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AFTER DARK BONFIRE NIGHT SPECTACULAR

WHAT: AFTER DARK
WHY: SHEFFIELD’S PREMIER BONFIRE NIGHT SPECTACULAR
WHEN: THURSDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2015
WHERE: DON VALLEY GRASS BOWL, COLLERIDGE ROAD, SHEFFIELD, S9 2DF

Almost on our doorstep, one of the biggest Bonfire Night displays in Yorkshire returns once again but even bigger and better.

As visitors to our Head Office will be aware, we are based at Tankersley just two minutes from Junction 36 of the M1. As you might appreciate, we were a little busy on the ‘fab fifth’ (as we usually are) but last year but some of our staff watched part of the display from just outside our showroom, such is the magnitude of the pyro exhibition.

Attracting over 20,000 spectators this massive display in association with Heart FM will again feature music from some of the country’s top performers, a fun fair for all ages, an enormous bonfire lit at 7:30pm with fireworks set to music starting at 9.00pm with the event finishing at 10.00pm.

As well as the usual concession stands, drinks are available from over the road at Ice Sheffield which overlooks the event.

Gates open at 5:30pm for this all ticket event. Advanced tickets are available from the Sheffield Arena box office by phone on 0114 2228500, the University of Sheffield student union shop on Western Bank (0114 225 5555), S10 2GT and City Hall on 0114 223 3740.

On the night cash only payments can be made at Ice Sheffield on Colleridge Road and the Terry Street ticket booths.

Travelling to the venue couldn’t be easier as there are plenty of the trams on the ‘yellow route’ heading towards Meadowhall (from across Sheffield) which will drop you off on the doorstep with stewards on hand to direct you towards the entrance and increased buses on the night in expectation for the massive number of spectators attending, parking for those wishing to drive is available at Ice Sheffield and the surrounding areas, these as always are at a premium so plan to get there early for the better spots.

Alcohol is not permitted in the arena but there are a few bars around, just beware that stewards will refuse entry to anyone who they feel is “incapable” so take it steady.

Fireworks of any type are also banned in the arena this includes sparklers and Chinese lanterns, these if found will be confiscated and not returned on exit.

As we mentioned again we won’t be able to attend but if you are lucky enough to be going please send us your comments, photographs and video’s.

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TOUR DE FRANCE A-LA YORKSHIRE

All along the route of the two stages of the Tour de France Grand depart are places to stay and enjoy the hospitality of the people of Yorkshire.

Chris Boardman, former Olympic Champion race cyclist and World Record holder has been along the route and believes that these will tax even the best of the riders in the race this weekend.

Stage 1 – Leeds to Harrogate – 190km

Whilst the French (and probably most of the riders) believe that the Yorkshire leg is going to be an easy one is in for a bit of a lesson. Stage one is alleged to be a brilliant one for the sprinters so we are fortunate to have team GB super-sprinter Mark Cavendish to hand to take the baton for the UK.

The Tour de France caravan – a procession of floats and vehicles that hand out souvenirs and other freebies to the crowds – will set off from the Headrow, opposite Leeds Art Gallery, at 9.10am.

Two hours later, the teams will begin the race from the same location in the City Centre of Leeds and runs deep into the Yorkshire Dales taking in some of the most picturesque villages along the route.

The residents have all been beavering away for weeks preparing for the massive influx of visitors including a huge sheep painted on the roadway so that the helicopters can see them!

There are literally hundreds of camp-sites, viewing areas and hubs all over the County so take advantage of them, get along and see all of the race on the big screen once they have passed your area.

Stage 2 – York to Sheffield – 201km

Day two sees the second stage get under way taking the riders from York to Sheffield on a gruelling 201km ride.

Again, as detailed in a recent report by Chris Boardman, where the competitors may have thought that the speedy first leg played to the individual rider this is most definitely going to test them to the core.

The Peak District is likely to show a few breakaways as they take on some very heavy roads and short but very steep climbs en route and the final 5km is certainly going to see the boys separated from the men but this can also impact on the team results so they are going to have to keep an eye on all their team members.

The Tour de France was created in 1903 and was initially a 5-stage race held over a considerable 5 week period from the end of May through to the end of the first week of July.

The format changed into a multiple stage team event in 1930 when teams represented their countries. At this point, the costs of accommodating all the riders was borne by the contestants themselves but this marked a change to a new era where advertising is king and the publicity ‘caravan’ came to the fore.

Le Tour’s now World famous publicity caravan is now a 180 vehicle procession of elaborate floats that will be passing through both of the Yorkshire stages around 2 hours before the riders pass through.

Amongst the ‘freebies’ which will be passed out to the masses are some 60,000 packets of Haribo sweeties from Pontefract and 5 million tea bags from Taylors of Harrogate (there’s nowt better than a nice cuppa tea – eyup!)

It is also traditional for there to be some chalk graffiti on the roads including a number of notices like ‘ey-up T de F’ on Penistone Road (Sheffield leg) and a Union Jack pn the Grinton Moor stretch of the road race. One farmer has even coloured his little flock of sheep in the jersey colours – just when you thought you had seen it all. When asked about whether the sheep were disturbed by the colours, the lambs had experienced some difficulties in identifying their mum but a couple of bleats later and they were back on track.

It is a once in a lifetime event so lets show our support to team GB and if you would like some fireworks for the late evening entertainment, get in touch with us.

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Epic Firework Stash by Pete

A huge thank you to Pete and Natasha who made their first ever trip to Epic Fireworks HQ, Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

The lovely couple travelled all the way from the sunny Great Yarmouth and the mammoth round trip journey took just under 8 hours to complete 🙂

Like many of our Epic customers from all over the UK, Pete and Natasha preferred to travel rather than ordering over the internet !

WHY on earth would you do that ???

Well, if you come along to see us you can experience the exceptional customer service that everyone talks about.

You get to see the massive showroom and the FULL epic fireworks range with over 250 products on display.

Have a cuppa with the staff and talk PYRO all day long 🙂

Check out Pete’s cool video below, from when he arrived back in Great Yarmouth with his car boot full of Epic Pyro 🙂

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