Firework Experts

Skyburst The Firewok Co.

Skyburst The Firework Co. is wholeheartedly committed to raising the standard of UK firework displays.

As a team we possess 100s of years of collective experience, firing thousands of local, national and international displays.

Our tremendous expertise and above all our passion for fireworks, we take great care to guide our clients to the best display for them, large or small.
We stock a large range of fireworks and retail many of them through our shop – in Bedminster – is open throughout the year.

Our team of friendly experts are on hand to help you to choose the show to suit your event, and support you throughout the process.

With over two hundred trained firers in all areas of Britain – quite literally from Land’s End to the Shetland Islands our firers are providing safe and effective displays nationwide. Our approved training sessions are designed to combine enthusiasm with professionalism and we insist on the highest standards from our crews.

Company History

How we started

Skyburst Illuminations and The Firework Co have enjoyed a friendly and cooperative relationship over the past 15 years.

Both west country based companies were created by enthusiasts and, over the years have been successful in spreading their passion for aerial firework entertainment far and wide in the most extravagant ways!

Skyburst purchased the The Firework Co. early in 2004, forming it into Skyburst The Firework Co. merging the best of both teams.

The Firework Company started out as a mail order company selling self fired packs by post, a trade which still continues.

They also developed a display operation growing to become one of the largest in Britain, 2004 saw the supply of over 400 displays nationwide, including firing some of the most prestigious contracts nationally.

Ever since the magic of black powder was discovered, in China, some two thousand years ago, man has recognise it’s almost supernatural power to amaze. Fireworks, with their intense power and ethereal beauty have been used to glorify and enhance some of mans most outstanding achievements and victories over the centuries. Modern day advances in chemistry and technology have embellished the ancient craft and the breaking down of commercial barriers has allowed this fabulously expressive medium to be appreciated at a much wider level.

Join us in our celebration of the majesty and splendour of fireworks. Skyburst The Firework Company are taking the skills and knowledge of the old world and combining it with the youthful enthusiasm and inventiveness of the new.

Firework Safety

Health and Safety Guide

We won’t contract a display unless we’re convinced that the firing site is suitable, and insist that a site survey is made in order that to can conduct a thorough risk assessment.

As a rule of thumb we look for at least 50m from audience to fireworks with an area 100m x 100m beyond the fireworks to act as a fall out area (which should be downwind). Apart from these spatial requirements it’s the weather conditions on the day which have the greatest safety implications. All our firers are trained – to national level – to be able to interpret any hazards presented by circumstances on the day and the measures which need to be taken to minimise them.

For more infomation please download our Safety Guide which gives you all the infomation needed for holding a professional and safe firework display

General Points

If you are putting on a public or large display please notify the local authority and follow their guidelines.

For details of what to do when hosting a domestic bonfire and firework display, general firework safety tips and advice and bonfire basics give us a shout – call our enquiry and safety hotline on 0800 0744636.

Certified Standards

The expert guide to organising a stunning, safe, and stress-free firework display.

Meet the Team

Our Team


Alan Christie

Managing Director

Alan founded the company back in 1982, where he originally started off as a hobbyist firework company in Bristol, doing something he absolutely loved. Blowing stuff up, at the same time as making people happy! Alan did not expect nearly 30 years later, he would be running one of the UK’s Biggest Firework Company, still based in Bristol with the help of his two sons Jay and Luke. Winning awards such as ‘Family Business of the Year’


Luke Christie

Marketing Manager

Being the youngest son of the family, Luke has grown up with a huge passion towards fireworks. having worked in many other area’s, he has found himself most at home working back at Skyburst and taking on the Marketing Role to push Skyburst forward and raise awareness in all areas of the industry.


Stuart Bullock

Creative Display Choreographer

Stu has worked for the company from a young age. Joining the family in 2005, Stu has experience within every position of the company. Starting in the fusing shed, and quickly becoming a senior supervisor. Stu is now the company show designer, designing all 140 shows across November as well as all the shows in the summer season. Stu has grown to his role extremely well, with all our customers coming back every year saying ‘best ever!’. We don’t know how he does it..


Matthew Tosh


Matthew joined us in 2005 as an enthusiastic trainee and has worked his way up the ranks to senior supervisor level. He is a qualified science teacher and experienced live event and television presenter. He is one of the UK’s leading and most exciting firework science presenters and can be seen up and down the country at science festivals, corporate events and in schools. Skyburst is proud to support Matthew’s education and science communication work. Matthew’s specialities include pyro-musicals, stage and close-proximity pyrotechnics. When he’s not on a firing site, stage or screen, he can often be found recording voiceovers or in cold church towers pulling on a rope.