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River of Light

Please do remember 5 November – as we turn the Mersey into a River of Light!

This Bonfire Night both Liverpool and Wirral are joining forces on a very special event and there will be fireworks! We will be celebrating with a bang, a whizz and a fizz pop of extra proportions.

The River Mersey is not just any river, it’s the beating heart of the city and for one special evening it will unite both Liverpool and Wirral in a spectacular waterfront display that will see a fireworks show to remember for years to come.

In addition to a display by the current British Fireworks Champion of Champions, there will be plenty of waterside activities to add to the surprises – with displays, street theatre and concessions plus a host of special events and offers from event partners Albert Dock, Liverpool ONE, Liverpool BID and friends of Culture!

What’s On & Where:

You can find out more on the following pages with a dedicated What’s On for Liverpool page and a dedicated What’s On for Wirral – more information and events are being added daily so keep checking for the latest updates. To get the latest event information on the go about the event, special offers or travel information, why not join us on social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram or search for #RiverOfLight.

  • 4.00pm – Build up begins with Bring The Fire Project street entertainment at Albert Dock Salthouse Quay, Mann Island, Princes Parade and Hamilton Square/Woodside Ferry Terminal in Wirral.
  • 4.40pm – Twister Aerobatic Team takes to the skies for approximately 10 minutes
  • 5.30pm to approx. 6.15pmLes Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak, a group of world renowned drummers will parade from Liverpool Town Hall in a spectacular fusion of percussion and pyrotechnics.
  • 6.30pm – Mid-River fireworks display begins.
  • 6.50pm – Show ends.

You can view the full event map below too!

Your Soundtrack:

What would fireworks be without music? This year Radio City 96.7 are our official media partners providing your official soundtrack to the show with a bespoke set of tunes created especially for the event! You can listen to the music for FREE on the Radio city app – why not download it ahead of your visit here.

Radio City are also broadcasting the display live on air and online via their media player and, as if that wasn’t enough, the webcam from the top of the Radio City tower will also be streaming the display live on the Radio City website so there’s no excuse to miss a moment!

Travel Information:

If you’re visiting the event on either side of the river, why not travel by train. Merseyrail stations are just a short walk from the event, including Hamilton Square or New Brighton stations for the Wirral waterfront and James Street or Liverpool Central for the Liverpool waterfront. Regular services run throughout the day and travel starts from £1.80, unlimited daily travel from £3.70 or a family of five can enjoy a Family Ticket for just £10 – to plan your visit you can use the Merseyrail journey planner.