WHAT: RIVER OF LIGHT FESTIVAL 2019 WHY: OUTDOOR ART EVENT FEATURING FIREWORKS WHERE: BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER MERSEY WHEN: 1 – 9TH NOVEMBER 2019 (FIREWORKS ON SUNDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2019) COST: FREE
Either side of the very busy River Mersey will be glittering with firework effects this year as the River of Light Festival 2019 takes place. The area will be transformed with light, beautiful colour, sound and light before crowds of tens of thousands.
This year, the event will also unveil ten very different commissioned art installations which will be on display around the River Mersey and the docks.
This is the 3rd consecutive year of the holding of this magical event and it, of course, offers you the chance to get outdoors.
The jaw-dropping firework finale on Sunday 3rd November 2019, will once again be handled by the team from Titanium Fireworks who are best known for their London NYE spectacular which is televised around the World.
Although some of the artworks will not be revealed until the event takes place, particularly those which are interactive, here is a list of some of the titles of the installations around Liverpool’s beautiful City:
It is a great place to eat out as well with numerous top-class restaurants dotted around the Riverside area:
LUNYALITA – Spanish/Mediterranean Fayre
Great tapas, cheese and bread selections, olives, cured meats and lots of fish and vegetable dishes. Reviews indicate that it is inexpensive and delicious so pop along to show your support.
OH ME OH MY – British ‘afternoon tea’ specialists
Created to be a little like a Parisian Riverside Café with unlimited loose tea refills and a lovely selection of deliciously fresh cakes and pastries including strawberry shortbread, chocolate pots and of course the ubiquitous scones with fresh cream and jam and finger sandwiches. Certainly the place to go for a delicious treat.
CARGO SEAFOOD – European fish and seafood restaurant and grill
Seafood is a speciality of Cargo and they cook fish caught daily, so the menu, particularly the specials board (catch of the day), often features sardines, herring, and other succulent delights.
The fish menu is naturally long and luscious including seabass, fresh prawns and lobster, calamari and delicious fresh Scottish mussels. Also, in a nod to his cultural beginnings, the chef includes chicken kebab (like a souvlaki) and a slow-cooked lamb kleftiko.
There is little free nowadays so this is your opportunity to enjoy some of the best professional fireworks around along with great outdoor art with family and friends.
WHAT: UK FESTIVAL OF FIREWORKS 2019 WHY: NATIONAL PYROTECHNIC FESTIVAL (NON-COMPETITIVE EVENT) WHEN: SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2019 WHERE: CATTON HALL, WALTON UPON TRENT, SOUTH DERBYSHIRE, DE12 8LN TICKETS:SEE WEBSITE
The Annual UK Festival of Fireworks offers a chance for you and your family to enjoy ‘A night to remember under the stars’. The event has been running since 1999 as organised by Jubilee Fireworks.
All the displays are non-competitive and choreographed to music and in this its 21st year, it continues to thrill old and young alike. The Festival incorporates the Firework Festival alongside a Steam Rally and a Food Festival and is great for the whole family.
The teams are as follows:
SELSTAR FIREWORKS – 40-years- experience – this team source goods from around the world. More recently, this team were co firers with Sirotechnics for an absolutely beautiful display called ‘the power of dreams’ at the Monaco Art en Ciel and won the ‘champions of champions’ event at this years British Fireworks Championship.
ILLUSION FIREWORKS – Illusion was established in 2014 by Karl and his team of pyro-enthusiasts – since becoming an independent firer, Illusion have won the British Musical Firework Championships, British Firework Championship, and several Firework Champions events. Expect BIG effects from this team.
PYROITALY – This Northern Italian team was established in 2003 and are known for traditional Italian colours and style with innovative new design products using innovative new design and state of the art technology to create incredible shows packed with visual and sound effects.
JUBILEE FIREWORKS – Organisers of the event Jubilee Fireworks has been in the business of captivating audiences since the eighties and continues to work tirelessly all year round.
This is a full-day event with a Steam Rally, featuring steam engines and miniature vehicles of all sorts, filling the lawn of Catton Hall. There are anticipated to be as many as 50 steam engines of all sizes for the event so get along and have a ride around or learn more about the golden age of steam. In addition, there will be food available from a number of specialist concessions.
The firing schedule is as follows:
8.30 – SELSTAR FIREWORKS – CHICHESTER
9.00 – ILLUSION FIREWORKS – WALLINGFORD
9.30 – PYROITALY – CARVIAGO, ITALY
10.00 – FINALE DISPLAY BY ORGANISERS – JUBILEE FIREWORKS
There will be approximately 10,000 fireworks used during the event so it will be bright, loud and full of colour.
Foodies can enjoy some of the delicious fayres on offer at the event from the concessions:
ARTISAN PIZZA – WOODFIRED OVEN (MMMMM…)
FISH AND CHIPS
HOT AND COLD BEVERAGES
Car parking is free at this event and just a couple of minutes walk from the main arena.
Please note that if you are going along, the following are banned for safety reason:
No BBQ’s or open flame cooking devices of any kind
No other types of cooking appliances
Gazebos are allowed but MUST purchase a canopy permit. This can be done online beforehand
The grounds on which the stunning Catton Hall is built have been in the same family since 1405 and the present Hall was built on the site of the previous structure in 1740. The Neilson family have cared for this impressive Grade I listed baroque style building and the 250 acres of land throughout.
Go along, take in the wonder of professional display fireworks and of course, a picnic and sit back and enjoy a day of pure entertainment.