We’re all set up and ready for the Harvest celebrations! We’ve got shire horses, machinery, activities, produce stands, weaving demos, apple juicing and more – and it’s mostly undercover, so don’t let the rain put you off! Put on your wellies and come on over. #harvest

We are holding traditional Harvest Celebrations, to mark this important time of year in the rural calendar. Dalemain has always been famous for its beautiful autumn colour and wonderful collection of ancient apple trees, and we look forward to celebrating all things Autumnal.

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! All of the courtyard activities are FREE all day.

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. There will also be ‘clumps’ of Dalemain plants on offer – plant now and enjoy the results next Spring!

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/

PRE-BOOKING TALKS & TOURS: There is limited availability for all Talks and Tours, and booking is recommended. To book an event, please email houseopening@dalemain.com or telephone 017684 86450 (option 1). Please give your name and contact number, and state clearly which tours or talks you would like to book tickets for.