Torchlight Carnival

Friday 14th September 2018

The Kendal Torchlight procession 2017 takes place on Friday 14th September, with the Kendal Street Party on Saturday 15th September.

Kendal’s Torchlight Carnival is one of a kind. Each year crowds of people, Kendalians and visitors alike, line the streets to watch the procession, which has traditionally involved local businesses, schools, organisations and clubs. From decorated floats and all manner of vehicles, to dancing troups and marching musicians, it’s always so much fun to see what our creative
community has come up with each year.

Torchlight Event
Route and Timings

The Kendal Torchlight Carnival starts from K Village at 7.30pm and then follows a set route to loops round Kendal town centre. The procession will then finish back at Kendal Leisure Centre. Many roads in an around the town centre will be closed to vehicles from around 7pm, after this time no access will be available in or out of the town centre. The procession will finish around 10pm with all roads re-opening shortly after.


The Torchlight Theme

A big thank you to the local schools and pupils who replied to our request to send in ideas for the theme. We can now officially announce the theme of Kendal Torchlight 2018 is ‘Books & Authors’.

‘Fairy Tales’ will allow imaginations to run wild as both children and adults alike have favourite stories and films which they share together. This theme was chosen by pupils who study at separate schools in Kendal, Vicarage Park Primary School and Castle Park School.

How to enter

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

Please note that we don’t have a huge budget nor many volunteers, so the Torchlight Team is unlikely to be able to provide funding for Carnival Groups from outside the immediate area. Our priority will be to support local organisations, though if you have an idea or would like any further details please contact our team.



Our next major challenge is to gather a force of Torchlight Marshals for the 2017 Kendal Torchlight Carnival.

If you’ve marshalled for us in the past, our Marshal Coordinator will be contacting you soon to ask for your commitment. If you haven’t marshalled before, get in touch!