The British Firework Championships 2019 is finally upon us.
Thousands of people are expected to be pouring into Plymouth for the first night of the annual spectacle, featuring some of the most spectacular displays in the country.
And we’ll be with you every step of the way as you enjoy the action.
Despite lacklustre weather conditions, firework competitors are ready to wow crowds with their astonishing talents.
It’ll all burst to life come 9.30pm this evening – Wednesday, August 14.
Then it’s back come Thursday – when an official winner will be crowned.
Plymouth Hoe and the Sound will burst with magical colours to the delight of onlookers.
We’ll be featuring your best pictures and video and wrap up the night with galleries of the coolest moments.
Stay tuned for all the latest on the British Firework Championships 2019 in our live blog below
It’s starting to fill up now – not long to wait!
A mini crowd with deck chairs all set up at Tinside Lido…
Little tents to keep the rain out
Good place to watch!
Road closures are in force
For a full run down of street closures and a guide to travelling about Plymouth this evening, click here.
Braving the rain
It’s looking pretty wet out there – good job this family remembered their brollies!
Looks like people are having plenty of fun already!
Park and ride
All visitors arriving by car are encouraged to use Plymouth’s Park & Ride services, which provide a quick and direct service to Royal Parade where passengers can either walk approximately 10 minutes up to the Hoe.
All three park and ride locations will operate throughout both evenings.
The last buses leaving for the city centre are:
• George Junction will be at 8.45pm
• Milehouse will be at 8.55pm
• Coypool will be at 8.45pm For return journeys from Royal Parade, pick up points and final departure times are as follows:
• Milehouse and the George Junction (outside Theatre Royal) last bus 11.50pm
• Coypool (Royal Parade normal stop) last bus 11.50pm
Where to park
The council has various pay and display bays for customers in Plymouth.
The closest pay and display machine will have the zone code and tariff for the bay you choose.
Motorcycles can park for free in any on-street pay and display bay for the maximum time permitted – this is shown on the pay and display machines.
There is also designated motorcycle parking in the following areas:
Motorcycles and mopeds are not permitted to park in bicycle racks anywhere in the city.
The council has 50 car parks and more than 5,200 parking spaces in Plymouth. Nineteen of the car parks are located in and around the city centre.
Plymouth fireworks travel guide
Read our complete traffic and travel guide ahead of the fireworks – which start at 9.30pm.
Full list of scheduled road closures in Plymouth
• Hoe Road (from the mound at the citadel to the junction of Pier Street) 1pm to 11pm
• Madeira Road 1pm to 11pm (junction of Elphinstone car park in its entirety)
• Armada way loop (Crowne Plaza) 4pm to 11pm (with its junction of Citadel Road)
• Top of Osborne Place to the junction of the back of The Esplanade 7am to 11pm
• Citadel Road from Lockyer Street to Sussex Street.
• Hoe Approach – Residents only, Road Ahead Closed. No Through Road 4pm to 11pm
• Lockyer Street from the junction of Citadel Road to the junction of Notte Street 10pm to 11pm
• Notte Street from the junction of Millbay Rd to the junction of Hoe Approach 10pm to 11pm
• Staddon Lane 4pm to 11pm (From the junction of Staddon Heights golf cub to the junction of Jennycliffe lane) Jennycliffe lane from its junction of Staddon Lane to Lalebrick Road
• Lawrence Road from its junction by the pub to the breakwater from 7am on 08 August through to 12pm on 10 August inclusive
•Princess Street from the junction of Lockyer Street to the junction of Princess Ope inc. access from Armada Way 10pm to 11pm
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