Dreamland Margate: The Frosted Fairground

Dreamland timeline

You may have heard whispers of Dreamland this summer, a colourful fun fair in Margate, Kent that has thrilled families since the 1920’s. We had heard both good and bad opinions and so when Dreamland invited us down to try out the Frosted Fairground for ourselves we jumped at the chance as it’s only by seeing something yourself can you make your own mind up.

Dreamland has had it’s ups and downs since opening its doors in the 1920’s, it’s gone through good periods and bad, one of which led to it’s closure and consequently a Save Dreamland campaign for those who still believed in the fun fair’s future. In fact if you ask anyone have they been to Margate they will automatically mention Dreamland.

I can remember going as a child, I remember the steep slope down to the entrance, I remember the bumpy slide and the long walk up to the top for my second bumpy ride down. I can also remember the Scenic Railway rollercoaster and holding my breath as the train hurtled over the wooden bumps and down to the ground again.

I discovered the Scenic Railway had been awarded a Grade II listing in March 2002 and further intrigued to discover that the Dreamland Trust’s vision was to focus on the historic rides that have thrilled families for decades.

Dreamland - view from the big wheel

The Frosted Fairground

Our day started shortly after 10am having parked the car right next to the funfair (Car Park: £4.00 for 24 hours) and made our way into the main building to meet the Dreamland crew. We were given wristbands that allowed us on all the rides and an important appointment to meet Santa and his Elves in the Hornby Hobby workshop at 4pm.

It was cold but we were wrapped up warm and prepared as we could be for a day out in the frosted fairground. Our first chosen ride was the Big Wheel, each seat spins up 35 metres and from the top you have a marvellous view over Margate beach. The Big wheel is pretty central to the park and so you have a great view of the entire park from the top.

Dreamland food court

We tried the Gallopers carousel, the Hurricane Jets, the Cyclone Twist, the Dodgems and of course the bumpy slide ‘Born Slippy’

A trip on Monotopia was good exercise and we loved the Maze hall of mirrors.

The Scenic Railway was a lot of fun as you can see below. It is an amazing structure and the small booth by it sells pieces of reclaimed wood made into clocks and cubes.

As you can imagine the girls went on every single ride they were allowed to and sometimes two or three times, it was whilst waiting for them on the Jumping Pirate Boats that I found this little gem …

If there is one thing I can assure you, you will not get bored, there is a roller skating rink, a fabulous amusement arcade, plus as you walk around the fairground there are lots of pop up acts, I watched Aladdin and Cinderella pop ups, I saw dancers and singers on the bandstand and of course we visited Santa and his elf workshop before leaving.

For all of the rides at The Frosted Fairground you will need tokens which can be bought at the kiosks in the park or the entrance, here’s an idea of how many you will need for your day out.

Dreamland tokens

All in all it was a fabulous day and I would thoroughly recommend it but do wrap up warm as it can get quite chilly.

Dreamland - Santa and the elves workshop

Disclosure: We were invited for a day out to Dreamland – The Frosted Fairground for the purpose of this post, all words and opinions are my own.


  1. December 14, 2015 / 12:50 PM

    IT’S CHRISTMAS!!! Haha Mari that chap dancing with the glasses is hilarious with all his glasses. Sounds like you all had the most amazing time, especially the girls!

  2. December 14, 2015 / 6:09 PM

    I love that our seaside resorts are really putting effort in to making the good old British seaside fun again. That video is hilarious. I find if the kids are happy then so am I!

  3. December 14, 2015 / 6:33 PM

    Wow I remember vaguely going to Margate as a small child. I’m sure there are photos of me on the rides there.

  4. December 14, 2015 / 7:53 PM

    I’ve never been to Margate but I do love a great British seaside! Looks like you all had a great time!

  5. December 14, 2015 / 11:57 PM

    I was invited to this but unfortunately it was too far for us to go to. I’d better not show my daughter as she would have loved all those rides!

  6. Kate Williams
    December 15, 2015 / 4:13 PM

    That looks great! I’m a gig fan of the smaller amusement parks in seaside towns, so much less stressful and cheaper than the big named ones.

  7. Maureen
    December 15, 2015 / 7:54 PM

    I see it’s free to get in but do you know the price of the tokens? My girls have never been and hoping to go next week and wanted to know if I need a small mortgage for the visit.

    • December 18, 2015 / 3:42 PM

      If I remember rightly the tokens are £1 each and certain rides require 5. Why not look into the membership deal they have on, we were very interested in signing up, I believe you get rides for free, check out their website for more details ;)

  8. December 16, 2015 / 12:36 PM

    I’ve never been to Margate, I love the fact that they are trying to revive the great British seaside. I hate it when you visit areas that were once grand and now stand almost like ghost towns :(

  9. December 16, 2015 / 8:41 PM

    This sounds like so much fun! We were invited too, but we couldn’t make it. I really want to go there soon.

  10. December 20, 2015 / 12:02 AM

    I remember bunking off school and going to Dreamland (tsk, tsk!!). I would absolutely love to visit again, it looks brilliant.

  11. December 22, 2015 / 7:52 PM

    This looks so much fun – I have never been to Margate, Somewhere else to add to my Travel Bucket list! Kaz

  12. December 23, 2015 / 8:49 AM

    My aunt lives not far away and we are heading to hers just after christmas – will suggest this as a day out

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