When: 16th & 17th August 2016
Where: Plymouth, Devon
What is it?
The British Firework Championships 2016 will take place in Plymouth on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th August.
The championships, which have been taking place annually since 1997, begun as a way of allowing professionals to display their pyrotechnic skills.
Each year six professional display companies are selected, by draw, to take part in the championships. Three teams take part each evening, with the firework displays starting at around 9.30pm, depending on how dark it is. Each of the three displays will last around ten minutes, with a ten minute gap between each display.
Tuesday will see Smart Pyrotechnics, Phoenix Fireworks, and F1 Pyrotechnics displaying their skills, and Wednesday will see Aurora Fireworks, Distant Thunder Fireworks, and Gala Fireworks taking part.
The displays are fired from the Mountbatten breakwater and can be seen from the Citadel and the Hoe. Visitors usually gather on the Hoe and along Madeira Road from early evening to enjoy views over Plymouth Sound. So those wishing to get a good spot for the fireworks should aim to get there early.
Other good viewing areas include The Queen Anne’s Battery, which overlooks the firing site, and around the Mountbatten pub, although viewing here is side-on. Behind Mountbatten, in the Jennycliff area is another popular viewing spot.
Other entertainment on the Hoe during both evenings includes a fun fair and a live music stage. Food and drink will also be provided on the Hoe and along Madeira Road.
More info: www.britishfireworks.co.uk