A Fun Day Out at Dreamland Margate

Dreamland in Margate is one the oldest surviving amusement parks in the UK. It dates back to the 1860s, when it was called Hall by the Sea. It was renamed Dreamland in the 1920s. In 2003, when the park was threatened by closure, the Dreamland Trust was formed, which managed to raise £18 million in funding to renovate the park.

Dreamland is located on Margate’s seafront, a few minutes walk from the railway station.

dreamland margate

I requested complimentary day passes for myself and our son Gary. When we arrived, the High Dive Show had just started, so we walked over to watch it. There were diving boards at various levels, the higher ones were reached by a narrow ladder tower, from which the four divers performed various stunts.

dreamlamd margate high dive show - Copy

The burning dive was the most dramatic part of the show.

Burning diver at Dreamland Margate

We visited on a chilly Saturday in early September, which meant that Dreamland wasn’t that busy. The benefit of this was that there were no long queues for the rides, and that there was always space to sit at the picnic tables.

Unfortunately, the restoration of the wooden Scenic Railway, the oldest rollercoaster in the UK,  hadn’t been completed. But I did seem some staff testing the equipment.

dreamladn margate scenic railway - Copy

There was a live song and dance show.

dreamland live show

Gary had a shot on the Dodgems.

dreamland margate our son gary on dodgems

Dream Cars was ideal for young kids who could pedal the model cars around a track.

dreamland margate dream cars

The Hurricane Jets were popular in the 1950s.

dreamland margate gary on hurricane jets

Gary said that he didn’t feel much effect from being swung upside down in Top Spin.

dreamland margate top spin

However, when he came out of the Rotor, which looked like being spun in a top loader washing machine, he wanted to sit down for a few minutes. I felt dizzy watching from the observation platform.

dreamland spinning around

We had a laugh in the Mirror Maze, but it didn’t take too long to find our way out.

dreamland margate maze

Gary looked as though he’d shrunk when he sat on the enormous deck chair.

dreamland margate our son gary on huge deckchair

Some kids had numerous trips down the Born Slippy giant slide.

dreamland margate our son gary on the slide

Gary had a couple of revolutions in the Big Wheel.

dreamland margate the big wheel

When we visited Dreamland, walk-up tickets cost £17.95 per adult and £14.95 per child. However, if you booked in advance online, the price was reduced to £14.95 per adult and £12.95 per child. Considering that it costs around £8 per adult to ride the Big Wheels in most city centres, I think that the price is value for money if you go on a few rides and watch the show.

Make sure that you check opening days and times at Dreamland before you visit.

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About Karen Bryan

Hello, I'm Karen Bryan, I created Europe a la Carte in 2002 to highlight the best places to visit in Europe with travel tips, photos and no fluff reviews. I’m also an artist; my artworks are often inspired by my travels