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2016 marks the 18th occasion the British Firework Championships will be held. The competition started in 1997 by The Event Services Association (TESSA) following on from a desire within the professional display industry to enjoy competition and demonstrate and hone their skills and so the British Firework Championships was born.

The event will be held on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th August 2016 on the Hoe. There will be entertainment provided alongside the fireworks over both evenings including a Fun-fair, thrill rides, Heart FM and attractions alongside drinks and food concessions.

The fireworks bring in up to 100,000 per evening to the area so it is massively important to the economy as well as being downright entertaining.

The teams firing are:



At this time, we are not aware of the firing order but we will of course update you as soon as we know.

In the meantime, last year’s event was won for a second time by the talented team representing Fantastic Fireworks. They were responsible for the exceptional event at Drayton Manor last year when they provided a firework display choreographed to the soundtrack of the War of the Worlds by H G Wells in celebration of the park’s 65th Anniversary. According to friends who attended, they said it was one of the best pyrotechnic displays choreographed to the narration of the film footage they had ever seen.

So, in the mid summer holidays, get along to Plymouth, spend the day on the beautiful beach and the evening captivated by some of the most incredible pyrotechnics you will have ever witnessed.


Day One At The British Fireworks Championships

Last night saw the British Firework Championships get under way on Plymouth’s Waterfront as the first three teams took to the skies in perfect conditions on a beautifully balmy evening.

Phoenix Fireworks 9.30pm

Highly experienced Phoenix Fireworks hail from Sevenoaks and are one of the top pro firing teams in the UK and hold some of the biggest accolades in the industry.

They got underway and there appeared to be something amiss from the outset as random slices appeared to fire out-of-order and the structure of the display, which has always been ‘on point’ for previous examples of their work was definitely out of kilter. A couple of minutes in, we had some major dark sky which pretty much confirmed the technical issues they were experiencing. An awful shame – particularly given the amount of work which goes into creating competitive displays but they battled on and the quality of their pyro and the bursts on their shells were just awesome. I especially liked the cross over slices with the smiley faces and the gold to silver horse tails were just beautiful. Some of the fast firing ground work was particularly lovely.

A great showing (apart from the tech issues) and the finale was absolutely AMAZING.

Spyrotechnics 9.50 pm

Next up, the professional team from Spyrotechnics of Chesterfield – this team are no strangers to the silverware either with wins at several of the Firework Champions events.

Great opening and the early blue centred super shells were wonderful. All very symmetrical and rich and varied colours and nice effects and they had some glittering strobing horse tails which were just lovely and held the air for an age.

Make sure you check out the finale video below – filmed in 4K by Pyro Productions.

On point from the first burst. A most enjoyable display which will certainly take some beating. The huge glowing orbs at around 7 minutes in were incredible – like massive bright Chinese lanterns gracefully rising into the night sky and the jellyfish were amazing. The finale – what can I say that the crowds didn’t – OMG it was, to coin a phrase like a bombing raid – Great job well done Spyrotechnics.

Essex Pyrotechnics 10.10pm

Last up on day 1 were the team from Essex Pyrotechnics who hail from Newport in Essex. This team has been thrilling audiences for over 25 years with their innovative displays and their own pyrotechnic expertise.

Nicely paced throughout with some lovely (if a little off centre?) shell breaks but one burst at around 3 minutes burst incredibly low (brown pants time!). The groundwork was really good with some great colour combinations.

The space ships and falling glitter were awesome and brought forth a number of oohs and aahs from onlookers along with the sublime sweeping fans.

The finale brought forth some lovely shells with super-bright flashes and a lovely close to a wonderful evening of pyrotechnics in this lovely setting.

Tonight sees Fantastic Fireworks, Gala Fireworks and Galaxy Fireworks take to the stage. If you are in the area, get along to the Hoe for a beautiful evening of entertainment for all the family.


The British Firework Championships 2014 Plymouth

The event began in 1997 at a group called TESA (The Events Services Association) after many years of discussion the feasibility of holding an annual fireworks competition which was to give competitors the opportunity to show off their respective talents.

After checking out all the suitable sites which could possibly house such an event, they settled on Plymouth Hoe as with its natural amphitheatre giving a panoramic viewing platform from the Port and Plymouth Sound for the beautiful fireworks.

Six teams are drawn annually to compete and every 6th year, they hold a ‘Champion of Champions’ event featuring the last ‘superchamp’ and the last 5 winners in an all out battle royal.

This year’s British Firework Championships event is over two nights, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th August and the following teams will take centre stage:

Tuesday 12th August 2014

• Shellscape
• Blitz Fireworks
• Northern Lights Fireworks

Wednesday 13th August 2014

• Pyro 1
• Reaction Fireworks
• MLE Pyrotechnics

All six of these teams are exceptional and are known nationally as experts in the field of display pyrotechnics so the crowds are in for a treat.

As well as the fireworks, there will be plenty of additional entertainment on offer:

• Funfair
• Attractions
• Rides
• Music supplied by Heart FM
• Food and drinks concessions

Good luck to all competitors and we will bring you the pictures and video as soon as it becomes available.