Carnival Street Party

Saturday 28th September 2019

Kendal Torchlight 2019 takes place on Friday 27th September, with the Kendal Street Party on Saturday 28th September.

Thanks to support local partners and sponsors the Torchlight organising team have begun organising the 2019 street party.

The annual procession through Kendal will take place as usual on the evening of Friday 27th September, but on the Saturday afternoon (28th September) the town centre will be taken over by a host of carnival arts performances and workshops. In addition we will host a live stage which will feature live music acts and performers, and host the Torchlight Trophy Presentation.

Details on what to look forward to this year can be viewed below.

Get Involved

We are now accepting entries for this year’s Carnival. You can download our entry form by clicking the button below.

If you’d like to be involved in any part of the planning or content of the Kendal Torchlight weekend please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Entry forms for Torchlight are available now.


Following The Success…

The first ever Kendal Carnival street party was held in 2016, and proved a huge success. Now in it’s fourth year it has been established as a great successor to the procession and great entertainment in it’s own right. Thank you to all the individuals and organisations who made it happen. This year, we are doing it all again!

Below is the 2018 schedule of events. The 2019 schedule will be published nearer to the event.

Come along, enjoy the music and get involved, it’s party time!  Worried about finding our bands?  We are sure you will hear them, but if you don’t, look out for them around the Main Street, Birdcage and Westmorland Shopping Centre.

Milnthorpe Steel Band

Performance and Workshop

A community band based near Milnthorpe playing a mix of much loved tunes.  Join them as they perform some of their favourites from their playlist to get Kendal dancing.

Blue Jam Arts Samba Band

Blue Jam’s Community Samba Band “B Jamba” will be leading drumming workshops for anyone who wants to have a go at playing Samba!  You don’t need a drum, just energy and enthusiasm.  Come and create some ‘call and response beats’ and join in the performance at the end.

Blast Furness

BLAST Furness, the 20 strong and 20 year old street band of the ancient town of Ulverston in South Cumbria, demonstrates freedom with joyous musical reverberations leaping between New Orleans, Brazil and Jamaica their dancy tunes and wild spirit guarantee every stomp is a party romp.

New for 2019, Evening Music performances!

We are pleased to introduce 2 amazing bands to entertain you.

Amber Sun

We are excited to bring you some post procession entertainment in the form of the amazing Amber Suns! They will be playing on-stage in the market place once the procession has passed through the town centre around 9pm. They have had a busy year playing gigs for BBC Music Introducing Highest Point festival and Morecambe Carnival. Join us for their first performance in Kendal!

Programme for the Day

Main Stage

9pm Amber Suns

10am Mela
11.45am Foragers
12.30pm Molly Warburton
1.30pm AWARDS
2.00pm Sophie Langhorn
2.45pm Hannah Mckee
3.00pm Shallamarra
3.45pm Hanna Mckee
4.00pm TwentyFourSeven
5.10pm Stagecoach Theatre School

Library Stage

Westmorland Youth Orchestra (Group)
Kay Cook …. story teller
Westmorland Youth Orchestra
Dave Vanstone (Cosmic Dave! Musician song creator)
Jemima Longcake … Performance theatre
Kay Cook
Dave Vanstone
Lauren Davey … songwriter musician
Juiette Beaton .. wool spinning demo
Lauren Davey
Juliette Beaton

Stricklandgate Stage

Drum Nation
Opening Ceremony
Mayor, Chair of SLDC
Sponsors and TOG
Drum Nation
Milnthorpe Steelband
Balinese Gamelan
Bay Beat
Milnthorpe Steel Band
Balinese Gamelan

Birdcage Stage

10.00 Tokari School Of Theatre Arts
10.45 Abhinadana Dance Academy
11.30 Queen Elizabeth School
12.00 Kendal Gymnastics Group
12.35 From the Top Dance
13.00 Kendalians
14.00 Dance Attik
15.00 Kendal Dance Academy

Timings may change on the day, please look out for our daily timetable

Get Stuck In!

Don’t miss our series of carnival workshops and fun activities for you to pop along and have a go. All carnival workshops are aimed at a broad range of ages; most are available for you to dip in and out throughout the day.

Love Arts

Love Art Workshops is run by community artist Lana Grindley who works with local groups and individuals, encouraging the use of artistic activities to support their development and improve their quality of life. Join them for a fun day.

‘Golf it Yourself!’ with Ragtag Arts:

Ragtag Arts uses unwanted materials that are otherwise headed to landfill to create all kinds of exciting things. This year at the torchlight we are going to be building our very own game of crazy golf and we need your help. So come and get creative and get putting!

Saree Draping

Learn how to wear the beautiful traditional Indian garment. A sari consists of a drape varying from 4.5 to 8 meters in length and 60 to 120 centimetres in breadth. There are many styles in which you can wear a Saree and we can’t wait to show you. Come along to the  work shop and see for yourself.


Henna is a form of body art that is centuries old. Ancient Egypt and India used this form of temporary tattoo for religious ceremonies, wedding festivals, and for simple body adornment. The complexity of designs grew and began to take on meaning. Eventually brides began to decorate their feet and hands with henna as part of their wedding rituals.

Snap Happy in our Costume Cabin

Dress up, pull faces and pose and smile! We’ll take a photo and email it over to you as a keepsake. You could even join our photo gallery on Facebook too.


Wooden Block Printing

Originating in China, Wooden block printing is a technique for printing text, images or patterns. It’s used widely throughout East Asia as a method of printing on textiles and later paper. It’s great fun. We hope you come join us.

Rangoli Underwater

Underwater Rangoli is an evolved version of the traditional Indian Art Rangoli in which patterns are created on the floor or the ground. It is usually made during Diwali or Tihar, Onam, Pongal and other Hindu festivals in the Indian subcontinent. Designs are passed from one generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive.

Ebru Marbling

Ebru marbling is the Turkish art of creating colourful patterns by sprinkling and brushing colour pigments on a pan of oily water and then transforming this pattern to paper. It’s great fun, come and get involved.