A family at the Trumpet Flowers

It’s time to light up the streets of Liverpool once again for the River of Light Trail! 

Taking place from 21 October to 6 November 2022 a number of installations will turn the city’s world-famous waterfront into a celebration of light, art and music. 

With the trail running right across October half-term and beyond, it’s the perfect opportunity to take the kids on a wonderful day out in Liverpool topped off with the River of Light Trail. If you’re looking for some ideas on ways to keep the kids entertained, we have you covered. 

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


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



Kids and adults alike will be impressed with what’s on offer at the World Museum at St George’s Quarter.

Learn all about Ancient Egypt the dinosaurs, the far corners of space and lots of wildlife too. If you visit before 6 November you can also visit their blockbuster exhibition Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder, a thrilling exhibition exploring the world of science and the universe. 


The Museum of Liverpool on Pier Head is definitely a must visit if you’re taking the kids on a day out. Learn all about the history of the city and what makes it such a wonderful place. Hop aboard the overhead railway, learn all about the Beatles and immerse yourself in our sporting history. 


Our Place in Space is taking place across Liverpool 14 October - 6 November and is an 8.1km scale model of the solar system, animating the city centre. The trail begins at the Sun on Church Street and continues along the iconic Waterfront and TransPennine trail to Otterspool where Pluto awaits. 

Download the app to enhance your walking experience, trail guardians await to greet you on arrival! 


No trip to Liverpool is complete without a trip on a ferry across the Mersey, there’s even a song written about it, it’s that good! Take the whole family on board for the Mersey Ferries River Explorer Cruise and enjoy 50 minutes of incredible views of Liverpool from the water.


Taking place on the Waterfront alongside River of Light is the World Gymnastics Championships. That's where this years' theme, Unexpected Twist came from! 

This global event is taking place at M&S Bank Arena from 29 October - 6 November and is the perfect chance to see incredible athletes from across the world. With 500 gymnasts from 75 countries expected to compete, this is one of the largest 


One of Europe's biggest gaming experiences, Arcains has hundreds of arcade games across multiple floors. Games include modern and vintage machines from dance mats, gaming PCs, pinball and consoles! Pay to enter and play for free, for as long as you like. 

Arcains is located in Cains Brewery Village and is child friendly on week days until 6PM.




Breakfast with the kids calls for a trip to Moose Coffee. They have three venues in Liverpool so wherever you are in the city you won’t be far from a beautiful Moose breakfast. With stacks of American-style pancakes, mini benedicts and mini full english dishes on the menu, there is plenty for the kids to pick from.


Brasco Lounge at Mann Island on Liverpool’s Pier Head is the perfect spot to head for breakfast with the kids. You’re right next to The Royal Liver Building, The Museum of Liverpool and a stone’s throw away from the Royal Albert Dock. There’s plenty of choice to pick from if you have a few fussy eaters too. With a child size full English to pancakes and beans on toast! 



If you’re spending the afternoon exploring the Royal Albert Dock then pop into Tate Liverpool Cafe for coffee and a cake. They can provide high chairs on request and have a great kids offer too.

Tate Liverpool is currently serving a selection of coffees, teas, hot chocolate and babyccinos. Enjoy mouth-watering cakes and biscuits from Caz's Kitchen, which include triple chocolate cookies, pecan blondies, vegan chocolate biscoff, chocolate and gingerbread cake and lemon and raspberry drizzle cake. 


German Cook Haus, Albert’s Schenke not only have a great menu for the adults but have a brilliant kids menu too. They can pick a main from the menu which includes a mini burger, chicken schnitzel, and kids pasta and pair it with a drink all for £8. 



The kids will love Yard and Coop at Liverpool ONE. Home to buttermilk fried chicken, menus the little ones can colour in and ‘chicken coops’ you can sit in, it’s the perfect place to head for something to eat before or after the River of Light Trail.

Youngsters can choose from a main with dessert for 5 and choose from bonesless fried chicken or vegan chicken replacement. Served with a choice of chips, cheesy mac n cheese, cheesy mash or salad. 


If the kids are into pirates then you’ll want to take them over to Smuggler’s Cove at The Royal Albert Dock. The nautical themed restaurant has a special menu for Little Smugglers which includes a main meal, a mini salad and a dessert all for £6.95.


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 for just £4.25 – 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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Moose Coffee - Dale Street
Tea Room/Coffee Shop
Moose Coffee - Dale Street

Moose Coffee trades on a distinctive offer of an 'Authentic American & Canadian Breakfast Brunch Menu'

World Museum
Entrance to the World Museum from above featuring yellow, red, green and blue hanging banners and a giant skeleton of a flying type dinosaur.

From the sea to the stars, a visit to World Museum reveals millions of years of the Earth’s history through thousands of exhibits and hands-on activities.

Smuggler's Cove
Inside the Smugglers Cove restaurants. It is decorated in a nautical theme, there are people sat at tables and it is dark outside. Looking through the

A timeless family getaway transformed into a recreational retreat, still holding on to its original interior and distinct personality.

The Royal Albert Dock
Heritage/Visitor Centre
Royal Liver Bird with twinkling lights

Located on Liverpool’s incredible World Heritage Site waterfront, the Albert Dock structure features the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the whole country.

Tate Liverpool
Ugo Rondinone Liverpool Mountain 2018 - a stack of rainbow coloured boulders next to the TATE warehouse building.

Welcome to the home of British and international modern and contemporary art in the North; Tate Liverpool. Aren’t we lucky?

Albert's Schenke
Restaurant tables at Alberts Schenke. The Bavarian style is represented throughout.

Albert's Schenke is a Bier Halle & Cook Haus on Hanover Street, in the Grade II listed Casartelli Building. Albert's has an extensive range of bier: guests can sip by the schooner, pour by pint, or take a tour of the taps with a range of bier flights.

River of Light
Arts and Culture
River of Light Liverpool 21 October - 6 November

An outdoor illuminated art gallery is set to take over Liverpool’s world-famous waterfront.