Review: Dreamland – Margate

When I was young I have fond memories of going to Margate, a walk along the beach, the arcades and the old Dreamland Pleasure Park. Dreamland closed when I was a teenager I thought it would be just another part of my childhood that I wouldn’t get to experience again. 

Review: Dreamland - Margate

But it was announced that Dreamland would be opening again and I was excited to visit this Easter holidays with the children to see if it was the Dreamland that I remembered so clearly from my childhood.

Review: Dreamland - Margate

Dreamland is right on the Margate seafront, the big wheel very much part of the Margate skyline. It’s easily accessible by train and also has a pay and display carpark right next door – although this wasn’t well sign posted as it’s accessed round the block from the seafront. The parking can be paid for with coins or using an app on your mobile phone.

Review: Dreamland - Margate

Review: Dreamland - Margate

Review: Dreamland - Margate

Dreamland can either be accessed from the car park or from the seafront although the car park entrance is more appealing. You enter the Dreamland site and on one side you can go through turnstiles to go on the rides. On the other side is a complex of arcades, food outlets, the Dreamland Ballroom and a roller disco – all of which you can access without paying the main Dreamland entrance prices.

Review: Dreamland - Margate

Inside the Dreamland Pleasure Park there are a lot of rides with their own queue barriers and really friendly staff operating them. Each ride has a sign that states what height the ride is for and whether children need to be accompanied by an adult. Even with this information it would have been nice to have a map of some sort to show what rides were available and which were suitable for our children at a glance.

Review: Dreamland - Margate

Review: Dreamland - Margate

Many of the rides are suitable for children over 90cm either by themselves or accompanied – depending on the ride – so we could go on a lot of rides with the children. They really enjoyed the rides and the fun fair style of Dreamland and weren’t disappointed that they weren’t big enough for everything – like the iconic roller coaster.

Review: Dreamland - Margate

Review: Dreamland - Margate

Some rides were sadly closed for no obvious reason – like the Helter Skelter that the children would have loved to go on. We didn’t realise until we got up to the closed rides that they were closed either – bigger, more obvious closed signs would have been appreciated.

Review: Dreamland - Margate

The children loved a couple of really simple Dreamland additions – the Arctic Circle where they learnt about littering and pollution by fishing for rubbish. There was also a Pirate School where they learnt about being a pirate and a Mermaid school too which we didn’t get a chance to visit. But at each of these places the children were made to feel really special and came away with a map and a certificate.

Review: Dreamland - Margate

Review: Dreamland - Margate

Review: Dreamland - Margate

We had lunch in the Dreamland Diner which was on a oar with most tourist attraction food prices – £7 for a burger, £3 for chips and £6 for a children’s meal. They had sadly run out of both chocolate and strawberry ice cream for the milkshakes and the food did seem to take quite a while to come out – at least twenty minutes. But the burgers were lovely which made up for the wait.

Review: Dreamland - Margate

We really enjoyed our day at Dreamland. It was nice to be able to go on rides as many times as we liked for the entrance price and even visiting on a day during school holidays the park wasn’t very busy and we didn’t have to queue for rides – only a short wait whilst the ride ended before getting on it ourselves.

Review: Dreamland - Margate

If you fancy a day out then Dreamland would be a great choice. It has got so much vintage charm and a wonderful timeless appeal. It isn’t Alton Towers or Thorpe Park – but it doesn’t claim to be. It’s a day of classic family fun that you can mix with time on the beach and in the arcades. If the weather’s nice and you have a free day definitely visit Dreamland this season.

Review: Dreamland - Margate

Disclosure: We were invited to Dreamland for the purpose of this review however all opinions are our own. 

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9 Comments

  1. April 3, 2016 / 7:57 am

    Oh this sounds like good old fashioned family fun! I want to come and visit you and take the kids there. And I love your big wheel photo 🙂
    Nat.x

  2. April 3, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    It’s great to see that some much needed investment has gone into Dreamland. From reading your review I feel that there are still some things that they need to improve but hopefully they will take on board visitors thoughts and make changes.

  3. April 3, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    Dreamland is definitely on our must visit list for this year. I’ve wanted to go since I first saw it had opened up last year. I want to go even more after reading this, I reckon the kids (and us grown ups too) will love it. x

  4. April 3, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    This looks like fun and how brave is A going on such a huge slide on her own 🙂

    Stevie x

  5. April 3, 2016 / 10:47 pm

    Oh I’m so jealous!! We’re only a 20 minute drive from Margate and Dreamland was always the place to go in the holidays and like you was sad when it closed! Especially as that was my teenage free years!
    I’ve been wanting to take the boys and have been hoping to get an invite so I’m super super jealous….maybe I’ll jut take the boys anyway!

  6. April 4, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    I have been invited a few times to visit Dreamland but not been able to make it yet! Oh my its looks so much fun- I have never been (have been to Margate beach) – another place to add to our must-see places this see. Looks like you all had so much fun and that burger and chips….yum

  7. Carol
    August 24, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Went to dreamland today the 24th August with grandkids.three rides are still not working and others are partially broken down.dreamland should be honest, it is evident the roller coaster will never be fixed, was told the whole thing needs re wiring, the helter skelter is closed because they do not have any mats. The pirate ships are closed indefinitely. Dodgems five cars broken, flying aeroplanes four broken, kiss me quick, five broken carriages. Big wheel about eight pods missing their cages. Its like visiting a sinking ship. To their credit the place is spotless, the staff really try to make you feel welcome.

  8. Riley Locksmith
    October 25, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    thank you for sharing

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