The World’s Original Marmalade Awards are open for 201! Entries are already being posted to us here at Dalemain Mansion, home of the competition, from all over the world. For marmalade makers who live near a collection point however, there is now an even easier way to enter the competition. For the next fortnight marmalade jars can be dropped off at a number of locations up and down the country.

Collection points have long been a crucial to the Marmalade competition, which receives thousands of entries. They allow our entrants to take their jars to a handy location, from which they are transported to Dalemain in plenty of time for judging. Collection points this year include Fortnum & Mason’s famous Piccadilly store, the Jam Shop at Tiptree’s visitor’s centre and the Hospice at Home shop in the local town of Penrith.

Fortnum & Mason have three collection points in the UK in 2019, and are once again running their popular jar exchange. Take your parcel to Piccadilly, St Pancras or the Royal Exchange store to receive a jar of delicious Sir Nigel’s Marmalade in return. Thursday Cottage, who are sponsoring the Commonwealth category in 2019, are also offering a jar of award winning preserve for anyone who takes their marmalade to the Tiptree Jam shop. A tasty incentive!

For marmalade enthusiasts further north, Virgin Trains are once more coming to the rescue with their Marmalade Express, which will be steaming up the West Coast Mainline and stopping at several stations along the way. Scots need only take their marmalade as far as Glasgow station, where it will be taken down to Penrith and met by eager marmalade festival organisers. The Marmalade Express will also have drop off points at London Euston, Crewe, Preston, Penrith and Carlisle!

For the full list of Collection Points and Opening Times, visit: https://www.dalemain.com/marmalade-awards/

The 2019 Marmalade Competition closes on Friday 8th February, and the closing date for most collection points is Monday 4th February. The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival will take place at Dalemain Mansion on Saturday 16th March, where there will be stalls, lectures, workshops, music, storytelling and, of course, lots and lots of marmalade!