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Diwali Leicester 'The Festival of Light' Wednesday 1 - Sunday 15 November 2015:
Diwali Lights Switch-On Sunday 1 November and Diwali Day Wednesday 11 November, Cossington Street Recreation Ground and Belgrave Road
Diwali celebrations in Leicester are one of the biggest outside of India, with up to 35,000 people attending the switch on of the lights on Belgrave Road and even more attending Diwali Day itself in the heart of the city's Asian community. Enjoy a fireworks display and live cultural entertainment on stage as the festival of light marks the start of the Hindu New Year. New for this year is a fantastic two week programme of events that will take place across the city.

What's On

This year the festival includes an exciting programme of activities and events around the city centre and outdoor spaces during the two week period. Details of these events can be viewed here or view the What's On guide

View details of the Diwali Lights Switch and Diwali Day.

See the Diwali Leicester map for details of venues hosting events during the two week celebration. 

Wheel of Light

This year, for the first time, view the Diwali lights from Leicester’s Wheel of Light. The big wheel will be located on Belgrave Road from Saturday 17 November until Sunday 15 November.

The big wheel opening times will be as follows:
Monday to Thursday, 12noon – 8pm
Friday to Sunday, 12noon – 10pm 
Please note: these are the anticipated timings and times may change at short notice due to unforeseeable circumstances.

Adult: £5
Concession: £4 (child below 1.4m, student, OAP)
Family (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children): £15

A ride is approximately 8 to 10 minutes. There are 24 covered gondolas, each seating 6 people. There is wheelchair accesses up to the gondola, but not on to it. Assistance/support will be provided for anyone wanting to transfer to the gondola.

Diwali guide

The Leicester Diwali Guide 2015 includes everything you need to know about Diwali and the celebrations in Leicester, get your free copy from Visit Leicester, shops, bars, museums and other outlets from 16 October.

View a copy of the online Diwali Guide 2015  or download a copy here

Travel information and road closures

Car parking spaces in and around the area will be limited during the lights switch on and Diwali Day events; therefore visitors are positively encouraged to use public transport to travel to and from the city centre.

If you are planning to visit the Diwali Switch On or Diwali Day celebrations visit Getting There for useful travel information including bus timetables and road closures.

Further information on travelling to Leicester can be found at Planning your Trip

For the most up to date information on public transport, walking and cycling routes and car shares, please visit choosehowyoumove.co.uk

Need further information?

Follow our Celebrate Safely Diwali advice

Pop in or call us at Visit Leicester to find out how we can help you enjoy Leicester Diwali Celebrations even more, see Visit Leicester or see Welcome to Leicester to find out more about the city of Leicester

Telephone: 0116 454 3600
email: festivals@leicester.gov.uk

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