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.
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.
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.
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.
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.