Kendal Torchlight Carnival 2017

Friday 15th September 2017 - This event has finished

Kendal Torchlight Carnival logo

Time: 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Contact: Craig Russell
Email: craig.russell(at)
Address: From Kirkbie Kendal School
Lound Road

Town: Kendal
County: Cumbria

The Kendal Torchlight festival is one of the largest one-day events in the Lake District and Cumbria, which in 2016 attracting 33,000 people from all over the country. Since the carnival's inception, tens of thousands of spectators have lined the streets of Kendal to witness the colourful procession of bands, floats, carnival performers and dance troupes winding its way through Kendal. The Torchlight Carnival promotes the best of Kendal and, over the last 47 years, has enabled the chosen charities to collect many tens of thousands of pounds towards their worthy causes. Each year Torchlight has a different theme with 2016's having been 'Celebrating Kendal's Spirit'. The theme for 2017 has been chosen by schoolchildren and is 'Fairy Tales'.
The 2017 Torchlight Carnival and Traditional Procession will be on September 15th. Kendal's streets will start closing to incoming traffic from around 6:30pm and outgoing traffic from 6:45pm, re-opening at approximately 10:30pm. The parade will begin at Kirkbie Kendal School at 7:30pm and the route takes in Lound Road, Aynam Road, Miller Bridge, New Road, Stramongate, Blackhall Road, Sandes Avenue, Stricklandgate, Highgate, Kirkland, Nether Bridge and Lound Road.
The Torchlight website at provides the latest details, and ways to get involved, either as a Carnival entry or as a supporter.

Each year's event raises more than £3000 for charity, with St John's Hospice, Age UK South Lakeland, Manna House  and Cumbria Animal rescue being the 2016 beneficiaries. During the afternoon of September 16th the carnival organisers will be hosting a street party in Kendal town centre, with the attractions including carnival arts performances, a dance stage and samba workshop.

Torchlight Carnival
Images from previous Torchlight Carnivals - courtesy The Westmorland Gazette

Annual Kendal Torchlight Carnival Kendal - Your Events and What's On Guide for Kendal