A few weeks ago I went to an exhibition called The Great British Seaside at the National Maritime Museum. It featured lots of Martin Parr and the best and worst of the UK’s coastal activities… It was a pretty good exhibition and it made me want to get to the seaside for my birthday this weekend. I’d never been to Margate before, but seen lots about it online so it was top of the list.
The weather was ok. Typically grey, with a bit of sunshine later in the day.
We walked along the beach and into the town, had some eggs on toast at a small cafe which were delicious and then of course we had to visit Dreamland and have a few beers.
We roller-skated and went on a few rides which was some good wholesome birthday fun…
Love this illustration!
We also popped into the Turner Contemporary which was free and looked around an exhibition about animals. It had some interesting pieces in, including some photos of rescue dogs from 9/11 and this wolf on a trailer, why not.
Next to the train station is this infamous concrete private housing estate, which had a very lovely political message.
Margate is only 1.5 hours on the train from London and has a sandy beach unlike nearby Brighton. On a sunny day I imagine it would be nice to hang out in the sea too, so I’d definitely recommend it. Dreamland is only £5 to get in, which includes 1 ride. It’s a cheap and fun day out with plenty to do, especially all the more so if you like slightly grey and run down seaside towns.