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Sizzling Summer Shows

The stage looks small against the backdrop of a Fireworks display at Leeds Castle Classical Concert

Although it’s summer, the past few weeks have been very busy here at Alchemy Fireworks. We’ve been providing many wedding firework 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. All of these shows were for repeat clients. We are delighted that we get rebooked time and time again. We go to great lengths to make sure that we provide an excellent service combined with amazing value for money and that’s what keeps clients coming back year after year.  Many people think that fireworks are just for Bonfire Night and New Years Eve. But we provide fireworks displays for weddings, anniversaries, corporate events and outdoor concerts. A summer firework display will often mean a long day for the crew. Because the sun doesn’t set until much later it’s not usually dark enough to fire a display until around 2245hrs. By the time we have fired the firework display, given the site a good clean up and driven back to HQ, sometimes we don’t arrive home until gone 2am! But summer shows do (usually!) provide the luxury of setting up in the warm sunshine rather than the cold and damp of October/November. So it’s not all bad.   Here are a few of images of our recent adventures;


Happy Birthday!


We were recently asked to provide a spectacular short, sharp fireworks display for a clients’ 30th Birthday party celebrations. The display was choreographed to just one track. Coldplay’s ‘Sky Full of Stars’ edited down to 3 minutes. It also included a piece of lancework depicting ’30’ (which we didn’t catch on the camera!). Taking place at Down Hall in Hertfordshire the weather was fine and dry and just perfect for fireworks. The party guests were treated to a jaw-dropping display of fireworks expertly synchronised and dancing to the music.

We get asked a lot to provide a professional fireworks display for birthday parties. 18th birthday fireworks and 21st birthday fireworks are very popular! You can celebrate with a magnificent fireworks display at any age! Birthdays are just one celebration where fireworks are a great addition to a party. Wedding fireworks and anniversary fireworks, firework displays to mark historical celebrations such as VE Day. Even Valentines proposal fireworks and fireworks containing loved ones ashes. A professional fireworks display is the talk of the night at every event. Alchemy Fireworks are number 1 when it comes to fireworks choreographed to music


Green & Blue fireworks by Alchemy Fireworks in Christchurch Park Ipswich for the scouts annual fireworks event

Pride of the fleet!

Shiny new Alchemy Fireworks van for professional fireworks displaysShiny new Alchemy Fireworks van for professional fireworks displaysShiny new Alchemy Fireworks van for professional fireworks displaysShiny new Alchemy Fireworks van for professional fireworks displays

Alchemy Fireworks recently took delivery of its brand new van from Gates Ford in Stevenage. It’s finished in a gorgeous dark blue and with some slight changes to the colouring of our logo it really stands out in the crowd! It’s already been put to very good use. We have been travelling up and down the country on fireworks displays and collecting material. Fitted with sat nav, bluetooth and cruise control the long hours in the van are an absolute dream! The new van for Alchemy Fireworks is even fitted with a 240V socket so we can keep the firing system fully charged and ready for action! Give us a toot of your horn if you see us out and about!

Wedding Fireworks to music

Wedding fireworks to music is our speciality. We were delighted to be back at the iconic and stunning location of Leeds Castle to fire a beautifully choreographed wedding fireworks display. We created the perfect mix of music for Sofia and Thomas based on their suggestions. Using the wireless capabilities of our state-of-the-art firing system FireOne and our own PA system we fired a magical display for the happy couple. If you’d like to know more about our wedding fireworks to music packages and prices check out our dedicated wedding fireworks website – Alchemy Wedding Fireworks

Magical Maritime in Ipswich

Golden Fireworks exploding over the marina for Ipswich Maritime Festival fireworks display

Alchemy Fireworks were delighted to once again provide the explosive entertainment for the Ipswich Maritime Festival. As part of this year’s celebrations we were asked to provide a short display of daylight fireworks consisting of noise effects such as screechers, whistles and reports and clouds of coloured smoke. We sourced some amazing new coloured smoke shells from our friends at Europla Pyrotechnics in Spain and along with these fired lifts of report shells and screecher candles. Daylight fireworks are not often seen in the UK and usually consist of coloured smoke effects, brightly coloured parachutes and a myriad of noise effects. Traditional fireworks don’t have a great deal of impact when fired in the daytime but daylight fireworks which are designed to have impact in bright sunlight really come into their own. They were certainly enjoyed by the crowds that had gathered at the Ipswich Maritime Festival. In the evening we produced a jaw-dropping choreographed display fired to a mix of recent chart hits. Fired from a disused part of the marina we can really create something spectacular. It’s a wonderful event to be a part of and the cheers from the audience at the end of the festival fireworks show topped off two extremely enjoyable displays. The beautiful photos are courtesy of Dee Cannavan. Dee is one of our firers and has just successfully completed her degree in photography. You can check out Dee’s facebook page here.

Happy Anniversary Leeds Castle classical concert!

Fireworks choreographed to live music is the ultimate challenge for any professional pyrotechnician. We love to rise to the challenge! 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. This year, the concerts’ ruby anniversary, meant that their was a very special atmosphere and the grounds were packed with concert goers and their picnics! Fireworks choreographed to live music included to the 1812 Overture and Pomp & Circumstance lit up the skies above the Castle to huge cheers from the audience. 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 Saturday 13th July are on sale already but don’t hang around because they WILL sell out! You can buy yours here!

Alchemy Fireworks managing director holding a large firework shell at a classical concert where fireworks are choreographed to live music

Wedding vows and wedding WOWS!

We fire many wedding fireworks displays in Kent and 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. We don’t just provide wow-factor wedding fireworks in Kent. We work nationwide and any travel costs are included in our prices. 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!









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!

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.”