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 2018, Evening Music performances!

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

Scrogans Run

Scrogans Run are Cumbria based folk/bluegrass duo Wayne Scurrah and Paddy Rogan. Both experienced singer songwriters, they combine their talents on guitar, banjo and vocal harmonies to bring you uplifting sets of original material. They are established regulars of the North Western festival circuit and folk scene, and have been featured regularly on BBC Introducing. They met through a mutual appreciation of the age old fireside session – and their songs of travelling, lost love and misadventure will transport you directly there….

Groove Train

Groove Train is a 7-piece live band including keys, guitars, sax, and multiple layers of soulful vocals,. Groove Train is inspired by the big bands behind artists like Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Steely Dan, and Prince. They have played gigs across Europe, from Wembley Arena and The Royal Albert Hall to theatres and festivals; on albums and national radio; and alongside big names including Robert Plant and Jools Holland. Their rhythm section is made up of British Blues & Soul Awards finalists, and they’ve welcomed a range of top international session musicians to guest with us at special shows. This is a performance not to be missed!

Programme for the Day

Main Stage

10.00 Stagecoach
10.50 Margaret Bowers Tokari
11.40 Dance Attik
13.20 Mini Procession with Blast Furness
14.10 Holly Lovelady Roberts
15.00 Trophies
15.50 Hannah McKee
16.40 Illyria

Evening Performances

18.00 Scrogans Run
19.30 Groove Train

Acoustic Stage

11.30 Jennifers Dancers
12.15 Sean Moore
13.00 Kev Kendal
13.45 Blue Jam
14.30 Blast Furness
15.15 Beth Jade Kissock
16.00 Sophie Langhorn

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.

Stricklandgate and Highgate

Drop in and have a go anytime between 10.00am and 4.00pm (*unless stated)

ABLAZE working with Jane Blackburn

Preston-based carnival youth group ABLAZE are adding colour and excitement to the town centre with their costumes. Pop along as we invite you to have a go making carnival Headdresses. Look out for their roaming artists during the day wearing their spectacular costumes.

Love Arts Carnival Hungry Caterpillar workshops

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 in this free hungry caterpillar workshop!

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.


Ragtag Arts

Ragtag Arts is a community based group in Kendal, running all kinds of creative workshops including circus skills and arts and Crafts.

Ragtag Arts will be building a fairy tale castle and they need your help. Will it be a castle for Rapunzel, or where the Giant lives from Jack and the Beanstalk? No carpentry skills required….. just imagination! They’ll be building, sticking, cutting out, painting, decorating (making a lot of mess) and playing away the day.

Vintage Fair

Roll up roll up, come and join us at the street fair.

This year, we are once again bringing back our Street Fair, with lots of traditional  stalls and craft activities.

Kendal Torchlight Carnival has traditionally supported many local charities, and this year we are doubling our efforts! Not only have we supported out Charity Partners on Friday evening at the Carnival Procession, but we are going one step further this year to support more charities on Saturday at our Street Party.

Come and have a go at our creative workshops and visit our charities between 10.00am and 4.00pm!