It’s time to light up the streets of Liverpool once again for River of Light and this year, there’s a bit of an Unexpected Twist.

Taking place from 21 October to 6 November ten installations will turn the city’s world-famous waterfront into a celebration of light, art and sound. 

Including a mix of brand new, never-before-seen commissions as well as existing artworks that have never been on display in the city before, the theme for this year is ‘Unexpected Twist’ which is a nod to the World Gymnastics Championships 2022 taking place in the city at the same time. 

If you’re heading to Liverpool to explore River of Light then why not make a day out of it and explore the rest of the city’s art and cultural offerings too. 

To help you plan your arty day out, we’ve put together an itinerary full of things to see and do, places to eat and more information on how to make the most of the River of Light.

For frequently asked questions regarding the River of Light Trail visit our dedicated blog here.


RIVER OF LIGHT INSTALLATIONS


For more information on each of the artworks coming to Liverpool's Waterfront, visit our dedicated blog here. 


THINGS TO DO


THE TURNER PRIZE


It doesn’t get much bigger in the art world than The Turner Prize, and this year, it’s taking place in Liverpool! From 20 October 2022 to 19 March 2023 Tate Liverpool will host a free exhibition of the four finalists' work with the winner announced in a ceremony in December.

Tate Liverpool is right in the heart of the River of Light trail so it's the perfect opportunity to head over before seeing all the installations. 


DOCTOR WHO WORLDS OF WONDER


If you’ve not been to see the Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition at the World Museum yet then now is your chance. 

Discover the science behind the BBC hit series and go behind the scenes to explore props, costumes and all the secrets of the Doctor’s adventures. Open until 6 November, book your tickets now to make a day out of seeing River of Light.


REFRACTIVE POOL: CONTEMPORARY PAINTING IN LIVERPOOL


Take a trip to Walker Art Gallery to see the free exhibition Refractive Pool: Contemporary Painting in Liverpool before you head off to see River of Light. The exhibition features work by 21 different local artists and celebrates the diversity of painting in the city. 


ART OF THE TERRACES


Art of The Terraces opens at the end of River of Light on 5 November but if you’re heading over to catch the trail on the last weekend then make sure you add this exhibition to your itinerary, especially if you’re a football fan. 


BLUECOAT


Head along to Bluecoat, Liverpool’s contemporary arts centre to explore their beautiful building, wander around an exhibition and enjoy a spot of lunch. From 8 October to 29 January you can also visit their new exhibition ‘breathe, spirit and life 呼吸、靈魂與生命’ which features 6 artists exploring ideas in relation to Taoist practice of self-cultivation, meditation, rituals and harmonistation with nature. 


PURE BRILLIANCE: THE BOODLES STORY


Head over to the Lady Lever Art Gallery on the Wirral to see their brand new exhibition 'Pure Brilliance: The Boodles Story' all about the iconic Liverpool jewellery shop Boodles. The dazzling display will feature a selection of their beautiful pieces, telling the 225-year story of family jeweller turned purveyors of some of the most stunning jewels in the world. 


HOMOTOPIA


If you’re here for a few days then why not have a look at the programme of events being hosted by Homotopia festival, the Uk’s longest running LGBTQIA arts festival. Taking place from 1 - 20 November the festival will feature theatre, visual arts, dance, film, family friendly events and workshops to take part in.


LIVERPOOL PRINT FAIR


Liverpool Print Fair is a celebration of printmaking with a whole range of designers, artists and storytellers showcasing their work. Taking place at Chapters Of Us from 5-6 November it’s the perfect place to find affordable art and handmade prints so you can take a little bit of Liverpool home with you. 


EXPLORE SOME STREET ART


If you fancy doing even more walking then why not have a walk around the city to spot some incredible street art. There’s Beatles tributes, the famous Liver Bird wings, football pieces and loads more around our creative streets. Have a look at our blog on Liveprool’s street art for some inspiration on where to head.


PLACES TO EAT


NOVA SCOTIA

Find Nova Scotia on Liverpool Mann Island, right in the heart of the River of Light trail. Serving everything from breakfast to lunch, main meals and small plates, whatever you’re looking for you’ll find it here. You can even just pop in for a drink to warm yourself up after exploring the beautiful lights.


DUKE STREET MARKET


Duke Street Market is one of Liverpool’s much loved street food markets and it’s an ideal place to head for lunch if you’re in a large group. With 6 kitchens offering up everything from oysters to ramen, steaks, pasta and loads more! With long tables, a fully stocked bar, a coffee kiosk and desserts it’s perfect for a lunch break. 


MADRE


For something light but also super tasty, take a visit to Madre at the Royal Albert Dock. The Mexican taqueria brings mouth watering tacos to the lunchtime menu and you can even wash them down with a beautiful margarita, you can’t really go wrong! 


THE VIBE


If you follow a plant based diet then you’ll be very impressed with The Vibe for lunch. With all day vegan breakfasts on the menu, lunch options and fresh cakes and sweet treats, you’ll get all the energy you need to explore the River of Light Trail in the evening.


MAGGIE FU


Maggie Fu is a popular spot in Liverpool and their brand new Hanover Street venue has been non-stop since they opened this year. Pop along for Asian street food inspired ramen bowls to big bowls, salt and pepper chicken, fried rice and the ever popular king prawn pad thai. It’s Asian street food Liverpool style.


LUNYALITA


If you’re feeling a bit peckish after exploring the River of Light Trail then Lunyalita at the Royal Albert Dock is the perfect place to grab something to eat. Their Catalonian inspired small plates will make for the perfect post-walk pick me up, pair them with a glass of wine and you can’t really go wrong.


THE ONE O’CLOCK GUN


From the team behind Maray, the One O’ Clock Gun is the most recent addition to the Royal Albert Dock. Bringing together the best of old-fashioned hospitality, a great drink offering and perfect pub grub, it’s the ideal place to rest your legs with a drink after a long walk. 


THE BRIDEWELL


What was once a 19th Century prison cell is now the beautiful Bridewell pub. The cells have been converted into seating areas that transport you back in time as you enjoy a drink from their well stocked bar out of the cold. 


KAZIMIER GARDENS


Wrap up warm and head over to Kazimier Gardens to enjoy a drink in their beautiful outdoor garden. Sit beneath the fairylights and warm your hands around the heaters in this hidden gem. 


TRAVELLING TO RIVER OF LIGHT


MERSEYRAIL


One of the easiest ways to get into Liverpool city centre is with Merseyrail. With regular train services across the whole network, travelling with Merseyrail is easy and with a Day Saver ticket you can make as many journeys as you like throughout the day all from just £4.20 – buy your ticket online now. Moorfields, Liverpool Central and James Street Stations all within a short distance of the trail making getting there super easy. 


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