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FOR ALL CHILDREN 15 YRS AND UNDER
ADULTS IN FULL VIKING COSTUME!
TIME: 8pm to 10pm
The Flamborough Fire Festival Team would like to welcome everyone to this year’s Festival to celebrate Flamborough's Viking heritage and hope that everyone will come and join in our celebrations!
This year the Festival has an online Ticket Booking page.
We advise all visitors attending the Festival to book their tickets online before the event to avoid disappointment.
To book your tickets please click on the below link
As in previous Festivals we are, once again, welcoming all children 15 years and under and all Adults, in Full Viking Costume to the Festival for Free!
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!.. with the addition of 1,200 Viking Torches, Flamborough Fireballs, Strongest Viking, Viking Longship Parade, Battle for Flamborough and Fireworks Spectacular it’s going to be a fantastic evening for all the family.
Come and see the; Flamborough Fireballs, Invasion by the Great Viking God Thor!, Fireworks Spectacular, Flaming Torches and a magnificent Torchlight Procession, of 1,200 torches in which everyone can take part!
The Festival Arena, at Mereside, Flamborough, will be festooned with coloured lights and burning torches with the, Viking Longship pulled around the village green.
The invasion drums will resound around the Arena when the Festival will be besieged by handsome looking Viking 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 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.
The Flamborough Fire Festival is one of the most unique events in the UK taking place on New Year’s Eve with approximately 2,000 visitors attending, 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, said “this year’s Flamborough Festival is going to be a wonderful occasion after such a long time when such special events were unable to take place due to covid19 restrictions. So, it will be marvellous to be back with everyone taking part in all the celebrations. This year the team are planning to have a Viking village, Viking Torches, Mead Stalls and more than thirty Flamborough Fireballs in action! Also, with an amazing Fireworks Spectacular I am proud to say Flamborough will be hosting one of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations in Yorkshire.
The Viking Longship will be pulled around the Village Green followed by the Viking Torchlight Procession. 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 8pm in the Festival Arena at Mereside, Flamborough. So come and see the magic, soak up the atmosphere, join in all the fun and celebrate the New Year with a fantastic show of fireworks!
This year the Festival is making available tickets prior to the event which you can book online. This is due to the popularity of the event.
Please ensure you book your Festival tickets, online, prior to the event to avoid disappointment.
Please see the Festival ticket booking page on the website or click on the below link
Please note the new start time of 8pm. Finish time is 10pm
The Festival will start at 8pm in the Festival Arena, at Mereside, Flamborough, with Fireworks, Fireballs, Torchlight Procession, Longship Parade, music, horns and drums extravaganza led by King Canute and the Great Viking God Thor and their handsome Viking warriors! The Festival will start with a Fireworks & Fireball Extravaganza.
The Festival Arena is situated at Mereside, Flamborough. To find the event by google maps please use postcode YO15 1LA.
Viking Costume Parade
All children and adults in full Viking Costume are welcome to join in the Viking Costume Competition and Parade. So make sure you all come in your Viking costumes! Once again, please remember, that all children 15 years and under and adults in full Viking costume will be welcomed to the Festival for Free! Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed Vikings.
The Vikings Invade! - The Festival Arena will be besieged by tall, strong, handsome invaders led by King Canute the Great who, having sailed across the seas from Scandinavia, will take the village and all its inhabitants by storm! He will be joined by the Great Viking God Thor wielding his mighty hammer! Flamborough becomes a blaze of celebration at being the first Viking stronghold in Yorkshire and the home of the Vikings!
The Flamborough Fireballs take to the Arena with a magnificent display 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!
TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION AND
VIKING LONGSHIP PARADE
If you wish to take part in the Torchlight Procession please ensure you have purchased your Torch Ticket before the event.
You can purchase your Torch and Entry Ticket by going to the Festival’s Ticket Booking page.
The Torchlight Procession is one of the Festival’s most magnificent events of which everyone can take part. The procession is an amazing experience when everyone lights their Torch from each other and parade around the village green following the Viking Longship and all the Vikings.
This is an experience not to be missed and is one of the most original processions in the UK.
This year the Festival welcomes every Viking to test their strength against each other. The strongest viking competition will take place in the Festival arena with a display of amazing Viking strength and manhood.
Music and Drums
As always the Festival will start with an explosion of fireworks, music and drums… so don’t be late!
Festival goers should expect a surprise visit from Ragnar and Lagertha – the most famous Viking Warrior of all time and Viking King of the sea along with his legendary wife, Lagertha - shield-maiden, Warrior, Viking Earl and onetime Queen of Norway!
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 will be favoured by Good Luck, Health and Happiness in the forthcoming New Year. So, make sure you have your silver and gold coins at the ready!
The Fireworks Spectacular will take place at the end of the Festival to celebrate the New Year! So remember to bring all your friends and family to see the magnificent display!
We welcome all Viking Groups to get in touch with us as we’d love to invite you to this amazing Festival which celebrates Flamborough’s Viking history.
Please contact the Flamborough Fire Festival team on - [email protected]
& PARADE MAP
See below for exact position of the Festival Arena in Flamborough which is situated at Mereside, Flamborough. Postcode - YO15 1LA.
FOOD AND DRINK
There will be a number of Food and Drink suppliers at this year’s Festival including:
Rose & Crown Festival Bar
This year’s Festival Bar is kindly being provided by The Rose & Crown who will be serving an array of Yorkshire beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks for absolutely everyone to enjoy.
For evening and lunch time meals and drinks at the Rose & Crown please ring - Tel 01262 850455.
The Country Grill
Providing homemade Viking hot dogs, hamburgers and other delicious hot food stuffs and plenty of piping hot drinks. All food is freshly grilled on site by Debi and her fantastic team.
The Copperfields Viking Kitchen will be full of warm waffles, cream and home made soup! With hot chocolate, Yorkshire Tea and coffee to keep you feeling cosy all night long! The Copperfields Café of Flamborough also do some of the best full English breakfasts and homemade lunchtime meals you’ve ever tasted. To experience these wonderful delights ring Karen and Jonathon on – Tel: 01262 850495. It’s advisable to book a table as they are so popular!
The More Mead Company – Traditional Viking Mead!
Bob and his handsome looking Vikings will be providing us with an array of Viking meads which will be warmed in the traditional Viking way! These wonderful warming meads come from recipes as far back as King Canute! The honey mead is made from natural flavourings such as ginger, cinnamon and elderflower all with the aim of keeping you as warm as toast on the night. So, don’t miss out on visiting Bob’s Viking Mead Stand this year… you're in for a real treat!
Tea & Biscuits at the Flamborough WI
Yes, the ‘Yorkshire Calendar Girls’ will be out in force on New Year’s Eve!.. kindly providing visitors with hot tea and specially baked homemade cakes and biscuits.
TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Everyone is welcome to take part in the Festival’s Torchlight Procession.
Please remember to purchase your ticket via the Festivals Ticket website before attending the Festival.
Anyone under 16 years taking part in the Procession must be accompanied by an adult over 21 years of age at all times. The Festival Organisers cannot be responsible for children who are carrying a torch. All children must have parental guidance.
The Torchlight Procession is an event featuring fire and wax based torches and so all participants take part at their own risk.
All Torches are wax based (like a big candle) and safety guards are supplied to protect carrier hands from dripping wax. However, please note, if windy, the wax from the torch/torches may or can be blown onto skin or clothing. Whilst removable from clothing (top tip – an iron and brown paper) please ensure that you and/or your group dress appropriately and do not carry torches or take part in the Procession if wearing valuable or delicate fabrics or if you do not wish be subject to dripping wax from your torch or others carrying torches.
The Torchlight Procession is an outdoor event so please dress appropriately. Please wear outdoor footwear, warm clothing. We advise you wear old clothing when taking part in the Torch Procession. We advise that you do not take part in the Torchlight Procession if you are dressed in valuable, flammable or delicate clothing.
Please note that all persons taking part in the Torchlight Procession or carrying a wax torch do so at their own risk. The Festival Organisers cannot be responsible for anyone being subject to burning torches, dripping wax or minor burns whilst taking part in the event. We advise you hold your torch upright at all times, at or above head height and not near another person taking part in the Procession. Do not point your torch downwards or at anyone. Please act sensibly at all times. The Organisers will not allow anyone to take part in the event if they are found to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
There will be a large skip available on the Parade Route for all torch carriers to extinguish their torch. Please ensure you place your torch in the skip provided.
There will also be various ‘torch extinguishing water bins’ along the Procession route where you can safely extinguish your torch. All persons MUST extinguish their torch at the end of the event or if you need to leave the event at any point. To extinguish your torch, you dip the top of the torch directly into the ‘torch extinguishing water bins provided’. We advise that you must extinguish your torch before the flame reaches the guard.
Whilst there is no age restriction for the Torchlight Procession, no children’s buggies are permitted on the route. We advise anyone taking part in a wheelchair do so at the rear of the Procession and must be accompanied by at least two able bodied adults, over 21 years of age, one in support and one to carry the torch as well as for viewing and health & safety reasons.
The Torchlight Procession is an incredibly safe event but the Festival Organisers need participants help to maintain this.
Please follow the safety instructions, which are given on each Torch Voucher, when carrying torches in this event. If you are unsure of the safety instructions please read the safety instructions on your Torch Voucher, or before giving the torch to a person under 16 years, or ask an Event Marshal before lighting your torch or we advise you do not take part in the Procession if you have not read or are unsure of the safety instructions.
When carrying a lit Torch please ensure the wax torch is upright at all times. The Festival Organisers cannot be responsible for any person who does not keep the torch upright at all times or holds/uses the torch in an irresponsible way. Any person found to be doing so will be withdraw from the Procession and their torch extinguished immediately.
Spectators – ie those without Torches - are encouraged to view the Torchlight Procession from the side of the route. All Spectators are welcome but please do not join in the Procession without a Torch or stand in the front of the Procession to take photographs. Thank you.
All persons take part and/or carry a wax torch do so at their own risk. The Festival Organisers are not responsible for anyone being subject to burning torches, dripping wax or minor burns etc. whilst taking part in the event.
If you are unsure of any part of the health and safety, its instructions and/or do not accept the terms and conditions of participation we advise that you do not take part in the event.
Please note that music and fireworks are involved in the Festival. The Fireworks are provide by The Fireworkers Ltd. It is planned that there will be a burst of fireworks at 8pm to announce the start of the Festival and a further display of fireworks at approximately 10pm. The Flamborough Fire Festival has a strict ‘no drone’ policy.
Festival Visitors - Parking
We kindly 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 two designated car parking areas at South Landing Car Park and North Landing Car Park for the Festival. We ask that all visitors attending the Festival by car to arrive early, park their vehicles responsibly and safely in the designated car parks or on the street. Please give respect to local residents at all times. Thank you.
Residents - Parking - New Year's Eve only
We ask that all residents and their visitors, who own motor vehicles, 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: Mereside, Mereside View, School Lane, School Close, Greenside, Ogle Road, and South Sea Road (ie: from School Lane to Rose & Crown corner) on the day of the event. Thank you.
There will be mobile toilets available on site within the Festival area. This will include disabled toilet facilities.
We very much hope to have disabled viewing facilities at the Festival but we may be limited for space. Therefore, we advise that all disabled visitors attending the event to arrive early to get the best possible view. We advise disabled visitors to enter the Festival at the north end of the Arena from the Rose & Crown gate entrance to get the best view.
Pets and Animals
Important - Fireworks and Noise – Friendly Advice for Pet and Horse owners. This year’s Festival, being held on New Year’s Eve, will start and finish earlier. The Festival will start at 8pm when fireworks will be used to signal the start of the Festival. The start time fireworks will last approximately 5 mins – ie between 8pm to 8.05pm. The Festival is scheduled to finish at 10pm when a fireworks display is planned from 10pm. – ie between 10pm to 10.20pm. Please note the Festival will not use fireworks outside of these time periods or at mid-night. The Festival organisers cannot be responsible for any other fireworks, noise etc. created by other people or organisations during the New Year’s Eve period. Pet and animal owners should be aware that other celebrations may be taking place within or outside of the Festival time periods. We, therefore, advise all pet/animal owners ensure their animals/pets are extremely well cared for and kept indoors at all times. Owners of horses and other larger animals should also ensure their animals are keep safe, secure and well cared for at all times over the New Year’s Eve period. We are aware that other background noise is helpful to pets/animals when fireworks are in operation. Thank you.
We would advise all residents who own a pet to keep them safely indoors when the Festival is taking place. We would also advise anyone attending the Festival not to bring their pets. The Festival is not suitable for pets or animals. The Festival Organisers will not allow pets or animals into the event for health and safety reasons – both for the pet’s wellbeing and for the health and safety of others attending.
First Aid is provided by North East Medical Services. The Festival's First Aid Ambulance and medical crew is located at the north side of the Arena near to the Rose & Crown entrance. There will be a number of first aiders on site.
Lost and Found Area – Next to the Ambulance
All parents and guardians are asked to ensure their children are supervised at all times when attending the Festival. There will be a lost and found area which can be located next to the Ambulance. Any children or persons found to be lost within the Festival area are kindly asked to go to the Lost and Found Area. If children are found to be lost they will be escorted, by a Festival marshal, to the Lost and Found Area. All families and visitors are kindly asked to keep children safe, under supervision and with them at all times.
Covid19 Safety Guidance
We kindly advise all visitors not to attend the event if you have tested positive for Covid19 or have any Covid19 symptoms. Hand sanitiser will be provided at site toilets. If you are concerned about Covid19 please do not attend.
Safety and Security
The Flamborough Fire Festival is a friendly, family event for everyone to enjoy. However, the Festival Organisers reserve the right to search any persons bags and clothing for security reasons and or remove any person or persons who they may believe are acting irresponsibly or suspiciously from the Festival area or for any other reason if they so wish.
Any person found causing a nuisance will be evicted from the event.
The following roads in the village will be closed from 6pm on New Year’s Eve to approx. 11pm ie:
South Sea Road North - (from School Lane to the Rose & Crown Pub).
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 a 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 17th December for advice or ask an on duty Festival Marshal for assistance before 6pm on event day. The Festival will always be pleased to help with genuine emergency access requirements on event day.
Residents No Parking – 10am onwards on New Year’s Eve.
Polite Notice to Residents
Please will residents, in the below roads:
South Sea Road North - (from School Lane to the Rose & Crown Pub).
be kind enough to ensure their vehicles and/or any visiting vehicles, are not parked on the above roads after 10am 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 6pm on the day of the event when all the above roads will be closed.
We would love to have more volunteers to help us with the Festival. The Festival Organising Team are a very happy band of hardworking individuals and would welcome anyone who would like to join us to help with event either during daytime set up or on the night. We welcome anyone who is interested. Please ring: 0207 481 8110 or email [email protected].
We need Marshals to help marshal the event on the night – even for a few hours.
We need volunteers to help with the building of the Viking Longship, fire torches and fireballs which goes on all year round!
We also need volunteers to help us set up the event on New Year’s Eve from 10am onwards at the Festival Arena. So, if you would like to give an hour of your time to help us please come to the Festival Arena at 10am on New Year’s Eve when we will all be in action setting the event up for the evening. You are most welcome. Please ring: 0207 481 8110.
Anyone who would like to offer to give of their time as a Festival Volunteer please contact us by Tel: 0207 481 8110 or email – [email protected]
If you would like to be part of the Team please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You are most welcome. Thank you.
Festival Sponsors & Supporters Needed
The Flamborough Fire Festival is now one of the most popular attractions in Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Coast on New Year’s Eve with 2,000 visitors attending, including many children and families from areas all over the UK and also from countries abroad, since the Festival started.
Each year the Flamborough Fire Festival is held in aid of local community groups and charities. Please see charities page. The Fire Festival is held to raise much needed funds for the Festival’s adopted local community groups and charities.
The Festival Organising Team work very hard to ensure its success, however, we are always in need of kind donors and volunteers to help. The Festival would, very much, like to have one main kind sponsor at a cost of £7,000 and/or one kind donor to sponsor the fireworks at a cost of £2,500. Having this would be a wonderful help and support. If you are interested in being our main sponsor or would our fireworks sponsor please do get in touch with Jane Emmerson, Festival Organiser on tel: 0207 481 8110 or email – [email protected] . We would be absolutely delighted to hear from you and welcome you aboard. Thank you.
Media and Photography
The Festival’s official photographer is Rod Newton photography however, all visitors to the event, should be aware that other media photographers, TV crews and media groups will be in attendance. The Flamborough Fire Festival, therefore, reserve the right to use any images taken at the event for the promotion of the Festival either during or following the event.
Due to the popularity of the Festival we advise that you book your accommodation early! See our helpful list below:
Traditional Flamborough Fishermans Cottages
There’s no better place to stay than in one of Flamborough’s traditional fishermans cottages of which there are many beautiful ones in the village!
For the best view in town it’s got to be Flamborough’s Greenside Fishermans Cottages which are all situated within the Festival Arena! To enquire about their availability please ring 07828 021051.
Farmhouse Cottages, Bed and Breakfast, Hotels, Airbnb and Camping Sites
There are also a number of beautiful farmhouse holiday cottages in Flamborough and the surrounding villages which can provide you with lovely accommodation and a warm and friendly welcome. There is also the nearby seaside towns of, Bridlington, Filey and Scarborough which have B&B and hotel accommodation available. Bridlington is only 5 miles by car with Filey 11 miles and Scarborough 18 miles. There is also the beautiful market town of Beverley which is only 25 miles from Flamborough if you fancy an inland market town retreat. Please do visit the following websites for traditional fishermans cottages to rent and lovely accommodation both in Flamborough and the surrounding areas:
Also do visit https://www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/ and https://www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com/ for advice on accommodation available in Flamborough and the surrounding area. The Bridlington Tourist Information Centre also provides helpful information on accommodation – tel: 01482 391634
Flamborough Caravan and Camping Sites
For Campervans and Caravans
If you fancy bringing your campervan or caravan for the evening and need a place to park then please ring: Mrs Couzens, Seaways Farm, Flamborough on 01262 850720 who will be happy to hear from you. Seaways Farm is only 10 minutes walk from the Festival Arena.
Beacon House Camping and Caravan Site
Also an excellent camping and caravan site is Beacon House which is, located in the village. Please ring Jacky on 07813 921995 or 07534 323481. You will receive a very warm welcome at Beacon House.
Flamborough Glamping and Vineyard
Nestled between the wild Yorkshire heritage coast and its iconic lighthouse is the beautiful Flamborough Glamping and Vineyard Site. With eight luxury Glamping pods offering a home away from home guest experience. To book a luxury pod please email – [email protected] or Tel: 07922 598867 (9am-1pm). The site is located on Lighthouse Road, Flamborough, YO15 1AJ
Wold Farm Caravan and Camping Site
Bempton Lane, Flamborough, Bridlington YO15 1AT
Tel: 01262 850536
Beacon Farm Campsite and Cottages
A number of lovely farmhouse style cottages located in the village. To book go to www.sykescottges.com
Ocean View Farm Cottages can be booked at www.cottages.com
Taxi Services If you are in need of a taxi service please contact the Bridlington Tourist Information Centre on 01482 391634 or the following local companies can provide a taxi service for you:
Arrow Cars – Tel 01262 499200
East Coast Private Hire – 01262 676141 or 01377 318348
Scott Blake Travel – 01262 383500 or 01103 855888
Brid Cars – 01262 425101
1st Line Taxis – 01262 400150
Prima Travel – 01262 603364
QCars – 01262 606060
Filey Taxis – 07794 968230
Lazer Radio Taxis – 01723 515515
Hoppy’s Private Hire - 07478 676869
Nippy Taxis – 01723 377377
Station’s Taxis Scarborough – 01723 366366
Boro Cars – 01723 361111
Oscar’s Taxis Beverley – 07447 557667
Beverley Westholme Cars – 01482 888999
Ajs Taxis – 07718 748370
AD’s Taxis – 07989 319172
Or visit www.yell.com for more information on taxi hire.
Help and Information
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 – [email protected]
This year’s Festival, being held on New Year’s Eve, will start and finish earlier. The Festival will start at 8pm when fireworks will be used to signal the start of the Festival. The start time fireworks will last approximately 5 mins – ie between 8pm to 8.05pm. The Festival is scheduled to finish at 10pm when a fireworks display is planned from 10pm. – ie between 10pm to 10.20pm. Please note the Festival will not use fireworks outside of these time periods or at mid-night. The Festival organisers cannot be responsible for any other fireworks, noise etc. created by other people or organisations during the New Year’s Eve period. Pet and animal owners should be aware that other celebrations may be taking place within or outside of the Festival time periods. We, therefore, advise all pet/animal owners ensure their animals/pets are extremely well cared for and kept indoors at all times. Owners of horses and other larger animals should also ensure their animals are keep safe, secure and well cared for at all times over the New Year’s Eve period. We are aware that other background noise is helpful to pets/animals when fireworks are in operation. Thank you.
Thank You to Our Friends and Supporters
The Flamborough Fire Festival Organising Team would like to extend their grateful thanks to East Riding of Yorkshire Council and ESAG Team, our kind sponsors, donors, supporters, friends, families, residents of Flamborough and many others kind supporters listed on Patrons pages of the Festival website. We are delighted to acknowledge them all on the Festival’s website - www.flamboroughfirefestival.org
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