Thousands of fun-seekers have flocked to Dreamland Margate to soak up the sunshine as the doors opened at the iconic park.
The UK’s best-loved seaside park unveiled a completely updated and re-landscaped space that brings together historic rides set against a backdrop of interactive art installations, adventurous street food and an eclectic programme of live events – following a £25 million investment.
From the Waltzer to the Scenic Railway, the park’s vintage rides have been taken back to their original glory.
The ride line-up also welcomes the Brooklands Speedway and Wedgwood Tea Cups.
Meanwhile, a new garden boardwalk gives visitors the opportunity to admire the antique menageries from the 1800s, capturing the unique history of the site.
While the rides hail back to Dreamland’s early days, the food is altogether more contemporary, with vendors inspired by London’s booming street food culture, offering a changeable feast of cuisine ranging from wood fired pizza to Mexican tacos.
On the seafront, the original 1930s Cinque Ports pub was resurrected; once a favourite haunt of mods and rockers in the 1960s, it offers modern pub fare with a front row view of Margate seaside.
As adults were exploring the exciting food and drink offer, children got to discover the all-new Teddy and Betty Land, where the park’s mascots took on a starring role with stage shows and brand new rides including Betty’s Beehive.
The retro Roller Disco and vintage arcades also offer a mix of nostalgic-tinted, present-day pleasures.
Steven Mitchell, chief executive, Dreamland Margate, said: “The sun is shining and it’s been a magical day to showcase all the work we’ve been doing behind-the-scenes to Dreamland.
“We have hopefully curated a new age of seaside culture to create something truly unique, all while embracing our rich history that has made Margate a favourite for decades.”