Back when the sun was shining, and Summer was well and truly here (although it feels like it's lingering with this muggy heat even though the skies are grey), I paid a visit for the day to Margate over in Kent. Mainly to go and see Fashion For Lunch as she really really wanted me to come down and visit, bless her she's so adorable!
We met up and she then proceeded to show me local delights in Margate, things to do, places to eat. Because there really is so much to do in Margate I thought I would show you how I spent my 6 hours in Margate! (Please note, I plan to make another trip to Margate as there really is so much to do and I didn't get to cover everything)
Whilst I can drive, I decided to get the train to give myself a rest for once and not have to worry about parking and finding somewhere to park in a place I have never driven before. The train is super easy, quick, frequent, and was probably cheaper than a tank of petrol for me! It took only 1 hour and a half from King's Cross St. Pancras and driving would have taken me approximately 2 hours, so yanno, can't complain with that logic really
Kirsty told me that as soon as I get out of the station, to turn right and head towards this big wheel in the sky. That big wheel effectively marks where Dreamland is in Margate. Margate's entertainment area full of rides and colour, so we exited out the station and made a beeline for the big wheel to go and meet Kirsty and her boyfriend in there
I knew I wanted to go to Dreamland anyway, so it made sense to make it the first thing to do in this mini adventure
Dreamland is like a whole other world. It is full of colour and nostalgia. It felt like I was in the 1950's, without knowing what the 1950's was actually like because I'm a 90's child. Pastel colour is everywhere and all kinds of quirk around. Giant Dreamland deck chairs to sit in, or in my case get stuck in. Rides, novelties, food, sea air in your hair. A literal dream
I need to go back because I didn't go on a single ride when there. I really wanted to go on the roller disco and the bumper cars and big wheel, but we just walked around soaking it all in before going to experience other parts of Margate. It is easy to forget that there is more to Margate outside of Dreamland
I also regret not having my palm read, or my tarot cards read by Miranda who has a stall in Dreamland. I love that kinda thing far too much
I genuinely think that you need a whole weekend in Margate. Spend one day in Dreamland in the arcades, the roller disco, and the rides. Then you can spend the other day exploring everything else like the beach or the cute little stores
You walk past the roller disco to get to all of the rides in Dreamland and maybe that is one of the reasons I felt like I was in the 1950's. It looks very retro and I can imagine being a teenager in Americana 1950's-70's having a good ol' roll around with friends and then having a milkshake afterwards
I need to go back and pretend to live this life
After walking around Dreamland we decided we were hungry and needed food. As we were by the seaside I was craving chips. I had the insider info on the place to go though for the best fish and chips in Margate. We headed to Peter's Factory, but my goodness the queue was so long! Clearly everybody knew the local secret that this is the best chippie. There are others we could have gone to of course but when someone tells you this is THE ONE you do not question that!
We queued for like 20 minutes and just did not move so we ended up giving in as the hunger pains were real
Instead we ended up at the nicest Vegan cafe. It was full of vegan cupcakes, amazing vegan bagels, almond milk milkshakes. I had my first ever Vegan sausage roll and it was so damn good. I swear I always talk about food in blog posts and then re-imagine all the food and sit at my desk like Homer Simpson drooling away. Not quite fish and chips, but it certainly filled a hole and was cute as hell!
Kirsty and her partner then needed to head off but she told us so many places we could check out and should check out. We didn't even touch on any of it though hence why I need another trip back!
After parting ways with Kirsty, me and my friend Louise took a walk back to the sea front to look in the tacky seaside shops, and they did Gin & Tonic rock guys!! THEY DID G&T STICKS OF ROCK!! It's a shame I don't like rock otherwise I would have bought them all at only 50p each
With Margate you have the beach and the sea front, and you also have the harbour arm which is full of cafes and gives you a different view of the seafront. We took a saunter down the harbour arm and just sat at the end looking out to sea, and looking back at Margate beach. Enjoying the wind in our hair, the sun on our back, engaging in friendly conversation about the world and life. We felt like all time had stopped and that we were in the most peaceful land
Margate also has fans such as Tracey Emin the artist. She loves Margate so much that the neon sign above the Margate Pier building, is a work of hers that she bestowed upon the town as a gift. I didn't get to see it lit up unfortunately but it says "I never stopped loving you". I mainly want to go back to see this lit up and in all its glory. I love Neon lights at the moment and the fact it is an open air Tracey Emin work just appeals to me
The last photo in this post is the view from the harbour arm that I tried to explain. If you look one way you can see the beach and Margate, if you look the other way it is just sea and the horizon
We got stupidly lucky with the weather, but regardless of the weather I don't think Margate would lose any of its charm!
Have you ever been to Margate?