Last week we went to watch the fireworks at Flambards in Helston and we also then went the next day to watch the British Fireworks Championships in Plymouth.
We go to the Flambards fireworks every year as a family, the boys love the rides there and usually they can go on the hornet rollercoaster a ridiculous amount of times, whilst we sit drinking hot chocolate. This year though, Flambards was the busiest that I have ever seen it, so there was a lot more queuing than riding. We all still had a great night though.
The boys are on the ride above about to hang upside down, they have become such adrenaline junkies since our Universal Studios holiday last year.
The fireworks at Flambards were some of the best that we’ve seen there, if you fancy watching some there yourself, they’re on every Monday and Wednesday every week in August. They’re usually on the same days of the week every year.
We tend to go on our own to the Plymouth fireworks, partly as it’s nice to do something as a couple – our first date was to watch fireworks, as we both love them – and partly because the boys aren’t anywhere near as patient as we are about waiting around for things.
Si and I are perfectly happy to sit and watch the boats and kayaks on the water whilst we wait for dark, we got a prime spot to sit near the yacht club this year. There’s so much space to sit or stand to watch the fireworks, which is just as well as tens of thousands of people come to see them every year apparently!
The fireworks are set off from the Mountbatten breakwater, so you can see them from the Hoe and a huge amount of other areas around there.
There is usually music, a fairground and lots of places to get food and drink up on the Hoe. If you decide to watch them and you haven’t been before, it’s a good idea to arrive early on as the roads can get busy and the car parks very full.
The British Fireworks Championships are held every year in Plymouth on two nights in August, as far as I’m aware it’s always within the first two weeks of August. If you bookmark the British Fireworks Championships website, it gets updated every year with the planned dates for the next championships and details about who is competing on which night.
I love watching the Plymouth fireworks, as they are always of a really high professional standard and being released over the water, you also get a whole rainbow of colours reflected off the water.
I’m already looking forward to next year’s championships!