This Friday the heart of Liverpool will be illuminated for one night only as LightNight returns to the city centre with a range of free late-night visual installations and cultural events. Taking place at various venues across the the city, we’ve picked out the best events to celebrate LightNight around 30 James Street and Liverpool’s beautiful waterfront.
Back for its eighth year, LightNight 2017 is set to be one of the biggest yet featuring over 100 extraordinary events including art exhibitions, cultural tours, theatre and craft workshops.
Plan a LightNight to remember around 30 James Street and stop off at the stunning Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant for a bite to eat and a cocktail as you watch the sun set and prepare for an evening bursting with culture.
LightNight on the Waterfront
With over 100 different events happening all over the city centre of Liverpool, it’s hard to choose which ones to visit.
But did you know some of this year’s best and most interesting are all focused around Liverpool’s glorious waterfront and maritime history.
Here are a few of the best ones.
Old Docks Tours
When: 5.30pm or 7pm
Renowned as the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock, this iconic dock revolutionised and shaped Liverpool as we know it today.
Starting from the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Old Docks Tours take guests on a unique underground journey beneath the streets of Liverpool One for a special experience you won’t forget.
Join expert guides for two special late night tours of the historic Old Dock and discover the bed of the Pool and the creek that gave the city its name.
When: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm or 9pm
An amazing experience for those passionate about Liverpool’s unique maritime history, join curator Ben Whittaker for a fascinating tour of the Liverpool Pilots exhibition, In Safe Hands.
Discover some of the captivating stories about smuggling and piracy, learn about how to ensure the safe passage of cargo and how we rely on ships being safely piloted to provide almost everything we use and consume in our daily lives.
Tour the Danny
The Daniel Adamson boat, affectionately known as The Danny, is a 1903 steam ship moored at Albert Dock and registered as a National Historic Ship.
Opening for the first time on LightNight, it was saved from being scrapped and fully restored in 2016 with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Visitors will be invited on board for a behind the scenes tour of the amazing Art Deco interior and a glimpse into the past of this unique vessel.
When: 5pm- 9.30pm
Head down to the Tate Liverpool for a family friendly evening of activities including a mad scientist workshop, live music, arts and crafts and the Great Art Bake Off, where visitors are asked to channel their inner Mary Berry for a cake design competition.
There will also be live music from Cheshire based band Off The Grid and drinks served at the cafe.
Open Eye Gallery
The Open Eye Gallery has a number of events planned for LightNight, including a performance from acclaimed pianist David Braid who will take to the stage with newly commissioned jazz-classic numbers, backed by the 13-piece orchestra Sinfonia UK Collective.
The Wirral Samba Drummers also return to take you on a journey through time with Victorian costumes and illuminated drums.
When: Various times
Albert Dock will come alive with dance, community performers aged 1 – 75 join MDI on a dance time trail through the Dock as they attempt to stop time.
Performers will start from the Daniel Adamson ship before moving to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. building, Merseyside Maritime Museum and Mermaid Courtyard.
Dine in Style
Carpathia Bar and Restaurant
Carry on the maritime theme of your evening by stopping by the Carpathia Bar and Restaurant, set within the stunning 30 James Street Hotel – Home of the Titanic. With glorious panoramic views of the cities docklands and Liverpool’s beautiful World Heritage Site, it’s the only place to grab a bite to eat and a cocktail on LightNight.
30 James Street is proud to be the home of Liverpool’s most beautiful rooftop bar, that allows guests to experience the city at its very best, day or night.
Dine on our terrace and look out onto the Albert Dock and watch the city come alive for this unique cultural event.
Our talented chefs and mixologists have created a menu which cannot be rivalled, using only the freshest and locally sourced products.
So sit back and relax as you dine in style.
Delve into History
Those who are interested in the story of RMS Titanic would simply love a visit to the Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant. The captivating history of the building has been kept alive within the décor of the hotel and the restoration of the building.
Once home to the White Star Line offices, 30 James Street has strong links to the Titanic as well as the maritime involvement of Liverpool.
The Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant takes its name from RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued the 705 RMS Titanic survivors. Captain Arthur Henry Rostron and the ship’s crew worked tirelessly to save the lives of the survivors, and it is for this reason, we honour them with this unique restaurant in Liverpool.
There are fascinating facts and artefacts found within the hotel and the Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant making it one of the most interesting dining venues in Liverpool and the only place to be on LightNight.
To book your meal for LightNight get in touch with our team today, we look forward to seeing you!