A giant 110 foot Ferris wheel has opened in Leicester as part of the Christmas and Diwali celebrations.
The giant, white wheel, known as The Leicester Wheel of Light, will take pride of place in Belgrave Road from Friday, October 16, to Sunday, November 15, as part of the city’s Diwali celebrations.
It will then be dismantled and moved to Jubilee Square, where it will be open from Saturday November 21 for Christmas and New Year until January 4.
The wheel will be open 12noon to 10pm from Friday to Sunday, and 12noon to 8pm from Monday to Thursday, giving passengers breathtaking views across the city.
Tickets cost £5 for adults, £4 for students, pensioners and children under 1.4m, or £15 for family tickets covering two adults and two children, or one adult and three children.
The huge Ferris wheel is one of the tallest rides of its kind currently travelling the UK, and thought to be one of only three in the country.
It contains 24 gondolas, each of which can carry six passengers, and the whole giant structure will be illuminated after dark.
The big wheel will complement the city’s new Diwali Leicester Festival, which includes activities extended across the city for a two-week period.
Leicester’s Diwali celebrations are widely thought to be the biggest outside India, and regularly attract more than 35,000 people to the city for the switch-on of its lights, and for its Diwali Day event.