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FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2019 BELVOIR CASTLE

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – BELVOIR CASTLE
WHY: FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: BELVOIR CASTLE, LEICESTERSHIRE
WHEN: 10TH AUGUST 2019
COST: SEE THE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

This stunning castle has been the ancestral home of the Duke of Rutland for approaching a thousand years.

The current fortified castle overlooks 3 counties and the land was gifted to the family by William the Conqueror after the Battle of Hastings in 1067 to the current Dukes ancestor Robert de Todeni who was his standard-bearer during the Battle of 1066. Over the coming years, thanks to the Wars of the Roses, various other battles and so on and it was more or less rubble by the middle of the 15th century so a second structure was built but again, the warring factions of the royalists and the parliamentarians put paid to that structure too and destroyed it yet again. Another was built but this time it was more of a country house design and although once again much was irreparably damaged, there still exists a model of the third castle in the ballroom of the existing castle.

The fourth and final rebuild has had more than its fair share of damage too though following from completion in the early 19th century but there was a devastating fire which destroyed several priceless works of art by Titian, Reubens and Van Dyck.

The name Belvoir means ‘beautiful view’ and is now home to the 11th Duke of Rutland and his family.

Firework Champions has taken place in the grounds of Belvoir for a number of years and attracts hundreds of visitors to the grounds of this stunning regency castle.

Belvoir Castle Fireworks

You can either take along your own chairs and picnic blankets and food or even book a hamper in advance which vary in price depending on if you want Prosecco or Moet et Chandon with your picnic and it includes finger sandwiches, homemade scotch egg and dressed salad, etc with delicious fresh scones, preserves and clotted cream (don’t mind if I do!).

Competing this year are teams from both the UK and China.

First to the plate Pyrotex Fireworx from Burton on Trent. This team are award winners around the world and in 2018 they won both Pyromagic in Poland and the 9th International Pyromusical Competition Grand Champions in the Philippines. Already this year they have two impressive wins under their belts including Courcheval in the French Alps (in the snow!) and 1st place again in the Philippines at the 10th running of the International Pyromusical event. They are admired amongst the pyro community for both their pyrotechnical ability, precision, and professionalism. Certain to create a very symmetrical display, this is definitely the team to watch.

Next up, Starlight Fireworks from the home of fireworks; Liuyang, China. Since 2001 they have been producers, retailers, and display specialists and they create some incredible shells using age-old Japanese craft. They have also been part of the team creating shows for the International Firework Festival, Taipei 101 for New Year’s Eve and the Winter Olympics in Korea in 2017. An unknown quantity in regard to what to expect, so this team are sure to bring something special to proceedings.

Final competitors will be Flashpoint Fireworks who won Firework Champions events at Belvoir Castle in 2018, Eastnor Castle in 2009 and were also crowned British Musical Firework Champions. This team always use a great mix of colour and effects and regularly carry out work for blue-chip companies.

Each team is tasked with firing against each other before the audience chooses their favourite. Whilst the votes are cast and counted, organisers of this brilliant event are MLE Pyrotechnics treat the crowds to a finale display.

A great evening out for the whole family and if you book early there is a reduction on the price.

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FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2019 STANFORD HALL

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2019 STANFORD HALL
WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION
WHERE: STANFORD HALL, LEICESTERSHIRE
WHEN: SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST 2019
COST: SEE THE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

The second in the Firework Champion Event calendar will take place on Saturday 3rd August in the grounds of the stunning Stanford Hall in Leicestershire.

The beautiful Grade I listed William and Mary House has been in the same family since 1430 and the current hall was built on the same site in the latter part of the 17th century. The grounds are huge with the River Avon running through it.  The Cave family have taken care to restore the grand hall to its full former glory ensuring its success, they also hold classic car rallies, outdoor music events as well as weddings and corporate events.

Firework Champions 09 Stanford Hall

Stanford Hall was one of the first venues used for Firework Champions and remains one of the favorites of the series.

Taking part in the competition are as follows:

A J PYROTECHNICS LTD – KENT

Both a firework retailer and a specialist display team they are generally too busy to take part in the competition but following on from their efforts at Plymouth’s British Firework Championships in 2017, they have been invited along to take part.

Their work is symmetrical and calls on a lot of colour and sound effects so it will be interesting to see what music selection they will fire to.  I am looking forward to seeing this one immensely.

OPTIMUM FIREWORKS – WEST YORKSHIRE

Established in 2009, this team has been involved in the firework industry for over 20 years bringing beautiful fireworks to the masses.

No strangers to the Firework Champions set up, Phil and the team have picked up four wins including Newby Hall, Broughton Hall, Capesthorne Hall, and Belvoir Castle so this would just be the cherry on the cake for them.

They are known for their meticulous choreography and timing, so the competition had better bring their A-Game!

BLITZ FIREWORKS – CHESHIRE

With over 20 years experience under their belt, it can come as no surprise that this team has a trophy cabinet simply groaning with the weight of the silverware. Over the last few years, they have won several of the Firework Champions events including Belvoir Castle in 2014, Arley Hall in 2017 and last year at Newby Hall.

2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 and the team put together a display honoring the brave men and women who fought for our freedom with a heartrending display which included a very emotive playlist of music and they blew a whistle to start it.  Very touching and they certainly deserved the win.

Finally, after all the teams have completed their set, the general public will cast their votes and whilst these are counted the organisers, MLE Pyrotechnics will take centre stage with a finale display.

So, if you are looking for a mid-summer event which will not cost the earth and your children can play in safety whilst you enjoy a picnic tea, get along there and show your support.

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FIREWORK CHAMPIONS FIREWORK COMPETITION 2019

WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS 2019
WHY: NATIONAL PYRO COMPETITIONS
WHERE: VARIOUS VENUES AROUND THE UK
WHEN: VARIOUS DATES BETWEEN 20TH JULY AND 7TH SEPTEMBER
COST: SEE THE FIREWORK CHAMPIONS WEBSITE FOR DETAILS ON EACH VENUE

Love Fireworks and spending time in the fresh air with your family and a picnic? Then these events are just the ticket. Take in the stunning beauty of some of the UK’s finest stately homes and sit back and enjoy the incredible talents of some of the best display teams the UK has to offer.

This year, there are six venues dotted around the Country to ensure that as many pyro lovers as possible can get the opportunity to go along and show their support.

Voting for the winners is largely audience-driven so you can even vote for your favourite display via text message.

Here are the venues and the teams competing:

20TH JULY 2019 – NEWBY HALL – RIPON, NORTH YORKSHIRE
PYRO 2000
ILLUSION FIREWORKS
SPECTRUM FIREWORKS

3RD AUGUST 2019 -STANFORD HALL – RUGBY, WARWICKSHIRE
A J PYROTECHNICS LTD
OPTIMUM FIREWORKS
BLITZ FIREWORKS

10TH AUGUST 2019 – BELVOIR CASTLE – GRANTHAM, LEICESTERSHIRE
PYROTEX FIREWORX
STARLIGHT FIREWORKS (CHINA)
FLASHPOINT FIREWORKS

17TH AUGUST 2019 – ARLEY HALL – NORTHWICH, CHESHIRE
ATOM FIREWORKS
FIRE MONKEY PYRO
BLAZE FIREWORKS

31ST AUGUST 2019 – EASTNOR CASTLE – LEDBURY, HEREFORDSHIRE
CAMBRIDGE FIREWORKS
SKYDAZZLE FIREWORKS
PENDRAGON FIREWORKS

7TH SEPTEMBER 2019 – RAGLEY HALL – ALCESTER, WARWICKSHIRE
FIREWORK CRAZY
MAGICAL FIREWORKS
CELESTIAL DISPLAYS

So, there you have it.

This event is the brainchild of MLE Pyrotechnics and they have been entertaining everyone since 2003 and it continues to grow both in popularity and size. At each of the venues, once the competing teams have competed, MLE’s fantastic display team will take centre stage whilst the voting is cast and counted. MLE were fortunate enough to take part in the 2019 8th international symposium on fireworks in Liuyang, China last October and won 3rd place.

So, if you are looking for something to do which does not involve the children gazing into the screen of an I-Pad, Phone or laptop, get over to one of these very special venues, take a picnic and some outdoor playthings and get some fresh air.

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