Kendal Torchlight Meets Scrapheap Challenge

Kendal Torchlight Gathering 2022 launched to music and dancing this weekend at a party to celebrate the 53-year strong event. With music from local band The Seals, volunteers, entrants, and supporters of Torchlight were invited to gather for a theme reveal for this years event.

The Seals Band onstage

Following on from last years Garden of Delights, the chosen theme this year is Scrapheap Legends.

Procession along Riverside

Chair Craig Russell said “last year we chose to celebrate our gardens and green spaces after spending so much time in lockdown enjoying them. This year we continue our environmental theme but with a focus on scrap and recycling. We hope that people will be really inspired to make entries from a wide range of material, whether this is metal, cardboard, wood or fabric. Think Scrap Heap challenge meets Blue Peter and the Great British Sewing Bee.

The word legends could be legendary people from history or today, it could be characters or animals, a costume, a sculpture, or a landscape. We want to inspire people to get involved”.

There will be a host of events throughout the summer for people to get involved with, including making workshops, masterclasses, dance, and music.

The format of the event will be similar to the 2021 event which centred on Abbott Hall Park. On Friday night, foot based processions will make their way from the outskirts of Kendal to meet at a grand opening ceremony in Abbot Hall park. Throughout the day and into the evening on Saturday there will be a programme of events including a procession and judging of entries and a fire garden.

The Saturday Street party will take place in the town centre with music, performers, street theatre, stalls, workshops, and a daytime procession. A full overview of how to get involved and enter will be available on the Torchlight website.