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8 things the kids can do at River of Light

6 years ago

By The Guide Liverpool

8 things the kids can do at River of Light

River of Light is more than just fireworks, check out the pre-show entertainment.

Wrapped up warm and heading into town or over to New Brighton to see the River of Light fireworks this Sunday? Well make sure you get there early because there’s a whole host of entertainment happening to get you through to the big fireworks spectacle at 6:30pm.

From lantern making to phenomenal light, fire and drumming performances, Liverpool City Council and Wirral Council have come together with a number of local companies to bring us a packed evening of fun. Taking place at multiple sites across the two waterfront areas, you and your little ones can get the bonfire night party started from 4pm with face painting, street theatre and more and that’s before the first rocket has even been lit!

Here’s 8 things the kids can do at River of Light this Sunday 5th November….

1 – Get crafty making an illuminated Lantern

Why not start your River of Light evening off by making your very own illuminated lantern at the Family Hub at Mann Island? Join in the craft extravaganza from 4pm and head on over to the Port of Liverpool Building by 5:30pm to join in the Spark! Drummers parade and show off your very own creation! It’s £4.50 to get involved and there’s no need to book!

2 – See a Halo of light at Pier Head

Keep a lookout for the stunning Halo artists as they perform along the waterfront with illuminated LED props such as bright hoops, juggling clubs and poi’s. This really is a feast for the eyes as the colour and patterns come together in one phenomenal show. Catch Halo at Pier Head at 5pm, 5:35 and 6:10pm on Sunday night.

3 – Paint with light at Open Eye Gallery

Have you ever created an original piece of art with your camera! Open Eye Gallery at Mann Island invites you to experiment with photography to make your own unique picture with laser pens, torches and bright lights. Get snappy from 40pm til 6:30 and no need to book, just drop in!

4 – Get a UV or glitter make over

River of Light

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Who doesn’t love a bit of bommie night face paint? And what better way to shine bright like a Catherine wheel than with a UV and glitter make over? The fabulous Fabarooney will be back at the Family Hub at Mann Island and the Light Cinema from 4pm. Tonnes of designs to choose from and fun for all the family at just £4.50.

5 – Look to the skies for Wonderland birds

Check out the futuristic Lightwalkers and sensational Wonderland Birds as they make their way between the crowds at Marine Point, New Brighton and the infamous Black Pearl on the beach from 4:15pm. That’s a selfie you wont want to miss.

6 – See the stunning Lantern Company parade

Did you miss the incredible Halloween Lantern Parade in the city last week? Well fear not as some of the weird and wonderful creatures will be wandering their way through the crowds across the Pier Head site between 5pm and 6:30pm. Keep your eyes peeled.

7 – Bring the Fire and Drums

Returning for a second year to entertain the crowds with their knock out show, Bring the Fire have again teamed up with Katumba to produce something brand new featuring drums, pyrotechnics, fire breathers, stilt walkers and more. Don’t miss this spectacle at The Strand, Princes Parade and Mann Island in Liverpool and in the Floral Pavilion entrance from 4:30pm

8 – See a Spark!

Are you ready to see a mesmerising street theatre parade snake its way through the crowds from Mann Island to Princes Parade (Liverpool Cruise Terminal) at 5:45pm. Get your Instastory ready to record this drumming and kaleidoscope lighting performance and its ghostly characters.

Don’t forget to click here to check out all you need to know about River of Light, including all the timings and best places to watch the fireworks show, from either side of the Mersey.

To find out more about the pre show entertainment, head to or join in the build up fun on socials using the hashtag #RiverOfLight.

We’d love to see your bommie night pics! Tweet us @TheGuideLpool or tag us in on your Insta pics and stories @TheGuideLpool. Have fun and stay safe!



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