British Firework Championships

The world famous British Firework Championships is set to return to Plymouth in August.

British Firework Championships


The world famous British Firework Championships is set to return to Plymouth's waterfront on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 August 2019. 

Enjoy spectacular pyrotechnics that will illuminate Plymouth Sound as six top firework companies battle it out over two nights, each putting on an awe-inspiring ten minute display in an attempt to be crowned the winner.

Free entertainment starts from 2pm with music, fairground rides and refreshment stalls 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 on Plymouth Hoe, which offers the perfect viewing platform for this truly incredible competition.

The Teams

Each team will put on a 10-minute display, and the winner will be declared on Thursday 15 August after all displays have taken place.


Stage Schedule

Time Wednesday 14 August Thursday 15 August


Dumbo on the Big Screen Dumbo on the Big Screen
5pm  The Sound Council The Sound Council
5.30pm Ocean City Sound Barbershop Chorus Mayflower Acappella Chorus
6pm "Top Hat and Tails" Amateur Theatre Company “Top Hat and Tails” Amateur Theatre Company
6.30pm Starlite School of Dance Starlite School of Dance
7pm M-Pire Dance Natasha's Bollywood Dance
7.30pm The Groovement Project The Groovement Project
8pm Stage Stars Plymkids
8.30pm Street Factory Street Factory
9.30pm Firework Display Fireworks Display


Travel and Parking

The Sutton Harbour lock gate and pedestrian footbridge will be open until midnight on both nights of the British Firework Championships, however it will be closed from 10pm to 10.45pm due to maritime traffic re-entering Sutton Harbour.

To find out where to park click here


Disabled Parking on the Hoe

An extended parking area will be available on the Hoe promenade for blue badge holders, but spaces will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Access will be via Elliott Street entrance to the Hoe promenade from 5pm till 11pm.


Park and Ride services - Stagecoach

All visitors arriving by car are encouraged to use Plymouth’s Park & Ride services, which provide a quick and direct service to Royal Parade where passengers can either walk approximately 10 minutes up to the Hoe. All three park and ride locations will operate throughout both evenings. 

The last buses leaving for the city centre are: 

  • George Junction will be at 8.45pm 
  • Milehouse will be at 8.55pm 
  • Coypool will be at 8.45pm 

For return journeys from Royal Parade, pick up points and final departure times are as follows:

  • Milehouse and the George Junction (outside Theatre Royal) last bus 11.50pm
  • Coypool (Royal Parade normal stop) last bus 11.50pm 

Normal fares apply with a group dayrider ticket costing £7.60 for up to 5 people, and the group dayrider plus is £11.60. There are cheaper group return tickets from the park and ride sites £5.40 from Milehouse, £5.80 from Coypool and £6.80 from the George. 

For more information on P&R, please click here.


More later Stagecoach services

  • Service 1 to Tavistock now operates every weekday night at 11pm and midnight (12am - arrives Tavistock at 12.52am)
  • Service 2 extra at 11.20pm to Hooe and Mountbatten
  • Service 2A extra at 11.20pm to St Stephen and Latchbrook
  • Service 2A service bus at 11.30pm now extends to Sherford New Town (arr. 11.51pm)
  • GOLD extra at 11.30pm to Ivybridge



GWR will provide an additional later service on the Tamar Valley Line over both evenings of the British Firework Championships.

  • 11.15pm Plymouth to Penzance (calling at Saltash, St Germans, Liskeard, Bodmin Parkway, Par, St Austell, Truro, Redruth, St Erth)
  • 11.20pm Plymouth to Gunnislake (calling at Devonport, Dockyard, Keyham, St Budeaux Victoria Road, Berre Ferrers, Bere Alston, Calstock)

All services will operate both days.


Cross Country Trains

Across the two day event Cross Country will be putting on a late extra train to help those living in Exeter and into Cornwall get home after the event. 

  • 11.30pm    Plymouth to Exeter  Additional train calling at Totnes & Newton Abbot.
  • 12.08am    Plymouth to Newton Abbot (calling at Totnes)


Road closures

  • Hoe Road (from the mound at the citadel to the junction of Pier Street) 1pm to 11pm
  • Madeira Road 1pm to 11pm (junction of Elphinstone car park in its entirety) 
  • Armada way loop (Crowne Plaza) 4pm to 11pm (with its junction of Citadel Road) 
  • Top of Osborne Place to the junction of the back of The Esplanade 7am to 11pm 
  • Citadel Road from Lockyer Street to Sussex Street. Hoe Approach – Residents only, Road Ahead Closed. No Through Road 4pm to 11pm 
  • Lockyer Street from the junction of Citadel Road to the junction of Notte Street 10pm to 11pm 
  • Notte Street from the junction of Millbay Rd to the junction of Hoe Approach 10pm to 11pm 
  • Staddon Lane 4pm to 11pm (From the junction of Staddon Heights golf cub to the junction of Jennycliffe lane) Jennycliffe lane from its junction of Staddon Lane to Lalebrick Road 
  • Lawrence Road from its junction by the pub to the breakwater from 7am on 08 August through to 12pm on 10 August inclusive 
  • Princess Street from the junction of Lockyer Street to the junction of Princess Ope inc. access from Armada Way 10pm to 11pm



Cost: Free


Categories: Entertainment | Major event

  • Wednesday, 14 August 2019 - 2:00pm to Thursday, 15 August 2019 - 10:30pm