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Dreamland Margate 2019 review

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Dreamland was back in full swing over the Easter holiday, welcoming record numbers of visitors. We went along to find out what’s changed for 2019.

After a period when Dreamland seemed to lose some of the gloss and goodwill that surrounded its grand reopening in 2015, the vintage theme park seems to have got the spring back in its step.

It was hard to put your finger on why things felt a little flat last year, although the decision to impose a £5 entry fee certainly played a big part.

The Camp Bestival takeover at Dreamland
The Camp Bestival takeover at Dreamland

The admission charge was scrapped when Dreamland reopened in April and has been kept for the whole year it's been announced.

Put simply, the more people there are on site the better the atmosphere is. And there were certainly a LOT of people there over Easter - more than 11,000 on one day alone.

The vintage rides are always going to the main attraction at Dreamland, but a lot of the little touches that made the 2015 incarnation feel so special have now been reintroduced, such as the wandering street and stage performers.

Dreamland in Margate is on the up this year
Dreamland in Margate is on the up this year

The overall cleanliness of the site and customer service also appears to have moved back up a notch.

Also new for 2019 is a limited ‘Fast Pass’ option allowing people to jump the queue.

It’s a system that will be immediately familiar to anyone who has visited a Legoland or Disney park in recent years.

It’s also the theme park equivalent of the Video Assistant Referee in football - you’ll won’t like being on the wrong side of it, but will soon change your mind if you find yourself benefitting.

Bubbles, live music and the Love Bot at Camp Bestival at Dreamland
Bubbles, live music and the Love Bot at Camp Bestival at Dreamland

At the moment the Fast Pass is only operating on the Scenic Railway and Ferris Wheel, and is a perk reserved only for those who have taken out Dreamland membership.

The buoyant atmosphere over Easter was boosted further thanks to a link up with Camp Bestival, whose famed art installations dotted the site.

It culminated in a grand party on the Sunday with the likes of the Cuban Brothers taking to the outdoor stage.

Dreamland is also establishing itself as one of Kent’s best music venues, with upcoming gigs including Happy Mondays, Finlay Quaye and Rudimental.

Other events also include a Monopoly Mania day which has been rescheduled from this weekend to Saturday, June 1.

Full details are on the Dreamland website.

Read more: All the latest entertainments and events news for Kent.

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