homemade marmalade awards




We apologise that due to the heavy rain, the field at Dalemain is now unsuitable for parking. There will be a FREE shuttle bus operating from PF&K auction mart, and we ask visitors to Dalemain drop off their passengers at Dalemain before being directed down the road to the parking. There is also a FREE shuttle bus every hour from Penrith market square.


Pay a visit to majestic Cumbria for an unforgettable weekend this March. Dalemain Mansion & Penrith town centre are gearing up for a weekend of Marmalade celebrations for anyone who loves marmalade, festivals or a good day out! 

The 2017 Marmalade competition is now closed, and we would like to thank the thousands of people from all over the world who have sent us their precious pots. The winners will be announced at the Award ceremony on Saturday 18th March, launching a weekend of celebrations at Dalemain Mansion, home of the Awards, and the local town Penrith, which will be ‘Going Orange’ on Saturday 18th March.


jason-the-juggling-jester-john-france-1485532563Saturday 18th March, 10am – 4pm

Marmalade, bears and all things orange… put a date in your diary for Saturday 18 March, as Penrith celebrates the World’s Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival.

Penrith Goes Orange is a FREE event that sees the town centre festooned in this brightest of hues and fizzing with market stalls, music and entertainment. It’s quite simply the stickiest day out in Cumbria – for humans and bears alike!

This event gives you a glowing opportunity to taste and buy marmalades from some of the country’s best producers, along with quality artisan foods and crafts.

The event will also raise funds for the Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland, with lots of opportunities throughout the day for the public to support this much-loved local charity

The town will be bursting with street entertainers, magicians, musicians, dancers and storytelling, with special activities for bears, too. Pay a visit and see the Artisan market, secret marmalade trail, teddy bear zip-wire, storytelling sessions, Jason the Juggling Jester, Tango dancing and much more!

For more information visit PENRITH GOES ORANGE or click here to follow the event on twitter.


Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th March

At the heart of the Festival is Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, where over 2,000 homemade competition Marmalades will be on display in the state rooms in all their glory and the best artisan Marmalades in the world will be available to taste for FREE and to buy. The International Awards Ceremony to Winners will take place at Dalemain on Saturday 18th March. Join us for cookery demonstrations with esteemed chefs, Marmalade Question Times with speakers including Pam ‘the Jam’ Corbin, Martin Grant of Mackays and long-standing Awards patron Michael Perry, musical entertainment and more. Entry to the House to see the marmalades is £4.50, and free for children.

Cookery Lectures with Hideko Kawa:

Hideko Kawa is one of Britain’s top dessert chefs and an extraordinary preserve maker, Gold and Silver medal winner in the artisan category of the World Marmalade awards with her rare combination of extraordinary flavour and fruit combinations prepared with skill and style. Former pastry chef to Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal, and Hélène Darroze, Hideko will be joining us at World Marmalade Festival 18-19 March at Dalemain in Cumbria with two events:

Saturday 18th March
Yuzu and Japanese Citrus Marmalade
10:45am-11:45am in the Dalemain House Kitchen, a demonstration with Q&A
The most fashionable citrus flavour right now is Japan’s Yuzu, celebrated by top chefs though to the UK’s favourite Mary Berry. Learn with Hideko how to cook with Yuzu, taste marmalade made with it and see how to add alcohol like Sake can be added to your marmalade, and discover how citrus fruit are used in Japanese cooking.

Sunday 19th March

Brilliant Chocolate Citrus Preserves & BonBons, with Hideko Kawa & Cacao Barry
 2:00pm-3:00pm in the Dalemain House Kitchen, a demonstration with Q&A
Learn how to combine the finest chocolate with marmalade for an utterly smooth or textured finish, discover different chocolate varieties like Cacao Barry Alto El Sol 65% couverture that perfectly pairs with citrus flavours, then watch Hideko making delicate chocolate orange bonbons.

Tickets are £5 per event, email marmalade@dalemain.com to book.

CLICK HERE for further information and a full programme of events.


These quirky awards were founded in 2005 by Jane Hasell-McCosh with the initial idea of preserving, growing and widening one of the most British of customs – making marmalade. They have gone on to generate a following far beyond Jane’s wildest expectations and have humour and a life of their own, inspiring people from all over the world to get involved.

The Awards are centred on Dalemain Mansion; a Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years, which also happens to hold a very rich archive of Marmalade recipes.

The Artisan Awards promote small scale marmalade makers using the open-pan method. Judged by an esteemed panel, these prestigious Awards put marmalade makers on the map, and winners can display their ‘Gold’ ‘Silver’ or ‘Bronze’ Award roundel on their jars, a huge marketing gift that declares their marmalade one of the best quality preserves in the world.

The Homemade Awards can be entered by anyone, and there are categories from Children’s Marmalade to Merry (with alcohol), Camponologists, Any Citrus and many more, ensuring that no matter what kind of marmalade you make, there is a place you you! We update the categories every year, so click here for our 2017 list! The full homemade entry fee goes towards supporting Hospice care, both in the UK and around the world.

The Awards & Festival sponsors include Mackays, Fortnum & Mason, eviivo, Hudson’s Heritage and InkREADible. Festival Supporters include Country Life, Barclays, Brindista, Epic Events, Lycetts, Virgin Rail, Aga, Sharrow Bay, Ullswater Steamers & Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors.

To date the Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival have raised over £200,000 for Hospice at Home. In 2017 the money raised from amateur entry fees will go to charities including Hospice at Home and Marie Curie Scotland. All the proceeds from the amateur entry fees go direct to charity.


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