Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Add Dreamland To your Wishlist This Summer #Staycations

We live on the Kent coast and to be honest we are closer to France than we are any of the big cities or even London. So when we want a day out to somewhere like a theme park, we have to travel a long way and it costs a fortune. Recently Thanet District Council made a compulsorily-purchase of the Dreamland the site in September 2013 and they began working to restore the iconic Scenic Railway in 2014, as well as breathing new life into the lower ground floor of the cinema building, with sympathetic landscaping, exciting design and contemporary branding. We were lucky to be invited to a press evening at Dreamland and as a person who had never been before, I was very impressed with the new and improved Dreamland. the staff were welcoming and ride staff were comical and friendly. There is a food court in the centre and plenty of rides for all ages, But if you only like thrill seeking rides, then this park isn't for you. This park is Retro and has rides from when we and our parents were growing up. There are a couple of faster rides, but it is mainly rides from yesteryear.
Now everyday there can be screams of excitement and fun heard from the Dreamland complex as many people, young and old enjoy the fun of the fair. All the retro rides take us back to being a child again and we can enjoy rides with our kids. Dreamland has been open for 6 weeks so far this summer and for the summer, they have loads of treats going on. For August there will be a new ticket type the ‘Twilight’ ticket, which allows guests access to the Amusement Park to enjoy unlimited use of the rides between 5pm – 9pm (last ride 8.45pm). This is absolutely perfect for working mums and dads that feel they are missing out on taking their kids out for days out. I know personally as a working mum that you can often feel guilty that you aren't able to take the kids on days out due to work commitments. The ticket is affordable and you get four hours of rides in the theme park.The ticket is available for this summer only at the special price of £7.49 for adults and £4.95 for children, and is only available for Thursday to Sunday evenings until 30th August.
Also this summer Dreamland is offering a circus with a difference. Featuring David Konyot, whose parents first performed at Dreamland in 1939, 1920’s-themed Chaplin’s Circus is an interactive entertainment experience that is designed to be fun for the whole family; the youngest of children to the eldest of adults. We watched the circus and we can tell you that you wont be disappointed, The tricks are from the 1920's as are the costumes and make up on the stars of the show. There were giggles in the audience from people who were young and old as well as some audience participation. Tilly giggled the whole way through the show as she sat comfortably on a Dreamland deckchair. Circus tickets are available for £10.00 per adult and £7.00 per child as a stand alone ticket or if your buying a Dreamland ticket it is only £5.00 extra each ticket.

As well as all the fun at the circus, the High Divers will be thrilling guests with their dare devil jumps and dives as they fly from the 25 metre high board into the pool. Both the Circus and High Diving will be continuing to astonish crowds throughout the summer season until Sunday 6th September.

The rides available at Dreamland are retro and perfect to take a family to. Dreamland is based around the Scenic railway, a wooden roller coaster that first opened in 1920 and is the oldest roller coaster in the UK. The ride is unique compared to modern-day roller coasters and It is also one of only eight scenic railways in the world. Unfortunately The scenic railway is still undergoing work and isn't open yet, but as soon as it is I will be the first to let you know.



So how much is it for a day full of fun? Tickets on the door are £17.95 for adults and £14.95 for a child, you can get discount tickets if you book online in advance and if your a local resident, you just need to pop along with proof of address and you will get a generous discount. Tickets can be bought online Here. Dreamland is very easy to find as it is a two minute walk from the train station and it is found right on the seafront, so you can enjoy a full day in Margate by buying an all day ticket and enjoying the park as well as taking time on the beautiful sandy beach that the town has to offer. Or if your only in Margate for the afternoon, then the twilight ticket will be perfect for you this summer. As I live locally, I have heard mixed reviews of Dreamland, saying it is expensive to get into, But as a family that would go to Chessington quite regularly with Tilly and also pay £47 for the privilege! For the people of East Kent, I feel that Dreamland is a winner. Its local and its good value, We recently had a fair visiting our little town and when you think you can pay £2.50 per ride sometimes then it shows what good value Dreamland is. If you come to Margate from further afield, you not only get to see the beach, but also the use of the rides at Dreamland for the price of the ticket (which is cheaper if booked in advance).



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