Abbe Bates had the chance to visit the newly revamped Dreamland in Margate in December with her husband, Rich, and son, Herbie, on the opening day of the attraction’s Christmas festival, The Frosted Fairground.
The site re-opened last summer after many years of campaigning to retain the site as an amusement park. It first opened as such in 1920 and the original Grade-II listed wooden roller coaster, the Scenic Railway, now the oldest in the UK, has been restored and is still at the centre of the attraction.
Although Herbie, at two-and-a-half, was a little young for some of the bigger rides, they all enjoyed the Dreamland Arcade with its penny machines and he loved the Octopus’s Garden indoor soft play zone as well as the regular flurries of ‘snow’ around the Christmas tree.
Group rates are available on tickets to the park, and the site re-opens fully for the new season in March. There have been some financial problems during the attraction’s first year of operation, but an agreement had been made at the time of going to press for the continued operation of the park. We do hope it has a positive future as it is an important part of the country’s seaside and tourism heritage. Please support the site by visiting for a family day out or to relive your youth on the vintage rides!