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. 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 Dalemain during opening hours until Easter Sunday. 

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.