Rivers of Fun Ahead The International Mersey River Festival

Rivers of Fun Ahead

International Mersey River Festival 2016 programme
International Mersey River Festival 2016 programme

Liverpool is a city that has changed the world, largely thanks to its incredible maritime heritage and musical influence.

This is something to celebrate and we do, every year at the International Mersey River Festival, a free, three day extravaganza of family fun and entertainment.

Organised by Culture Liverpool, the festival presents three stages of live music, aerial displays, tall ships, fly-boarding, power boats, street performances, raft races, a host of creative workshops and an interactive treasure trail, it’s easy to see why the Mersey River Festival has become one of the city’s most popular action-filled events.

Our River Mersey is Liverpool’s lifeblood and our waterfront is one of the most recognisable and revered in the world. So there’s no better place to hold a maritime and musical celebration than on the banks of the Mersey.

Always making waves, the festival gives visitors the opportunity to experience the very best of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront, whilst celebrating a big part of what makes Liverpool such a special city.

When? 3 – 5 June 2016


Alongside Liverpool’s City Centre Waterfront. See the Three Graces, the Liver Birds, cruise liners and a colourful ferry? You’re in the right place.

Who is it for?

The International Mersey River Festival is for people looking for a cool summer holiday atmosphere, free family fun, thrilling water sports and life-affirming live music. So basically, every one. Is there anything better than riverside revelry and free entertainment? We don’t think so. Put Liverpool’s International Mersey River Festival in your calendar.

What are the highlights?

High-flying daredevils The Yakovlev Air Display Team will take to the skies to wow the crowds with their signature, show-stopping aerial formations.

Not to be outdone, The British ThunderCat Racing Tour will go head-to-head in a high-speed river race, debuting their championship battle for the very first time in Liverpool.

Getting in on all the action, The Royal Marines Commandos will demonstrate their unarmed hand-to-hand fighting skills in a series of combat displays.

The Northern Boat Show will drop anchor in The Salthouse Dock, with organisers promising quadruple the number of boats we saw last year.

Water sports will make a big splash, with flyboarding, wakeboarding and the 27th International Canoe Polo Tournament all taking place on the Albert or Salthouse Dock.

Fresh from filming Ron Howard’s ‘In The Heart of The Sea’ two-masted brig, The Phoenix will lead the return of Tall Ships to Liverpool’s shores. Joining her will be the Festival’s centrepiece, the three masted Kaselot, which will also act as a stage for live bands.

Speaking of bands, even the most spectacular visual feats need a soundtrack and The River Festival 2016 has a great one., with acts including R&B legend Billy Ocean, Brit award winner Shola Ama, Fun Lovin Criminals frontman Huey Morgan and Liverpool’s own ‘The Real Thing’ and many more.

For the latest news on this year’s International Mersey River Festival visit the official Facebook page, website or follow the festival @Merseyfestival on Twitter.

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Published: 01/06/2016