BEAULIEU FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR 2018

WHAT: BEAULIEU FIREWORKS SPECTACUAR
WHEN: SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2018
WHERE: BEAULIEU NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM, BEAULIEU, NEWFOREST
COST: ADULTS £13.80/ CHILDREN (AGED 5-7) £8.30 /FAMILY TICKETS £39.00

Classed as one of the largest fireworks displays in South, not only is there a spectacular display on offer, but also plenty of attractions and live entertainment on offer before the main event.

The theme of this year’s event is “Back to the 80’s”. There will be the old-fashioned fairground with old classic games and rides on offer such as: coconut shy’s, a big wheel and the classic carousel with extravagant horses and even a fancy-dress competition; so drag out your 80’s shell suit, find out your clothes with the biggest shoulder pads or dress up as your favourite 80’s music or tv personality.

Fireworks at Beaulieu.

During the day you can visit the Beaulieu attractions which are open from 10am as normal. Why not make a day with all the family and take a walk around the serene grounds and gardens that surround the palace house, take a ride on the mono rail or open top veteran bus, walk in the footsteps of a thousand monks and view the history of Beaulieu Abbey, wonder around the national motor museum or if you’re a bit of a petrol head take a trip into the world of top gear and see some of the iconic cars from the challenges in the programme and take a seat in the famous BBC Top Gear studio. (please note the world of top gear closes at 3pm).

If you want to turn up just for the experience of the 80’s then the gates for this and the fireworks will not open until 3pm. Make sure you are ready to celebrate a decade of memorable music, film, technology as well as the groovy fashion.

On stage there will be the wave 105 radio presenters ready to get the evening off to a start with live entertainment both before and after the fireworks. Along with this and the fairground there will be various stalls selling hot and cold food and drinks both inside and outside. Treat yourself to candy floss and hot roast chestnuts, burgers just to name a few of the things on offer.

Please note that you cannot bring any sparklers, folding chairs or seats with you due onto the site with you. It is advised to bring a torch as this may be needed In places.

The main event of the fireworks begins at 7:30pm with the full 30 to 40-minute show of pyro musical delight. Watch the skies over new forest light up in array of colours and effects all perfectly times to some of the most iconic 80’s hits.

You can stay for a while after the fireworks as the venue stays open for a short while after

With something for all the family and plenty to see and do make sure that you put this event in your diaries.

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SEAFRONT FIREWORKS

WHAT: SEAFRONT FIREWORKS
WHY: WEEKLY FIREWORK EVENT
WHERE: SOUTHEND PIER
WHEN: 6TH OCTOBER – 17TH NOVEMBER 2018
COST: FREE

I absolutely love going to the seaside off season – it always lends a sense of peace but this time of year, if you are positively yearning for the familiar thud and crackle of fireworks then get yourself along to Southend Pier for your much-needed pyro fix.

You can spend the day there with lots to see and do including the Sealife Adventure, seafront amusements, Adventureland and much more. Stroll along the longest pier in the WORLD at 1.34 miles, it extends out into the Thames Estuary. Originally built in 1829 in wood, over the years, the sheer visitor numbers had impacted on the wooden pier so it was replaced with an iron one in 1887.

The fireworks are part of the ‘Southend Bid’ for 2018. Every penny raised as a result of this initiative goes to creating a strong and safe environment for visitors and locals alike helping to stress the importance of recycling, keeping the Town clean and improving on the overall shopping experience for locals and visitors alike.

Go along, show your support and fill yourselves up on delicious fish and chips and lots and lots of donuts!

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RESULTS OF THE BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

DISILLUSIONMENT WITH THE BRITISH MUSICAL FIREWORK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

Last weekend saw the national British Musical Firework Championships take place but sadly, there were issues, resulting in the cancellation of the remainder of the competition on Sunday due to high winds which were carrying the debris into the gathered spectators.

Fortunately, there was time on the Friday and Saturday to get a couple of displays in, some of which were the stuff of legends.

First to fire Kimbolton Fireworks who very kindly stepped in at the last minute (bearing in mind that usually competitors have more than 6 months to plan the pyrotechnics and the music) to offer up a beautiful display.  Unfortunately, as a result of the lateness of the call to fire, they had to call upon a previously created display which included a track being used by one of the other teams so they decided that they would not be included in the competition.  It was a lovely display with lots of colour and effect and they will be competing next season when they have had more chance to plan.

Next up; Phenomenal Fireworks – their theme was opened with ‘Lets get ready to rumble’ and followed the ‘boxing’ theme. The multi-directional pieces looked a little haphazard but the ghost shells with blinking stars were lovely.  In the middle of the Eye of the Tiger track, they had 2 minutes of dark sky due to a rare technical issue, but they quickly got back on track and the gear was absolute quality – when the fish came straight at the crowds I was holding my breath!  A terrible shame as historically Phenomenal are usually exactly that – Phenomenal!

Then onto Saturday Night before a packed crowd of spectators – first to fire Blitz Fireworks. Their display had a very beautiful WW theme. It was much less smoky than the display from Phenomenal too but the windy conditions could clearly be seen and felt.

The theme was particularly poignant as this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. The first few musical tracks used were ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’, ‘Pack up your Troubles in your Old Kit Bag’, The White Cliffs of Dover’ and ‘We’ll Meet Again’, The Great Escape and of course, The Dambusters; there were even air raid sirens and searchlights! There were some HUGE shell breaks and the timing of the flying fish was amazing and to the split second.

The whistle for the all clear followed by the Last Post was very heart-rending and quite rightly, the display received a very well-deserved round of applause from the huge crowds at Southport. The second half of the display was much for upbeat with modern musical accompaniment including Sweet Lullaby from Paloma Faith, For You from Rita Ora and Liam Payne and In My Blood by Shawn Mendes – just brilliant and the crackling mines on the beat sounded like clapping. The finale was a sky full of red and gold. A beautiful, poignant and packed show – congratulations Blitz Fireworks.

Second to step up to the plate was the team from Firework Effects. Now here is a bone of contention as despite having the same funding as the other competitors, it would appear they had offered up a much smaller scale display which simply didn’t measure up. It was very centralised and with no width to the display, it was wholly disappointing.  Had it been for a wedding/anniversary event, perhaps it would have hit the mark but sadly, not for competition. I dare say that having watched the show, it had a huge dark sky period and the effects could easily have been fully covered by one of our DIY display packs – with more effects!  I understand that everyone has to take their piece, but if you do not plan to commit to competing, why agree to take part?

Last to fire on Saturday were the much-anticipated Illusion Fireworks.

I have to say, firstly there was a great deal more pyro than in some of the other displays, but it was all used to brilliant effect. It wasn’t perfect as there were a few odd little shots which appeared to be incorrect as they were the wrong colour/effect but that could not take anything away as it and it was an exceptional display full of drama, packed with colour and the sweeping mine effects were awesome.

The remaining competitors, unfortunately, were unable to complete their displays and as such, it was scored on the people who were able to display (apart from Kimbolton).

The results were:

  • 1st ILLUSION FIREWORKS
  • BLITZ FIREWORKS
  • PHENOMENAL FIREWORKS

Very well done everyone.

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