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Worlds’s Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards 2020

14th March 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The 15th World’s Original Marmalade Awards are officially OPEN! Dalemain are now receiving entries for the 2020 Marmalade Awards, so whether you’re a seasoned Artisan producer or a first timer, get your pans out and your jars filled to be in with a chance of winning that most esteemed of prizes – the Double Gold Award. The Deadline for entries is 7th February 2020 and all entries must be delivered to Dalemain Mansion on or before this date.

The Marmalade Awards are internationally renowned as THE competition for quality homemade marmalade, and we are proud to champion artisan producers, citrus production and the heritage of marmalade making both in the UK and abroad. There are three main competitions that you can enter for 2020:


The Homemade Marmalade Awards are open to all amateur marmalade makers, whether you have a favourite family recipe, or have never made marmalade before. There are 15 categories to choose from, to mark our fifteenth year. We’ve got everything from Classic Seville to Marmalade ‘Macnab’ with Interesting Additions, and a special new category ’15 years of marmalade’ to celebrate this milestone. The full entry fee goes to charity and the awards have raised over £250,000 so far for palliative care around the world. Get your pans out and help us to raise even more in 2020! The winner will be offered the opportunity to see their winning marmalade recipe produced commercially by renowned marmalade makers Thursday Cottage and sold in Fortnum & Mason, with a portion of proceeds going to the winner’s chosen charity! To download the Homemade Entry Form, which has a full list of categories and information on how to enter, CLICK HERE. For more information about the Homemade Awards CLICK HERE.


The Artisan Marmalade Awards are open to any small producer who makes their marmalade using the tradition open-pan method, and sells their marmalade commercially. Winning an Artisan Award denotes a marmalade of incredibly high quality and past winners have seen huge increases in their sales. All Artisan entries are judged by an expert panel and selected winners will be sold at Fortnum & Mason in their famous Piccadilly Store. We are looking for all types of marmalade, including Low Sugar and Organic, so if you think you’re selling the best preserve in the world, make sure you send us a jar! To download the Artisan Entry Form, which has a full list of categories and information on how to enter, CLICK HERE. For more information about the Artisan Awards, CLICK HERE.


We are on the hunt for the Hotels, Restaurants and B&Bs that make and serve the best marmalades – it makes all the difference to your customers, and we think it should be celebrated. It’s our mission to put the best marmalade making establishments on the Map, so if you think your marmalade is up there with the best, make sure you send a jar to Dalemain. To download the Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Entry Form, which has a full list of categories and information on how to enter, CLICK HERE. For more information about the Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Awards, CLICK HERE.

If you would like to hear more from the Marmalade Awards, you can subscribe to our mailing list by following this link here and completing the form. We will not use your information to spam you or pass it on to a third party.

The 2020 Marmalade Festival will take place on 14th – 15th March 2020 at Dalemain. We are currently working to create a bigger and better Festival and we have some new and exciting ideas lined up!  We hope to see as many of you there as possible!

Collection Points

Thanks to our wonderful supporters, we are delighted to offer the following locations as collection points for the Homemade Marmalade Awards. Entries can be dropped off at any of the following collection points, according to opening times. Fortnum & Mason are also offering a ‘Marmalade Exchange’ so if you take your marmalade to one of these points, you will receive in return a jar of their delicious artisan marmalade!

Please note that the deadline for all collection points is 3rd February, unless otherwise stated. Wrap your marmalades in a sealed box with the entry fee and completed entry form and take to the collection point. If you are delivering your jars to a Fortnum & Mason collection point, please note that your jars will be unwrapped prior to posting to Dalemain.

Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly
Ground Floor, Preserve Section.
Open Mon – Sat, 10.00am – 8.00pm; Sun 12.00pm – 6.00pm

Fortnum & Mason, St Pancras
Till Section
Open Mon – Sat, 7.00am – 9.00pm; Sun 8.00am – 9.00pm

Fortnum & Mason, The Royal Exchange
Till Section
Open Mon – Sat, 8.00am – 8pm

The Jam Shop, Tiptree Visitors Centre
Essex, CO5 0RF
Till Section
Open Mon – Sat, 9.30am – 4.30pm; Sun 10.00am – 4.30pm

Hospice at Home Shop, Penrith
3 Little Docray, Penrith, CA11 7HL
Open Mon – Sat, 10am – 4pm

Carlisle Tourist Information Centre, Old Town Hall
Front Desk
Open Mon – Sat, 10.00am – 4.00pm


The Marmalade Awards – what are they all about?

These quirky awards were founded in 2005 by Jane Hasell-McCosh with the initial idea of preserving, growing and widening one of the most British of customs – making marmalade. They have gone on to generate a following far beyond Jane’s wildest expectations and have humour and a life of their own, inspiring people from all over the world to get involved.

The Awards are centred on Dalemain Mansion; a Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years, which also happens to hold a very rich archive of Marmalade recipes.

The Artisan Awards promote small scale marmalade makers using the open-pan method. Judged by an esteemed panel, these prestigious Awards put marmalade makers on the map, and winners can display their ‘Gold’ ‘Silver’ or ‘Bronze’ Award roundel on their jars, a huge marketing gift that declares their marmalade one of the best quality preserves in the world.

The Homemade Awards can be entered by anyone, and there are categories from Children’s Marmalade to Merry (with alcohol), Camponologists, Any Citrus and many more, ensuring that no matter what kind of marmalade you make, there is a place you you! The full homemade entry fee goes towards supporting Hospice care, both in the UK and around the world.

The Awards & Festival sponsors include Fortnum & MasonThursday Cottage Wares of Knutsford and InkREADible.

Festival Supporters include Barclays and Virgin Rail

To date the Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival have raised over £250,000 for Hospice at Home. In 2020 our key beneficiary is Hospice at Home Carlisle & the North Lakes. All the proceeds from the amateur entry fees go direct to charity.


14th March 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hospice at Home Shop, Penrith
3 Little Docray
Penrith, CA11 7HL United Kingdom
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