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Happy Anniversary Leeds Castle classical concert!

The Leeds Castle classical concert is a mainstay in the Alchemy Fireworks summer calendar. It’s an absolute joy to be a part of such a prestigious event at such a wonderful venue and for this year, the concerts’ ruby anniversary, their was a very special atmosphere and the grounds were packed with concert goers and their picnics! Fireworks to the 1812 and Pomp & Circumstance lit up the skies above the Castle to huge cheers from the audience and as the final bars of God Save the Queen rang out, we brought the concert to a jaw-dropping climax with a huge volley of fireworks including a 12″ shell underneath which we fired the number ’40’ in fireworks. The precision and technology of the hardware and the fireworks themselves means that with the correct placement on the ground and the correct timings down to the millisecond, we can create letters and numbers in the sky from the ground up. Pretty incredible stuff! Tickets for next year’s concert on Saturtday 13th July are on sale already but don’t hang around because they WILL sell out! You can buy yours here!

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Wedding vows and wedding WOWS!

Last weekend we were delighted to be back at Leeds Castle to fire a wedding display for a lovely couple – Laura & George. The day was just perfect and the happy couple made the most of the beautiful grounds and facilities with the wedding in the Castle itself, a drinks reception in the Maidens Tower, back to the Castle for the Wedding Breakfast and then joined in the evening by more guests for a party in the Fairfax Hall. Leeds Castle itself is the most stunning wedding venue and is absolutely perfect for fireworks displays. If you’re thinking of getting married and are looking for a suitable venue that allows fireworks take a look at the Leeds Castle website. The display that Laura & George had chosen was designed to an eclectic mix of their favourite music which was great fun to choreograph to. Our dedicated wedding fireworks website has packages available to suit all budgets and requirements. Laura & George’s display fell between a Platinum & Diamond package but they kept the duration down for maximum impact. Here’s what Laura & George had to say;

Email from a happy client!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sparkling Wedding Fireworks

With the summer wedding season in full swing the wedding fireworks display arm of the business Alchemy Wedding Fireworks is flat out providing amazing wedding fireworks up and down the country. By far the most popular package is the Gold Package – probably because it includes choreography to the wedding couples’ favourite music and also because it’s great value for money. Speaking of value, some bride and grooms are happy to just see a few sparkles at their wedding without the razzmatazz  of music and for this reason we introduced the Value Package. Starting at just £620 + vat (dependent on location) it packs one hell of a punch! Here it is fired over a four minute duration but for extra wow factor it can be fired in two minutes to be a real sky filler!

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RAF Croughton Independence Day Fireworks 2018

We were delighted to be back at RAF Croughton for this, our 12th successive year producing their Independence Day fireworks display. We provide not only a 15 minute fireworks spectacular but also a PA system, generator and a large ‘Stars and Stripes’ US Flag set-piece which unfortunately you can’t really see in the video. The display is choreographed to a mix of the latest chart releases as well as a couple of American anthems and the regulars of Sweet Home Alabama and God Bless The USA which always draw huge cheers from the assembled audience. And the feedback?

“On behalf of RAF Croughton and myself I would like to say thank you for the beautiful fireworks display. You’ve truly outdone yourself with the display that was presented for our 2018 Independence celebration. Everyone has had nothing but great things to say about our fireworks. We truly saved the best for last.”

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RHS Hampton Court Gala Preview Fireworks 2018

This was our 7th consecutive year of producing the fireworks display for this prestigious event. There was a change of direction in terms of the music this year. The previous few years had been designed to music of a classical/movie score theme but this year saw us Celebrating Women with 2018 being 100 years since women were allowed to vote. The display was expertly choreographed to an all-female mix including Whitney Houston and Adele and the display wowed the guests. The feedback from the client?

“The display was fantastic as always and we have heard lots of great feedback, including lots of photos that we have seen people sharing on twitter. It was a pleasure to work with you and of course thank you for letting me press the button for the test!”

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Sizzling Summer Shows

The past few weeks have been very busy here at Alchemy. We’ve been providing many wedding fireworks displays up and down the country, firing displays on the Thames (twice!!), producing another jaw dropping fireworks display for the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show Gala Preview Evening and just last Saturday producing a masterpiece fired to classical music at the Leeds Castle Classical Concert. Here are a few of images of our recent adventures;

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How to Choose a Fireworks Company for your Display

If you’re planning a large fireworks display, it’s usually in aid of an important event. Whether you want a display for your upcoming wedding or you’re organising a large public display, you need to know that everything will be safe and go according you your plans. Many fireworks companies will ensure your event goes exactly to plan and stays safe at all times, but one or two companies may not do everything you need them to, to enjoy your event. Here’s everything you need to know to choose a fireworks company who are going to make your event a success.

 

Safety certificates and credentials

Fireworks companies are around explosives all day, so they should understand just how essential it is to set up a safe display. All fireworks companies and all their staff need to be tested and certified, as well as being regularly re-tested to ensure their knowledge and experience is up to date. One of the first things you should always ask a fireworks company is if you can see their safety credentials and certification.

All the Alchemy Fireworks team undergo regular training, testing and regular training to remain qualified and our head designer is BPA Level 2 qualified, the UK’s highest firework industry qualification.

 

They’ll be interested in your event and want to talk about your ideas

Any fireworks company you’ll want to work with will be passionate about talking through your ideas. You may know exactly what you want or that you simply want a fireworks display. Most fireworks companies will take into account your budget and timeframe, showing you lots of options and talking about the various ways they’ll be able to achieve want.

Not only should there be online galleries on their website, they should be more than happy to show you their portfolios of previous displays. If you visit their Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages, you should see plenty of positive reviews on their safety, high standard of work and excellent customer service.

 

They’ll build on your ideas to present you with initial plans and designs

After speaking to your fireworks company, they should get to work, planning the fundamental and basic aspects of your display. This should include how long your firework display will go on for, the types of fireworks used, the colours of the fireworks, music and any climactic point.

Once these fundamentals are decided, you and the fireworks company can discuss the finer points of the display, adding visual depth that’ll transform your evening from good to great!

You will be spending hard-earned money and precious time on organising this fireworks display, so you need to know your fireworks company is as committed to making the night as magnificent as it possibly can be. At Alchemy Fireworks, for example, we love nothing more than helping our customers’ dream fireworks display come to life and we’ll go the extra mile to find a solution to any issue.

 

A good fireworks company has immense attention to detail

We all know the phrase ‘the devil is in the detail’, and it’s no different when it comes to designing a fireworks display. Once you’ve agreed upon the initial design for your fireworks display, your fireworks company should then start looking at the finer points of the fireworks display and how they’ll achieve your display. This includes determining the shape and size of the fireworks to be used, the timing of lighting each firework and even hand-crafting bespoke lance-work sculptures if necessary.

We at Alchemy Fireworks believe in leaving nothing to chance, instead we use our skills, knowledge and experience to hand pick every firework and device, and work out the perfect moment to use them for a perfect display.

 

 Look for a fireworks company that utilises cutting edge technology for an unforgettable experience

Fireworks companies should want to offer the very best experience and service to all their customers, and constantly look for ways to build upon their processes to increase customer and viewer satisfaction. By constantly looking to improve their displays, fireworks companies will put all their effort into ensuring your event is a success.

We do this by always taking lots of videos, photographs and notes of all our displays, allowing us to perfectly sync displays with pieces of music, organise increasingly larger displays and develop the brightest fireworks for daytime use. Alchemy Fireworks even uses drone footage to constantly improve what we can offer.

The team at Alchemy Fireworks often uses pre-visualisation software so you can see exactly how your display will look on the night, including with any music or pyrotechnics. Pre-visualisation technology is so good because it gives us the perfect way to time and monitor your actual display and you can be confident that everything will look exactly as you want it to.

 

What to expect on the day

All of this preparation should mean that your fireworks company arrives early on in the day to organise your display with plenty of time. Expect to see lots of cables and fuses as all the fireworks, are set up and mounted to their frames. A good fireworks company will test all connections and run at least two dummy runs to ensure that everything is set up safely and correctly.

 

There’s nothing we love more than helping you to pull off a fireworks display everyone will be talking about for weeks afterwards! For more information about how the team at Alchemy Fireworks will work with you to develop a mind-blowing fireworks display for your event, don’t hesitate to call us on +44 (0)8000 66 58 37 or send us a message online.

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Merry Christmas from Us to You!

As we head into the festive season, Alchemy Fireworks would like to wish all of our customers – past, present (and future!) the merriest of Christmas’s and the happiest of New Years. 2017 promises to be a great year for Alchemy as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. From humble beginnings in our tiny little unit in Hertfordshire to firing amazing displays for clients such as Leeds Castle, Thorpe Park and the RHS. It’s been a whirlwind of a journey so far and long may it continue. Merry Christmas!

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How to get your dog ready for Fireworks this New Year’s Eve

If you’re a dog owner, it’s likely that you dread the time between October and New Year’s Eve, especially if your dog is one of the 45% who displays signs of stress whenever there’s a fireworks display happening nearby. Having worked with a number of clients who worry about their dogs, we’ve put together a survival strategy for you to help your dog through the firework season and see him back to his happy, care-free self.

 

Check if there are events happening near you

Knowing how close fireworks displays are happening to your home will help you to plan your arrangements for helping your dog. It’s good to check the website of your local council authority to see if there are public displays happening, as well as politely asking your surrounding neighbours if anyone’s planning a New Year’s Eve display.

 

Exposure therapy

Slowly expose your dog to the sounds of thunder, loud bangs and fireworks gradually, using a CD. Initially play it at a low volume whilst you give him treats, play a game or give him some fuss. If you have the time to gradually do this, it’ll help you to build positive associations to the firework-like noises as you turn up the volume to a point where your dog will tolerate the noise.

 

Wrap them up!

Try using an anti-anxiety wrap on your dog, but try to get him acclimatised to wearing one before New Year’s Eve. Some studies show that dogs find comfort in the wrap’s constant and gentle pressure, similar to swaddling a baby. Signs of anxiety such as hiding, shaking, drooling and panting may be reduced with an anti-anxiety wrap.

 

Build a doggy den

Crate training your dog is incredibly useful for a number of reasons, including if your dog gets anxious during firework season. Build a doggy den for your dog to hide in. Keep it in the centre of your living room, away from the walls and windows. Leave the door of the crate open, put a comfy dog bed in there, along with lots of blankets for burrowing, tasty treats and some well loved toys.  Then cover the crate in more blankets to muffle the sounds of fireworks outside.

 

Give your dog an action movie film night

Action films with plenty of explosions, gun shots and loud noises are quite effective out masking the noise of the fireworks outside. Make sure your curtains and doors are closed, turn up the surround sound and give your dog an action movie film night to see in the New Year.

 

Act normally

When your dog is upset, it’s all too tempting to comfort him and make a fuss of him, but this will only cement in his mind that he has something to worry about and could even make his anxiety worse. The best way you can help your dog is to act normally around him, showing him there’s nothing to worry about. Ensuring you’re as relaxed as possible will help your dog to mirror your mood.

 

Additionally, you should never tell your dog off for being scared or nervous as this will make the entire night significantly worse for both of you.

 

Take an early walk

Help your dog to relax by taking him for a walk when it’s still light outside, giving him food a couple of hours before the fireworks will start and provide him with lots of fresh water. Although you’ll be walking your dog when it’s light outside, make sure your dog’s collar fits correctly and his microchip has your current contact information on it, just in case the worst happens and he runs off.

 

Whilst we at Alchemy Fireworks love a good display, your dog definitely doesn’t want to be at a fireworks display as you try and get him to face his fear.

 

Visit your vet

If your dog expresses extreme fear and anxiety during fireworks season, you may want to consider visiting your vet. They may give your furry friend an anti-anxiety prescription, or suggest an Adaptil pheromone plug-in that will help to soothe and calm him.

 

Signs of canine anxiety

There are a number of ways you can tell if your dog’s stressed out during fireworks season, including:

  • Shaking
  • Barking, howling, whining or growling
  • Cowering and looking for somewhere to hide
  • Pacing
  • Panting
  • Drooling
  • Decreased activity
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Excessive scratching
  • Going to the toilet indoors
  • Yawning
  • Loss of appetite

 

At Alchemy Fireworks, we understand that sometimes, you may want quiet fireworks that don’t cause as much stress and anxiety to nearby dogs, pets and wildlife. Our quiet fireworks are the best way to have a stunning fireworks display this New Year’s Eve without stressing out neighbouring animals.

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