Torchlight Carnival

Friday 14th September 2018

The Kendal Torchlight procession 2018 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 involves 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 Kirkbie Kendal School at 7.30pm and then follows a set route to loop round Kendal town centre. The procession will then finish back at Kendal Leisure Centre. Many roads in and around the town centre will be closed to vehicles from around 6.30pm, 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

The theme of Kendal Torchlight 2018 is ‘Books & Authors’.

‘Books and Authors’ will allow imaginations to run wild. From literary classics to more modern favourites we hope to see a really wide selection of entries this year.

How to enter

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

If you have any questions or would like any further details, please feel free to contact our team.



Our next major challenge is to gather a force of Torchlight Marshals for the 2018 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!