Sparks in the Parks for Bonfire Night

Liverpool’s two fireworks displays will pay tribute to the armed forces this year, as the November 5 theme is ‘Salute to the Services’.

Taking place at Sefton and Newsham Parks, the free illuminations both start at 7.30pm and will be synchronised to inspiring music related to the Services.

The playlist for Wednesday evening includes Crown Imperial, Hearts of Oak, The Dambusters, I Vow to Thee My Country, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

Liverpool’s Assistant Mayor, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “These displays are always hugely popular, with around 40,000 people enjoying the fireworks across both parks last year.

“We want everyone to enjoy November 5, yet be safe at the same time, and organised displays are a great way to achieve this.

“It’s wonderful that this event can be part of the city’s World War One commemorations and I’m sure the soundtrack will add an emotional element to the evening.”

For the first time, Heart North West will be the media partner for the event, and Heart Breakfast presenters Joel Ross and Lorna Bancroft will be hosting the display at both parks.

Joel Ross said: “We are delighted to be working with Culture Liverpool at two of their firework displays, at Sefton Park and Newsham Park, this year.

“Since launching Heart North West in May, we have loved waking up the people of Liverpool and it’s exciting to be involved in such a great event. Lorna and I are really looking forward to hosting the display at Sefton Park and saying hello to lots of our listeners.”

Visitors to the displays are advised to travel on foot or use public transport, leaving plenty of time to travel to the event. For travel information visit There is limited accessible parking at Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park and Gardners Drive at Newsham Park.

Those attending the events are asked not to bring their own fireworks, sparklers or Chinese lanterns.

They are also asked to wear sensible clothing and footwear and not to bring dogs to the display.

The displays will last for approximately 20 minutes.

The city council is working closely with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Merseyside Police to ensure people enjoy 5 November safely and reduce the problems which can be associated with this time of year.

Members of the public are being asked to make sure they don’t leave potentially flammable material lying around, and not to give young people timber or other combustible materials for use on bonfires.

Liverpool Waterfront