Diwali Leicester 2016

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Diwali Leicester 2016
Sunday 16 October - Sunday 30 October 2016

Diwali Day Sunday 30 October: 3pm - 9pm, stage programme from 6pm

Cossington Street Recreation Ground, Belgrave Road, City Centre & other venues

Diwali Guide

Find out all you need to know about Leicester's Diwali Celebrations, the traditions, food, shopping and places to stay in the Diwali Leicester 2016 Guide  

The full two-week what's on programme can be viewed here
or you can download a pdf of the Diwali What's On 2016 .

Diwali Celebrations 2016

Diwali celebrations in Leicester are one of the biggest outside of India, with over 37,000 people attending the 2015 switch on of the lights on Belgrave Road and more attending Diwali Day itself, in the heart of the city's Asian community. This year, Leicester’s world famous Diwali celebrations promise to be more spectacular and dazzling than ever, with new additions for 2016 including a Diwali Village on Cossington Street Recreation Ground, an aerial firework display above Belgrave Road and an exciting two-week events programme across the city including dance, music, theatre and exhibitions.

Wheel of Light

After last year’s success the 110-foot Ferris wheel is returning to the Diwali celebrations this year. Leicester’s Wheel of Light arrives at Belgrave Road from Friday 14 October - Sunday 6 November. The wheel will be lit at night to provide a glittering centrepiece to the festivities. Opening times and prices are:

Monday to Thursday: 12 noon – 9pm
Friday to Sunday: 12 noon – 10pm
On Diwali Lights Switch On, Sunday 16 October and Diwali Day, Sunday 30 October the Wheel of Light will be open until 11pm.

These are the anticipated timings. Times may change at short notice due to unforeseeable circumstances.

Adult : £5
Concession (child below 1.4m, student, OAP): £4
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 access to one of the gondola’s assistance/support will be provide for anyone using this gondola.

Need further information?

For advice on travelling to the Diwali celebrations visit Getting There 

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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Details of tendering and sponsorship opportunites can be found here leicester.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/festivals-and-events/opportunities-in-festivals/