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Clock Tower area

Due to the continuing building works/government guidelines regarding Covid-19, we do not recommend the Clock Tower as an event space. Please contact festivals@leicester.gov.uk for more details.

Opportunities in festivals

From catering to funfairs, bands to stalls, there are many ways to get involved in Leicester's festivals.

Tender opportunities

Diwali Leicester

  • Diwali Lights Switch-On: Sunday 24 October
  • Diwali Day: Thursday 4 November

Leicester’s world famous Diwali celebrations are  one  of  the  best outside  of  India, with  over 45,000 people attending the 2019 switch on of the lights on Belgrave Road and more attending Diwali day itself. We would like to provide food stalls for the Diwali Village, which will be located in Cossington Street Recreation Round along with children’s funfair rides, stalls, and arts activity and performance. We have opportunities for:

  • Catering units
  • Glow products
  • Funfair
  • General stalls

Please email Mandeep Kaur for an application - Mandeep.kaur@leicester.gov.uk.

Deadline for tenders: 5pm, Friday 1 October.

Abbey Park Bonfire and Firework Display

  • Abbey Park Bonfire and Firework Display: Saturday 6 November

The Abbey Park Bonfire & Firework Display is the official display for Leicester, as well as being the biggest. We expect attendance in the region of 15,000. We would like to provide a variety of opportunities for tender hot food stalls (sweet and savoury) and coffee stalls, particularly those using or selling organic or Fairtrade products. We have opportunities for:

  • Catering units
  • Glow products
  • Funfair
Deadline for tenders: 5pm, Friday 1 October.

Please email Serah Riley for an application - Serah.Riley@leicester.gov.uk.

Sponsorship opportunities

The Festivals and Events team runs a number diverse events and major festivals throughout the year, with a large reach across a wide demographic. We have a number of sponsorship opportunities available for businesses and organisations to support one of our established events. Sponsorship packages can be tailored to suit most budgets, with options including section sponsors, named sponsors or affiliated partners. To discuss being a partner or sponsor for any of our festivals and events, please use the contact details at the bottom of this page to get in touch.

Other opportunities

We also work with partners who organise their own events. If you would like to be involved please contact the organisers directly. You can find details of these events on the Visit Leicester website which is linked at the top of this page.

Further tendering opportunities, including circuses can be found on Source Leicestershire which is linked at the top of this page. Guidance on how to approach a tendering opportunity can be found on The Nationwide Caterers Association website which is also linked at the top of this page.

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