A REDESIGNED festival that draws in thousands of visitors each year is still looking for more volunteers and entrants for this year’s eagerly awaited event.

Kendal Torchlight is this year hosting a three day gathering in the town from September 24, for what organisers promise will be a carnival 'extravaganza'.

The event has seen a number of changes this year as the popular showcase adapts in consideration of Covid and its carbon footprint.

"This will be the new model for how we go forward," said Craig Russell,Torchlight chair and director.

The three-day extravaganza-which will cause no road closures- kicks off with the torchlight parade on Friday night, which will see four walking processions leave from neighbourhoods in the four corners of Kendal, featuring lanterns, and fire sculptures.

They will eventually wind their way into the centre of Kendal for the ceremonial opening of the Garden of Delights Lantern Garden in Abbot Hall park.

On Saturday participants will be able to show off their pedal or foot powered creations at 'The Dell' in Abbot Hall, there will also be workshops, music and performances in the lantern garden

And there will also be a chance to enter a 'wheelbarrow float' on the carnival's theme of 'garden delights'.

The weekend will come to a close with the garden fair, which will give entrants the opportunity to showcase their school, charity, business or community group with a stall, demonstrating what they are doing to support the community, protect the planet or raise awareness of social or environmental issues.

And there is still time to get entries in or volunteer to help the weekend run smoothly.

"People can get dressed up as insects or flowers, or wildlife that might live in a garden and they can also decorate a wheelbarrow on a garden theme," said Mr Russell.

"Or they can put together a production, dance or theatre or poetry.

"It's wide open to a wide manner of creativity and that will be entered into our carnival extravaganza that will take part on Saturday afternoon.

"We have a whole series of events happening.

"There are also opportunities for people who want to marshal."

Closing date for entries is September 19 and anyone interested can find out more atwww.kendaltorchlightcarnival.co.uk/how-to-enter