Kendal Town Council

Following the success of the 2022 event, Kendal Town Council’s Mountain and Sky Lights Switch-on will once again team up with the famous Mountain Festival to kickstart the Christmas season.

Residents are invited to Kendal Mountain Festival Basecamp, at Abbot Hall Park for welcome films at 5pm. A colourful family parade, led by Drum Nation and stilt walkers, will leave the Festival’s basecamp at 5.30pm, making its way up Highgate and Stricklandgate into Market Place. All are welcome to join in the festive parade.

Father Christmas and his sleigh will be in Market Place from 5pm, and there’ll be mulled wine, music and a classic fairground ride to add to the Christmas magic. As the parade reaches the square, Growing Singers will perform songs celebrating the joy of the great outdoors.

The Mayor of Kendal will lead the countdown to the light switch on, but not before a Kendal Mountain Festival special! Spectators will be invited to look to the skies as renowned Slackliner Lukas Irmler performs his daredevil antics overhead.

For those wishing to continue the festivities, Ragtag Arts will be in Finkle Street and children will have the chance to meet Lukas and test their balance with a slackline taster. All the while, a few stalls will offer a chance to enjoy some food and drink.

Cllr Helen Ladhams, chair of Kendal Town Council’s Christmas Lights and Festivals committee said: ‘The partnership with Kendal Mountain Festival was such a success last year, we’re delighted to be working with the team again to bring Kendal residents a lights switch-on to remember. We’re so lucky to have international acts like Lukas here in Kendal, and of course to have such an incredible array of local talent and supporters to make this community event so special’.

The Mountain and Sky Christmas Lights Event is 5-8pm on Thursday 16 November 2023. For more info and updates follow the Kendal Christmas Lights Switch On Facebook Page.

Special thanks go to Kendal Mountain Festival, Kendal BID and Town Councillors for their support in making this event happen.




The Town Council offices will be closed from 4pm Thursday 22 December 2022, to 9am Tuesday 3 January 2023. Please contact

The Town Council has a Casual Vacancy in Nether Ward, for which it intends to co-opt a member. You can read the formal notice here:Notice of Casual Vacancy Notice to Co-opt Nether Ward 9 December 2022

An application form can be found with the procedure notes below.

Co-Option Procedure Dec 2022

The Council has a Casual Vacancy in Nether Ward. You can read the notice. Casual Vacancy in Nether Ward 17 Nov 2022

Thanks to the commitment and dedication of various friends groups, allotment holders, local schools, Kendal Civic Society and Kendal Conservation Volunteers; the Town Council co-ordinated a tour of Kendal’s Green Spaces for the ‘Cumbria In Bloom’ judges with resounding success.

The judges were impressed by displays, biodiversity and improvements at our parks including Fletcher, Ford and Nobles, our schools particularly Heron Hill School and our community spaces and gardens such as Rosemary Lane Community Garden, Victorian Fern Garden, Unitarian Chapel and the Fern Planters throughout our town.

The judges commented on the variety and quality of the projects and how they are utilised by residents. To read more about the various community gardens and green initiatives in our town and how the Town Council supports many, please download the ‘Bloom Portfolio’ here or from the Kendal in Bloom page.

Kendal Town Council elected a new Mayor at its Annual Meeting on 16 May. But it was outgoing Mayor Cllr Doug Rathbone who picked up the only nomination, meaning he will serve a second year in office. Supported by Deputy Mayor Cllr Julia Dunlop, also serving a second year, the Mayor was formally ‘made’ at a ceremony in the Town Hall Assembly Room on Thursday 19 May.

There were contested elections in all Kendal Town Council’s wards on 6 May 2022. You can read the results here.

There were also elections for the new ‘shadow’ unitary authority of Westmoland and Furness, which will replace South Lakeland District Council, Eden District Council, Barrow Borough Council and Cumbria County Council on 1 April 2023. You can see the results of that election here.

Cumbria County Council and South lakeland District Council will remain as working authorities until April 2023, with their existing membership serving extended terms of office until then.

You can find out more about how to help support refugees from the war in Ukraine by visiting Cumbria County Council’s website: This will post the latest details from government on their sheme for housing refugees and include any specifically Cumbrian initiatives you can be involved with.

Kendal Town Council has filled the vacancies caused by the death of Cllr Michele Miles (Kirkland Ward) and the resignation of Cllr Jon Owen (Strickland Ward).

At a meeting of the Full Council on 6 September, Kath Teasdale was co-opted to fill the Kirkland vacancy.

In a by-election on 23 September, Phil Walker was elected to the Strickland Ward. You can read the formal notice of results here:SKM_C364e21092400290

19th May 2020

Following the first successful Oversight Panel meeting, Kendal’s Climate Change Citizens Jury is now recruiting a support group to help Jury members access IT support and champion their journey and recommendations.

To register your interest follow this Eventbrite link or email Helen via