What happens at the event?

4:00pm - Gates open

We're open at 4pm, arrive in your car and you'll be directed to a parking grid that has been perfectly marked out using our robotic GPS line marking robot. We've allowed room for you to get out and set up seats next to your car, or if you prefer stay in your car. All socially distanced and within the recommendations of the government for Covid-19 secure events. We pioneered drive in firework events in 2020 and are proud to have produced some of the largest to take place in the UK. You'll find toilets spaced out, cleaning staff, hand sanitiser stations, food and drink outlets and helpful staff on site. Music will be played over our huge PA system from 5pm and we'll be interacting with the audience where possible by having a phone in.

7:00pm - Music quiz

We'll be holding a quiz over the main PA and welcome you getting involved - we plan to engage with people by having a phone in just like a normal radio show.

8:00pm - Spitfire ML407 performance

We're proud to have not just a Spitfire display but the ML407 Spitfire display at around 8pm. This is subject to CAA permissions and weather and offered as a free element of the proceedings. ML407 is one of the most historically significant aircraft in the world still flying. It was rebuilt by Nick Grace who sadly passed away not long after the initial flight. His wife Carolyn Grace took over the role of flying and keeping Nick's legacy going. It flew in formation with the Red Arrows - something we think you'll agree is one of those very special moments.

8:45pm - Aerosparx performance

We're also proud to have one of the world's leading pyrotechnic aerobatic display teams - Aerosparx. They will be performing at around 8:45pm and demonstrating their incredible skills lighting up the sky with moving trails of sparks and colour. This is also subject to CAA permission and weather and offered as a free element of the proceedings.

9:20pm - Lasers

We've some of the world's most powerful outdoor laser projectors and they will be drawing lines, beams and shapes in the skyline when it gets dark enough.

9:30pm - Drone Light Show

You'll witness something very special, subject to weather conditions, the sky will light up with many drones as they fly around the sky creating patterns, shapes and effects in different colours. We believe this is the first ticketed drone show event in the UK and we're proud to offer this amazing spectacle at the event. Please note this element is subject to weather conditions.

9:40pm - A huge pyromusical firework display

The sky will erupt with fireworks from several locations - you'll witness an amazing pyromusical display perfectly choreographed with split second accuracy by one of the world's leading firework display teams.

10:00pm - Event closes

How to get here

Stanford Hall - Nr Rugby, Warwickshire

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By Car

Follow sat nav to:
The Monument Field,
Stanford On Avon,
NN6 6JP

Things to know

Clothing

The event is all outdoors and so please do wear appropriate clothing.

Food & Drink

All food vendors, stalls and fairground rides are separate to the cost of entry and you will need to pay for them.

Car Parking

You can park for free onsite.

Can I Pay At The Gate

Not currently

Will The Fireworks Be Cancelled If It Rains

The fireworks are waterproofed and so the display will take place come rain or shine. The planes and drones element might be unable to take place but we're offering these for free.

Will There Be Food Available

Yes, there will be a variety of food vendors

Will There Be A Bar

Yes, there will be a licensed bar, serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Is There A Cash Machine On-Site

No, and please do note that the event is cash only.

My Tickets Haven't Arrived In Time - What Should I Do?

Please contact the organisers MLE Pyrotechnics.

I have Lost My Tickets - What Should I Do?

Please contact the organisers MLE Pyrotechnics.

Do Carers Get A Discount

Carers do not enter the event for free, however, we do offer a discount. Please contact the organisers MLE Pyrotechnics.

Are Tickets Refundable?

There are no refunds on tickets in any circumstances. If the event has to be postponed your tickets will automatically be revalidated for the new date.

Can I come without an adult?

No - all children must be accompanied by an adult.


The Grace Spitfire - ML407

SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE T.IX ML407 'THE GRACE SPITFIRE'

The Grace Spitfire ML407 was originally built at Castle Bromwich in early 1944 as a Mark IX single seat fighter and served in the front line of battle throughout the last twelve months of World War II with six different allied Squadrons of the RAF's 2nd Tactical Air Force.

ML407 flew a total of 176 operational combat sorties amassing an impressive total 319 combat hours. ML407 was delivered to 485 New Zealand Squadron on the 29th April 1944 by Jackie Moggridge, one of the top lady pilots of the Air Transport Auxilllary (ATA), where it became the 'mount' of Flying Officer Johnnie Houlton DFC who was accredited, whilst flying ML407, with the first enemy aircraft shot down over the Normandy beachhead on 6th June D-Day.

In December 1944 ML407 was transferred to 341 Free French Squadron to Sergeant Jean Dabos. It then moved on through various Allied Squadrons – 308 (Polish) Squadron, 349 (Belgian) Squadron, 345 (Free French) Squadron, 332 (Norwegian) Squadron and back to 485 (New Zealand) Squadron at the cessation of hostilities. ML407 then went into a Maintenance Unit where it remained until being selected by VickersArmstrongs at Eastleigh, Southampton for conversion in 1950 to the two seat configuration for the Irish Air Corps as an advanced trainer. ML407 changed to 162 and flew to Baldonnel. Flying a further 762 with the IAC the aircraft was put into storage and offered for sale in 1968. Sir William Roberts eventually bought the aircraft for his museum in Strathallan.

Design Engineer Nick Grace, having always wanted to fly a Spitfire, acquired ML407 in late 1979 from the Strathallan Museum and spent five years meticulously restoring the Spitfire to flying condition in it's two seat configuration incorporating what is known as the 'Grace in line Canopy Conversion' which Nick designed to remove the bulbous rear canopy to a more streamlined version to keep the original line of the Spitfire intact. Nick completed this incredible project in early 1985 and on the 16th April the Grace Spitfire flew again with Nick's capable hands at the controls and Carolyn in the rear cockpit. This remarkable story can be seen in the acclaimed documentary 'The Perfect Lady' and can be purchased in the Grace Trilogy DVD from our website shop.

Nick went on to fly the Spitfire at many Airshows throughout the UK and Europe. A cruel twist of fate occurred when Nick was tragically killed in a car accident in 1988 leaving his widow Carolyn and their two children Olivia aged 5 and Richard aged 4. Carolyn knew there needed to be a Grace flying ML407 and so took on the immense task of learning to fly the Spitfire. This task was documented in the film 'Going Solo' which can be purchased in the Grace Trilogy DVD from our website shop.

Carolyn went solo in ML407 in 1990 and the Spitfire ML407 became known as the Grace Spitfire in tribute to and in memory of Nick Grace. Carolyn attained her display authorisation in the Grace Spitfire in 1991 and carried on to add an Aerobatic and Formation qualification over the next two years. Carolyn had displayed the Grace Spitfire for 25 years amassing over 900 hours on Spitfires before retiring from flying in 2017.

The Grace Spitfire is now based at Sywell Aerodrome is meticulously maintained by our own Team of Engineers, lead by Richard Grace, at Air Leasing Ltd. Richard with Air Leasing's select team of pilots fly the Grace Spitfire for various displays, Airshows and passenger flights. It was the intention of Nick Grace for his Spitfire, now the Grace Spitfire, to carry on for generations to come and with his untimely death Carolyn took up the gauntlet of keeping this aircraft flying and now the next generation – being Richard Grace is not only maintaining the aircraft but is flying the aircraft just as his late father had done.

However it is the generosity of Gallagher, who now sponsor the Grace Spitfire, that plays such an important role in the continued success of this truly historic Spitfire Fly in this Spitfire.

MLE Pyrotechnics Limited
Units 14-16, Bentley Way,
Royal Oak Industrial Estate,
Daventry, Northants, NN11 8QH

mail@mlepyrotechnics.co.uk