Marmalade Festival 2019

The Marmalade Festival returns home to Dalemain on Saturday 16th March!

We look forward to welcoming you to Dalemain this Saturday for the World’s Original Marmalade Festival! Despite the weather and an unwelcome visit from Storm Gareth, the Festival will be taking place as planned and we’re ready to go Orange!  Sadly owing to the weather the Farmer’s market will not take place, but we’ve got lots of indoor activities, so join us for a weekend of marmalade celebrations with cookery demonstrations, talks, entertainment and music that will inspire you, your family and friends to take the nation’s marmalade to your heart. Make sure you bring your wellies!

The Dalemain Festival is supported by Penrith Chamber of Trade and Commerce, who will be providing Classic Coaches to take visitors between Penrith and Dalemain, as well as organising lots of exciting orange windows & special offers in town.

We are delighted to be welcoming the festival back to its home, Dalemain Mansion. We have lots of exciting activities in store, with marmalade-mad entertainment, singers, lectures and much more. See a human fruit machine, learn how to make marmalade & toast ice cream and find out what makes the world’s worst marmalade with head judge Dan Lepard. As always, we will have hundreds of delicious Artisan marmalades from all over the world available to taste and buy, with displays of thousands of Homemade Marmalades in the state rooms. We are delighted to announce that everyone’s favourite marmalade loving bear Paddington will of course be at the Festival, and we’re sure he’s looking forward to tasting 100s of marmalades from all over the world, and to making friends with marmalade lovers old and new!

Tasting lots of delicious marmalade in the Artisan Barn

The Marmalade Altar


Please click the image above for a full programme of events – the Festival will take place on Saturday 16th March, and the Mansion will also be open on Sunday 17th March with the full displays of marmalade, tastings, Marmalade Question Time, Cookery Demos, and the ‘Marmalashes‘!

The proceeds of all talks, lectures and demonstrations go directly to Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland. Hospice at Home will have a stand on the day where you can get your tickets. If you would like to book tickets for any of the events please email Florence at

Please note that as this is an outdoor Festival and the weather may be inclement, wellies are a must! In addition to the Classic coaches we will also be operating a park-and-ride scheme from PF&K, which is conveniently located a 5 minute drive from Dalemain. Shuttle buses will be running all day from 9am – 4pm between PF&K and Dalemain.

For more information about the exciting activities planned by Penrith Chamber of Trade & Commerce, including a Window Dressing Competition, Culinary Bake Off and Marmalade Trail, CLICK HERE.


Please check out our where to stay page or follow these links for recommendations for places to stay during the World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival.


The nearest train station is Penrith (4 miles from Dalemain) and there is always a taxi at the station.  Trains from London Euston to Penrith Station take approximately 3 to 3.5 hours on Virgin Rail and trains from Glasgow or Edinburgh take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours on Virgin Rail.


To date the Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival has raised almost £250,000 for charity. Please visit the Charity tab for full information on Hospice at Home Carlisle & the North Lakes.

We are grateful to our wonderful Festival supporters:

Fortnum & Mason