Wrap up warm for Leicester’s spectacular Diwali lights switch on, or join in with a wealth of activities and celebrations leading up to the epic finale on Diwali Day.
To mark the start of Diwai, the Belgrave Road area of Leicester is bathed in twinkling lights, with a Festival of Light opening party on in late October. For the next two weeks, the city comes alive with theatre performances, craft activities, parades, exhibitions and, of course, mouth-watering food. All faiths and races join in with the festivities, with thousands coming along to see the light switch-on, and even more attending the culmination of cultural celebrations on Diwali Day.
Alongside a fire garden and Global Rainbow that will beam light across the city, Diwali Day, in early November, will see an array of Bollywood dances, music performances and dazzling fashion. It's a street party like no other.
The East Midlands Food Festival in Melton Mowbray is one of the largest regional food festivals in the country. Running for over 15 years, lots of loyal and new visitors can enjoy edible delights from some of the country’s finest producers, many from the East Midlands.