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.
Full details of the festival are appearing shortly on www.discoverpenrith.co.uk/marmaladefestival
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 email@example.com.
A free 'Orange Express' shuttle bus will operate between Penrith and the other festival venues of Dalemain and Rheged.
The festival will be fundraising for the designated charity Hospice at Home.
Just some of the activities happening on the day!
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):
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'