An ice rink will come to Margate as The Frosted Fairground at Dreamland returns for a third year
- A large real ice rink will be at the amusement park throughout the Christmas period.
- There will be a special appearance by favourite Christmas characters The Snowman™ and The Snowdog.
- The Frosted Fairground will have a grotto experience, live music and a special seasonal food and drink offering.
Dreamland is set to become the number one destination for Christmas in Kent as it transforms into The Frosted Fairground. Newly re-landscaped and with a whole host of new features in 2017, this is the first edition of The Frosted Fairground since the park’s redevelopment. The amusement park will open on the first two weekends in December, then every day from 16th December until January 3rd 2018 (closed on Christmas Day).
Open every day from 1st December to 3rd January (except Christmas Day), this 450 metre square rink will have room for 150 people to skate at one time. The winter weather won’t affect the fun as the rink is undercover, with a clear roof and walls for taking in the sights at the winter-themed amusement park.
The Snowman and The Snowdog
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and December 21st sees a special appearance from favourite characters, The Snowman and The Snowdog, at the amusement park. Arrive early to avoid disappointment and don’t forget to bring your camera!
Father Christmas’ Grotto Experience
A magical experience awaits families and believers visiting the grotto at Dreamland. With elves, crafts and a sing-along with Father Christmas himself all topped off with a gift for each child.
Rebecca Ellis, Director of Events and Programming at Dreamland Margate, said:
“It’s been a very exciting year at Dreamland and ending it by providing an amazing festive experience at the park is really important to us. We can’t wait to have an ice rink in Margate and to once again draw people to the town outside of the summer season. Locals don’t need to travel to London or elsewhere to get that magical Christmas feeling, they will find it at Dreamland!”
There’s a plentiful line-up of attractions and events set for the park, with seasonal food and drink and lots more music and entertainment still to be announced, The Frosted Fairground is the perfect place to get that festive feeling!
Tickets available from dreamland.co.uk/events
Notes to editors
The Frosted Fairground
The amusement park will be free to enter and open on weekends throughout December until 16th December when it will be open every day (except Christmas Day) until 3rd January.
Father Christmas’ Grotto Experience
Tickets for children: Dreamland members £9.00 (includes gift), non-members £15.00 (includes gift and unlimited ride wristband). Open on 2-3, 9-10, 16-24th December from 12.30pm-5.30pm. Open 12.30-3.30pm on Christmas Eve. Recommended for children ages 3 to 10 years old. Experience lasts approx. 30 minutes. If the child is under 1.0m, the accompanying adult will receive a free wristband.
The ice rink will be open every day from 1st December until 3rd January (except Christmas Day). Bookable as one-hour slots. Prices start from £7.00 for Dreamland members and £9.00 for non-members. Tickets available for individuals, families of four and group booking. Groups of 10 or more receive 10% discount. There will be skate aids for learners.
Thinking about what to buy your loved ones? Dreamland membership is the gift that lasts a year! Choose from individual, joint and family packages. 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.
Dreamland Margate 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 £25 million investment from Arrowgrass Capital Partners, Dreamland reopened in May 2017. The park has been re-landscaped and has meticulously restored vintage rides, world-class entertainment spaces, modern interactive art installations, contemporary street food, eclectic bars and live entertainment with a backdrop of Margate beach. It is less than 90 minutes from London by trin with Margate station only a 5-minute walk away.