Penrith's Marmalade Festival 2016

March 19th, 10am - 4.30pm

To mark the start of its second decade, The World's Original Marmalade Awards and Festival features a brand new format this year. Festival founder Dalemain is now collaborating with Penrith town centre and Rheged to celebrate all things marmalade and much more across three locations.

While Dalemain will continue to host the marmalade judging and awards, join us in Penrith town centre on Saturday 19th March 10am-4:30pm for a fun-filled family day out.

We'll be serving up a tasty food and craft market run by Made in Cumbria, plus tempting cookery demonstrations, food tastings and family activities, all celebrating the wonderful world of bears and marmalade.

Paddington Bear himself will be making a guest appearance in town. Karen Jankel, daughter of Paddington's creator Michael Bond, will be telling us just why Paddington loves marmalade, while Ivan Day will present a potted history of Lakeland marmalade-making.

For bears that are brave enough, St Andrews Church is offering a teddy zip wire from the top of the church tower, while down at ground level there'll be our juggling jester, handbell ringing, music and storytelling to savour.

Led by the Totally Locally initiative, Penrith's local shops and businesses will enter into the festival spirit by going orange to decorate the town.

There are still opportunities for local community groups, charities, and schools to book a stall in the town centre. Enquiries about participating can be made to the organisers via

A free 'Orange Express' shuttle bus will operate between Penrith and the other festival venues of Dalemain and Rheged.

Saturday 19th March: 1st bus on Sat will have disabled access. 1st bus leaves Penrith at 10;00am, 2nd bus at 10:30, last bus leaves Penrith at 3:00 or 3:30pm depending on volume. Last bus back from Dalemain at about 3:30pm.

Sunday 20th March: Same routine on Sunday, but only 1 bus starting at 10:00am in Penrith. Bus will have disabled access.

Route: Due to road closures and roadworks the proposed route will be Sandgate, Portland Place, Brunswick Road, Ullswater Road, A66 to Rheged, exit at rear, Dalemain, Rheged back same route to Penrith. No intermediate stops, i.e. 3 stops only at Sandgate / Rheged / Dalemain.

The festival will be fundraising for the designated charity Hospice at Home

Events Confirmed So Far!

Handbell Ringers in St Andrews Church 2-3:30pm

Sue Allonby storytelling: 10:30 - 11:30 in Penrith Library, then roving entertainment for the rest of the day
Jason the Juggling Jester: all day roving entertainment - juggling, circus skills, jokes & banter
Teddy bear zip wire: from the St Andrews Church tower: 10.30 - 11.30am & again from 2.00 - 4.00pm

Free talks (Regency Room in The George Hotel):

11am - 'From Bitter to Sweet - Honey and Marmalade Through Time'. - a talk by Eddie Kay
12pm - 'Cooking Marmalade 3 Ways - Fast, Slower and Slow!' - a talk and demonstration by Jane Maggs of Wild & Fruitful Coop
2pm Karen Jankel (daughter of Paddington creator Michael Bond) on 'Why Paddington Loves Marmalade'
3pm Ivan Day on 'A Potted History of Marmalade in Lakeland'

As part of this year's Marmalade Festival in Penrith, we now have online events listings for the 4 free talks very kindly hosted by the George Hotel in their Regency Room:

Don't Forget to upload Your images of the event at the Town Festival Pages and share the fun and a chance to win £50.00 of Penrith Pounds!

So get Snapping and join the fun upload your images of the 2016 Marmalade Festival! It is easy from your phone and you can even use the free Discover Penrith WiFi!