This year, mark your calendars for Saturday 28th September, to join in the festivities of the Kendal Torchlight Carnival 2024. As one of the town’s most anticipated annual events, the Torchlight Carnival promises an unforgettable evening celebrating Kendal’s vibrant community spirit and creative flair.

The Parade Returns to Kendal Town Centre
Featuring an array of colourful floats, performers, and participants, all embodying the festivity’s 2024 theme: the elements—fire, water, earth, and air.

Celebrating Over Fifty Years of Community and Creativity
The Kendal Torchlight Carnival is not just an event; it’s a legacy. For more than fifty years, this family-friendly spectacle has brought together people from all walks of life to celebrate the cultural and artistic achievements of the Kendal community. Each year, the carnival evolves, yet the essence of community celebration and participation remains at its heart.

What to Expect at the Carnival
Participants and spectators alike can look forward to a night filled with wonder:

• Themed Floats: The floats this year will be creatively aligned with the theme of the Elements
• Performances: Watch the streets come alive with performances including dancers and drum troops
• Community Involvement: Schools, businesses, local artists, and various groups from around Kendal will showcase their talents
• Family Fun: The carnival atmosphere will be electric, safe and fun for the whole family.
How to Participate
Organisations and businesses are encouraged to join in the fun, enter here
Throughout the summer, the Torchlight’s Creative Crew will be running workshops to make community entries for the procession, keep your eye on the Torchlight website and social channels for details.

Why You Should Attend
The Kendal Torchlight Carnival is more than just a parade. It’s an opportunity to connect with friends, family, and neighbours, and to participate actively in Kendal’s rich culture. The event also draws visitors from across the region, boosting local commerce and showcasing Kendal’s hospitality. Whether you’re a long-time attendee or a curious first-timer, the Kendal Torchlight 2024 is set to be a dazzling celebration.
Be sure to follow local announcements and the official carnival website for updates on the event schedule, participating groups, and tips for enjoying the evening to the fullest. Join us to light up the night at the Kendal Torchlight Carnival 2024!

Accommodation in Kendal over the Torchlight weekend gets very busy, secure yours today and make a weekend of the occasion, enjoying the wonderful eateries and shops here in our town!


Kendal Torchlight Carnival is one of Kendal's annual events and festivals


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