Turner Contemporary is a visual arts organisation, based in Margate that celebrates JMW Turner's association with the town and promotes the understanding and enjoyment of historical and contemporary art. Britain's best known painter, JMW Turner (1775-1851), was a regular visitor to Margate throughout his life. He was drawn to Margate by the unique quality of the light, leading him to remark that ". . . the skies over Thanet are the loveliest in all Europe." Closed Mondays except on Bank Holidays. Free entry.
Come and visit Margate Harbour Arm and see the town from another angle. The Harbour Arm is a lovely place to come for a stroll and it's south-facing so gets the sun all day. You can enjoy a meal or a drink right next to the sea at the acclaimed BeBeached Cafe or the lovely Lighthouse Bar.
The Hornby Visitor Centre will take you on a fascinating journey through the history of Britain's best loved toys. Featuring rare products from the Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi archives, full details here.
The Shell Grotto is one of the world's most mysterious places: a series of underground rooms and passageways covered by 2000sqft of exquisite shell mosaic. Discovered in 1835, nobody knows who created it, although many believe it is a 2000 year old temple with ancient origins. The Mystery Museum encourages visitors to draw there own conclusions. Also on site is a large gift shop and the Eighth Wonder Cafe. Full details here.
Visit one of the UK's most fascinating visitor attractions, the home of the Powell-Cotton family and their extraordinary collection of treasures.The Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex Park was established in 1896 by Major Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) to house natural history specimens and cultural objects collected on expeditions to Asia and Africa. More Info here.
The Theatre Royal, Addington Street, is perhaps southern England's most haunted theatre. Opened originally in 1787, heir to over 200 years of tradition and holding slightly under five hundred patrons, this theatre has been associated with many famous actors. Theatre link here.
Margate Winter Gardens, Kent's largest banqueting venue, offers a variety of function rooms to cater for small dinner parties and family celebrations to full banqueting and conference facilities for up to 1400 people. The Main Hall is an ideal venue for all types of entertainment ranging from standing concerts with a capacity of 1900, theatre style seating for 1400. Also cabaret style seating for 1200. The Queens Hall the smaller of the two halls, is an ideal venue for cabaret style shows for up to 600 people, dances, theatre style shows. Theatre link here.
The Tom Thumb Theatre is a family run, arts venue in Margate. Originally built as a coach house in Victorian times, the building was transformed into one of the smallest theatres in the world in 1984. A striking mix of Japanese and Alpine Architecture, with a quirky, charming interior of velvet seats and flocked wallpaper. The Tom Thumb Theatre aims to provide the local community with high quality theatre, film and music. Theatre link here.
Described as the heartbeat of Margate, Dreamland has been one of the UK’s best-loved amusement parks for a century. The seaside park hosted a zoo, miniature railway, WWII troops, big bands like the The Who and the Rolling Stones - and it's still going strong... Considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Great Britain, the site of Dreamland (as it was re-named in 1920) dates back to the British railway boom of the early 1870s when, in its original form, the ‘Hall by the Sea’ was operated by the famous circus impresario ‘Lord’ George Sanger. The park was later snapped up by John Henry Iles, who set about transforming it into a pleasure garden and amusement park with the iconic Scenic Railway as its centrepiece, which opened in 1920. Over the early part of the 20th century, the park thrived as a popular visitor attraction and music venue with Margate remaining a hugely popular vacation spot for Londoners. But the town and park's popularity waned in the 1970s and 1980s as more Brits chose to holiday abroad - but there are plenty of people around today with fond memories of the then-named Bembom Brothers Theme Park! Fast forward to 2003, when a plan to close the park triggered a 'Save Dreamland' campaign by locals and amusement park enthusiasts, whose successful campaigning led to securing £18m public funding to restore Dreamland and its jewels: the Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway, Grade II*-listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages. Thanet District Council compulsorily-purchased the site in September 2013 and work began to restore the iconic Scenic Railway and the park. Capitalising on Margate’s swiftly growing reputation as a brand new capital of British cool, Dreamland Margate reopened in June 2015 with a wealth of new and rejuvenated features set to redefine ‘a day out at the seaside’. Following significant additional investment in 2017, the amusement park was re-landscaped and expanded to provide a space that brings together lovingly restored vintage rides, thrilling new rides, art installations, adventurous street food, unique bars and an eclectic programme of live events. The ride line-up features old favourites such as Brooklands Speedway, the Gallopers, the Wedgwood Tea Cups, and The Waltzer alongside new adreneline-pumping rides such as Dreamland Drop, Dreamcatcher and Pendulum. Read more here.