Watch as we find out all the info you need ahead of Saturday’s ‘River of Light’ on the Mersey

The wait is nearly over! We are just days away from one almighty spectacle on our Mersey. The River of Light promises to be one of the biggest firework displays the city has ever seen as Liverpool City Council and Wirral Council join forces and come together for a Bonfire Night extravaganza.

We spoke to Councillor Wendy Simon ahead of the celebration to find out all the info you need, watch the chat above, plus she has some exclusive news.

Map of where’s best to experience River of Light available here

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. Andy Hubble the company’s MD said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce that the Twister Aerobatic Team are part of River of Light.

“I’ve worked with them on many occasions and wherever they perform, the reaction from the crowds when they see the skill and talent of the team on display is amazing.

“We’ve enjoyed working with Liverpool and Wirral councils to stage this brand new event and I hope as many people as possible head to the waterfront to enjoy this firework spectacular.”

Providing the bespoke soundtrack to the evening will be official media partner Radio City 96.7 which will broadcast River of Light live on air and online via their media player. The webcam from the top of the Radio City tower will also be streaming the display live on the Radio City website for those who can’t make it on the night. It will also be available via their free Radio City app.

Chris Rick, Radio City’s Content Director, said “Seeing the skyline above the Mersey illuminated in a rainbow of colours will be a sight to behold. There’s nothing more magical than watching a firework display, that is unless you do it to music! Seeing the fireworks go off in rhythm to the music on Radio City with make it a Fifth of November to remember.”

The running order of the evening is as follows:

  • 4pm – Build up begins with Bring The Fire Projectstreet 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.

On the Liverpool side, people will have a great view from the waterfront running from Alexandra Tower on Princes Parade right the way along past the Arena and Convention Centre.

In Wirral, people can view the show along the promenade right the way from New Brighton through to Seacombe and on to Woodside.

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.

Liverpool Waterfront - River Mersey - Fireworks

This year’s event is a collaboration between Liverpool City Council and Wirral Council and aims to be one of the most ambitious fireworks events in the country, with funding from partners helping make it a spectacular event.

Of course we will be there to bring you all of the coverage from the event as it happens, get on our twitter feed for updates, videos and more @TheGuideLpool

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