Marmalade Festival 2018

2018 Marmalade Festival – Saturday 17th March

The World’s Original Marmalade Festival will be returning on Saturday 17th March, so put the date in your diaries and get ready to go orange! Join us for a weekend of marmalade celebrations with demonstrations, talks, exhibitions and shows that will inspire you, your family and friends to take the nation’s marmalade to your heart. We are delighted to announce that Paddington Bear will once again be visiting the Marmalade Festival in 2018! His love of marmalade is famous and as a longstanding patron he is looking forward to tasting all of the wonderful marmalades on offer. Look out for him at ‘Penrith Goes Orange’ on Sat 17th March and at Dalemain Mansion on Sun 18th March.
















Dalemain remains the heart of the Awards, with the Awards ceremony taking place on Saturday 17th March at 10am in front of the house. See which homemade marmalade maker has won the accolade of ‘Double Gold 2018 Winner’, and taste their award winning marmalade, co-branded and sold by leading grocer Fortnum & Mason.

The Mansion will be open with a full display of all the marmalade entries in the state rooms, as well as hundreds of Artisan marmalades from all over the world available to taste, Marmalade demonstrations, Question Times with the experts and an array of marmalade inspired delicious food in the Great Barn and Mediaeval Hall Tearoom.

The Mansion will also be open on Sunday 18th March with more tastings and demos, and the Marmalashes will be judged on 18th in the public rooms – so come along to see which country will be victorious! The Commonwealth competition will also be judged on the 18th, by our fantastic panel of judges.



Penrith Goes Orange will take place in Penrith town centre on Saturday 17th March. The whole town is preparing to go marmalade mad, with food markets, music and entertainment, including magicians, musicians, dancing and storytelling, as well as a visit from everyone’s favourite marmalade-loving bear! Visitors will also find quirky activities such as a teddy bear zip line, a marmalade trail and a whole host of orange windows, with special orange offers from lots of local residents! Whether you’re a fan of marmalade or not, this is a day to be enjoyed by everyone.

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Penrith is easily accessible by car from the M6 at Junction 40 and the A66. There is a one-way system around the town centre and on Southend Road near New Squares. There are a range of parking options in the heart of town, including car parks at most supermarkets, pay-and-display car parks and short-stay on-street parking in disc zones. The town centre is within easy walking distance of most car parks.



We’ve got lots going on in and around Penrith this weekend. Rheged Centre are holding their Cumbria Life Home & Garden Show 16th – 18th March. Discover the very best of northern design, craftsmanship and innovation at the Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show, 16-18 March 2018, at the Rheged Centre, Penrith. Now in it’s fourth year, the Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show has established itself as one of the North’s finest Home and Garden shows. Curated by interior designer Maureen Whitemore of Whitemore and Thwaytes and garden designer Liz Newport from Buzy Lizzie Garden Design, the show covers all aspects of interiors, gardens, design and build. Cumbria is well known for its Arts and Crafts heritage, beautiful houses and garden designers with a national reputation. Inspire your next interiors, self-build or garden design project with three days of talks, demos and hands on masterclasses from leading regional experts, with over 70 exhibitors. Find out more and book advance tickets online here

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Rheged Centre: Located just 5 minutes drive from Dalemain, Rheged is one of the largest grass covered buildings for miles around and a place where visitors can enjoy arts, food and shopping as well as family activities. From now until the 3 June, Rheged are hosting the Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem Exhibition in our Gallery with rarely seen illustrations, letters and manuscripts and there is a play like peter area for children. Our giant cinema screen shows the latest films every day and evening including daily screenings of Peter Rabbit the new movie.





With so much happening around the area over the Penrith Goes Orange weekend, there will be a number of free buses available to get you from A to B. Please note the details of the particular bus service you require below. Buses will be clearly signposted with colour coded signage. On-site marshals will be able to advise which bus you need.

Orange Express

These buses will operate on a loop, and will stop at Penrith, Rheged, and Dalemain every half hour on Saturday, and every hour on Sunday. 
First bus leaves Penrith at 9am, last bus leaves Dalemain 4pm

Dalemain Shuttle

This service will provide a direct link between PFK Auction Mart and Dalemain every 15 minutes on Saturday and Sunday.
First bus leaves the Auction Mart at 9:30am, last bus leaves Dalemain at 4pm

Rheged Park & Ride

This bus will provide a direct service between PFK Auction Mart and Rheged every 15 minutes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
First bus leaves the Auction Mart at 8am, last bus leaves Rheged at 6pm

These buses are operated on a first come, first served basis.  Please note the last bus times and ensure you are able to return to your original destination!


Please 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 over £200,000 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: