The Great British Seaside Holiday – the sun starts to shine and everyone descends to the beaches. The candy floss, the buckets and spades, punch & Judy shows on the beach with swing boats and noisy slot machines. We found all of this when we recently had a day trip in Margate.
We started our day with a tour of the Turner Contemporary art gallery which was free to get into. Upstairs was the photo exhibition called ‘Seaside: Photographed’ showing the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present. The black and white photos from the earlier period were brilliant – one particular photo that stood out were the women sat in their finest outfits, sat drinking tea from fine china cups and saucers complete with teapots. Seeing fashions from our childhood also caused a giggle or two.
From here we popped into the Old Kent Market which was once a cinema. There are so many of the original features in the building including the ticket booth at the entrance and the balcony area. Tucked inside the market are lots of small independent businesses from the tiniest pub to lots of different cuisines, a hairdresser, an old style apothecary and vintage clothes shops. We already had plans for lunch otherwise we would have all chosen something from here!
After lunch at the Great Pizza company where I completely failed to take photos of the amazing pizzas we headed over to Dreamland.
Dreamland is the epitome of a British seaside resort – it’s is an amusement park and entertainment centre that hosts a children’s soft play centre, a room full of penny slots and other arcade games, a roller room, a theme park and so much more!! It’s surprising how entertaining and addictive those 2p slot machines are!
We ended the day spending a few hours in on the beach watching the world go by, building sandcastles, knocking them down and paddling in the sea.
Where was your last seaside day spent?
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