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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.

Blackpool World Firework Championships

This Friday sees the skies over Blackpool once again lit by stunning pyrotechnics as the second round of this three round decider gets underway.

Feerie Fireworks of France are no strangers to the International pyro stage as last year they competed at Pyronale in Berlin and are previous winners of the Cannes International Festival of Pyrotechnic Art’s beautiful Golden Vestale.

As a child, Joel, the owner of Feerie lived close to the Ruggieri Factory in Paris and the years passed but his connection to the pyrotechnics never left him. As he reached his mid forties, he left the security of his role in industrial robotics and automated machine sales to pursue his need to vent his artistic side. From this point, Feerie was born and his knowledge and flair were passed onto his son and daughter who both joined the family firm and they have never looked back.

It’s all free entertainment for all the family and the chance to watch one of the World’s best display specialists painting the skies over the West Coast.

The event starts at 7.30pm and they are expecting to fire from 8.00pm but there is plenty to do and see along the Promenade at Blackpool to keep the children occupied while you wait and local Radio Station ROCK FM will be there to entertain everyone during the build up.

We will once again bring you the low-down on the displays after the weekend but if you take any pictures or videos yourselves, please send them to us and we will get them on our FB page or feature them on the blog.

Have a great weekend and good luck to Feerie and we hope the weather holds off as we know it can be particularly punishing off the Irish Sea.

BLACKPOOLS WORLD FIREWORKS CHAMPIONSHIPS

WHAT: BLACKPOOL FIREWORKS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
WHY: INTERNATIONAL FIREWORKS COMPETITION
WHEN: 11th, 18th, 25th SEPTEMBER & 2nd OCTOBER 2015
WHERE: NORTH PIER, BLACKPOOL PROMENADE

This annual International Fireworks competition was first held in 1999 and has continued to thrill and amaze young and old alike for many years since. The Town of Blackpool invites three of the World’s finest pyro teams to compete for supremacy and the title of Blackpool World Champion 2015 in this battle of the skies.

Each team is tasked with creating a show which uses the ancient art of pyrotechnics to show the style, tradition and passion of the country they are representing to best effect.

The skies over Blackpool’s iconic North Pier will be filled with spectacular sights, sounds and the smell of pyro as the 2015 International Competition kicks off on Friday 11th September.

The teams and firing dates are as follows:

FRIDAY 11th SEPTEMBER 2015 – TANGHUA FIREWORKS – CHINA

FRIDAY 18th SEPTEMBER 2015 – FEERIE FIREWORKS – FRANCE

FRIDAY 25th SEPTEMBER 2015 – ORION FIREWORKS – CANADA

FRIDAY 2nd OCTOBER 2015 – CELEBRATION DISPLAY BY TITANIUM FIREWORKS AND WINNER ANNOUNCED

Blackpool is also known for the incredibly beautiful illuminations which have been a feature of this lovely seaside town since 1879! They were described back then as ‘artificial sunshine’ and originally featured just 8 massive arc lamps which lit the promenade. Today, the event lasts for 66 days and has run uninterrupted since World War II and features over a million bulbs. Over the years, developments in technology and low voltage bulbs has reduced the cost and today, the illuminations are fully ‘green’ using the electricity generated from wind power, hydropower and biogas.

In the resort, there are a MASSIVE number of things to do. As with any coastal town in the UK you have your fair share of amusement arcades (in fact here, they are a mile long!) and eateries of all types from fine dining to chip shops.

There is the Pleasure Beach for the thrill seekers, the Blackpool Eye for those with a head for heights, the Zoo featuring lions, tigers and bears and for those with a taste for horrible histories there are Madame Tussaud’s and the Tower Dungeon.

Late into the evening, the area is alive with music as there are a number of bars, clubs and pubs, shows and musicals. My best advice would be to check out the local tourist website for more details.

If you do wish to take in the fireworks and make a weekend of it, you can stay in any of the thousands of guest houses and hotels dotted across the town. Prices vary hugely depending on how close to the sea-front you wish to stay. Details of accommodation is available

Over the years, positioned on the West Coast of the UK, there have been some issues with the weather conditions (you must have heard the saying ‘like a wet week in Blackpool!’ which says it all really!) which have been described as ‘changeable at best’ supported by the fact that the 2012 event was almost a complete wash out with incredibly high winds and driving rain ….. oh, don’t you just love the British weather!