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Many of our guests have happy memories of Dreamland from years back. Since reopening in 2015 the amusement park has been a key element of Margate’s ongoing regeneration and reinvention. After Phase 1 a further £25million investment has been made and extensive further development work is ongoing. We’ve written quite recently about changes at the park. Read our post from earlier this year here. Now as we head towards the end of the year Dreamland keeps on giving. We are excited to share news of four major Dreamland events that have just been confirmed will take place between November 2017 and April 2018.
- First off will be a massive party for the Day of the Dead, with The Cuban Brothers. Dreamland Fiesta is on 11 November.
- Then BuggedOut! present Belgian dance legends, 2manyDJs, on 8th December.
- The Beat and The Selector play 24 February
- Last but far from least, Undercover Festival returns on 13 and 14 April
For the full line up of all the other events going on over the winter and into next year, do visit the Dreamland website. The below is not an exhaustive list, there’s lots more going on!
11 November 2017
Headlining a massive party to celebrates Mexico’s Day of the Dead, The Cuban Brothers will make a triumphal return to Dreamland, following their appearance at the park’s Sunset Sessions this summer.
An unstoppable force of nature, The Cuban Brothers’ unrivalled funk soul review blends sexy, soulful music with jaw-dropping b-boy action and riotous comedy. From humble beginnings Miguel Mantovani, Archerio Mantovani, Kengo San and Domenico have built Los Hermanos Cubanos-The Cuban Brothers – into a legendary outfit that continuously sells out across the globe.
Expect a full-on party atmosphere with pop-up entertainment, street food including churros and tacos and drinks including tequilas and Mexican beers. Hola amigos! A live Mariachi band will perform before the headline act
This event will be at Dreamland’s state-of-the-art music venue Hall By The Sea
Tickets from £12 – Book online
8 December 2017
Dreamland and BuggedOut! present legendary Belgian groove-gurus 2ManyDJs, the Dewaele brothers, aka Soulwax, supported by Erol Alkan and Matt Walsh.
The masters of fusing music, the Soulwax brothers bring an irresistible beat to every tune they spin. If you like an eclectic, original and upbeat mix, 2ManyDJs deliver every time. You won’t want to stop dancing. Fans of LCD Soundsystem, Justice, Hot Chip and Boys Noize: this is for you!
Tickets from £19.50 Book Online
The Beat and The Selector
24 February 2018
Before Britpop was a thing, 2 Tone bands came out of Britain’s multiracial inner cities – London, Birmingham Bristol etc – and got the whole country on the dance floor celebrating difference with lyrics that often took a gritty and irreverent sidelong look at life. The Beat’s music fuses ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock. The Selecter, still fronted by Pauline Black, are one of the most successful ska bands of the 2 Tone revival era, with multiple top forty singles in the British charts including the memorable Too Much Pressure and On My Radio.
This double dose of ska will have you dancing non-stop to feel-good hits.
Tickets go on sale November 3 Buy Online
13th – 14th April 2018
Undercover Festival returns in 2018 for its second year at Dreamland. This is reckoned to be one of the best alternative festivals the South of England has to offer.
The organisers take an independent and grassroots approach to this event which will bring two days of alternative music from bands you are unlikely to see on other Festival lineups. Sham 69 and The Blockheads are confirmed already – watch the Dreamland website for details of more acts still to be announced.
Tickets from £39 – Buy Online
Visit the Dreamland website to book tickets and find out about all of the park’s many other events taking place during this period and beyond. For example – Dreamland becomes The Frosted Fairground over Christmas.
It is always advisable to buy tickets online and well in advance to get the best prices – and be aware that events at Dreamland often sell out so don’t hang around if you see something you know you want to go to.
Check availability of our holiday lets in Broadstairs, using the form on our home page, if you need accommodation for any of the above Dreamland events.
We know how many of our visitors remember the old Dreamland at Margate and many of you have visited the park since it reopened in 2015. The initial phase 1 of the redevelopment of the park was a big deal for the area but it was only the start. Now in 2017 phase 2 is nearly complete and Dreamland is going to the next level – we are very excited to share with you some of the new developments and events taking place this summer.
When the park first reopened the only sign of it on the seafront was the big wheel peeping over the top of the buildings, the outside remained surrounded by slightly untidy looking hoardings and the main entrance, tucked down Hall by the Sea, with it’s giant arrow beckoning you in, was somewhat hidden. In recent weeks the iconic Art Deco-style cinema building, with it’s 80 foot “fin” jutting up in to the sky since the 1930s, has been revealed once again, emerging from it’s winter clothing of scaffolding and now with brand new neon lettering reinstalled up the side, in the exact same style as it had originally – it looks seriously cool. 1930S design of the building and that signage was cutting edge when it first appeared and nowadays it still looks fresh and totally modern – also very classy and alluring.
The park itself is being re-landscaped and will include some very cool art installations dotted around as well as even more rides than last summer. We can’t wait to see what is described as an interactive marble run and also the mirrored spinning top. There will be an eclectic street food offering with some exotic choices as well as standard fare like fish and chips and burgers, also more cool bars (Dreamland in 2017 is definitely not just for kids) and a full programme of events – see below. The landscaping is to include a garden boardwalk to with antique menagerie cages from the 1800s which were uncovered on the site during the recent restorations.
Rides are looking good: as well as the scenic railway you will be able to enjoy the Brooklands Speedway (we’re screaming already), the Wedgwood Tea Cups (for little ones) and the Crazy Mouse (for the brave!). The Waltzer has been painstakingly restored to its former 1940s glory (who knew it was that old).
Teddy and Betty are giant teddy bear / teddy boy characters who hark back to the park’s 1950’s heyday and have been a great hit entertaining visitors, particularly youngsters since the park reopened, now they have their own Teddy and Betty Land within Dreamland – the wee ones will love Betty’s Beehive Coaster and the whole concept is just hilariously good fun.
The entertainment has been one of the strengths of the park since reopening, there are always performers, like the Teddy and Betty Characters, larking around and doing something crazy and making everyone laugh, or sing or dance. They are just part of the whole Dreamland experience, whatever day you go on.
However, phase 2 of the redevelopment means that a whole new 15,000 capacity event space will be ready to welcome well known acts who require a big audience and this firmly puts Margate back on the music venue map – having previously hosted such legends as The Who and The Rolling Stones. Last year the 2,000 capacity Hall By The Sea re-opened so now both spaces are set to make the whole of Dreamland rock with some seriously exciting dates in the diary already.
This very weekend, as we write (28 – 30 April 2017), there’s the Hipsville Festival A Go Go, which has sold out and amongst others has the Rezillos on the bill!
We’ve listed below the events that we know about that are coming up, (there may be more still to be announced so check the Dreamland site for up to date info as well as to book tickets). As well as big name music acts there is plenty of variety and loads for children and all ages – there’s even a Vintage Market day if your very best thing to do in all the world is shop shop shop:
27 May – Maximo Park.
28 May – Margate Wonderland
10 June – Demon Dayz festival has Gorillaz with both Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher playing together! (also sold out – sorry if you didn’t get tickets).
25 June – Summer Tea Dance (for a change of pace)
2 July – Vintage Market (buy buy buy!)
20 July – Toots and the Maytals!
22nd July – Slaves!
27th July – Peppa Pig makes an appearance!
10 August – Paw Patrol
12 – 25 August – World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle
24 August – Octonaughts
8 – 9 September – Undercover Festival
October – Screamland
On the seafront you’ll be able to go to the Cinque Ports pub for modern pub fare with a front row view of the beach. Margate’s only rooftop bar is also due to open at some stage in the old cinema building, what a spot to catch a magical Margate Turner-esque sunset.
The investment in this stage of the redevelopment is £25 million. Wi-Fi will be available across the park so you can share your experience with all your jealous friends and family back home via FaceBook, Snapchat, Instagram and the like.
We can’t imagine where you could have a more fun day out than Dreamland this summer, whether you’re a family, couple or day-tripper.
The park reopens on Friday 26 May. Tickets for events are available on the Dreamland Website now.
Margate’s iconic Dreamland amusement park reopened last year and immediately started to attract increased visitor numbers to the town and the wider area. Margate beach is once more packed out in the summer and the higher footfall for the town as a whole has helped lots of new businesses get established, particularly around the seafront and harbour arm and throughout the old town.
This is great for us at Beeches as many of our guests can now enjoy Dreamland when they stay in one of our holiday lets in Broadstairs, or will even book with us specifically because they’re planning a holiday around trips to Dreamland as well as other local attractions. We love that there is so much on offer right on our doorstep in the three towns of the Isle of Thanet, Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, which are all just a short hop from each other around the coast and we very much view Thanet as a whole as the destination our guests are coming to.
Most recently Dreamland have changed how they charge visitors to the park, you can now enter and enjoy the atmosphere free of charge and purchase a wristband or tokens to go on the rides…except when there are special events taking place when you can’t get in without buying a ticket which can then give you free access to the rides.
Events look set to be an important part of the park’s future as those which have taken place so far have been so successful and it’s such a spectacular venue it is certain to be used more and more for really unique happenings.
As an example – we wrote last year about Screamland (see our post here). When Dreamland was transformed for Halloween 2015 the park won a clutch of awards and was described as “the best scare event on any UK park”. No surprises then that it will now be an annual event and likely to get bigger and better, and sold out earlier, each year. Could Halloween by the sea be your excuse to book an autumn seaside holiday with us and go all out with costumes, and craziness for a few days.
This year Screamland is 14-29 October.
Another example – the second Beside the Sea Festival brought big names, Bat for Lashes, Wolf Alice, Hot Chip and Super Furry Animals, to Dreamland, with Jarvis Cocker DJing on the dodgems on the Saturday night. The park has several performance spaces including the Roller Rink, the Ballroom and Hall by the Sea as well as smaller outdoor stages. It is the antithesis of being at a corporate gig. The newly opened Hall by the Sea has rough hewn walls and girders in the ceiling, being at a performance here feels very intimate and even a little bit rough round the edges, which is a good thing. The playful atmosphere and opportunity to pop off for a quick ride on the scenic railway, big wheel or helterskelter, between bands, add a a whole new dimension to a night out at an event like this.
Grandmaster Flash also played a set at Dreamland this year and that was free entry!
We can’t wait to see what events will be at the park in 2017.
It’s well worth subscribing to the Dreamland newsletter for information about new events as they are announced. You can do that here.
There’s one more biggie to come this year being advertised at the time of writing. On 3rd December there’s a Dreamland Vintage Market which will be interesting. Margate has really become something of a mecca for cool vintage stuff so the market will doubtless be showcasing some of the finest quirky items that local traders and those from further afield can find to offer for Christmas gift hunters looking for unusual presents for loved ones – or indeed for themselves. From toy cars, to large format cameras, high fashion from years gone by and vintage leather bags and suitcases to carry it all home in – if you don’t bring yourself a bag with wheels to cart your haul away that is!
The park is also available for corporate events, weddings and the like, if you’re taking over the whole of Dreamland and you need accommodation for your guests, remember us – our nearby Beeches holiday homes are just a short drive away and have every comfort and amenity.
Dreamland and Margate are practically synonymous with each other – and now – Dreamland is back! After a multi-million pound investment, a fresh and imaginative re-envisioning and a lot of passion and hard work from local people, the doors opened once again yesterday, 19th June 2015.
It was an amazing day and we are excited to be able to tell you about this new attraction on our doorstep, which we’re sure many of you can’t wait to visit.
Margate has been on the up again for some time now. The regeneration of the Old Town and the opening of the Turner Contemporary Gallery, along with the new high speed rail link between all the Thanet towns and London have all made a big difference to the town’s fortunes. Lots of positive press and recent comments from our visitors all say the same thing: Margate is back on the map. But without Dreamland at its centre many people felt that something was still missing. The new look, retro-themed, amusement park is set to change all that – it’s a real delight!
The entrance is via Hall by the Sea Road, down the side of the iconic Dreamland cinema building on the seafront. Entering via the large glass doors we found ourselves first in an entrance foyer with a well stocked gift shop full of cleverly themed new and vintage items for sale. From ice cream cone shaped bottles of bubbles for £2, to quirky jewellery, to “scream if You Want to go Faster” tea towells in Dreamland font and distinctive pastel colours, we knew we’d find something fun to buy to remind us of our trip on the way out, but for now we hurried on through, past the vintage arcade games and Roller Rink in the free section of Dreamland, before the ticket barriers, eager to see the park itself.
Dreamland has created 250 new jobs and the staff were clearly all thrilled to be part of the historic reopening wreathed in smiles and jollying everyone along throughout our visit. Many of those working on the rides told us they had also worked at the park in their younger years and were delighted to be back there again. Entertainment included random staff performances of song and dance which added to the celebratory atmosphere. We couldn’t resist joining in as the whole merry go round burst into song, led by a comical chap dressed in a top hat and tails like an old style circus ringmaster – and later dancers mingled with the visitors and had many of us, adults and children alike, spontaneously dancing along with them beside the rides. There was a real party atmosphere.
Oh but the rides. They are what make Dreamland unique and oh-so-special. The restoration of the original wooden scenic railway, as the park’s centrepiece, has been the subject of much excitement for amusement park lovers worldwide and everyone locally, but it wasn’t ready in time for yesterday’s opening. Some wondered if that would put a dampener on the Dreamland experience for early visitors. Well we can assure you it didn’t! There were LOTS of other rides to go on and all were great fun. Our favourites were the Hurricane Jets, which you can control yourself, going up and down as high or low as you like as they spin around (pictured above).
Others were thrilled by the Crazy Mouse which is a spinning roller coaster style ride you need to be brave to go on! The dodgems were the bumpiest, funniest bumper cars we’ve ever been on, the Helter Skelter the highest and fastest we’d ever experienced, the Jumping Pirate Boats were just like being at sea me hearties and the small children who came with us loved the whole experience, there was lots for all ages, the tinies would have happily played for hours in the miniature vintage cars beneath the Monotopia…their little faces were all smiles the whole time we were there.
So we recommend you plan a visit for yourself. Once you’ve paid the entrance fee all rides are free, there are several food and drink outlets, all serving up seaside favourites including fish and chips and ice cream, but with plenty of variety. Entertainment this summer includes Messham’s Wall of Death displays which are not to be missed, other entertainment and new rides are being added all the time. You’ll have to book in advance to go to some of the themed club nights with the likes of Sink the Pink from London. Chas and Dave might not be busking at Margate station the day you come (as they did yesterday) but you know you want to get daaaan to Margate (as the song goes) and get some Dreamland action. If you’re staying in one of our comfortable holiday properties you can be in Margate in 5 minutes by train from Broadstairs – or cycle, bus or drive in just slightly longer.
Do you remember Dreamland, Margate’s amusement park? The park, dating back to the 1860’s, delighted generations of visitors from all over for many years, till 2003, when the then owners shut the park intending to replace it with a housing development. The Save Dreamland Campaign was local people’s response to the closure and now finally, after years of hard work to make it happen, the park will re-open on the 19th June 2015.
Visit the Dreamland website to see what the re-imagined park will offer in it’s new guise.
After a few difficult years Margate has once again become a really exciting destination to visit and has plenty to offer holiday makers who want to spend a long weekend or a week there. With the Turner Contemporary, Dreamland, The Shell Grotto, lots of new cafes’, wine bars, restaurants,shops, lots of events and art exhibitions throughout the year, there’s more to see and do in Margate than you’ll be able to pack in to a short break.
Why not bring the whole family to enjoy a seaside holiday together, taking in Dreamland and the other attractions of Margate and the surrounding area?
We can sleep up to 8 people in our spacious 6 bed self catering holiday homes in Broadstairs – just a few short minutes drive or train ride from Margate. You can check availability of our holiday properties using the form on our home page.