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Big wheel comes to city

Published on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

WORK begins this week on assembling the spectacular 110-foot Ferris wheel that will take pride of place at the centre of this year’s Diwali celebrations. 

The giant wheel will be assembled on the Golden Mile as part of the city’s world-famous Diwali festivities, which are the largest outside India.

Work begins on Tuesday, October 4, and will see the huge structure rising above the Belgrave skyline.

The wheel will be in operation from Friday, October 14, to Sunday, November 6, as a central part of the two-week programme of Diwali events taking place in the city.

It will operate from 12noon to 8pm from Mondays to Thursdays, and 12noon to 10pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Passengers will be taken up in one of 24 suspended gondolas, which each hold six people, to get breath-taking views over Leicester in a ride lasting eight to 10 minutes.  This year one of the gondolas has been specially adapted to allow wheelchair access. 

Rides cost £5 for adults, £4 for concessions (children shorter than 1.4m, students and OAPs) or £15 for a family ticket (two adults and two children, or one adult and three children).

Leicester assistant city mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: “The big wheel was extremely popular when we introduced it for the first time last year, so I’m delighted that it’s coming back.

“It’s a great way to see Leicester from above, and to gaze down on the spectacular Diwali celebrations taking place on the Golden Mile. I’m also very pleased to see that one of the gondolas has been adapted for easy wheelchair access, to ensure that the ride can be used easily by all visitors.

Leicester’s Diwali celebrations run from October 14 to October 30, and centre around two major events – the Diwali Lights switch-on and Diwali Day.

The hugely-popular Diwali lights switch-on will take place on Belgrave Road, on Sunday, October 16, with the Diwali Day celebrations taking place at Cossington Street Recreation Ground two weeks later, on Sunday, October 30.

Both events will also feature aerial firework displays high in the skies above the Golden Mile.

For the first time this year, the Diwali lights switch-on event will also feature two breath-taking new displays - Ocean Of Light will include an evocative outdoor installation featuring thousands of lights suspended in space, and Colours of Radiance, will see a dazzling light show using LED umbrellas to create moving rangoli patterns.

Other attractions include a new exhibition at New Walk Museum, a Mela Bazaar and a family day at the Curve Theatre.

Full details about all events are available at