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Kendal Torchlight is one of the largest and oldest night-time parades in the North West and has hosted an annual carnival showcasing and celebrating the creativity, traditions, history and culture of our town for 50 years.

Torchlight 2021 is taking on a new format. The Friday night processions will take a different format this year.

On Friday night we will have 4 processions which will leave from local neighbourhoods in the four corners of Kendal. These will be walking processions, featuring lanterns, and our spectacular Fire sculptures.

They will follow routes from four outer corners of Kendal and wind their way into the centre where they will congregate in the centre of Kendal for the ceremonial opening of the Garden of Delights’ – Lantern Garden in Abbot Hall park.

There will be no road closures this year and we are not accepting entries for these processions. They will be visual spectacles for you to enjoy.

We have had to change the format of the event to reduce the carnivals carbon footprint, to help social distancing with covid-19 and to make the event easier and safer to run. The main parade for schools and other entrants is the wheelbarrow parade on Saturday afternoon.

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