Our Santa Sizzle fundraising firewalk is hosted by UK Firewalk, one of the UK’s leading Firewalk companies.
It takes place on the evening of Saturday 7 December 2019, on The Strand in Exmouth.
A firewalk may sound tough, but it is perfectly safe. All of our charity fire walkers will be trained, motivated and confident to walk across hot coals with a temperature of over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fire walkers will receive full training an hour before they walk. The firewalk training seminar is conducted by Scott Bell of UK Firewalk. Scott Bell is twice Guinness World Record Holder for greatest distance walked on fire.
Book your place on the 2019 firewalk now and start collecting that sponsorship money!
Places are limited, so we advise early booking to avoid disappointment.
As with all of our events, we welcome Deaf/Hard of Hearing participants and meeting the communication needs of all of our participants is important to us.
If you require BSL interpretation, please book your place and email us by Friday 15 November 2019, so that we are able to make arrangements.
What exactly is a Firewalk?
Firewalking is the act of walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers. Firewalkers will undergo training that lasts approximately one hour. During this time a fire will be lit and when it has burned to red hot embers it will be raked level and prepared for the walk. Firewalkers remove their footwear and one by one are invited to walk across the hot coals.
Is it a trick?
No – the fire is very real. The embers will be glowing red hot and the temperature of them can often be measured at around 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.
You will have bare feet, that will not have been treated in any way.
Who runs the Firewalk?
The Santa Sizzle Firewalk is run by UK Firewalk. Founder, Scott Bell, is a twice world record holder for the longest firewalk (250ft and 328ft), and is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading experts on firewalking.
Will it hurt?
The sensation of fire walking is described by some as walking on eggshells, or by others as walking on hot sand. Each walker has his or her own experience. Walkers have not been known to experience pain, and when the opportunity arises many firewalkers will choose to cross the coals more than once.
How should I prepare?
There is no preparation required. No treatment of the feet or mental exercises, just the training provided before the firewalk at the training seminar. Do not consume alcohol or drugs prior to the event. Any person deemed unfit to participate, by the opinion of the trainer, will not be permitted to take part and will lose their entry fee. Please ensure that your feet are clean and free from massage or pedicure oils.
How fit do I need to be?
There is no strenuous physical exercise involved. If you can walk normally then you should manage the Firewalk perfectly well. If you have any doubts please consult your GP before attending.
How old do I need to be?
We will only consider fire walkers under the age of 11 years old if their parent/guardian feel their child is mature to take part safely, they will listen to the training and follow all instructions.
The parent/guardian will be required to sign a declaration.
What should I wear?
There is no special clothing required. Please remember fires can be quite dirty and clothes may become ash stained. Footwear needs to be easy to remove, and will need to be replaced before going back indoors so maybe bring an old towel. Flip Flops are a good idea, especially if the ground is cold. Nail varnish and toe rings are fine to wear.
Are there any medical restrictions?
UK Firewalk have many people walk who are pregnant, have diabetes, stroke survivors or may be blind, among other conditions. None of these have been an issue; however it is recommended that if in doubt please seek advice from your doctor.
Is it safe?
There is an inherent risk in any activity involving fire and it is important that fire walkers pay attention to all the training and heed the advice and instruction of the trainer, firewatchers and spotters. UK Firewalk’s experience and procedures reduce risk to the required minimum.
Will I be hypnotised?
No. There is no hypnotism involved. You will be fully awake at all times – indeed you will probably be more alert than normal! You may also withdraw from the event at anytime, if you wish.