Pyrotechnic teams from all over the world will go head-to-head in the annual World Fireworks Championship Blackpool this September.

Top-class teams from Estonia, Canada and Ukraine will compete for the coveted title, with displays taking place over four Friday nights starting on September 6.

A new winner will be crowned this year, after Firemaster from Canada put on a spectacular display to scoop the prize last year after seeing off competition from Romania and France.

The annual fireworks championship is free, and is among the most popular events in Blackpool’s exciting calendar, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to the Promenade each night.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “The World Fireworks Championship Blackpool are back again for another fantastic event.

“It attracts visitors from all over the country, as well as locals who come along each week, to watch some of the world’s best giving their all in the competition.

“It’s also a great opportunity to make a weekend of it and visit the world famous Blackpool Illuminations at the same time, as well as all the other shows and attractions.”

The displays feature jaw-dropping pyrotechnics – synched to music – from some of the most talented and technically gifted pyrotechnic engineers in the world.

This year’s events take place every Friday in September with Pyrocom from Estonia kicking off on September 6, before the Canadian team, Orion Fireworks, take to the stage on September 13 to try to retain the trophy for Canada before Dance of Fire from Ukraine compete on September 20.

The winner will be announced during the exciting finale event on Friday September 27 which features a showcase from the UK’s very own Titanium Fireworks who VisitBlackpool are once again working with to deliver this world-class, pyrotechnical event.

Simon Page, Director of Titanium Fireworks said: “Titanium Fireworks are once again absolutely delighted to be organising the World Fireworks Championship Blackpool.

“We are looking forward to welcoming three new international teams to Blackpool to showcase their skills from the amazing North Pier. We also love closing the competition with our own special show on the last Friday.”

All displays and start times are subject to suitable weather conditions and we recommend visitors to the event to allow plenty of time to arrive.  There are plenty of restaurants and eating establishments available on the promenade and in the town centre to enjoy before and after each display, so make a night of it.  And don’t forget, the Blackpool Illuminations will be shining each night.

The fireworks will, as in previous years, be fired from North Pier with build up from 7:30pm and shows starting at 8:30pm.

To stay up-to-date during these events, head over to our dedicated Fireworks page www.visitblackpool.com/fireworks

We’ve still got lots more to look forward to, so save the dates in your diary:

Ride the Lights27 August between 7pm and 10pm – where we open up Blackpool Promenade to everyone to allow cyclists to ride through the resort’s famous Blackpool Illuminations - FREE

Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On – 30 August – Registrations have now closed but you can still join the party with a VIP or Golden Circle ticket - go to www.visitblackpool.com/switchon

Blackpool Illuminations – 30 August–3 November – The greatest free light show on earth returns to Blackpool Promenade for another year – FREE
Lightpool Festival – 11-26 October – amazing light installations, events and projections.  More information at www.visitblackpool.com/lightpoolfestival

Nickelodeon SLIMEFEST – 19, 20 & 21 October – Nickelodeon SLIMEFEST ticketed shows take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Arena, Blackpool Pleasure. The six shows across three days will feature live performances, games, characters and plenty of slime, music and mayhem! Only limited tickets available so go to www.nick.co.uk/SLIMEFEST bag yours for this year or see how you can win tickets in some amazing competitions.

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