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Travel || Dreamland Amusement Park

Dreamland was the biggest reason why Sam and I chose to travel to Margate in the first place. I’d read some very cool articles about the theme park’s regeneration and I wanted to see it for myself. Also, it didn’t hurt that it was supposed to be insanely instagrammable. 

Dreamland was one of the first theme parks in Britain, and the wooden rollercoaster – the Scenic Railway – built in the 1920s was the first of its kind in England and received a Grade II historic listing. Sadly, over the years the park fell into disrepair before it closed alltogether in 2003 and was sold off for redevelopment. However, since the massive wooden rollercoaster was listed, it couldn’t be torn down. It suffered neglect and arson, but the park was finally saved through a public campaign and was re-opened in 2015.

One of the things that I liked most about Dreamland is that it was free to enter, but you paid per ride. I know as a kid, there were a lot of times my mom never rode a single ride at places like Six Flags, but still had to pay a fortune to enter. And for those people who are going to ride everything, there’s a very reasonable day rider pass. 

The whole park was put together with such care. There was nothing slapdash or outdated (think Brighton pier) about this park. It was delectably retro. Even the quality of food at the park had been thought out. Sam had a massive portion of fish and chips, whilst I had both ice-cream and cotton candy (candy floss). Last but not least, we took turns going down Dreamland’s giant slide, The Born Slippy. Sam got it to himself, whereas I ended up racing and losing to a bunch of 8 year olds. 

The only downside to our day at Dreamland was that the wooden behemoth – The Scenic Railway – was closed that weekend. Gutted! But a perfect excuse to go back one day soon. 

dreamland entrance
entrance to building
by old sign
meeting point
roller discoroller disco 2
old signold sign dreamland
signs
dreamland amusement park
colourful ferris wheel
carousel
born slippy
riding on the born slippy
lockers
step right up
love heart
swan waveswan ridingswan excited
kiss me quickhelter skelterferris wheel
dreamland scenic
doughnuts
cotton candy
eating cotton candy
aw shucks
amanda in giant chair
dreamland at sunset
ferris wheel from distance
Dreamland is located at Marine Terrace, Margate, CT9 1XJ. 

For the moment, it’s open daily, but as soon as school starts again for the Autumn it’s only open weekends from 11am – 5pm. 

Have you been to Dreamland before? Do you have happy memories of it? 

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  • I need to visit (and almost did this past weekend!) I love your cotton candy (candy floss) translation hidden in there…

  • Super photos! Looks like you had such an amazing time! Love your jumpsuit too πŸ™‚ xxx

  • It looks so picturesque and pastel! What a lovely place for a day out! Alice xxx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

  • I do love when amusement parks have a set up like that, the two big parks in Sweden are like that and it makes it so much better to visit as I am not a thrill ride person!!

    • Same here! I love only paying for what I’m actually riding and still get to soak up the atmosphere! x

  • This is the perfect looking amusement park, in my opinion! Looks like you had the best day there! I love the cotton candy photos (well, really all of the photos!). Do you think it’s open all year round?

    • Thanks Cynthia! I think now that school has started it’s only open on weekends, till the end of October, but I could be wrong about that! x

  • Kourtney Reece

    Well this is on my list now. This is the perfect little amusement park. It has a vintage feel to it. Seems like a fun little day out.

    • It’s a really great day out and very vintage-y. A perfect thing to come back to England to do one day!

  • Wooooow what a fabulous place!! Loving the old school aesthetic and seems like a really fun day out : )

    Gemma
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  • Ah I’ve never been but that’s probably the closest theme park to me!
    Roller disco and that playsuit – dreamland!! – You look beautiful and looks like you had a fabulous time πŸ™‚

    Ana xxx

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    • Thank you so much Ana! My playsuit is from the Miss Patina consignment section at the TopShop main store in Oxford street. x

  • okay, this looks AMAZING!! I want to go!

  • Wow what an amazing place, I do like the look of it and you look like you were having fun which is always a place

  • Dreamland looks amazing! I’m definitely going to have to check it out when I head back to Kent soon – I wish it had been open whilst I’d been at uni!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

    • Hopefully you get to have a look in soon! As soon as school is back in session it’s only open on the weekend, so it makes it a bit trickier to see. xx

  • It looks like a lot of fun! I love that photo of you on the slide!