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WELCOME

FREE ENTRY FOR ALL CHILDREN 12 YRS AND UNDER AND ADULTS IN FULL VIKING COSTUME!

The Flamborough Fire Festival Team would like to welcome everyone to this year’s Festival!

This year we are welcoming all children 12 years and under and all Adults, in Full Viking Costume to the event for Free!

All other visitors attending the Festival will be asked to give a suggested kind donation of £5 or more plus they will be given a Viking Torch to take part in the Torchlight Procession! – Viking Torches are limited to the first 500 so please do arrive early to make sure you get your Free Viking Torch!


The Flamborough Fire Festival is held to raise much needed funds for the Festival’s official local community groups and charities. Please see our charities page.

This year's Festival promises to be one of the best ever!.. as there are two new editions to the programme including the Burning of the Viking Longship and the Torchlight Procession.

The Burning of the Festival’s Viking Longship is just one of the new attractions to this year’s Festival with others being the; Flamborough Fireballs, Invasion by the Great Viking God Thor!, Fireworks Spectacular at Midnight, Flaming Torches and a magnificent Torchlight Procession in which everyone can take part!

The New Festival Arena, on the Village Green, will be festooned with coloured lights and burning torches with the new Viking Longship set alight in a ‘Sea of Flames’!

The invasion drums will resound around the Arena when the Festival will be besieged by handsome looking invaders, led by King Canute wielding his Fire Sword and leading the Battle of Flamborough along with the Great God,Thor with his mighty hammer!

The Flamborough Fireballs will also be in action – with more fireballs than ever! The local Vikings swing balls of fire around their heads as part of their New Year’s Eve Celebrations as they believe, in the days when Flamborough was a Viking stronghold, the community took to the streets with fire, to cleanse the air of the old year’s spirits and welcome in the new! The sight of all the fireballs burning in the evening air is absolutely amazing and one that has never been seen in England before!

The Festival welcomes everyone and encourages all children, friends and families to dress up in their Viking Costumes and take part in the Viking Longship Parade and Viking Costume Competition with prizes awarded to the best dressed Vikings – children and adults.

With the event now in its fourth year it has attracted more than 10,000 visitors, from all over the country, who love the spirit of the occasion and the amazing Festival atmosphere! The Festival is a wonderful way of celebrating the New Year with all your friends and family!

Jane Emmerson, the Festival Organiser, says “This year the Festival will be a blaze of fire, with fireballs, fire torches, a Torchlight Procession followed by a Fireworks Spectacular at midnight. The Viking Longship will be pulled around the Village Green led by fire balls, fire torches and followed by the Viking Torchlight Procession with everyone taking part for the very first time! It’s going to be an amazing evening in Flamborough and we hope everyone will come along and join in the Torchlight Procession and Viking Longship Parade. Flamborough welcomes everyone to this magnificent Festival of fire!”

The Festival starts at 10.30pm in the New Festival Arena on the Village Green. So come and see all the magic, soak up the atmosphere, join in all the fun and celebrate the New Year with a fantastic show of fireworks!

VIKING TORCH AND TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION
When you arrive at the entrance to the New Festival Arena remember to pick up your Viking Torch Ticket and Passport. This will give you access to the Festival Arena, Procession Route and the Fireworks Spectacular! To get your Viking Torch and Passport look out for the Festival Marshals, who will be wearing yellow vests and their Viking horned helmets. They look forward to welcoming you to Flamborough and the Festival.

Remember… this year we are inviting all children 12 years and under and all Adults, in Full Viking Costume to the event for Free!

All other visitors to the Festival will be asked to give a suggested kind donation of £5 or more plus they will be given a Viking Torch Ticket so they can take part in the Torchlight Procession! – our Viking Torches are limited to the first 500 visitors so please arrive early to make sure you get your Viking Torch!

Everyone is welcome.

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
& VIKING PASSPORT

When you arrive in the village, all excited about taking part in the Parade, don't forget to pick up your Festival Programmes and Viking Passports which will give you access to the Festival Arena, Parade Route and the Fireworks Spectacular! To get your Programme and Passport look out for the Festival Marshals who will be wearing their horned helmets and yellow jackets and will be standing at the Arena Gate to welcome you to the festival. All visitors to the festival will be kindly asked to give suggested donation to the festival’s chosen charities when they arrive and throughout the Parade.

START TIME
10.30pm

The Festival will start at 10.30pm at the Arena, in the centre of the village, with a music, horns and drums extravaganza led by the Great Viking God, Thor and his handsome warriors who will bring their War Drums! The programme is as follows:-

VIKING
COSTUME
PARADE

Viking Costume Parade - All children and adults welcome. So make sure you come in your Viking costumes! This will include the Viking Fancy Dress Competition - open to everyone. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed Vikings - both children and adults.

BATTLE OF
FLAMBOROUGH

The Vikings Invade! - The Arena is besieged by tall, strong, handsome invaders led by King Canute the Great who, having sailed across the seas, take the village and all its inhabitants for their own! Flamborough becomes a blaze of celebration at becoming the first Viking stronghold in Yorkshire and the home of the Vikings!

FLAMBOROUGH
FIREBALLS

Flamborough Fireballs -The Flamborough Fireballs take to the streets with a magnificent demonstration of their fireballing skills! This is an old Viking tradition of cleansing the air to drive out the evil spirits left from the old year and welcome in the new!

BURNING OF THE
VIKING LONGSHIP

Burning of the Viking Longship

VIKING
LONGSHIP PARADE

Parade of the Viking Longship, Torches and Fireballs - through the streets of Flamborough to the village Green. Everyone in Viking costume is encouraged and very welcome to join in!

VIKING LONGSHIP
BRINGS GOOD LUCK

The Festival’s Longship has been blessed by Viking Gods as a symbol of Good Luck! It’s believed that those who place silver and/or gold coins into the Longship, as she passes them by during the parade, will be favoured by Good Luck, Health and Happiness in the forthcoming New Year. So, when she comes near you, make sure you have your silver and gold coins at the ready!

TORCHLIGHT
PROCESSION

Torchlight Procession

FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
AT MIDNIGHT

Midnight
Fireworks Spectacular at Midnight on the village Green - to celebrate the New Year with all your friends and family. To be held after everyone has paraded through the streets and on to the village Green. (Mereside).

NEW FESTIVAL ARENA
PARADE & ROUTE

See the map below for the Parade Arena and Route:

Parade Arena and Route

FESTIVAL INFORMATION
- IMPORTANT

Please note that music and fireworks are involved in the Festival. It is planned that there will be a short burst of fireworks in the village at 10.30pm to announce the start of the Festival and a further display of fireworks at 12 midnight. We would advise all residents who own a pet to keep them safely indoors and out of earshot during these times. Thank you.

The main activities in the village will be in: The Arena - ie Chapel Street, High Street and Mereside - ie The Green.

Residents Parking - New Year's Eve
There is no planned parking for the Festival. We kindly advise all vehicle owners in the village to please park their vehicles off-road if at all possible on the day of the Festival - ie in their own or a friend's private parking area. We would also kindly ask residents or visitors not to park in the following areas: Chapel Street (ie: the Arena), High Street, School Lane, Mereside, Greenside and South Sea Road (ie: from School Lane to Rose & Crown corner) on the day of the event. Thank you.

Visitors Attending the Festival
We would ask all visitors attending the Festival by car to kindly arrange to car share (ie: to come with other family members and/or friends thus limiting the number of visitor's vehicles at the event). There are no designated car parking areas for the Festival and so we ask that all visitors attending the Festival by car to arrive early, park their vehicles responsibly and safely in street areas only. Please give respect to local residents at all times. Thank you.​

Outside Catering
Please note that the Flamborough Fire Festival only accepts the provision of food and drink being provided from within the village – ie by Flamborough village businesses only. Any outside caterers, such as burger vans etc, will not be allowed access to the Festival. Any outside caterers should not attend the Festival.

Food and Drink
Flamborough has lots of wonderful places where you can find food and drink whilst visiting the Festival including: take away Viking hotdogs and hamburgers, fresh italian pizzas, hot homemade soup and baked potatoes, delicious tasting hot coffee and homemade cakes, locally caught fish and chips, wholesome local pub food, beautiful restaurant menus, hot Yorkshire tea and coffee and Yorkshire brewed beer! So, we advise you arrive early and soak up the Festival’s atmosphere. For more information or to book a table ring:-
The Rose & Crown - Tel: 01262 850455
The Coffee Hutch - Tel: 01262 229728
Ozzy's Pizza Parlour - Tel: 01262 850777
The Seabirds Restaurant & Bar - Tel: 01262 850242
Cammish Butchers Viking Burgers - Tel: 01262 422185
Four Seasons Soups - Tel: 01262 672218
Lighthouse Fisheries - Tel: 07878 468086

Parking and Pets
We would ask all visitors attending the Festival by car to kindly arrange to car share (ie: to come with other family members and/or friends thus limiting the number of visitor's vehicles at the event). There are no designated car parking areas so we ask all visitors attending the Festival by car to arrive early, park their vehicles responsibly and safely in street areas only. Please give respect to local residents at all times. Thank you.​ We would advise anyone attending the Festival not to bring their pets.

Public Toilets
The public toilets are located in Tower Street, near the Festival Arena and opposite the village Christmas Tree. Please note the public toilets will close at 1am.

First Aid
The Festival's First Aid Ambulance is located in the Arena, Chapel Street. When the parade moves off you will find First Aid Ambulance facilities at the village Green during the fireworks display.

Lost and Found
Any children or persons found to be lost will be escorted, by a Festival marshal, to the First Aid Ambulance. At the start of the event this can be found in the Festival Arena. Just before the Parade takes to the streets the First Aid Ambulance will move to the village Green where it can be found during the fireworks display. Any person who finds themselves lost is advised to make their way to the First Aid Ambulance to meet up with their family and friends.

Road Closures
The following roads in the village will be closed from 18.00 hrs on New Year’s Eve to 00.45 hrs on New Year’s Day ie: Chapel Street, Chapel Close, Woodcock Road (from Chapel Close to Beech Avenue only), Post Office Street, High Street, Greenside, Mereside, Mereside View, Ogle Road, School Lane, School Close and South Sea Road North (from School Lane to the Rose & Crown Public House). Road Closed and Diversion Signs will be in operation to help and guide traffic. Otherwise, all other roads in the village will be open as usual. If any resident, emergency service, delivery or taxi company requires urgent access or disabled access to any of the above roads, whilst in the closed period, please contact the Fire Festival team on 0207 481 8110 before the 25th December or ask an on duty Festival Marshal for assistance at source as the team will be pleased to help with genuine or emergency access requirements.

Residents No Parking – 10am onwards on New Year’s Eve. – Polite Notice to Residents
Please will residents, in the above roads, be kind enough to ensure that their vehicles and/or any visiting vehicles, are not parked on the above roads after 10.00 hrs on New Year’s Eve to help with preparations for the event. Please note that the Flamborough Fire Festival cannot be responsible for the safety of any vehicle/s which are left on any of the above roads so please ensure that your vehicle is kindly moved before 10.00 hrs on event day. Visitors to the Festival are advised to kindly park on roads that are open and car-share if possible to prevent congestion. All parking is on street parking. There is no official event car park. We ask all visitors to the Festival to kindly be respectful to residents when parking and please keep entry/exit accesses clear. Thank you.

Main Sponsor Needed and Where We Are Now.
The Flamborough Fire Festival Team are pleased to say that the Festival, through a great deal of hard work and dedication by its wonderful volunteers and kind donations given to the Festival, by many kind donors and supporters, has in only its second year covered its set up costs. The Team very much hope, in the future, to give donations to the Festival’s adopted charities (please see charities page) which is the reason for the foundation of the Festival. The Team believe that covering the set-up costs at such an early stage is a great achievement considering the expenses involved in setting up such an amazing and unique event as the Flamborough Fire Festival. The Festival costs approx. £3,500 to stage each year. The Festival is now one of the most popular attractions in Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Coast taking place on New Year’s Eve with over 5,000 visitors attending including many children and families from areas all over the UK and also from countries abroad. The Team continue to work hard to ensure its fantastic success, however, we are always in need of kind donors and volunteers to help. The Festival would like to have one main kind sponsor at a cost of £3,500 and/or one kind donor to sponsor the fireworks at a cost of £1,500. Having this would be a wonderful help and support. If you are interested in being our main sponsor or would like to just fund the fireworks please do get in touch with Jane Emmerson, Festival Organiser on tel: 0207 481 8110 or email – info@flamboroughfirefestival.org . We would be absolutely delighted to hear from you and welcome you aboard. Thank you.

Start Time and Venue – 10.30pm – The Festival Arena. Chapel Street, Flamborough.YO15 1LH.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Flamborough Fire Festival on New Year’s Eve and especially giving a warm welcome to the many children, families, friends and visitors who love to attend each year. The Show starts at 10.30pm in the Festival Arena in the centre of the village with fireworks and the Flamborough Fireballs in action! Everyone is encouraged to dress up in Viking Costume and take part in the Viking Longship Parade. There will be Vikings, Drums, Fireworks, Fire Torches and Fireballs in action throughout so don’t be late and miss out! We advise you to come early, to soak up the atmosphere and get the best view! The Flamborough Fire Festival is a fantastic evening of fun for all the family.

Happy to Help
You can obtain almost all information you require about the Flamborough Fire Festival from the Festival’s website on www.flamboroughfirefestival.org or if you need any further help or information please do not hesitate to get in touch by email – info@flamboroughfirefestival.org or tel: 0207 481 8110. You are most welcome.

Thank You to Our Friends
The Flamborough Fire Festival Organising Team would like to extend their grateful thanks to; the residents of Flamborough, our kind sponsors, donors, supporters, friends and families without which the Festival would not be possible. We are delighted to acknowledge them all on the Festival’s website - www.flamboroughfirefestival.org

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