A Day At Dreamland – A Review
As a child I spent much of my summer holidays going to one place. That place was Dreamland. For those of you who don’t know where that is, it is in a seaside town called Margate in the county of Kent and the beach is stunning! So yes, Dreamland for me was a place I visited many a time, it holds alot of happy memories for me that I will cherish forever but then I learnt that it was closing. Devastated doesn’t even cover how I felt when I learnt that after years and years of being open, Dreamland would be no more. When I say years and years I really do mean that because this place has been in action since 1880, that’s a long time right?!
Fast forward to 2014 and I heard the news I had long been waiting for….Dreamland was to reopen! My inner child squealed for joy when I realised that I would finally be able to take my own children to a place that meant so much to me growing up.
In 2015 Dreamland Margate opened it’s doors to the public again as a ‘Re-imagined Dreamland’. Made up of vintage rides and entertainment to boot it was also revealed that live bands would perform there with a food court circling the stage. From the period of Autumn 2016 to June 2017 Dreamland received another refurbishment, only this time it was bigger and better.
When I first entered the ‘new’ Dreamland I straight away felt a sense of nostalgia and I have to admit I felt a little emotional at returning there. It was bright, it was colourful, it was busy, it really was a delight to see it that way again. The little details that they put into the park, for example; they had old waltzer tubs as seating, how cool is that?!
You might also be intrested in the fact that not long ago Gorillaz and Jess Glyne played at Dreamland! Another cool feature of their’s is that they have what they call their ‘Sunset Sessions’ these happen after 6pm and they have live bands with a select few rides open!
Did I mention Dreamland is free to enter?!
Yes you heard me right, Dreamland is free to enter! If you wanting to do all the rides you can buy a wristband or buy tokens, I’ve posted the wristband prices below:
- Big Kid Wristband – £19.95
- Little Kid Wristband – £13.95
It’s worth noting that you can book your wristbands online and you get them for a cheaper price. The website to do that on is here
Now let’s talk rides. I am a complete thrill seeker. I love theme park rides, the bigger the better. I think in total there are about 22 rides in Dreamland, however this is where I felt a little dissapointed. There is a very old ride called The Scenic Railway there, old as in it’s been going since 1920! It’s recently undergone a whole new refurb but unfortuntley on the day when I turned up it wasn’t working and despite me going back and forth to see if it had opened it remain closed for my visit. I was very much looking forward to riding it again but alas it wasn’t meant to be. As well as The Scenic Railway, the Waltzers and the Helter Scelter weren’t open for the day either.
If rides aren’t your thing then there are a couple of indoor activities. One is called The Octopus Garden, which is a indoor play area for the younger children and a Roller Disco for all ages. It’s worth noting that it’s a seperate charge for both of these. I must admit that the Roller Disco looked great and if I wasn’t afraid of breaking my leg I would of given it a go!
Obviously I’ve saved the best piece till last. Food. Food is so important right?! I can’t fault the food at Dreamland, they pretty much have something for everyone! From Fish and Chips to Pizza, from Chicken Wings to Candy Floss, you get the picture! Surrounding a very large turfed area are lots of retro vans and each van sells a different type of food, such a great idea and it caters to everyone’s different tastes.
My Final Thoughts
Putting the ride situation to one side I had a very enjoyable day at Dreamland, more importantly my kids fell in love with it! It’s refreshing to have a day out like this in Kent because we don’t have any other amusment parks on this scale. I think that having Dreamland back open will help refresh Margate and make it the seaside town that it used to be, because that’s what it needs. It needs something to bring people back to Margate and I hand on heart think that Dreamland can do that for this town.
Thinking of going? Please do and don’t forget to let me know what you thought of it too!