The spectacular River of Light festival is back in Liverpool this year between 1-9 November with the mid-river fireworks display taking centre stage on 3rd November lighting up the skies with an array of colour and music. 

With the fireworks and 10 specially commissioned light installations heading to Liverpool for the week, it’s the perfect opportunity to get the whole family down for a weekend of fun in the city. 

Aside from the fireworks there are loads of family friendly activities for you to get involved with so to make sure you don’t miss a thing we have put together this handy two day guide to make the most of your trip to the city. 🎆


Globoscope - Liverpool Parish Church
Submergence - Mann Island Atrium
Spiders - Waterside Cunard Building 
Cetus - Mann Island Basin
Intrude - Exchange Flags
Flight - Royal Liver Building
Whole Hole - Wapping Dock Wall
Run Beyond - Salthouse Quay
Liverpool Jackpot - Plaza Building 
Portal - Royal Albert Dock


Bridge Street Apartments at Liverpool ONE is the perfect place to settle the whole family in for a stay in Liverpool. There is a selection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments which overlook the city and come fully equipped with kitchens and living rooms so it’s like your little bit of home away from home. 



The kids will love having breakfast at Moose Coffee on Dale Street with its American themed menu. There is everything from American style pancakes with all your favourite toppings, eggs in loads of different ways and mini benedicts so there is something for the fussiest of eaters. 


The whole family will enjoy a morning trip to the World Museum in St George’s Quarter. The kids will be able to learn about everything from Ancient Egypt and the solar system to the dinosaurs, see loads of tropical fish in the aquarium and explore the bug house. It will keep them entertained for the whole morning. 

Afterwards, pop next door to Liverpool Central Library to see the stunning Picton Reading Room and the views from the viewing platform on the roof - you need to see it to believe it. 


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If this is your first time in Liverpool then one of the best things to get for lunch is a big bowl of Scouse, our favourite local dish. You’ll be able to find this on the menu in most places but one of the local’s favourite places to enjoy the delicacy is Maggie May’s on Bold Street. The authentic cafe serves up homemade scouse with crusty bread and beetroot making it the perfect meal to warm up in the autumnal weather.

Check out our blog on some of the other places in Liverpool you can head for a bowl of Scouse.


In the evening you will be able to find one of the installations, Flight, at the Royal Liver Building but make sure you check out one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings in the day too. For a view of Liverpool like you’ve never seen before, take the family on the RLB 360 Tour

You’ll get a tour of the iconic building, see the clock face up close and personal, witness an incredible audio visual tour inside the clock tower and take in the views of the city from the 15th floor viewing platform. The kids won’t forget this in a hurry. 


Smugglers Cove on the Royal Albert Dock is perfect for an evening family meal. Not only is it a cool sophisticated pirate themed restaurant but they do amazing food too. With a dedicated kids menu offering everything from make your own pizza to spaghetti, chicken burgers and fish and chips they’ll be well fed for the evening exploring the River of Light installations.    


Aside from the firework display on 3rd November there will also be 8 different light installations dotted around the Waterfront for you to explore. The kids will love getting up close to the art works and they will make great photo opportunities to add to your Liverpool photo album. 

The installations will be lit up from 5pm till 10pm so there is plenty of time to explore them in the evening. 



Head straight down to the Waterfront where all the action will be happening in the evening for breakfast. The Brasco Lounge is nestled into Mann Island and offers great food with stunning views over the River Mersey and The Royal Albert Dock. They have a special kids menu too which makes starting the day easy for the whole family. 

Pick from full English Breakfasts, eggs plenty of ways or a simple offering of toast and breakfast is sorted. 


Head over to The Royal Albert Dock to visit Tate Liverpool to explore some amazing modern and contemporary art. This is a great place to bring the kids because there is so much to see and the majority of it is free. 

If you're a fan of Keith Haring then it will definitely be worth checking out the special exhibition here showcasing his work. It’s on until 10th November so it's the perfect chance to catch it before it goes. 


For something to keep the whole family happy at lunchtime try Lunyalita at the Royal Albert Dock for some authentic Spanish tapas. The dedicated children's menu means you can all get involved in trying some classic Spanish dishes. 


You can't visit Liverpool without exploring a bit of our Beatles heritage and one of the best places to head with the kids is The Beatles Story on the Royal Albert Dock. The whole family will be able to delve into this immersive experience as you are guided around the lives and career of the Fab Four. 

You’re never too young to ‘come together’ in Liverpool for a bit of Beatles history!

If you’re feeling adventurous then jump on the Wheel of Liverpool afterwards too. Kids love this and you’ll get to see some stunning views of Liverpool from the top; see what you can spot!

Hey! Welcome to the @beatlesstory takeover ‘we hope that you enjoy the show!’ 🎉 Today is a pretty special day because we’re celebrating 50 years since the release of The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ album! #abbeyroad50 If you want to celebrate with us you can find us at Liverpool’s famous @thealbertdock and we’re pretty hard to miss, just look for our Abbey Road inspired entrance 🦓 We opened our doors in 1990 and since then we’ve been sharing the story of The Beatles with the world. We are the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to telling the story of The Beatles’ lives and career with our immersive audio described journey. Join us on this magical history tour and see how four lads from Liverpool went on to become the biggest selling band of all time... 🎸 #visitliverpool #visitbritain #liverpool #thebeatles #thebeatlesstory #itsliverpool #abbeyroad

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For the big family meal ahead of the fireworks display, walk over to Castle Street for some amazing pizza at Rudy’s. You can't go wrong with pizza because you can have as much or as little as you like and the flavours here will suit everyone’s taste. Pick a few off the menu and dig in! 

Keeping it simple ⚡️🙌🏻

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If you’re heading to Liverpool for the mid-river firework display on the River Mersey on Sunday 3rd November then make sure you get the whole family down to the Pier Head early for a good viewing spot. The fireworks are due to start at 6:30pm so its the perfect time to head down after dinner to end the evening. 

With performance, music and light displays in the build up to the main event, it will be a spectacle for everyone to enjoy. The accompanying soundtrack is set to feature artists and songs who have played in the city this year so it’s going to be a pretty impressive show! 


For an easy way to get the family around Liverpool with the family make good use of the Merseyrail Loop line and the Stagecoach bus routes. There are three different train stations in the city centre and loads of bus stops to travel around the city. 

Don’t forget the mid-river firework display is on Sunday 3rd November at 6:30pm and the light installations will be around from 1-9th November for you to enjoy too. For more information visit our River of Light page

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