Marmalade Festival 2019

The Marmalade Festival will be returning home to Dalemain on Saturday 16th March!

The World’s Original Marmalade Festival will be returning on Saturday 16th March 2019, so put the date in your diaries and get ready to go orange! Join us at Dalemain for a weekend of marmalade celebrations with market stalls in the historic courtyard, cookery demonstrations, talks, entertainment and shows that will inspire you, your family and friends to take the nation’s marmalade to your heart. Penrith Goes Orange will also be making a comeback in Penrith Town Centre, with all the local shop windows going orange and lots of special marmalade offers.

We are delighted to be welcoming the festival back to its home, Dalemain Mansion, in March. We have lots of exciting activities in store, with a selection of the finest stalls in the north west, marmalade-mad entertainment including juggling and the ‘Marma-lympics’, singers, lectures and much more. See a human fruit machine, learn how to make marmalade & toast ice cream and find out what makes with world’s worst marmalade with head judge Dan Lepard. As always, we will have hundreds of delicious Artisan marmalades available to taste and buy, with displays of thousands of Homemade Marmalades in the state rooms.

Tasting lots of delicious marmalade in the Artisan Barn

2018 Double Gold Winner, Janice Miners, with her G&G Marmalade

The Marmalade Altar

Dalemain remains the heart of the Awards, and the Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday 16th March at 10am in front of the house. See which homemade marmalade maker has won the accolade of ‘Double Gold Winner 2019’, and taste their award-winning marmalade, co-branded and sold by leading grocer Fortnum & Mason.

The Mansion will also be open on Sunday 17th March 2019 for more marmalade goodness!


Penrith Goes Orange will take place in Penrith town centre on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th March. The whole town is preparing to go marmalade mad, with a whole host of orange windows! There will be lots of special orange offers from the local residents, and a shuttle bus between Penrith and Dalemain over the weekend.


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