These days, Margate fizzes with artistic energy. To traditional, holiday-town charms, add a world-class art gallery. To sandy beaches and sparkling bays, add a cool café culture and tempting retro shops. Margate is in the midst of a cultural renaissance. It's exciting, it's energising and you're invited to take part.
The internationally-acclaimed Turner Contemporary leads the creative charge, brilliantly showcasing historical and ultra-modern work. It’s already brought together pieces by JMW Turner, so famously inspired by Margate's stunning seascapes, and avant-garde local artist Tracey Emin.
The regeneration continues with the revival of Dreamland opened in June 2015, creatively led by multi-award winning designer, Wayne Hemingway MBE. 'The UK's original Pleasure Park' with historic rides, classic side shows, eateries and evocative spaces set within a landscape ideal for hosting themed festivals and special events.
Margate's Old Town rejoices in a funky vibe. Here chic eateries, galleries, vintage shops and chilled-out cafes rub shoulders with traditional seaside delights: candyfloss stands; fish and chip shops; seafood stalls. The reinvigorated Harbour Arm is now home to gallery and stylish spots to eat and drink.
From family-holiday nostalgia, to historic sights, Margate's rich history is everywhere. Rediscover childhood toys in the Hornby Visitor Centre. Explore the Shell Grotto's subterranean, shell-lined passages. Tackle the challenging, 18-hole Strokes Adventure Golf
For more than 100-years Margate's Winter Gardens have drawn big-name acts, from the Beatles to the Kaiser Chiefs. The town's Theatre Royal is the second-oldest in the country, while the Tom Thumb Theatre is one of the smallest theatres in the world.
Margate's annual jazz festival attracts top bands, setting toes tapping all over the Old Town. The Margate Masters draws Britain’s best beach volleyball teams each summer, while August brings an explosion of colour and sound, as Margate’s vibrant, annual carnival procession snakes through the town over Margate Soul Weekend.