Leicester’s big wheel back in time for Christmas



A giant Ferris wheel, which is said to be the UK’s third largest, is back in Jubilee Square just in time to bring in that Christmas spirit.

The 110 ft. tall wheel attracted many passers-by and they looked up at the ride lit up the street right outside BBC Radio Leicester.

Customers who got off the wheel thought that “it was good for the city” and that “it was good entertainment”.

It first appeared for the Diwali celebrations and was a big hit in Belgrave; it now stands in Jubilee Square 17 months old.

Members of the public, including children accompanied by adults, can ride the wheel.

The wheel ride is open between 12pm – 8pm from Mondays to Thursdays and 12pm- 10 pm on Fridays to Sundays.

Michelle (36) who manages the wheel said: “I’ve been following the wheel since it was first built and I travel around the UK with it; it’s very popular everywhere we go.

“I love working here and I’m really passionate about my job, sometimes I even help put it together, I like being hands on with my work.”

The wheel sits right outside the Maiyango restaurant and a waiter said: “The wheel has just been put up so I think during the weekend it will be much better for business.

“I’m just waiting for the Christmas lights.”

A Taxi driver who works outside the wheel said: “The wheel hasn’t done anything for us black cab drivers.

“Most people who come off the wheel just walk straight past us or would rather call for another cab which will come in the next 20-30 minutes than to pay a pound or two extra.”

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 2 children, or one adult and three children).

The ride has 24 gondolas which hold up to 6 people and allows them to see the view over Leicester for eight to 10 minutes.

Nusaybah, a 21-year-old student, said: “Even though it’s nice in the dark you can’t see much because the light is reflecting.”

The ride will be in Jubilee Square until the 8th January 2017.

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