River of Light – Liverpool Events

If you are enjoying the River of Light event from the Liverpool side of the River Mersey there are lots of activities taking place before and  after the fireworks  display.  Full details below.  If you get lost on the night or just need a hand with timings, get in touch with us on social media and we can help!

Key Event Times

  • Street Theatre and animation: 4.00pm – 6.30pm
  • UV Facepainting: 4.00pm – 6.30pm
  • Light Painting Workshop: 4.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Twister Aerobatics: 4.40pm – 4.50pm
  • Fireworks displays: 6.30pm
  • Liverpool ONE animation: 5.00pm – 8.00pm
  • National Museums Liverpool: 10.00am – 6.00pm

Pyrotechnic Drummers – 5.30pm (Liverpool Town Hall)

We are marking the day with a spectacular fusion of percussion and pyrotechnics with world-renowned drummers Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak – two street theatre companies who have performed at festivals across the world! The two artistic teams will parade along a city centre route in a performance filled with music, lights, and of course, fireworks starting at Liverpool Town Hall. 

The French and Spanish companies whose impressive drum-skills will see sparks, literally, fly as 20 drummers – half of which will be made up of local performers from organisations including Katumba,  the Lantern Band and OLC/ Luma Productions – wow crowds before the mid-River fireworks display takes place as part of the River of Light event.

The parade will start at Liverpool Town Hall – to get you in the mood for the show why not take a peek at the video below to see what’s in store or visit our Gallery to see photos and more video footage of the teams in action.

Note: This performance is a part of the Global Streets Strategic Touring Programme which is supported by Arts Council England.


Street Theatre & Family Activities (Various)

The build-up will run from 4:00pm – 6.00pm (Liverpool ONE until 8.00pm) with a variety of street entertainment and family activities across four locations. See the full programme below:

Salthouse Quay, Albert Dock 4.00pm – 6.30pm Farenheight Street Theatre
Salthouse Dock, Albert Dock 4.30pm – 6.15pm Bring the Fire Project / The Liver Drummers
Mann Island Basin 4.15pm – 6.00pm Bring the Fire Project / Katumba
Mann Island Atrium 4.00pm – 6.30pm UV Face Painting
Mann Island Atrium 4.00pm – 7.00pm Light Painting Workshop
Princes Parade 4.30pm – 6.00pm Bring the Fire Project / 12 Festival Drummers
Liverpool ONE (Sugar House Steps) 5.00pm – 8.00pm Bring the Fire Project / The Wirral Samba


Twister Aerobatics

Joining the already packed line-up, are the Twister Aerobatic Team who are renowned for their ‘heart in the mouth’ aerial performances which will see pyrotechnic effects stream from the wings of each of the two Silence Twister aircrafts.

They will wow the thousands expected to line both sides of the Mersey from around 4.40pm.

Star Fireworks, one of the most successful and experienced firework display companies in Europe and the current British Fireworks Champion of Champions, are delivering the show.


Fireworks Display

The fireworks display itself, which is taking place from three barges placed in the middle of the River Mersey, is scheduled to start at 6:30pm and will last for around 20 minutes.

Star Fireworks, one of the most successful and experienced firework display companies in Europe and the current British Fireworks Champion of Champions will deliver the show.

National Museums Liverpool

Heading into the city for the River of Light? Make a day of it with free events at the Museum of Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum and the Seized! gallery. Staying open later on 5 November until 6.00pm, there are crafts, puppet-making and Titanic object handling, plus the chance to see interesting exhibitions including Reel Stories: Liverpool and the silver screen; In safe hands: the story of the Liverpool Pilots; and Afro Supa Hero.

The shop and café at both the Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum will remain open until 6.00pm too, offering hot drinks and snacks, with a range of shop gifts to keep the little ones entertained before the big event begins. The Maritime Dining Room at the Merseyside Maritime Museum will be open until 4.30pm with last orders for hot food at 3.30pm.

Museum of Liverpool

  • Little Liverpool: The Little Liverpool gallery is crammed with hands on activities for children aged under 7. It is the perfect place to introduce little ones to the Museum of Liverpool. Prepare to have fun! Admission to Little Liverpool is by a free timed ticket, which you can collect from the Welcome desk on the day of your visit. Each session lasts about 30 minutes. Sessions are usually held at 10.15am, 11am, 11.45am, 1.15pm, 2pm, 2.45pm and 3.45pm, with an extra one on 5 November at 4.45pm, but please check the times at the welcome desk.
  • Museum Crafternoon (1.00pm – 5.00pm)Spend a relaxing afternoon making things together that are inspired by the Museum of Liverpool’s collections. This session is for accompanied children age 10 and under.


International Slavery Museum

  • Diwali crafts (1.00pm – 5.00pm): Get crafty and celebrate Diwali with the team at the International Slavery Museum and make your own creations inspired by this annual Hindu festival.


Merseyside Maritime Museum

  • Ele-friends (1.00pm – 5.00pm)Make your own ele-puppet and learn about the beautiful elephants that Border Force officers try to protect. This event is part of the Seized! gallery programme at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

District House

After you’ve enjoyed the show why not pop into District House, on Water Street, just a few minutes’ walk from the waterfront spectacular. They will be giving away mini hot chocolate drinks and district-made sweet treats to hungry fireworks crowds.

Once the final display has ended at around 7.00pm on Saturday 5th November, the team from District House restaurant on Water Street will ready to welcome you inside for live music and much more.

The River of Light event promises to be a fabulous one for all ages, with live music, fire performers and circus acts. But it doesn’t have to end once the skies over the Mersey are no longer a riot of colour.  District House has the rest of the night covered for food, drink and live entertainment.

From 7.00pm until late. For drinks and live music just head over, however if you are planning to sample modern European evening menu, then booking a table is highly recommended via email or on 0151 236 6141.  Everyone is welcome.

Event Map

The full map of events can be found below.