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Marmalade Festival gets underway in Dalemain & Penrith

Paddington Bear at the Marmalade Awards Credit: ITV Border

The 11th World's Original Marmalade Festival has begun and it is spread across three venues for the first time.

There are events this weekend at Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens, Penrith town centre and the Rheged Centre, featuring children's craft, cookery, film and storytelling activities, food and craft markets, Paddington Bear appearances, marmalade talks and question time, chef demonstrations.

"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."

– Organiser Jane Hasell-McCosh of Dalemain

Over 2000 competition marmalades will be on display but the one everyone will want to taste is the one of the world's most expensive marmalades.

"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"

– Claire Logan-Stephens Head of Visitor Engagement at Rheged

A free 'Orange Express' shuttle bus is operating between the venues throughout the weekend.

If children bring their teddy to Penrith town centre, they can experience the teddy zip wire from the top of St Andrew's church.

"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"

– Peter Ward of Penrith Partnership

WATCH: Minecraft exhibition at Rheged

Over the summer the Rheged Centre in Penrith is home to an interactive exhibit of one of the world's most popular computer games.

Minecraft has sold sixty million copies worldwide. The game allows you to design your own virtual world and everything in it.

ITV Border went along to see this real life exhibition.

Fiona Marley Paterson has this report.

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Hundreds expected at Cumbrian Home and Garden Show

Hundreds of people are expected at the Rheged Centre near Penrith today for the Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show.

The event has more than 60 interior design exhibitors over the weekend.

There will be a Gardeners' Question Time hosted by Cumbria's Eric Robson today, Saturday.

TV personalities Sophie Robinson and Daniel Hopwood, who appear on the Great Interior Design Challenge, will be giving talks on Sunday.

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Lego models make appearance in Cumbria

Lego buildings go on display at Rheged Credit: ITV Border

A four metre long model of St Pancras station and over 70 other buildings made out of Lego have gone on display in Rheged near Penrith.

The models are all the work of Lego artist Warren Elsmore.

The exhibition also had areas where children can build their own Lego models.

Landmarks in lego go on display

St Pancras train station is one of the buildings made in miniature Credit: Rheged

Famous landmarks from around the world have gone on display in Rheged - in minature form.

Another of the artist's lego creations - the Olympic park Credit: Rheged

Visitors can see models of celebrated monuments like St Pancras Station in London and the Olympic 2012 park, as well as those from more far afield like Amsterdam's historical buildings.

Amsterdam, in lego form Credit: Rheged
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