Kendal’s Torchlight Carnival is one of a kind. Each year swarms of Kendalians hits 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.

In 2020 Kendal Torchlight will hold it’s 50th Procession! The theme for 2020 will be ‘Think Global & Act Local’.

Kendal Torchlight


Founded in 1970, Kendal Torchlight Carnival weekend attracts around 30,000 people to Kendal each year.

The Carnival Procession and Street Party celebrate the traditions, creativity, diversity and vision of local people, as they celebrate all that makes a place and its communities great.  The Carnival sees around 1800 local and visiting ‘processionists’ from schools, local businesses, voluntary and community groups.

The Carnival of motorised or carried decorated ‘floats’ winds their way through the streets of Kendal creating an extravaganza of weird and wonderful contraptions, masks and costumes, dancers, musicians and artists.

Kendal Torchlight

Kendal Sea Cadets previos Torchlight Entrants

The Kendal Torchlight procession takes place on the Friday evening with a Street Party on the Saturday afternoon.

Over the two dates, Kendal town centre will be filled with fun, music, creativity and dance for everyone to enjoy!

See the Kendal Torchlight Carnival website for more information.