Broughton Hall Firework Champions event and last year they fired at Arley Hall FWC.
Known for beat perfect rhythmic displays they will certainly be out for glory – bring it on!

Good luck to all the competitors

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FIRST EVENT 17th FEBRUARY 2018 – PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL PYROTECHNIC COMPETITION 2018

WHAT: PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL PYROTECHNIC COMPETITION 2018
WHY: INTERNATIONAL PYROTECHNIC COMPETITION
WHERE: S M MALL OF ASIA, BY THE BAY, PASAY, MANILLA
WHEN: FIRST EVENT SATURDAY 17th FEBRUARY 2018
COST: DETAILS BELOW – BUT THERE ARE FREE VIEWING POINTS :)

This event will be 9th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition bringing together the best international professional pyrotechnic specialists from around the world to battle it out for supremacy.

The UK has been fortunate in this event having picked up several wins over the years, but the last two years have been won by Pyrotex Fireworx in grand style. They are renowned for their symmetry and clean crisp lines and colour and of all the displays I have seen, this team has never disappointed. We wish them the very best of luck when they compete in March.

The opening of the event is left in the hands of local team Platinum Fireworks who will also be responsible for closing the event at the end of March. Platinum Fireworks swept the board in Calgary in 2017 picking up the awards for the Kids, Peoples, Best Pyromusical and Synchronised fireworks categories. Just amazing and a spectacular feat when you are up against the best in the World.

After the opening ceremony, the first competitors are the team from Switzerland – SUGYP SA. This team are well versed in competition and have won awards at some of the best events in Europe, picking up wins in Ignis Brunensis in 2013, Hanover 2014, Pyromagic in Szczecin in 2016 and last year they won Master of Masters in 2017 again in Szczecin.

It is going to be a close call with who is going to pick up the win so we will keep you posted and the next competition will feature the teams from Romania – Pyro Events and Germany – Steffes Ollig Fireworks.

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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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