The 11th World’s Original Marmalade Festival spreads across three venues for the first time

For the first time in marmalade history, the 2016 World’s Original Marmalade Festival will be celebrated across three venues – Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens, Penrith town centre and the Rheged Centre on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March.

There will be a packed weekend of marmalade inspired events for all the family from children’s craft, cookery, film and storytelling activities to food and craft markets, Paddington Bear appearances, marmalade talks and question time, chef demonstrations and the chance to see over 2000 competition marmalades. There will also be a FREE ‘Orange Express’ shuttle bus operating throughout the weekend.


Paddington Bear outside Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens

Penrith town centre

Penrth town centre will ‘GO ORANGE’ on Saturday 19 March, with an artisan market, family activities including storytelling, free crafts for children with Paddington Bear and Mackays marmalade tasting. If children bring their teddy too, they can experience the teddy zip wire from the top of St Andrew’s church. There will be a programme of free talks in the George Hotel including Michael Bond’s daughter Karen Jankel on why Paddington loves marmalade, Food historian Ivan Day on a Potted History of Lakeland Marmalade, Jane Maggs from Wild and Fruitful, a recent winner of the Marmalade awards and Eddie Kay on Honey and Marmalade through time.

Peter Ward of Penrith Partnership says:

“We are delighted that the festival has expanded into Penrith Town centre and we are really looking forward to welcoming everyone over the weekend. This is a free event and there will be a fantastic atmosphere with plenty going on to entertain the whole family and make it a great day out for all. We also hope this will give Penrith a boost after the floods”

Rheged Centre

At Rheged on Saturday 19, families can create marmalade muffins in the children’s cookery school, design their own marmalade lantern and bunting and watch the Fairly Famous Family street theatre performance. On Sunday 20, there is a free Marvellous Food and Craft makers market with cookery demos and talks including Peter Sidwell from Simply Good Cookery School showing how to make the perfect scone and butter, Smoky Jos and the Rampsbeck Hotel. Ian Douglas will be returning with his interactive storytelling sessions as well as the opportunity for you to make your own clay Paddington Bear with suitcase, before enjoying a Paddington themed tea party. Throughout the weekend there is also the chance to see the Paddington film on the Imax style cinema at the special price of £3

 Claire Logan-Stephens Head of Visitor Engagement at Rheged says:

“We are proud to be part of such a prestigious event as the World’s Original Marmalade Festival and we have had a lot of fun designing a programme of marmalade inspired events, which we are sure our visitors will enjoy”

Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens

At the heart of the Festival is Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens, where for both days over 2,000 homemade competition marmalades will be on display in the state rooms in all their glory. All the best artisan marmalades in the world will be available to taste for FREE and to buy, and of course Paddington Bear will be there on Sunday too. There will be a special Marmalade Festival weekend entry of £5 per person, with U-16’s FREE including entrance to the House & Gardens from 10am to 4pm both days.  On Saturday 19th March Dalemain hosts ‘The World’s Original Awards presentation’ to Gold Winners at 10.30am and Marmalade Question Times at 10.30am and 2.30pm with winners, judges and sponsors.

Organiser Jane Hasell-McCosh of Dalemain says:
“I am thrilled that the awards have grown so much over the years and  have  been followed by so many loyal supporters that we have been able to expand into other locations. Dalemain is proud to be able to share the festival across other venues so marmalade can be celebrated even more in 2016. There is a glorious orange glow spreading over Cumbria with the International Marmalade competition at Dalemain and a remarkable festival in three locations.”


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