When is the Kendal Torchlight Carnival 2019?

The time is nearly upon us! As local schools, businesses and groups put the finishing touches to their floats and costumes, the market town of Kendal is in the final stages of preparation for the 2019 Torchlight Carnival.

The procession always takes place on a late Friday in September, usually after the Westmorland County Show. This year the carnival takes place on Friday September 28th, 2019.


What is the Torchlight Carnival?

Formerly known as the Torchlight Procession, this family-friendly street parade has been a permanent fixture in the town every year since 1970 (but for a brief year off in 2012). The carnival brings residents and visitors to Kendal and the surrounding towns and villages together, as they line the streets to show their support and enjoy the show.

With a new theme every year, the torchlight carnival comes back brighter and bigger, complete with floats, dance groups, musicians, marching bands, street artists and classic vehicles. With flashing lights, glowing wands and fancy balloons on offer along the streets, the whole family can get involved in the carnival atmosphere.


When do the Roads Close for the Torchlight Carnival?

With the procession marching right through the town from Lound Road to Blackhall Road and back via Stricklandgate, the town closes its main central roads to all incoming traffic at around 6.30pm, and to all outgoing traffic at about 6.45pm. The roads ‘officially’ reopen at 10.30pm following the end of the parade, but you can usually get around earlier than this.

The roads around the entry points to the town, especially Windermere Road, Aynam Road and around Kirkbie Kendal School start to become very congested from as early as 5pm. So to make sure you get where you need to be, it’s advisable to complete your trip as early as you possibly can.


What Time Does the Torchlight Carnival Start?

The 2019 Kendal Torchlight Carnival sets off from Kendal Leisure Centre, Kirkbie Kendal School and officially outside K Village traffic lights at 7.30pm. 

Here’s a pro tip - If you don’t want to miss a single act, float or attraction at the carnival, you’ll need to make sure you’re standing beyond K Village or further into town, and avoid setting up position too close to Kirkbie Kendal School.

And another pro tip - Make sure you get there nice and early to secure a spot at the front for your little ones to enjoy the show up close. It can get really busy along the railings so grab your spot and make yourself big!


Are you heading to the Kendal Torchlight Carnival in 2019?

For more information including a route map, schedule and advice for visitors, pop over to https://www.kendaltorchlightcarnival.co.uk