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Aurora – Toxteth Reservoir

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How Liverpool kids are walking through water inside a #Liverpool Hidden Gem


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A unique, spectacular venue

Over the past few years the Reservoir has attracted a range of events, including the Liverpool Biennial, Heritage Open Days, and film locations for ITV, BBC and Spire TV, production’s of Florence Nightingale, Peaky Blinder’s, and the City & the City. These have been very popular, attracting regional and national interest.

Past Events


We have open days every year during National Heritage week

The Reservoir is a favourite location for international artists when Liverpool City Council organise their biannual festivals. The 2016 event featured a Laser show in The Reservoir, which proved very popular attracting in excess of 6,000 visitors.

Photo Credit: Rita McBride, Portal, 2016. Image courtesy Liverpool Biennial. Photo: Joel Chester Fildes

2018 was the tenth anniversary of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture and in celebration Toxteth Reservoir provided a historic back-drop in which to host this cutting-edge spectacle. Technology and magic become indistinguishable in Aurora, as a new large-scale installation by Liverpool’s FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) and Leeds-based technical wizards Invisible Flock. Aurora took over the grand, iron-pillared interior of the building to create a playful and immersive participatory event, which harnessed the Internet of Things. The short video captures the creative involvement of local children and was the culmination of the extended school’s project.