Margate And Dreamland Wonderful Memories of Childhood by The Sea

Margate Kent
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I love the coast, and every year when I was a child, my parents took me and my brother to Margate and Westgate a lovely seaside resort situated on the East coast of England in Kent. We looked forward to going for weeks, knowing that it was going to be magical. We always stayed in Westgate, the next town up from Margate, and both were our playgrounds. The beaches were beautiful, with high cliffs all along the sea front. We could walk for miles and play on the sand. I remember my brother always headed for the cliffs to fly his kite with our dad, and I would drag my mother down to the beach and sit there for hours just staring at the sea and getting a lovely tan.

At that time there was a really long pier, with amusements and candy floss, toys to buy and just about anything else you needed to have a great day, or week by the sea.


My little railway to magic land
My little railway to magic land | Source

Wonderful Footage Of Dreamland 50s and 60s by kester1940

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Dreamland

The best tourist attraction they had was Dreamland Amusement Park. It was built around 1880 and It was the most magical place in the whole world. I can remember it as if it were yesterday. We would walk along the beach and then climb up the wooden steps to cross over and come face to face with the entrance. The feeling of excitement couldn't be matched by anything else on earth.

There was a slight incline down into the park, and as we walked into the building that housed the entrance, there were loads of little shops and booths along the sides. Being so small we had to look up at them, and as the darkness overtook the sunlight we could see all these little booths lit up with lights, selling the most amazing things.

We took great delight in the booth that sold Vampire teeth, scary rubber masks such as Frankenstein and witches, and just about anything else that would terrify our parents! But the one thing we always bought were the werewolf gloves! Then, clutching our new toys, we would head into the Park through double doors and emerge into a world of sheer magic.

There were lights in the trees, that sparkled all along the length of the Park, and in front of us were huge rides that we could explore and go on, such as the mini rollercoaster, the planes and waltzing waltzers. But our favorite was the mini train that took you all around the Park, through a wonderland of Elves, Gnomes and Fairies, hidden amongst the trees. And if that wasn’t enough, at the end of the night we were entertained by a fantastic Fireworks display.

Dreamland Margate 1960s by RETSUB12

The Sunken Gardens Margate
The Sunken Gardens Margate | Source
Turner Contempory Gallery Margate
Turner Contempory Gallery Margate | Source

Still Beautiful

In the day we would explore the great beaches, go fishing, or just look for crabs and other sea creatures. To walk along the cliff path was amazing too, especially when we discovered the Sunken Gardens between Margate and Westgate. It was a lovely little retreat from the heat of the day just sitting among all the wonderful plants and flowers. Then take a stroll along the cliffs to get an ice cream.

Then another change happened. The pier closed down and was destroyed. And the word was, Margate, my lovely seaside resort, was no longer worth visiting. It had become tacky and disinteresting.

But now its getting back on its feet and there are some great things to explore in Margate now. If you are interested in Art there is the Turner Contemporary. This is a visual arts organisation, and promotes Historical and Visual art. There’s lots to see and do, from learning how to draw, to book reading.

Shell Grotto Margate
Shell Grotto Margate | Source
St. Augustines Cross Photo Ian Dalton flickr.com
St. Augustines Cross Photo Ian Dalton flickr.com

Memories Must Be Cherished

One of my favorite places in Margate, is the Shell Grotto. it’s a really old and mysterious. It is a 2000ft masterpiece of exquisite shell mosaics. Nobody knows how it got there or who made it. It is believed to be hundreds of years old. The Grotto’s Dome is a historic solar calendar, and its said that the Knights Templar's used it to worship back in the 12th Century.

If you love nature, then you have to visit the Monkton Nature Reserve in Ramsgate, just up the road from Margate. Its 16 acres include a bat cave, mammals, reptiles and butterflies, along with birds and an observatory.


Along with museums such as the RAF Manston History museum, there is St. Augustines Cross, which is a large monument built in 1884 to celebrate the arrival of the Benedictine Monks to Kent in 597AD where its said that they celebrated the first Catholic Mass. You are sure to find something that will keep you amused. And of course all those lovely beaches to explore.

A Sad Decline

The coastline around Margate is a great place to stay. Not only do you have Westgate, but there is also Ramsgate and Cliftonville too. I have stayed at all of these places over the years and they provide me with a vast amount of great memories. I know Margate has been having a hard time over the last decade, but its such a shame that the local council have allowed it to fester and go downhill.

Sadly Dreamland was closed down a few years ago. Then a fire hit the site and it seemed that the idea of Dreamland becoming Margate's saving grace was lost. The tourist industry is always telling us to holiday in England. Why go abroad when we have so much going on over here? The wonderful beaches, the Kent sunshine and so on. So why do they allow one of our best seaside resorts to go to ruin?

Dreamland was Margate. Its as simple as that. Along with shops closing and ruined buildings, it seems that the local Council needs to get something done. And quickly. But luckily it seems that this is going to change. Evidently money has been poured into regenerating it, and hopefully we can get our glorious Dreamland back on its feet.

This wonderful Park with its magical attractions was the heart and soul of visitors. The memories are not just mine, but also thousands of people all over England. You only have to visit web sites that talk about this, to know.

I am not sure that adding an Art Centre will be the thing to bring life back to this wonderful place, but hopefully in the near future, with Dreamland being rebuilt and new shops opening it will once again be a magical place that children will love and have cherished memories that they will keep forever. I know I have.


Update!

Here is the news that we have all been waiting for! Dreamland is back! Tickets are available online!

For more information go to:

Dreamland.co.uk

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denisemai 4 years ago from Idaho

Oh, wow. I told you before : I kind of wish I was English. Thanks for the peak into your wonderful English life. Maybe someday I will have the opportunity to visit these beautiful places. Voted up!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, denise, thanks for reading, yes I used to love going to Margate when I was a child, and I took my son there too, Dreamland was just that, a wonderful Dream Park, hope it gets up and running soon, thanks!


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molometer 4 years ago

Bookmarked for future reading and viewing.

A great read which brought back many memories.

Voted up interesting and useful info.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, molometer, I was really disappointed when I realised that they had shut down Dreamland, hopefully it will be up and running soon, fingers crossed! thanks for reading, I am sure that you must have many great memories of it too, thanks!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub. I really enjoy this virtual tour and the journey to Dreamland Amusement Park. I love beaches as well. You have done a great job by writing this hub and share with us. You have wonderful memories and it's unforgettable. Good job and rated up!

Blessing and hugs,


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, pras, thanks so much for reading my hub about Dreamland, it was a wonderful place, and Margate was always the place that we went on vacation, thanks so much, hugs nell


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Why did I think you were American, Nell? A nice memory -- the video clips helped put me there. Sorry it's no longer around. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Marsei 4 years ago from New Orleans

Wonderful memories. My son moved to England in the fall and he has fallen in love, just returned from his first trip by train to Paris. Rated up.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh truly beautiful Nell and has to have my 'up up and away.'

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I thoroughly enjoyed this hub as it was very interesting. I certainly hope I will get an opportunity to visit England.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

What a beautiful place and full of history. Dreamland is over 100 years old but Margate I would really like to see. The mosaic shell grotto sounds really exciting. Thanks for sharing Nell.


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molometer 4 years ago

I am so glad I bookmarked this hub.

Now I have had time to watch all the videos and really take it all in.

I loved our visits to Margate, when I was a kid and as an adult bringing my children there.

We stayed on a caravan park at Monkton it was fab.

My eldest son decided he wanted to swim in the deep end of the pool without learning to swim first!?

Needless to say yours truly went sailing through the air holding onto my Bermuda shorts with one hand and sunglasses with the other, to the rescue. Losing both in the pool on entry lol.

He survived and we had a chance to visit the shell grotto too.

It is amazing to think, all the work that went into creating it?

It was still being cleaned of all the soot, when we visited it.

In the Victorian era they used to go in there with candles and oil lamps, which made a lot of black soot.

Dreamland was magical. I remember the ghost train. Scared the bejesus out of me lol.

I'm glad to hear that the council are going to do something to revitalize it.

I saw on the news that they wanted to tear it down and put up luxury flats?

I visited Southend a few years ago and could not believe how packed it was?

I agree with you we should get these great towns back on the tourist maps.

Voted up all buttons Sharing


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, alocsin, sorry it took so long to answer I am having a bad pc signal day! I hope that's all it is, I have to clean up the whole computer! No, not American, but I do have Canadian on my long lost unknown grandaddys side! long story! lol! glad you liked the hub, Margate is a lovely place, or at least it was, and Dreamland was pure magic! thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Marsei, I am so glad that your son loves England, there are so many places old and magical to visit, and I am glad you liked reading this, thanks!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Eddy, thanks so much, it was a beautiful place, even now, looking at the videos I can still see the lovely beaches are still the same, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Pamela, I hope you can, you will love all the old castles, and the secret caves etc, its funny really I never realised how lovely it is until I became an adult and realised that it really has some great history, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Cardisa, yes the shell grotto is really something, I remember walking down through it and thinking, Wow! this is hundreds if not thousands of years old! what history, I would love to have been a fly on the wall back then! lol! thanks again, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

hi, molometer, thanks for coming back, jumping in the pool holding your bermuda's and sunglasses? lol! I would love to have seen that! I got in touch with the 'Save Dreamland Campaign' and am really honoured that they are going to link this hub to it. I love Margate, and hope to go back in the summer so I can go investigate myself, thanks again, and for the votes, nell


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sam209 4 years ago

yeah I have to agree with molometer! all the top buttons must be hit for this hub! This is beautiful! You definitely took me on a ride! I couldn't help but reminsce of my childhood memories as well as my magical memories as an adult! Fantastic hub!!!


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

If they can bring back Blackpool from the dregs, why not Margate? I think in time, Dreamland will return better than ever!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, sam, thanks so much, you could say I took you on a rollercoaster ride! lol! I think many of us do have these sort of memories, we had a fair ground in our town every year, but Dreamland was something special, thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Green Lotus, yes that's true, I do think the local councils shouldn't let the town get into this state in the first place though, lots of shops closing and then Dreamland, we shall see, thanks again nell


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bethperry 4 years ago from Tennesee

Nell, I had never heard of Dreamland before, and it sure sounds like a fantastic place to take the family. I'm so sorry to hear of the demise. And about the art center, well I love art very much, but if the council heads had any practical business sense they'd re-open something small children could enjoy, too.

The shell grotto, now this I would absolutely LOVE to see!

Fascinating Hub, so glad you posted it.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

You have bought back lots of happy childhood memories for me, we use to visit Margate with my cousins who live in Essex many years ago.

A fabulous hub thank you and voting up.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, beth yes Dreamland was a great place for the kids, I loved it there in fact I loved it just as much when I took my son there too! lol! maybe the art centre is good for some people but to me a seaside resort should be about fun, not art, that can be all over the rest of the UK! the shell grotto at Margate is great, been there loads of times and it still gives me the chills to think how long its been there, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Movie, glad it brought back memories, it was great wasn't it? good old Dreamland, and Margate of course, I used to like going to the caves but sadly they are closed now, health and safety!! been there for thousands of years, but now we can't go down them! lol! thanks so much for the voting, cheers nell


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I've never been to Margate, but it sounds somewhat similar to Barry and Barry Island, which I frequently visited as a child. I loved my visits to the beach, the pier and the amusement park! Thank you for sharing the information about Margate, Nell. I hope that it regains its former glory.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Alicia, I hope it does too, it was something in its day, thanks so much as always, nell


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

This was really nice reading about those childhood days of yours Nell. Magical memories. And it's a good thing we do have those memories because more often than not those places aren't what they used to be. Do hope Dreamland re-ups Nell. Real quick: There was a giant granite rock in the hilly woods with a wonderful view, very alone. Two teenagers- a boy and girl, just best friends. Talk of life and things they can't talk about to anyone else. The rock was free for all people then. Last time i went by many years ago, the wooded hills and giant rock in private hands with big house and no trespassing signs up. Memories only forevermore.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Alastar, that's awful! it really drives me mad when someone takes something that is there for everyone, especially in the wild and makes it private, how dare they? Where Dreamland is concerned I hope it does get back to its former glory, and hopefully they will bring back the old rides and games like in the 50s and 60s, it will be packed out with people looking for nostalgia, thanks as always, nell


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Freya Cesare 4 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Hello, Nell. Thank you for sharing your childhood memories. Shell Grotto seems very interesting. Is it a building?


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Now that I am living in Kent I hope to visit the various seaside resorts this summer. Margate will be one of the top ones on my list.

I will think of you Nell when I am there.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Freya, no the Shell Grotto is an underground cavern system, that someone hundreds of years ago either dug out of the ground or its part of a natural phenomena that has been taken over by people and the shells were added, thanks for reading


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi. christopher, I had forgotten that you had moved to Kent, have a great time, and don't forget the Grotto! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

As a someone living in a landlocked country, I don't have any childhood memories of sea. (How would I, I did not see the sea until I was 17, while I was in India).

But of course I have memories of mountains and hill.

I enjoyed reading your story, this is so beautiful.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Vinaya, that sounds like a wonderful memory, I have seen your country on TV and its spectacular I would love to visit, thanks so much for reading this, it has many memories for me, Margate and Dreamland, I really must get down there this summer, thanks!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I really hope to take a vacation across the big pond one day. This place looks gorgeous. I like the fact that it doesn't look very commerical and over crowded. That is my kind of vacation. Excellent!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

This brought me back to my own wonderful childhood memories of visiting seaside towns in New Jersey, USA. There's nothing quite as exciting to a small child as spending a vacation or even making a daytrip to an ocean resort that has a well kept amusement park.

Hope your Dreamland does get restored.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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LucidDreams 4 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida

Hi Nell

I wish I would have known about these spots when I visited last. Margate and Westgate look very enjoyable.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, tammy, it is a lovely seaside resort, even though the pier that we had back then was gone in 1978, it has the best sand in the country, those beaches were one of my favorite memories, and dreamland is of course the best! thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Happy, I hope so too, I think it probably will be restored, I have read a couple of conflicting accounts about it, one says that it will open in a couple of years, and the other says that they are still trying to fight for it, we shall see, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, LucidDreams, I haven't been down there for a while but this year I am definitely heading back that way, it will be interesting to see exactly what its like now, thanks for reading, cheers nell


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

Margate must be a beautiful and interesting place to see and there seems to be many things to do for a family. Thanks for this fantastic tour and I especially like the videos from 1950!

Tina


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, thoughtforce, Margate was so lovely when I was little, and I am sure it still is apart from Dreamland closing, I hope they do manage to get it up and running again. Kent is a beautiful county, with lovely beaches and old time arcades, and the videos were great weren't they? I must have spent hours looking through them and reminising! lol! thanks so much, nell


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

There was a terrific place like that I went to in Massachusetts, very huge with rides and bands and food places, it was a sort of Disney World. To be young forever...

I hear Kate made her first speech and I did not get to hear her yet, I will have to go now and look for that! Thanks for reminding me, lol.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Jackie, yes I agree, how lovely to be that young! yes I think Kate did okay, I am waiting for the baby news, I bet it happens after the Queens Jubilee! thanks again, nell


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Baby news? Did I miss something? Or you just suspect it is time? I could tell Kate was nervous having to read almost every word but I know she will get to be a pro in no time. Our papers say Charles is fed up with Camilla and show her wrinkled face, lol. I guess they don't like her either and I was sure I heard she had the plastic surgery. I do bet it kills her she will not be used as anything by the royal family unless there is something I don't know about?? Is there anyway the Queen could make William king to replace her? All that stuff would make a great hub that us dummies no nothing about but wonder.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Jackie, no kates not pregnant yet, but everybody over here believes that the way the royals work, she will probably be next in line to come up with something special! lol! so we all presume that she is or will be pregnant soon, maybe she all ready is?! Camilla, I think, just keeps her head down and stays in the background, and as for William being King yet, no its a fact that Charles will be King. He has evidently done a lot for the country behind the scenes, and they think its his turn, and William still has a lot to learn, or so they say, but its funny you should say that I should write a hub about it, I am in fact working on one now, about the Queen!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Oh, well that would be nice too, she can't be around too much longer but you know, who knows? Charles is no spring chicken and QE could live another ten years, no? I will be waiting to read it! You tell me if you hear any baby news please, that is so thrilling for me to think of a Diana descendant...


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, Jackie, sorry it took me so long to answer, I am having so much trouble with this pc, need a new one! I hadn't thought of it like that, a Diana descendant, how great would that be? I will let you know if I hear anything okay? thanks nell


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Great, will be watching for your new hub...not that I am rushing you. We have three PCs. They just all get a bit slow at times I guess. Sorry to be so pushy, lol. I know how hectic it can get, I am trying to get into other things now and get a copyright done up and I am at least a month behind schedule! So I do understand and don't expect you to be Johnny on the spot. Or is that Spot on the John? J/K!

No reply necessary!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Haha! you always make me laugh! thanks!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

You have some wonderful memories of Dreamland. Hope that they revive it for future generations to enjoy like you did when you were a child. The seaside area of Margate looks beautiful and I would love viewing that shell grotto someday. Thanks for this useful and interesting hub. Voted that and up + tweeting.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Thanks Peggy, it was such a beautiful place, the beaches are awesome and Dreamland was so magical, fingers crossed they will bring it back and revive some of the old traditions, thanks so much for the vote, nell


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Memories live on in our minds and help to keep the past alive...I LOVE the beach and didn't realize there were such places in foggy England ;) In NY it was Rockaway Beach in New Jersey any number of beaches. We all have our memories of wonderful times at the seaside. I hope they do bring back Dreamland. Amusement parks are big business here in America and bring thousands of people each year. Maybe the people of Margate need to visit the Jersey shore and take a trip to Great Adventure to see the crowds! Lovely hub with lovely memories. Voted up and interesting.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, tillsontitan, Margate in Kent is one of the sunniest places in England, mind you living in the South we do get lots of sun, and Dreamland was amazing, Rockaway Beach sounds so lovely too, thanks nell


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Wow, armchair traveling at its finest! Thanks. I hope I can get to Margate in Kent some lovely day.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks rebecca, I was feeling nostalgic for Margate, I suddenly came across this that I wrote a while ago. We went every year, and it was glorious! thanks so much for reading, nell


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I pictured how the beach and cliffs looked whole reading your post. It must have been a wonderful trip every year.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi teaches, it was glorious! lol! I just love the coast, and the cliffs just make it so special, thanks so much for reading, nell


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JamaGenee 3 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Definitely magical memories, Nell! And a wonderful hub! That said, I had no idea Dreamland was a real place until I clicked on the link in one of your other hubs. It was mentioned in a book I read recently, something like some barmy person "had been to Dreamland", but the author didn't elaborate. So silly me, I just assumed the person was day dreaming or asleep. What I get for assuming, right?

How nice if Dreamland would be revived in its former glory! Hopefully not as a techno wonderland, but with the same simple pleasures you so fondly remember and shared here. Well, we can hope...


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Jama, it was wonderful, magical and special, out of 10? yep 10! lol! of course of the years it changed a bit but the magic was still there, hopefully they will get it back up and running soon, thanks again.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh, Nell, I absolutely love the Shell Grotto. How I would be in heaven just to see this "wonder." You have opened up a bit of magic here and I voted up and across. Can't think of when I've had such a good 'hub time.' Thank you, beautiful lady!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of nostalgia Nell. This brings back memories of my childhood when I lived at the coastal town of Redcliffe in Queensland Australia. The next beach side suburb along the coast was also called Margate followed by Scarborough and Sandgate. Redcliffe used to have a pier with an amusement arcade at the end. It was my favourite place in all the world as a small child. After we had moved away from the area I looked forward to revisiting it but heard it had burnt down and never been rebuilt. A similar thing happened with Luna Park on Sydney harbour. The ghost train ride caught in fire and two children were killed. The amusement park was closed for repairs and never reopened. Sad. Voted up.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Thanks for sharing your childhood memories with us. This sounds like it once was a lovely and fun place to visit in the summer months. I remember my parents taking my sister and I to the Jersey shore in the summer when we lived in NJ and the anticipation for those trips was half the fun. Margate sounds like Atlantic City in NJ. Atlantic City was THE place to be from the turn of the 20th century to the 1950s. By the 1960's it too was falling into decline. The Miss America Contest left there and the rides and amusement park and all the shops and restaurants along the boardwalk closed down. It was sad to see it become a blight along the Jersey Shore. Then Donald Trump and the gambling casinos came in and of course it is a gambler's haven now. It was so sad to see this happen to Atlantic City. (I am not a gambler)


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Audrey, Aw thanks so much! I am glad you liked it, its a beautiful part of the country and Dreamland was magical, its opening again soon, so yeah! lol!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Jodah, that's amazing! lol! Margate, Scarborough and Sandgate! I never knew that they had those names over there! That's so sad about the ghost train ride and the children, how awful! its such a shame how our childhood memories are being lost and not rebuilt though, mind you my Margate and Dreamland is going to re open! yeah! hope its as good as it was, thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi suzette, yes it definitely sounds like Atlantic City, and what a shame it changed and became a gamblers haven, why can't they just leave them alone? thanks as always, nell


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Gordon Hamilton 20 months ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

I've fished the general area Nell but don't think I've ever been to Margate itself. T obe honest, I always associate it now with the classic Only Fools episode, "The Jolly Boys Outing". Seems to be have been a magical place and so sad that it (like so many other places in particularly coastal UK) has been allowed to go downhill. Still, at least you have the wonderful memories... :)


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Hi Gordon, great to see you back! lol! yes I remember that episode too! yes its definitely going downhill, but evidently Dreamland is going to be back up and running again soon, so people will come back, as that famous quote from the film says, build it and they will come! lol!


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Jodah 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hi again Nell. Just an update on my comment from 10 months ago. Luna Pak in Sydney apparently has been resurected and is now up and running again after the ghost train disaster closed it many years ago. That is great news to me. Glad to hear Dreamland will be reopening too.


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Hi Jodah, that's great news! I think the people in charge of closing down these amazing parks forget that they are our memories, and we always want to revisit them, thanks again for reading, nell


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lex123 5 months ago

Hi Nell, last month we had been to Margate for a short break, and we loved the place a lot. Most of our time was spent on Viking Bay. We wanted to visit Dreamland, but my little grandson was more interested in playing in the beach. Enjoyed reading your hub.


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England Author

Hi lex, not been back this year myself yet, so I am glad you had a great time, and shame you never managed to visit Dreamland, I really must go soon! lol! thanks, nell

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