TODAY: Get your skates on - Roller Disco and Arcade open 10am-6pm, The Octopus's Garden Soft Play Kid Zone open 9am-6pm

Skate & Dine tickets available weekends and school holidays from £8

JUST ANNOUNCED: Pete Tong returns to Hall By The Sea, Friday 14th June - Tickets on sale now!

TODAY: Get your skates on - Roller Disco and Arcade open 10am-6pm, The Octopus's Garden Soft Play Kid Zone open 9am-6pm

Skate & Dine tickets available weekends and school holidays from £8

JUST ANNOUNCED: Pete Tong returns to Hall By The Sea, Friday 14th June - Tickets on sale now!

TODAY: Get your skates on - Roller Disco and Arcade open 10am-6pm, The Octopus's Garden Soft Play Kid Zone open 9am-6pm

Skate & Dine tickets available weekends and school holidays from £8

JUST ANNOUNCED: Pete Tong returns to Hall By The Sea, Friday 14th June - Tickets on sale now!

TODAY: Get your skates on - Roller Disco and Arcade open 10am-6pm, The Octopus's Garden Soft Play Kid Zone open 9am-6pm

Skate & Dine tickets available weekends and school holidays from £8

JUST ANNOUNCED: Pete Tong returns to Hall By The Sea, Friday 14th June - Tickets on sale now!

Easter opening kicks off a new season of entertainment at Dreamland Margate

  • A spectacular programme of music and culture with a twist of the unexpected for Dreamland’s 2018 season from 30 March  
  • Experience a festival every day at the park with a Day Dreamer ticket
  • Even more to come with new rides planned for the summer…

28 February 2018: Dreamland launches its 2018 season with Easter activities for all the family and an exciting line up of music events from Friday 30 March.

Head to Margate to hunt down the best entertainment over the Easter holidays and experience Dreamland’s festival feel. Visit The Whale, a 50 foot inflatable theatre installation for children, enjoy story time with Peter Rabbit or take part in a family sports day and village fete with Shaun The Sheep’s Championsheeps Live.

There is something for every generation, from delicious street food to watching the British Juggling Convention in action, enjoying Dreamland’s vintage rides or simply soaking up the park’s unique atmosphere and pop up entertainment.

There is plenty going on too in the indoor event venue Hall by the Sea, where international Club DJ and BBC radio presenter Gilles Peterson will be headlining in the evening on Friday 30 March. Big Fish Little Fish X Camp Bestival Family Rave provides afternoon family fun on Saturday 31 March, followed by Totally Wired’s biggest party ever in the evening. Tickets available from dreamland.co.uk/events.

New for Easter from 30 March to 15 April: 

30 March to 5 April

  • Experience The Whale, a true-to-life size inflatable sperm whale theatre installation. Here brave swashbucklers can watch ‘The Pirate Misadventure’ show, a highly entertaining performance in the belly of the whale set in a lavishly decorated seascape interior. Visitors will encounter a shipwrecked Pirate with a treasure tale to tell and meet a real life Mermaid with a haunting siren’s song and intriguing secret. The show will be on six times a day and lasts 20 minutes.
  • Delight in the Pop-up Entertainment around the park daily from 11.00am to 6.00pm, including:
    • Salana’, a grey seal who flaps her way through the crowds making friends
    • The Scuba Car, An ‘Autobianchi’ car magically transforms into an aquarium on four wheels. ‘Scubabianchi’ plays with and surprises the audience.
    • Bosun Barnacle & Cap’n Short Joan Silver, two scurvy pirates in boats moving their way round the park on stilts.  

30 March to 15 April

  • Get close to and hear about a variety of animals in the Dreamland Ark. Expect an educational and fun experience with weird, wonderful and cute animals. 12.00pm to 4.00pm.

6 April

  • Meet Peter Rabbit and listen to story time with the timeless, mischievous hero who is currently featuring on the big screen. Various meeting times between 12.00pm to 4.00pm with story time taking place at the end of the day
  • Watch the British Juggling Convention (BJC) who will be performing breathtaking juggling, spinning and hooping shows and running workshops. 12.00pm to 3.00pm.

7-15 April

  • Take part in a family sports day with Shaun The Sheep’s Championsheeps Live. Join Shaun and friends for village fete themed fun, in a line-up of up to eight different activities from hula hooping to jumping around a fun farmyard setting. 12.00pm to 4.00pm.

Those visiting at Easter will also be able to witness local artist Daniel Webb’s ‘Everyday Plastic’ art installation in the park, which is the second of five commissions for the ‘Mural-by-the-Sea’ project.

More information at muralbythesea.co.uk.

 

Festival fun throughout the season

Easter 2018 heralds the start of a thrilling season for Dreamland. As well as fun events and entertainment, Dreamland will be opening a number of new rides for the summer, from family friendly to thrill seeker. Long-time visitors to the park will recognise new, reimagined versions of firm favourites from the past, while others bring a completely new experience to Dreamland. All will add to the park’s one of a kind festival feel in 2018.

Dreamland has a whole host of music and entertainment in the pipelinethroughout 2018. The ever-popular Sunset Sessions will return to the Scenic Stage for summer on 4 May with Craig Charles headlining.David Rodigan will play on 26 May and Norman Jay is booked for 9 June. Tickets will be priced at £5.00 or £2.50 for members and are on sale now via dreamland.co.uk/events.

In addition, a range of great acts will be performing at the park during the season, such as Fleetmac Wood, a DJ set that brings exclusive remixes and edits crafted for the dancefloor, with a rave that celebrates and re-frames the music of Fleetwood Mac, on 26 May. Look out for more announcements and member priority on sales coming very soon.

Introducing the Day Dreamer Ticket

In line with Dreamland’s continued commitment to provide a fantastic guest experience and the many enhancements being made to the park in 2018, a new pricing structure will apply from 30 March.

The Day Dreamer entrance ticket will be introduced from Easter. Costing £5.00, the Day Dreamer is redeemable against a single go on a ride of a visitor’s choice, or the daily Day Dreamer food and drink offer. Those wishing to take advantage of unlimited rides will still be able to purchase a wristband to ride all day.

If at any time a guest with a Day Dreamer ticket wishes to upgrade to use all of the rides, then, if not already redeemed, the Day Dreamer can be put towards purchasing a wristband whilst on the park.

Disabled carers visiting with a paying guest and those under 90cm are free to enter at all times.

There are also discounts available for groups of over 10 and those wishing to purchase a two-day pass. Different pricing structures are also available for exclusive access all areas passes.

Membership options are also available and are a fantastic way for guests to really enjoy the park throughout the season, with amusement park entry, unlimited rides, discounts and priority booking on selected events.

Rebecca Ellis, Senior Creative Producer at Dreamland comments: “We’re thrilled to open for the new season at Dreamland. With a spectacular programme of music, culture, and a range of exciting new rides, we think there is something for every generation to enjoy. We’re passionate about delivering an accessible festival experience, whilst also adding a touch of the unexpected to appeal to all generations throughout the year. We’re looking forward to providing an unforgettable experience that will make people want to return to Dreamland again and again.”

 

ENDS

Notes to editors

You can also load up a Dream Pass. Similar to a gift card, you can add as little or as much money as you like. It can be used on the rides, merchandise and Dreamland food and beverages – a great cash-less option for those with children.

About Dreamland

Dreamland in Margate offers a unique festival feeling every day, with rides, music events, great food and drink and pop-up entertainment for all generations to enjoy. The team at Dreamland is passionate about delivering fun experiences with a twist of the unexpected that keeps visitors coming back again and again. 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. Following a £35 million investment from Arrowgrass Capital Partners, Dreamland reopened in May 2017. It is less than 90 minutes from London by train with Margate station only a 5-minute walk away. 

Pricing structure

From 30 March to 21 July and 2 September to the end of the season, off-peak prices will be as follows:

‘Big Kids’ (over 125cm)

In advance: £13.00

On the day: £16.00

‘Little Kids’ (Under 125cm)

In advance: £9.00

On the day: £11.00

From 21 July to 2 September, peak prices will be as follows:

‘Big Kids’ (over 125cm)

In advance: £17.00

On the day: £20.00

‘Little Kids’ (Under 125cm)

In advance: £13.00

On the day: £16.00

Disabled carers visiting with a paying guest and those under 90cm are free to enter at all times. There are also discounts available for groups of over 10 and those wishing to purchase a two-day pass. Different pricing structures are also available for exclusive access all areas passes.

Membership options are also available, to allow guests to enjoy the park in the most cost effective way all season, as well as offering priority booking and discounts. Further information about Dreamland Membership can be viewed at dreamland.co.uk/membership.

The ever popular music Sunset Sessions will run from the 4 May and be priced as follows:

Entry only

In advance: £5.00

On the day: £7.00

Members: £2.50

Entry and unlimited zone one rides

In advance: £10.00

On the day: £13.00

Members: £5.00

Full details can be found on the Dreamland website

Opening times

The park will be open every day from 10am - 6pm from Friday 30 March until Sunday 15 April. It will then be open weekends and holidays from Saturday 21 April onwards. The Octopus’s Garden indoor children’s play area and the Roller Disco are open every day except Christmas Day (or in case of an event). For full opening dates and times visit dreamland.co.uk.

Programme of events for the season so far, full details and updates can be found at www.dreamland.co.uk

13 March – 1 May

  • Afternoon tea dances

30 March - 21 May

  • Mural-by-the-Sea

30 March

  • Gilles Peterson

30 March to 5 April

  • Experience The Whale, a true-to-life size inflatable whale theatre installation
  • Enjoy Pop up Entertainment around the park daily including:
    • Salana’, a grey seal who flaps her way through the crowds making friends
    • The Scuba Car, An Autobianchi car magically transformed into an aquarium on four wheels filled with a goldfish ‘Scubabianchi’ plays with and surprises the audience.
    • Bosun Barnacle & Cap’n Short Joan Silver, two scurvy pirates in boats moving their way round the park on stilts.  

30 March to 15 April

  • Enjoy talks and meet a variety of animals you won’t usually get the chance to encounter in the Dreamland Ark.

31 March

  • Big Fish Little Fish X Camp Bestival Family Rave
  • Totally Wired

6 April

  • Meet Peter Rabbit and listen to story time with the timeless, mischievous hero who is currently featuring on the big screen.
  • Watch the British Juggling Convention (BJC) who will be performing.

7-15 April

  • Take part in a family sports day with Shaun The Sheep’s Championsheeps Live.

13 April

  • Undercover Festival

27 April

  • The Amusement Arcade
  • George Fitzgerald and Maribou State

28 April

  • Peaky Blinders Dance

4 May

  • Sunset Session with Craig Charles
  • Hipsville Jungle A Go! Go!

26 May

  • Fleetmac Wood
  • Sunset Session with David Rodigan

9 June

  • Sunset Session with Norman Jay

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