Event Details



We are very sorry to announce that we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Harvest celebrations in 2020.

We loved the event last year and had some great ideas for building upon it in 2020, however we have reluctantly decided that we are not in a position to hold a large scale event with the current ongoing threat of coronavirus. The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff has to be our first priority, and we feel that it is safer to delay the event and come back even bigger and better in 2021, rather than struggling to adapt it for the current circumstances.

We hope that you will all understand, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year to celebrate all things autumnal.


Information about the 2019 event:

Dalemain has always been famous for its beautiful autumn colour, and wonderful collection of ancient apple trees. We are celebrating all things Autumnal with a special Harvest Day!

A traditional celebration of the harvest, we will be offering visitors a chance to explore the importance of the Harvest at Dalemain and in Cumbria through the centuries. There will be lectures, activities and guided tours, to be enjoyed by everyone from families to gardening experts!

We have plenty of traditional and special activities taking place throughout the day. There will be ‘heavy’ shire horses in the historic courtyard, alongside produce stands and apple juicing with North Lakes Orchard Group. Visitors should bring clean apples (hand picked and washed, not rotten) and a container for their juice. Herbs and apples have been harvested from the gardens and will be served as part of our delicious Autumnal menu in the Mediaeval Hall Tearoom. You can even make a paper flowerpot and plant an acorn – a tree for the future!


Talks & Tours

We have a fantastic range of tours and talks on offer: learn all about the range of ancient apple trees at Dalemain – including the Dalemain Gloriana! Find out what hops were harvested here and what beers were made, and take a trip around the Agricultural Barn museum, with farm machinery dating back hundreds of years and our special Fell Pony Museum.

The Mansion will be open with tours, and you can take a tour of the Dalemain historic gardens, which will be full of colour. Enjoy a peaceful visit to the tranquil Low Gardens, with the trickling Dacre beck.

These celebrations will follow the Harvest Celebration Church Service at St Andrews, Dacre. This will take place on Sunday 29th September at 9.30am. The church will be decorated with beautiful, traditional harvest decorations, and everyone is welcome to this service of thanksgiving. For further information about the Church, please visit: http://dacrechurch.com/