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It’s not all fireworks!

In amongst the few displays that happen at this time of year we’re always busy beavering away at little projects that get side-lined when we’re busier. It’s at this time of year that orders get placed with suppliers (and we’ve got some amazing new firework effects already lined up for this year!), we maintain and build new hardware for use in fireworks displays, carry out a stock take and a good tidy up of our stores. This week we’re taking delivery of our new van and waving goodbye to our old stalwart of a van that’s been with us for 6 years. We’ve also just today had 4 bookings for summer displays so we’re far from quiet! A few of us head out to Valencia next week for a bit of a jolly (sometimes it’s nice to just watch fireworks displays and not be working on them!). Each year they have a huge fireworks festival with both daytime and night-time displays. If you’re a fireworks fan and have never been – GO! You will not be disappointed. Wi-Fi permitting we’ll send some reports back from there between displays, siestas and beer!

Display design – a personal view

12417627_960401584054569_2311552874435462471_nFirework displays are an art form. Like any painting, piece of music or theatre they’re subjective. One man’s meat is another man’s poison so the saying goes! I’ll often watch displays these days and many are truly technically brilliant. The single shots will hit the beats of the music and the shells will all burst on the crescendos. But both software and hardware advances make it easy to achieve that. Now, I don’t know about you but for me those types of shows come across as very robotic. Sure, it’s great to witness and the audience now expects to see that but when it happens all the way through a display and in every sequence I do feel that the display loses any passion as it seemingly goes through the motions. What I think many displays seem to lack at the moment is an element of feeling. That kind of leads me on to fireworks competitions. I recently saw this somewhere online and it kind of rang true for me – at the moment at least!

Happy Chinese New Year

Today is Chinese New Year and it’s the year of the Monkey. We’d like to wish all our Chinese friends and colleagues around the world a very happy New Year! Fireworks are used to drive away the evil in China. Right after 12:00PM on New Year’s Eve, fireworks will be launched to celebrate the coming of the New Year as well as to drive away the evil. It is believed that the person who launched the first firework of the New Year will obtain good luck. Daylight fireworks are usually very noisy and feature coloured smoke and noise effects. Check out this amazing daytime fireworks show! The colours of the smoke and the noise are just incredible to watch. At one point it looks like a field of tulips. Check out our own (somewhat smaller!) daylight fireworks show for Middlesbrough Mela here.

  • Finale fireworks
  • Finale fireworks bursting in the sky
  • Red fireworks cross over each other

Birthday boy!

On Saturday evening we were asked to provide a pyro-musical display for a surprise 30th Birthday in Berkshire. A cold, dry day led to an even colder dry evening and the guests were treated to a stunning display choreographed to specially chosen music. The still pictures above are the result of my first time out with a camera – not bad even if I do say so myself! You can watch a video of this display by clicking this link.



Welcome to the new Alchemy Fireworks Website!


It’s here at last! Welcome to the new Alchemy Fireworks website!

We’re still filling in the gaps with a bit of the content, but subscribe or come back regularly for helpful information on how to organise professional firework displays, our lastest firework display videos and photos, plus interesting articles on topics such as wedding fireworks and the latest firework news. If you have any feedback on the new website please email glenn@alchemyfireworks.co.uk.

New Year Firer’s Dinner 2016 – Join Us!

Party night tonight! It’s the annual ‘firers dinner’. Alchemy’s chance to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to all our display firers for their hard work over the past year and tonight we’re treating them to a curry. If you’d like the opportunity to fire display for Alchemy Fireworks and can commit to a few Saturdays during the year and the busy week in November do get in touch. Who knows, you may even be joining us for next year’s bash!

London NYE 2015 Fireworks

Did you see London’s NYE fireworks? WOW! That is certainly one logistically challenging show to pull off! Alchemy were lighting up the skies in Colchester, Hampstead Garden Suburbs and Bedford amongst other places on New Year’s Eve. For once, it was mild and we could leave the scarves and hats at home. Happy New Year one and all!

Wedding Fireworks

A wedding firework display should be one of the most memorable elements of your wedding entertainment, but contacting a firework company and booking a firework display isn’t something that you do every day, so it’s all a bit of a mystery… You know exactly what type of car you’ve booked. You’ve chosen the menu for the wedding breakfast. Dresses and suits are fitted perfectly. But as for the fireworks for your wedding… you’ve got a couple of dodgy DVDs and the choice of a bronze, silver, or gold option… and you’ll have to see what you get on the night… that doesn’t seem right, does it? So stop right there!

Why have an off-the-shelf firework display for your wedding when you can have a unique personalized wedding firework display? It’s no more expensive than a set wedding firework “package”, but you actually get some input into your wedding firework display, and excellent service from people who treat you and your display as importantly as a client booking a major festival firework or bonfire night display.

We want to meet you. We want to know what you like. What colours? What effects? How noisy? You like Gold Willow fireworks? No problem, we’ll make that the finale sequence then! it’s a surprise firework display for the Bride? Brilliant – we’ll set up discreetly where nobody can see us. Do you want the display choreographed to music? We can design your wedding firework display to a bespoke mix of the music that you love, the music that means something to you and your partner. Most people don’t book many firework displays during their life, so we’ll help you understand how it works and what the options are so that you can book an Alchemy Fireworks display for your wedding with total confidence that you’re getting what you want for your big day.

Alchemy is a service driven company that creates unique firework displays for weddings. We don’t do off-the-shelf packages. We don’t pigeon-hole you. You’re not a Bronze/Silver/Gold couple. And we don’t send out the trainees to fire your wedding firework display, because you’re spending a lot of money and you want to know that everything is going to be alright on the night. It will be one of the Directors; Rob Farrow or Glenn Plume, the same people who design and fire Alchemy Fireworks displays at venues such as Thorpe Park and Leeds Castle.

Talk to us about what you want from your wedding fireworks display. We’ll come back to you with a proposal, recommendations and prices, and we can take it from there.