Extra Date: Blackpool World Firework Championships

Extra Date: Blackpool World Firework Championships

The Blackpool World Firework Championships took place over four brilliant FREE Friday nights this September. PLUS an extra date on Saturday 13 October!


The Blackpool World Fireworks Championships is SO popular that for 2018 an EXTRA night has been added! Enjoy the autumn season in Blackpool with one more night of Fireworks, on Saturday 13 October.

The Winner of Blackpool World Firework Championships is…

It’s a transatlantic triumph as Canada wins the World Fireworks title for the second time in four years!

Blackpool World Firework Championships winners 2018
Blackpool World Firework Championships winners 2018

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Firemaster Productions saw off competition from teams from France and Romania with a spectacular display during the third heat of this year’s event. The Canadian team have been producing world-class displays for over 10 years. They won the same title on their last appearance in Blackpool in 2014.

The team’s success was announced at the finale on Friday 5 October. Meanwhile, Titanium, the UK’s favourite pyrotechnic team, put on a show to close this year’s spectacular competition.

The displays are among the most popular events in Blackpool’s exciting calendar. Featuring jaw-dropping displays synched to music created by some of the most talented fireworks technicians in the world. The fireworks attract tens of thousands of spectators to Blackpool’s seafront each week, with displays this year on Fridays 7, 14, 28 September & 5 October 2018.

The winner was chosen by a panel of judges including Cllr Campbell; Peter Sedgwick, owner of Blackpool’s piers; and Cheryl Tchobanian, owner of the Beach House Bar and Bistro who again sponsored the judges’ area.

PLUS – an extra FREE Fireworks Fiesta on Saturday 13 October!

The Illuminations light up the promenade, and Fireworks light up the sky above Blackpool thanks to this FREE annual event organised by Visit Blackpool (the official tourism department at Blackpool Council).

Fireworks are fired over the sea from North Pier, creating a perfect viewing arena at Tower Festival Headland on Blackpool promenade.

Get fantastic views along the whole of Blackpool seafront and enjoy a full gallery of photos on our own website theBlackpoolilluminations.info

Build up to the event is from 7.30pm and the fireworks start at approx 8.30pm

  • Friday 7 September – France Team – Pandora Pyrotechnie
  • Friday 14 September – Romania Team – Pyro-Technic
  • Friday 21 September – was POSTPONED
  • Friday 28 September – Canada Team – Firemaster
  • Friday 5 October – Celebration Display by UK and Winner Announcement with Titanium
  • Saturday 13 October – EXTRA night and a FREE Fireworks Fiesta!

Blackpool World Firework Championships

Blackpool World Firework Championships – a Fantastic Free Night Out

It’s a great time to enjoy the best that Blackpool’s got to offer. If you live close by you can make a day of it, or have a look at some places to stay and enjoy a weekend break. There’s so much to see, why don’t you check out our long list of things to do on the Fylde Coast. Whatever the weather, you’re sure of a great time!

Enjoy a stroll in the warm evening air before colder weather of autumn sets in. Eat a bag of chips with your fingers because they taste so much better out in the dark night air!

Watch Blackpool World Firework Championships 2018 from anywhere along the seafront and from north to south you’ll be able to see them.

Enjoy the Lights

Blackpool Illuminations
Blackpool Illuminations

The Blackpool World Firework Championship takes place during Illuminations season so you can enjoy the Lights too!

Find out more about the Blackpool Illuminations here

Share your Photos of the Blackpool World Firework Championships

We want to see your photos of the Blackpool World Firework Championships! Email yours to jane@theRabbitPatch.co.uk and we’ll share the best ones.

Blackpool World Firework Championships. Photo: Russell Howarth
Blackpool World Fireworks Championships. Photo: Russell Howarth
Blackpool World Firework Championships. Photo: Claire McGurk
Blackpool World Fireworks Championships. Photo: Claire McGurk

Have a look at photo galleries from the Blackpool Illuminations season here.

Travelling Time

Allow extra time for travel when you come to the World Firework Championships. It’s very popular and there may be traffic delays when you arrive at the resort and leave afterwards.

Packed promenade for Blackpool World Firework Championships
Packed promenade for Blackpool World Fireworks Competition

You’re advised to use the car parks at the south  and make your way to central Blackpool with public transport. Buses and the tramway will get you there, or the railway.

Plan your journey with the handy GoEuro app that will get you from door to door. Find out about local public transport.

World Firework Championships 2017

South Africa were the winners of the 2017 World Firework Championships in Blackpool.

Blackpool World Firework Championships

Blackpool World Firework Championships won by South Africa

Fireworks for Africa saw off competition from teams from Poland and France with their spectacular display during week three of the championships.

Founded in 1996, Fireworks for Africa has steadily grown with the demand for quality fireworks and pyrotechnics shows from their office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The team’s success was announced on 29 September as UK’s favourite pyrotechnic team, Titanium, put on a spectacular show to close the competition.

The free annual event is among the most popular features in Blackpool’s exciting calendar. Enjoy amazing displays – synched to music – from some of the most talented and technically gifted fireworks engineers in the world. The events always attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the Blackpool’s promenade each week.

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World Firework Championships 2016

A team of master blasters from the USA scooped first prize at Blackpool World Fireworks Championships 2016.

Winners of 2016 Blackpool World Firework Championships

The competitors in 2016 were winners USA, Australia and Slovakia.

The UK’s Titanium Fireworks provided the celebration finale as usual on the final night.

2015 World Firework Championships

Canada were crowned fireworks champions for second year running.

Canada win the Blackpool World Firework Championships

Teams from Canada (the winners), China and France competed head-to-head in the 2015 fireworks championships in Blackpool.

Canada Crowned World Fireworks Championship Winners for 2014

Blackpool World Firework Championships

Canadian master blasters Firemaster Productions were named winners of Blackpool’s World Fireworks Championships in 2014.

Blackpool World Firework Championships

World Firework Championships 2013

Many thousands of people were treated to amazing displays at the annual festival as competitors from Ireland, France and China battled it out to be named the winner.

Great British pyrotechnic experts Titanium rounded off the annual spectacle on Friday 27 September, and the French team were crowned the winners.

Blackpool World Firework Championships

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