Marmalade Festival 2020




We are extremely sad to announce that, following recent developments and further advice, we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Marmalade Festival on both 14th & 15th March.

We are truly sorry to everyone who will be disappointed by this decision, but owing to the global nature of the Festival and the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) we feel that it is the responsible thing to do, to mitigate the risks associated with a food event at the present time. We feel this is the right decision for the safety of volunteers and visitors alike.  

The mansion and gardens will be open as usual across this weekend. Saturday 10.30 – 4 and Sunday 10-4. There will be controlled admittance to the mansion, where displays of marmalade will be on show. In order to allow as many people as possible to see their wonderful entries on display, these sealed jars will be displayed until Easter Sunday, and visitors to the mansion can see them when they visit during usual opening times.

2020 entrants can rest assured that the judging has been completed, and the winners have been selected. Anyone who has entered the Marmalade competition can find out their results and collect their marmalade entries, certificates and judge’s feedback from the Mansion on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March. After this weekend, all certificates and feedback will be posted to entrants, as usual. Marmalade jars can be collected from the tearoom at Dalemain between Sunday 15th to Monday 23rd March. Remember that we are not open Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd 

We are determined to have a celebration of citrus, and will be rescheduling the marmalade tasting, lectures and events for later in the year! We will also be announcing the Double Gold winner on Saturday 14th March and this award-winning marmalade, with the Artisan Gold and Double Gold winners, will be available to purchase online, at Fortnum & Mason and in the Dalemain shop.

We will be inviting all 2020 winners to the event in 2021, and hope that everyone will join us then for a special event filled with marmalade magic!

Anyone who has purchased tickets to the festival will be contacted seperately and issued with a full refund.

We are pleased that the 2020 Marmalade Awards have been a huge success, with over 3000 jars received, and thousands raised for Hospice at Home and palliative care charities around the world. 


Tasting lots of delicious marmalade in the Artisan Barn

The Marmalade Altar

Please note that as this is an outdoor Festival and the weather may be inclement – wellies are a must! We will 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. There will be no parking on site.


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 over £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