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River of Light FAQ’s

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  • There will be road closures in Liverpool and New Brighton on Sunday 5 November. More information can be found below.
  • River of Light is the only Liverpool City Council organised fireworks event happening in Liverpool this year. There are no firework displays planned in Newsham Park or Sefton Park.
  • River of Light takes place in Liverpool and New Brighton on Sunday 5 November from 4pm before the displays start at 6.30pm on both sides. These are 2 separate displays happening at the same time and to get the most enjoyment out of the events, we recommend either heading to Liverpool’s Waterfront or New Brighton.
  • We have created a handy map showing the best areas to view the fireworks both in Liverpool and New Brighton along with all the street entertainment and food & drink stalls. More information can be found below.

We expect there will be lots of questions that you may have about the River of Light event. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact us here

When does the River of Light event take place?

The River of Light event takes place on Sunday 5 November from 4pm until 7pm along Liverpool’s waterfront and New Brighton’s Promenade.

Is it FREE to attend the River of Light event?

Absolutely, the River of Light event is FREE for all.

Are there any age restrictions to attending this event?

Anyone who enjoys watching fireworks is welcome to attend.

Why is it happening and who is it for?

This is an annual event that celebrates the November 5th fireworks tradition. The event is open to everyone to enjoy and is especially popular with families.

What time does the River of Light event start?

Family fun and street entertainment will start from 4pm on Sunday 5 November along the Liverpool Waterfront and New Brighton until the firework displays begin at 6.30pm. For more details on the start and end times of all activities, check out our What’s On In Liverpool page and our What’s On In Wirral page.

Where is the best place to view the fireworks and hear the music?

The River of Light event is taking place in 2 separate locations, Liverpool and Wirral. We recommended viewing the Liverpool fireworks from the Liverpool Waterfront in and around the Pier Head, Riverside Walkway and Princes Parade. For the Wirral fireworks, please head to the display at New Brighton near to Fort Perch Rock.

To help find your way around the event, we have created a handy map, which highlights the best locations to view the fireworks and hear the music, as well as detailing the locations of the pre-fireworks family entertainment, food and drink stalls and the all-important toilets.

In the pink area you will be able to see the fireworks and hear the accompanying music. In the green area you will still have a great view of the fireworks but you will not be able to hear any music – this is recommended for anyone who like a quieter fireworks display!

Will there be any other community firework displays in Liverpool?

Unfortunately no other firework displays are planned in Liverpool.

Will there be any other community firework displays on the Wirral?

Yes. More details about the other firework displays taking place in and around the Wirral can be found by visiting visitwirral.com

Should I use public transport to get to the River of Light events?

Yes please! We strongly recommend that you use public transport to get to and from the River of Light events in both Liverpool and New Brighton. For more information check out our Travel page where we have some helpful tips on how you can arrive feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy our event.

Where are the nearest carparks to the River of Light event in Liverpool?

There are many car parks available in and around the Liverpool waterfront. Please be aware, however, that our planned road closures may affect car park access. For further information and rates, please visit:

NCP: The Strand

Liverpool ONE: Q-Park

Echo Arena Car Park

Albert Dock (please note spaces are very limited)

Princes Dock

Will there be any road closures in Liverpool on the evening of the River of Light event?

Unfortunately yes. Due to the nature of the event, there will be planned road closures in Liverpool on the 5th November 2017 and these will be as follows:

There will be a number of road closures throughout Pier Head, Canada Boulevard, Water Street, Brunswick Street, St Nicholas Place and Mann Island.

Princes Parade will be closed.

Albert Dock entrance will be closed. In the event of full capacity the Gower Street entrance/exit will close.

Kings Wharf will be closed to traffic in both directions.

The Strand will be closed from 5pm – 7pm between Liver Street and Chapel Street. Liverpool ONE Q-Park will be accessible via James Street only. Once Q-Park is full, all access to The Strand will be suspended until re-opening.

Access will still be in place for residents and businesses.

Any changes to or additional closures in the wider city area can be found here.

Will there be any road closures in New Brighton on the evening of the River of Light event?

Traffic restrictions will be in place in New Brighton from 8am to 7pm on Sunday 5th November to assist with the preparations for the display, which will launch from Fort Perch Rock at 6.30pm.

Marine Promenade will be closed to all traffic from 8am to 7pm, except for blue badge holders and business access.

Sections of parking along Marine Promenade will also be closed during this time for pedestrian safety, although a limited number of blue badge parking spaces will be available.

Will there be any accessible viewing areas at the River of Light event in Liverpool?

Due to the nature of the event with the fireworks being aerial, designated accessible viewing areas are not available.

If you do have accessibility requirements for viewing please email the Culture Liverpool team here on [email protected]

Will there be any accessible viewing areas at the River of Light event in New Brighton?

Yes. The area around the two shelters on the promenade overlooking the Marine Lake will be reserved for accessible viewing.

Will there be any accessible Car Parking at the River of Light event in Liverpool?

There will be no designated accessible car parking, or any car parking on the event site. Accessible car parking is available at the car parks listed in the above Car Parking section.

If you do have accessibility requirements for parking please email the Culture Liverpool team here on [email protected]

Will ther be any accessible car parking at the River of Light event in New Brighton?

Yes. Limited Blue Badge Parking will be available at Marine Parade. For more information and the latest travel updates for New Brighton visit wirralview.com

Can you bring your own food or drink to the event?

Yes absolutely. Although please be aware that alcohol is not allowed and strictly prohibited.

Is there anywhere to buy food and drink on the evening?

As well as toy stalls, there will be a variety of food and drink concessions along the waterfront offering a selection of tasty treats – so there will be plenty of opportunity for you to buy refreshments throughout the evening.

Following the event there are an abundance of bars and restaurants in the area – a little something to satisfy every palate. For more information on what’s what in Liverpool check out visitliverpool.com or head on over to visitwirral.com to see what’s available in and around New Brighton.

Can I be involved in the event?

This is a spectator type event for the general public, but there will be lots going on throughout the evening to get involved with!

There are planned family activities in Liverpool, within the FAMILY HUB located in the Mann Island Basin area. There will also be lots of street entertainment in the lead up to the fireworks display including a parade – enough for everyone to enjoy!

Is there anything to do before and after the event?

Liverpool and New Brighton has lots to offer, so if you wish to continue the fun beyond the River of Light event we suggest exploring the many attractions, bars, restaurants and shopping outlets on offer. For the latest news on what’s what in both Liverpool and the Wirral check out visitliverpool.com or head on over to visitwirral.com.

Are there any football matches playing on Sunday 5 November?

Yes, there will be a football match at Goodison Park which will end around the start time of the displays at 6.30pm. Please bear this in mind when travelling to and from the event.