Kendal Town Council

In the heart of Kendal there are hidden treasures!

Kathryn Parr

Kendal’s Mayor’s Parlour, in the Town Hall, is a small space containing items of huge importance and beauty that illustrate the history of Kendal from the Domesday book onwards.

Following successful sessions for Heritage Open Day in September, Kendal Town Council is pleased to announce that the Parlour is now available to visit in a further series of monthly sessions in which the Council’s Heritage Officer, Simon Unsworth, will give a short talk on Kendal’s history and its development as a town of international importance through its early beginnings to the wool trade and its present, vibrant incarnation!

Whether it’s Kathryn Parr’s Book of Devotions, the art of George Romney or the Charters, Sword and Maces that give Kendal is identity as a unique market town, there’s something in the Parlour to fascinate everyone! Come along and learn about Kendal’s place in history.


The sessions will last 90 -120 minutes, and will include time for questions and attendees are welcome to take photographs of most things in the room. The sessions will take place on:

Wednesday February 1st at 5.30p.m

Tuesday February 7th at 10.30a.m

Thursday February 9th at 2.00p.m

Booking is essential as places are limited. To book, please email



 Kendal Town Council has approved a plan to invest £5,000 in improving natural play facilities in Serpentine Woods, Kendal. The money will help restore many of the existing features, including the much-loved alphabet and nature trails. The move follows consultation with local schools, the Fellside Forum and Kendal Conservation Volunteers. There will also be new visitor leaflets and a dedicated area on, matched by updated QR codes on the entrance signs.

Chair of the Town Council’s Environment and Highways Committee, Cllr Eamonn Hennessy said, ‘this is a good example of how local partnerships can improve facilities for residents and visitors. The woods are owned and managed by the district council, but we can bring additional resources and community buy-in.’ Mayor of Kendal, Cllr Doug Rathbone said, ‘Kendal Town Council is keen to ensure there is continued investment in our parks and open spaces. We know that there will be challenges as South Lakeland and Cumbria merge their operations in a few months, and we want to make sure that our vital green areas get the resources they need.’

Picture shows restored painted magpie sculpture in Serpentine Woods, Kendal, funded by Kendal Town Council.

Kendal Town Council are seeking landscape designers and gardeners to sponsor improvements to the green space at Kirkland near Nether Bridge to create a new ‘Coronation Garden’.

The area has undergone multiple changes recently due to the flood prevention scheme and is now in need of updating to complement surrounding improvements.

Sponsors will be featured in the garden and thanked across our networks.

If interested, please contact for more details.

Kendal residents are being encouraged to join Kendal Town Council, Waste into Wellbeing and Stricklandgate House at an event designed to help the trio create a ‘sustainability hub’ at Stricklandgate House on the 1st of February.

The initiative is a result of the towns Climate Change Citizens Jury, read more action updates here.

Email for more info.

Thanks to the dedication of many Kendal volunteers and organisations, there are warm spaces available Monday to Saturday across the town.

The poster below will go to all households in Kendal, please share as widely as possible to help this information reach those that might need it this winter.

For full information and contact details please follow this link to Cumbria County Council’s warms spaces map.


Kendal’s ‘Mountain & Sky Christmas Lights Switch on’ was enjoyed by many this year thanks to a new approach with Kendal Mountain Festival and Cumbria Dark Skies.

Celebrations started at the Festival’s Basecamp, at Abott Hall Park, where everyone was welcomed with short films and the official opening of the Mountain Festival by national climbing treasure Leo Holding.

Led by stunning winter wonders on stilts and the wonderful marching band, Giata, a walking procession then left basecamp and headed up the riverside towards Market Place.

Carols from Amabile Choir and a talk from Dark Skies Cumbria then took centre stage before the Mayor officially switched on the Christmas Lights. The free santa sleigh and tea cup ride was in full swing throughout delighting many children.

To close the event, Kendal was treated to a first in its Market Place – a performance from Andrei Burton a mountain bike extraordinaire who impressed crowds with his tricks and encouraged kids to dare him to go higher…

Huge thanks to all Kendal Town Council staff and Councillors, partners and volunteer marshals who made this event possible, we’re already looking forward to switch-on 2023!

The latest Kendal Town Council newsletter landed across Kendal’s homes and businesses featuring festival and event updates, Jury Recommendation progress and Warm Spaces information.

Unfortunately, it was delivered later than planned due to Royal Mail strikes, apologies to anyone who missed the Mountain and Sky Switch-On event information.

To read the full newsletter, please follow this link.


This year’s Mountain and Sky Christmas Lights Switch-on in Kendal will see the event team up with the town’s famous Mountain Festival and Dark Skies Cumbria for a joint celebration of light and dark.

Residents are invited to the Mountain Festival Basecamp, at Abbot Hall Park, for welcome films from 5pm. A colourful family parade, led by a band and stilt walkers, will leave the Festival’s basecamp at 5.30pm, winding its way along Waterside and up into Market Place.

Father Christmas and his sleigh will be in attendance, as will Amabile Choir singing beautiful carols before the Mayor of Kendal turns on the lights when the parade arrives in Market Place. But this year, in another new twist, the Market Place lights will also be momentarily dimmed as the Cumbria Dark Skies team will demonstrate the importance of creating dark skies for the wellbeing of all.

To continue to Mountain Festival connection, Andrei Burton will perform his infamous Mountain Bike tricks in the Market Place.  

Also, in the town’s Market Place there’ll be mulled wine, music and a classic fairground ride to add to the Christmas magic which is open to all from 5.30pm if the parade part is not suitable.

Cllr Helen Ladhams, who chairs the Town Council’s Christmas Lights and Festivals committee said: ‘We’ve had a long-held ambition to team up with the Mountain Festival and it’s great to work together on the event this year. Last year’s switch on was cancelled when the Market Place Christmas tree was damaged by Storm Arwen, and the year before we were in the middle of a Covid lock down so it feels like the right time to create something fresh and different for the town’.

The Mountain and Sky Christmas Lights Event is on Thursday 17 November 2022. For more info and update follow the Kendal Christmas Lights Switch On Facebook Page.



Going Green Together – Carbon Literacy Course

50% subsidised rate for voluntary, community, charity & social enterprise groups and organisations

Cumbria Action for Sustainability are running subsidised Carbon Literacy courses just for individuals or organisations operating in the voluntary, community or social enterprise sector (VCSE) in Cumbria or the North East. These accredited courses are for groups looking to take the next steps with their organisation’s sustainability strategy, or for volunteers, staff, directors or trustees wanting to know more.

The course will delve into the facts about the latest climate science and, and you’ll be equipped with the skills to calculate your carbon footprint. This will help you identify where improvements in your organisation can be made, and actions to put those improvements in place.

The courses, hosted on Zoom, are split into two morning sessions, and there are two cohorts to choose from. The first is on Tuesday 4th and 11th October, and the other option is Wednesday 26th October and 2nd November. More dates will follow.

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of heavily subsidised training exclusively for VCSE groups, with 50% off the usual ticket price, thanks to the Going Green Together project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and County Durham Community Foundation. This is an ideal opportunity for you and your colleagues to attend so together you can put the actions in place in your organisation and capitalise on what you have learned.

For more information and to book, see

The Mayors Parlour in Kendal Town Hall distinguishes Kendal from most other Parish Councils in Cumbria. The Parlour is used for Committee meetings and receiving guests and dignitaries during civic events, its also home to exceptional historical items that signify Kendal’s rich heritage.

Simon Unsworth, the Mayors Attendant, will be opening the Mayor’s Parlour and leading a heritage talk on the following days:

  • October 5th 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  • October 14th 10am – 12 noon
  • October 17th 2pm – 4pm

The talk includes an overview of the history of Kendal and an opportunity to see the town’s regalia and works of art. This BBC audio slide show provides a glimpse of what to expect.

To help confirm numbers, please email if you intend to join.