Welcome to the Great British Seaside of 2017!
Dreamland Margate will relaunch on Friday 26th May and has announced plans for an epic bank holiday weekend packed with entertainment and all-new attractions.
Get set for seriously good times this summer as the park introduces even more vintage rides, modern art installations and becomes a heaven for foodies. Combine this with a mighty music lineup, stylish new bars and a street food offer like no other; Dreamland visitors are in for cool culture and real fun as they explore the new park.
Free to enter, Dreamland will officially open its doors at 5pm on Friday 26th May, unveiling its fresh creative makeover for the first time. The evening will be a chance to check out the park’s cutting edge new design, which complements the meticulously renovated vintage rides, all with an unbeatable beach backdrop.
Soak up a festival feel as Vintage Trouble launch the new outdoor Scenic Stage. The Los Angeles band will bring their rhythm and blues to Margate and kick-start the party on Friday evening. Families, funsters, mates and mini-breakers can make the most of the long bank holiday with a weekend of free live music and pop up entertainment.
The park will be open throughout the half term; with family favourites FUN DMC and their daytime hip-hop block party for kids and parents at the Scenic Stage on Monday 29th May. With stage shows, Mermaid and Pirate School, and Teddy and Betty Land - a brand new area with rides and entertainment for the little ones - kids will have endless fun all week.
Steven Mitchell, CEO at Dreamland Margate, said:
“Our opening weekend celebrations are a sign of things to come at Dreamland. We have curated a new age of seaside culture and are presenting something truly unique in Britain today, all while embracing our rich history. We’re incredibly excited to relaunch the park and are sure it will have a lasting effect on local people and businesses. There’s a great future ahead.”
Sip on oversized cocktails whilst watching the 1920s Coney Island-inspired Scenic Railway at The Slide Bar, or climb your way to the aptly named Tree Top Bar to enjoy a glass of wine and listen to DJ sets, all with the ultimate view of Dreamland.
Dreamland’s large contemporary dining area, The Friendliest Food Court Ever, is much more than your average street food market. It will deliver bold and simple flavours, all in front of the new live stage.
All this, plus the retro roller disco and diner, a boardwalk that shows off new views of the park and the antique menagerie cages, circus acts and the arcades, all in an energetic and diverse coastal community, Dreamland will shake up everyone’s plans this summer.
Dreamland is free to enter and pay to ride.
Wristbands include unlimited ride access and are available to buy online now.
Buy in advance to save: bit.ly/BookWristbands
Wristband prices and opening hours
Friday 26th May - 5pm to 11pm:
Big Kid - Advance: £10.00
Big Kid - On The Day £12.50
Little Kid - Advance: £7.50
Little Kid - On The Day: £9.00
Saturday 27th May - 11am to 10pm
Sunday 28th May - 11am to 10pm
Monday 29th May - 11am to 10pm
Tuesday 30th May - 11am to 7pm
Wednesday 31st May - 11am to 7pm
Thursday 1st June - 11am to 7pm
Friday 2nd June - 11am to 7pm
Saturday 3rd June - 11am to 7pm
Sunday 4th June - 11am to 7pm:
Big Kid - Advance: £16.00
Big Kid - On The Day: £19.00
Little Kid - Advance: £11.50
Little Kid - On The Day: £13.50
See website for full details, events and all opening dates and times.
Notes to editors:
The Whitsun weekend is set to be a massive weekend for Margate. On Saturday 27th May, Dreamland officially launches its state of the art indoor music venue, Hall By The Sea, with Newcastle rockers Maxïmo Park taking to the stage. Tickets £18.
The coastal edition of the popular Hackney Wonderland, Margate Wonderland, arrives at Dreamland on Sunday 28th May. The festival is headlined by The Kills and also features Carl Barât and The Jackals, The Duke Spirit and TOY. Tickets £25.
The weekend also sees Turner Contemporary open its latest exhibition; Every Day is a New Day. Not only this, the Mod and Sixties festival and the Margate Meltdown are taking place, and The Dreamland Trust will present Dreamlandscapes: A Portrait of Dreamland in the 60s, an exhibition by artist Barry Kirk, in its new space within the park.
Home of the mods, rockers, skins and punks, the Cinque Ports pub will offer unmistakably British gastro-pub fare with continental influences. Featuring a theatre kitchen at the centre of the dining experience, it will offer signature seasonal dishes and desserts, craft beers, Anglo-Italian cocktails and locally curated wines. It will serve afternoon tea, brunch on Saturdays and roast dinners on Sundays. The Brew House located within the pub will have a light snack menu, live music and creative content.
On the seafront, Ziggy’s, Margate’s first rooftop bar, is the home of sunsets with rum cocktails, Jamaican jerk BBQ, reggae, hip hop and big beats.
Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Great Britain: the site of Dreamland (as it was re-named in 1920) dates back to the British railway boom and the early 1870s when, in its original form, the ‘Hall by the Sea’ was operated by the circus tycoon, ‘Lord’ George Sanger.
In 2003, a plan to close the park and build housing on the site triggered a 'Save Dreamland' campaign by locals and amusement park enthusiasts. Thanet District Council’s Compulsory Purchase Order unlocked the regeneration of the historic site and, along with other public organisations, secured £18m of public funding. It is likely that the site’s jewels: the Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway, Grade II* - listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages – would have further degenerated without this intervention. Sands Heritage Ltd. was appointed in 2014 as the commercial operator of Dreamland and has secured a £25 million investment from Arrowgrass Capital Partners.
Architecture and design by d_raw and Aecom in collaboration with Neverland will see the next phase in the restoration project being realised as a fully re-landscaped park with world-class entertainment spaces, modern art installations and contemporary food and drink offerings. This will all sit alongside vintage rides all restored to their original glory.
The Dreamland project plays a significant role in community engagement, education, training, sustainable employment and boosting the local economy. It is also a major component in the continued regeneration of Margate, spearheaded by Turner Contemporary in 2011. Thanet District Council is now undertaking the next phase of redevelopment which will see the iconic Sunshine Café brought back to life and the front of the cinema building restored.
Dreamland Margate is less than 90 minutes from London by train with Margate Station only a 5-minute walk away.