Brittany Ferries to partner with British Firework Championships to celebrate their 50th anniversary 

Celebrating half a century in business, Brittany Ferries has partnered with this year’s British Firework Championships, which will once again be hosted in the city of Plymouth on the Hoe. Returning to Britain’s Ocean City for its 26th year, the championships will take place across the 16 and 17 August, welcoming over 100,000 visitors to the city, who will enjoy 6 stunning 10-minute displays by some of the leading firework display companies in the UK as they compete for the title – British Firework Champions 2023.

With the addition of live music and fairground rides, as well as family entertainment and delicious food and drink, the event is set to be a great evening out for all the family. Jemima Laing, Deputy Leader of the Council, and Cabinet Member for Events at Plymouth City Council commented: “We’re so grateful for the support that Brittany Ferries – who are currently celebrating their 50th year of service – are providing for the event.

“In recognition of this partnership, we will be illuminating our very own Smeaton’s Tower over the course of the weekend with their celebratory logo. The partnership has provided us with an amazing opportunity to celebrate our shared values and links to the ocean.”

Christophe Mathieu, CEO Brittany Ferries said: “While Brittany Ferries today links 12 ports in France, UK, Spain and Ireland, we never forget that the beautiful city of Plymouth was our very first destination port back in 1973, when Breton farmers established a ferry route from Brittany to Devon.

“So, we couldn’t think of any better way to celebrate our 50th anniversary year than to become a partner of the British Firework Championships. This unique and spectacular event showcases the very best of what Britain’s Ocean City has to offer to tourists. We can’t wait to play a part, and to invite our French and British customers to come to Plymouth to take part in the festivities.”

As one of the most popular events in the South West each August, accommodation in and around Plymouth gets booked up early.  James Gardiner, Captain (Hotel Manager) for Moxy Plymouth, who are the official accommodation partner for the event said: “We’re delighted that we have managed to open our new Plymouth property just in time for the British Firework Championships.

“As the official accommodation provider, we are really looking forward to welcoming people to our hotel where they will be able to enjoy our vibrant new waterfront quarter, within the historic docks. Located close to the city centre, the new hotel is also within walking distance of the Theatre Royal, Royal William Yard, Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth Sound and The Hoe as well as a whole host of independent restaurants, bars and shops.”

Over the course of the 2-day event, there will be an action-packed entertainment programme with live bands and performers onstage from 5 pm until 8.45 pm, before the fireworks commentary and displays begin each evening at 9:30 pm. Further details on the full programme will follow in the coming weeks.

The most popular locations to watch the British Fireworks Displays are on The Hoe and along Hoe Road. The event is free to the public in these locations.  An accessible area for viewing will be located on top of the Belvedere for those wishing to stay away from the main crowds and will be accessed via the Hoe Promenade. This will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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