Fireworks contest will dazzle crowds at Belvoir Castle show

Belvoir Fireworks Competition PHOTO: MLE Pyrotechnics
Belvoir Fireworks Competition PHOTO: MLE Pyrotechnics
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The sky above Belvoir Castle will light up with hundreds of spectacular fireworks when it plays host to a national fireworks championship next Saturday, (August 6).

The championships are in their ninth year at Belvoir Castle and will feature four great firework displays.

Three of the UK’s best firework companies will compete against each other with a 10-minute firework display choreographed to music, followed by a finale display from organisers (MLE) Pyrotechnics.

The event is still the only one of its type in the UK where the audience have the capability to vote for the team they liked the most using their mobile phone. Texts will be charged at normal rates and a limit of one vote per number is in place. Each voting number receives a text back with the results.

Gates open for entry at 5pm and close at 9pm ready for the interviews with competitors. At 9.15pm there will be computer-fired demos before the championships begin.

The three teams in competition this year are Skydazzle Pyrotechnics, of Newport South Wales, Kimbolton Fireworks, of Cambridge and Firework Crazy, of Chelmsford Essex. The large-scale (MLE) display starts at 10.30pm and the winners are announced at 10.40pm.

Pre-display entertainment for children includes bouncy castles, rides and similar attractions. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic or buy food from the vendors on site.

Overnight camping costs £10 for adults and is free for children. Tickets must be bought in advance. Gazebos are allowed but require a permit from the organisers. The maximum size is 3m x 3m. Cost is £25.

Entry to the event costs £18 per adult (aged 17+) and £8 for children (aged 5-16) in advance from or by calling organisers (MLE) on 01327 876037. Tickets bought on the gate cost £20 for adults and £10 for children.