28th September 2024

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2023 Giant Community Procession workshops and entry With Love Art Workshops

This year, Torchlight will be creating a community entry that anyone can enter. 
Workshops will be held throughout the summer to make beautiful lanterns, decorations and gifts to hand out to the public along the procession route. 

We have been incredibly lucky to work with Love Art Workshops, Lana Grindley and Amy Williams to deliver this series of summer workshops. 

The vision for the entry

To help Kendal Bloom

Imagine a wild flower meadow parading that’s lit up moving “beebuffet”.

With lantern pollinators dotted amongst it’s bee, butterfly flies, beetles and wasps

Smaller flowers will be handed out to the public with wild flower seeds attached. “Bee kind, plant me in October”


To highlight the bees decline, promote and wild flowers

To promote the greening of our urban spaces in Kendal creating more habitats at home

In the workshops, we will make lanterns, giant petals and smaller flowers, we will reuse lanterns from last year’s lantern garden to create flowers

Public Workshops

Abbot Hall
15th July 10.30 – 3 pm

Sandylands Church
22nd July 10.30 – 3 pm

Hallgarth Community Centre
29th July 10.30 – 3 pm


Over the summer, we have worked with the following schools to create lanterns and had a lot of fun along the way. 

Vicarage Park School
Heron Hill
Stramongate School
Castle Park School
Sandgate School
Ghyllside School


Community Groups

We held workshops in the community and made some beautiful petals and lanterns with the following groups.

Fair oak housing
Life steps
Friends club
Hub Club
Space 2 create
Kendal Care Home
Youth Zone

Joint Workshop

This year we held a joint workshop with Summer Hill Care Home and Ghyllside School. The students and residents worked together and had a great time making friendships as well as building and decorating lanterns for the parade.

Join the Kendal Bloom entry

The Kendal in bloom entry is open to all. if you would like to be a part of this group in the procession, email us info@kendaltorchlight.co.uk

Come along to Abbot Hall for 6.30pm on saturday 23rd September to check in. Wear bright colours, or costumes and if possible remember to light up your outfit so you can be seen in the dark.

Supported by the Environment Agency



There have been some magnificent costumes, stalls and performers involved in Torchlight over the years. View our gallery to view a selection.