Fireworks extravaganza River of Light returns to Wirral and Liverpool’s waterfronts this weekend – and this year promises to be the best yet! The biggest free fireworks display in Wirral takes place on Sunday 4 November from 5pm, with tens of thousands expected to turn out in New Brighton for the dazzling display. River of Light is part of a weekend of fireworks taking place across Wirral for Bonfire Night.
At 6.30pm, the skies above Fort Perch Rock and the lighthouse will be filled with light, colour and sound, accompanied by a stellar soundtrack inspired by this year’s theme ‘The Elements’. The best vantage points for the display are along Marine Promenade. For the second year running, the show has been specially created by Titanium Fireworks, the team behind some of the UK’s most breath-taking displays.
In the build-up, there will be a feast of family entertainment with a pirate battle aboard the Black Pearl at 5pm, before the pirates make their way up to Fort Perch Rock. This will be followed by a drumming and dance performance outside the Floral Pavilion and the chance to meet some magical illuminated characters by Marine Lake.
A selection of food and drink stands will be serving up tastes from around the world and there will be fantastic music played along the waterfront to get everyone excited for the main event.
Marine Promenade will be closed to traffic all day on Sunday 4 November, with the closure remaining in place until after the event has ended. There will also be parking restrictions in place around residential streets.
Wirral Council is encouraging visitors to arrive early and use public transport, or walk where possible, to reduce traffic congestion. The event is a short distance from bus routes and New Brighton train station. Transport providers will be operating normal Sunday services. Those planning to attend the event can plan their journey on public transport using the Merseytravel Journey Planner.
All local restaurants and attractions will be open as usual so residents and visitors can make the most of New Brighton before and after the event.
Other free Bonfire Night firework displays in Wirral
Free community firework displays will take place in Wirral’s parks on Saturday 3 November and Monday 5 November:
Saturday 3 November – all displays start at 6.30pm
- Birkenhead: Birkenhead Park
- Wallasey: Central Park
Monday 5 November – all displays start at 6.30pm
- Bebington: Mayer Park
- Leasowe: Leasowe Adventure Playground
- Moreton: Lingham Park
- Tranmere: Mersey Park
- Woodchurch: Woodchurch Park
Visitors to River of Light or any of the community fireworks displays are reminded to wrap up warm and leave pets at home. For safety reasons, it is prohibited to bring fireworks, sparklers and Chinese lanterns to these events and anyone found with these may be asked to leave.
River of Light is the finale for the Imagine Wirral year of culture, creativity and ideas ahead of Wirral becoming the 2019 Borough of Culture year for Liverpool City Region. It is also the final part of Liverpool’s China Dream season.
River of Light is organised by Wirral Council in partnership with Liverpool City Council, with support from Royal Liver Building 360. For full details, go to the Imagine Wirral website and follow @ImagineWirral and #RiverOfLight on Twitter for updates. For details of the whole River of Light programme on both sides of the River Mersey visit the River of Light fireworks website.
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Published by Wirral Council News on Tue, 30 Oct 2018 http://www.wirral.gov.uk