The final date for orders guaranteed to arrive before Christmas Day is the 15th December. 

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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS Marmalade: The ultimate present

Stuck for gift ideas this year? Look no further!  Buy The Best Marmalades in the world!

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Marmalade Blog Moved!

 Read again about the Marvellous Marmalade Tour!

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 Celebrating 10 sticky years and a renaissance in marmalade making with new trends and ingredients!

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2015 DROP-OFF POINTS ANNOUNCED - Mackays (Marmalade Exchange Offered), Paddington Bear Shop at Paddington Station etc.

We are very pleased to announce the drop-off/collection points for 2015 and would like to thank Mackays and Paddington Bear for providing drop off points and for their continued support of the Awards & Festival.   

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OCTOBER MARMALADE BLOG - Marmalade Jane goes down under

Australia will be hearing first hand about The World’s Original Marmalade Festival   when Jane Hasell McCosh and her daughter Hermione travel to the southern hemisphere to talk about marmalade.   A Marmalade lecture tour – how the competition started and how it is linked to Palliative care. 

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Marmalade Headquarters are pleased to announce next year's dates

Saturday 28th February & Sunday 1st March 2015. We will also be celebrating our 10th Anniversary! More details to follow.......

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Congratulations if you won an award and thank you very much for entering.

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National Marmalade Week (1st March - 8th March)

We're delighted to announce we'll be running another National Marmalade Week (1st March - 8th March). Our Awards and Festival officially kick off this week which we launched last year to encourage people to taste, make and buy more marmalade - if you like a glorious celebration of our orange preserve.

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Dalemain Wins Prestigious Hudson's Media Award

Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens wins prestigious heritage award for the Marmalade Awards & Festival Dalemain House in Penrith has been presented with a prestigious Hudson’s Heritage Award for Best Event.

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Join us for the '10th Anniversary' Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival 2015

The Awards & Festival will be held on Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March 2015 - 10am to 4pm (both days) at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens near Penrith in Cumbria.  Adults £4.50 - Children FREE  (wellies or strong shoes advisable).  
A Great Day Out For The Family!  

We have a varied and interesting programme of events planned, and the whole event will be well rooted in the Celebrating the Seville Orange, including a Food Fair, Speciality Foods, Cookery Demonstrations in the Private Kitchen at Dalemain, Crafts, Live Music, Paddington Bear and Paddington Bear book readings every half an hour, Children's activities including marmalade making, crafts in the Girl Guide tent & a treasure hunt in the historic and award winning gardens, Llamas from Llama Karma Kafe with treks for children, Jason the Juggling Jester, Face Painting, 1914 War Exhibition, Free 9.45am Ullswater Steamers Cruises on Lake Ullswater, Laithwaite's wine tasting demonstrations, Mackays marmalade tasting, over 200 competition marmalades to taste with freshly made toast served by The Girl Guides, meet the WI judges, Marmalade shop including Artisan Award Winners. Over 1500 competition marmalades on display in the downstairs rooms of Dalemain Mansion (entry included in ticket) NEW: Marmalade Run on the Sunday morning! Refreshments hot food, home-made soup, cakes and of course marmalade and more marmalade in the beautiful surroundings of Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens. Please do join us for this truly International & Lovely Festival and help raise money for Charity! 

The Gardens are included in the entry fee and are lovely in early March with snowdrops and aconites and the House is open free of charge to view the Competition Marmalade Rooms on the ground floor only.

The Festival is a charitable event and the beneficiaries of the Marmalade Awards & Festival 2015 are Hospice at Home (Carlisle & North Lakeland), Action Medical Research & Marie Curie in Scotland. Last year those golden pots of marmalade raised over £25,000.

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How it all began
Marmalade has been made and served at Dalemain for hundreds of years.  From the 18th Century there was a very good citrus market in Carlisle where oranges could be purchased although originally the marmalade for the house was made with quince and the archive holds a number of recipe books from this period.

For the past eight years, Dalemain has hosted The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival firmly placing it at the centre of the marmalade map.

From 50 jars in 2005, the Awards have grown each year and in 2012, nearly, 1,800 jars of marmalade were entered and judged.




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