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!

 

9 Comments

  1. perfectlyclaudia

    August 17, 2017 at 10:08 am

    The roller disco looks fun! Glad you had a lovely time. So nice to visit somewhere that brings it all back.

    Claudia xo

  2. Tiffany

    August 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Aww this looks like so much fun! Love all the photos, and it seems like it would be such a nice day out. I wish there was something like this near me!

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

  3. Zoe Jackson

    August 17, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    What a lovely day out. I started reading this very sad that it was closing but then very happy because it was open again and a lot newer. I have a few places from my childhood that I can’t wait to take my children to experience so I bet it felt amazing for you to share this day with your children.
    I honestly want to go on the Roller Disco and all that food! Sounds like a perfect day out. x

  4. Katie

    August 18, 2017 at 12:29 am

    This place sounds so amazing! I love the idea of the bands playing and a few select rides! This would be a lovely place to take a date!

  5. Gemma

    August 18, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I’ve never heard of Dreamland! Maybe it’s because I used to live down south, haha but it does sound like a very good place to go, especially if you have children! I love that you can still wonder around, even if you don’t want to go on the rides, that’s perfect for me as I’m not much of a thrill seeker! Thank youu for this post lovely and I’m soo glad you had a lovely time.

    Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

  6. Abbey Louisa Rose (@abbeylouisarose)

    August 18, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Oh no, I can imagine your heartbreak when you learned that Dreamland was to close! So many cherished childhood memories seem to be here for you! I am really happy that they reopened it and that you’ve been able to share the venue with your children! It seems really reasonably priced to buy the wristbands for the rides, and so nice that you can just wander round for free if rides aren’t your thing! Unlike you, I’m not a huge thrill seeker but I would love a go on the waltzers hehe! Thanks for sharing your day out with us!

    Abbey 😽 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  7. Lia

    August 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    I was recently at Dreamland about 2 weeks ago and it was such a great experience for not only myself but for the kids. I didn’t know it was closing down, it’s such a shame that it is. Do you know the date of when its closing?

    Lia
    http://www.thegroundedtree.com

  8. Katie

    September 19, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    This sounds like the ultimate day out with the kids! I used to love visiting family in Northern Ireland (when we lived in Scotland) because it meant I could go to Dreamland – Northern Ireland’s own miniature version of what you’ve described! I was heartbroken when one summer we drove round and it was closed. I’m so happy you got to re-experience it!

  9. Jordanne / Thelifeofaglasgowgirl

    September 29, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    It sounds like such a perfect day out! I love that it’s free as well, such good value. It’s just a shame that it’s shutting down though, it seems great for kids and more places for kids are just vanishing which is a shame 🙁

    Jordanne // Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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