Plymouth’s world-famous British Fireworks Championships

Plymouth’s world-famous British Fireworks Championships

One of the most exciting times of the year to visit Plymouth is during the British Fireworks Championships. This year it is taking place on the 14th and 15th August 2019 on the Plymouth Hoe and waterfront.

The British Firework Championships or National Firework Championships is an annual competition held in Plymouth every August where judges review fireworks display from professional fireworks companies. 

The Plymouth Sound will be illuminated as six top firework companies will battle it out over two nights.  They will be putting on an impressive ten-minute display of spectacular pyrotechnics, in the attempt to be crowned the British Fireworks Championship Winner. 

Plymouth Fireworks World Championships

Every year it is watched by more than 200,000 people visiting Plymouth. It was first held in 1997.  The British Fireworks Championship rules place restrictions on budget, duration and the amount of ordinance that can be used for each display – who know it would be so technical?!

Plymouth is the perfect choice to hold the championships every year.  It has a natural amphitheatre where the pyrotechnics can be used safely.  Plus, the display can be watched from a variety of points on the Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth Sound and the harbour. 

An extra special title will be up for grabs this year with the ‘Champion of Champions’ contest, where the last six years of winners return to compete for the ultimate accolade.

Plymouth’s world-famous British Fireworks Championships

What time does the British Fireworks Championship start?

Free entertainment starts from 2pm with music, fairground rides and lots of family-friendly fun on Plymouth Hoe. The firework displays generally begin on each evening as dusk falls at 9.30pm. Spectators are advised to arrive early to get the best possible vantage point and perfect viewing platform for this awe-inspiring competition.

Where are the best places to watch the fireworks?

With the dazzling displays being fired from the Mount Batten breakwater, the prime locations to view the event will be either from the Citadel or on the Plymouth Hoe. Another popular viewing point is the Jennycliff area behind Mount Batten.

Who is taking part in the Plymouth Fireworks World Championships 2019?

Wednesday 14th August 2019

Nemisis Pyrotechnics

Aurora Fireworks

Phoenix Fireworks

Thursday 15th August 2019

Illusion Fireworks

Selstar Fireworks

1st Galaxy Fireworks

Plymouth’s world-famous British Fireworks Championships

Where to stay in Plymouth during the British Fireworks Championship

Plymouth Hoe is a 16-minute drive from Future Inn Plymouth.  Alternatively, it would take around 39-minutes on public transport, or 27-minutes by bike.  The large spacious rooms can sleep up to four adults or a family.  Perks include free car parking, free WiFi and a complimentary robe and slippers. Book direct for the best available rates guaranteed.  Bookings can be made online or with the Reservations Team on 01752 701000 or

Fishbone Restaurant is ideal for fuelling up before or after the event. Every day the team serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on Sunday.  A large selection of drinks is also available including cocktails, all of which are £7.  Under 5's eat for free with a paying adult, and the offer is extended to under 12's during the school holidays.  Bookings can be made on 01752 701000 or  Alternatively, you can book online:

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