British Firework Championships – all you need to know

British Firework ChampionshipsThe spectacular British Firework Championships return to Plymouth tomorrow and on Thursday (14 and 15 August).

The competition sees six of the country’s top firework companies battle it out to be crowned the best, with three 10-minute displays to enjoy each evening.

The displays are fired from Mount Batter breakwater, making Plymouth Hoe the perfect viewing point.

Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “It’s nearly time for the biggest event in the city’s calendar, where thousands of locals and visitors will gather along our stunning waterfront to enjoy some of the country’s best firework displays.

“We’re incredibly proud to host this event here in Britain’s Ocean City and have been working hard to make it more environmentally friendly this year, by drastically reducing the quantity of single-use plastic involved.”

We’ve worked with key partners to reduce the amount of single-use plastic at the championships. The competition rules have been tightened up to exclude certain types of fireworks that include unnecessary plastic components and the catering on Plymouth Hoe will have no single-use plastic cutlery or straws.

The Hoe will be host to a range of entertainment and a funfair, which is open from 2pm each day. A big screen and stage on the grass near Smeaton’s Tower will offer family entertainment throughout the evening, starting with a screening of Dumbo at 3pm. Following this, there will performances from local choirs and dance groups until the firework displays begin.

The displays will start at around 9.30pm. The competitors, listed in firing order, are:

Wednesday 14 August

Nemisis Pyrotechnics
Aurora Fireworks
Phoenix Fireworks

Thursday 15 August

Illusion Fireworks
Selstar Fireworks
1st Galaxy Fireworks

The winner will be declared on Thursday evening, following all six displays.

With tens of thousands of visitors expected to attend the event, additional train, bus and park and ride services will run each day.

Drivers are encouraged to use the Coypool, Milehouse or George Junction park and ride sites as an alternative to parking in the city centre. The outbound side of the Exeter Street viaduct is currently closed, with diversions in place, so anyone who does park in the city centre should allow extra time for their journey and avoid this area if possible.

People taking the bus home are encouraged to board in Royal Parade as buses will be very busy when they leave, making boarding from stops on Charles Street, Exeter Street, Western Approach or Union Street more difficult.

There will be limited disabled parking on the Hoe promenade for Blue Badge holders, with spaces given on a first come, first served basis. Access will be via the Elliott Street entrance to the Hoe promenade from 5pm.