Midweek Birthday Mini-Break

Margate Mini-Break

Itโ€™s been a busy few days filled with birthday celebrations and happiness. If the last couple of days are anything to go by, 27 is going to be a good age to be. ๐Ÿ™Œ

My birthday surprise was just that, a complete surprise. I must admit that I did spend a little time stressing about where we were going but it all worked out in the end. Moon rocked up to my mumโ€™s house in the morning and then let loose that weโ€™d be heading the Margate for an overnight stay โ€“ super exciting!

Margate Birthday Mini-Break

After seeing Margateโ€™s Dreamland on TV and Moon actually meeting Wayne Hemingway a year or so ago, I was excited to take in a proper British seaside mini-break.

We were so lucky with the weather, you just canโ€™t beat a bit of the English seaside when the sun is shining. โ˜€๏ธ

Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break

Thereโ€™s so much to see and do in Margate that itโ€™s understandable why it looks to be making a comeback. From Dreamland to the Turner Contemporary Gallery, as well as a ton of beautiful independent shops and its very own Shell Grotto! Margate is great for a walk along the sands or going further into the town to explore.

Dreamland with my Dreamboat ๐ŸŽก

Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break

Dreamland reminded me so much of Secret Cinemaโ€™s Back to the Future, except better. Firstly, everything is incredibly affordable, with rides ranging from ยฃ1-5 (or unlimited rides for ยฃ15) and secondly, itโ€™s all real! The branding of the theme park is really something special, thoughtfully putting together beautiful bold fonts with perfect pastel colours. Itโ€™s a lovely way to spend the afternoon.

Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
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Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break

Due to slightly pigging out with a picnic lunch, we were feeling a little too fragile to go on some of the wilder rides. That said, we still made it up the big wheel โ€“ which has great views as far as the eye can see of Margate and beyond. Unfortunately the Scenic Railway wasnโ€™t running when we went but as itโ€™s the oldest running rollercoaster in the UK, itโ€™s certainly on my list for a return trip.

Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break

I couldnโ€™t get over how pretty everything at Dreamland was, it was a bit ridiculous how well it had all been thought through. Right down to the staff t-shirts, which had us green with envy โ€“ hoping theyโ€™ll make them available in the gift shop soon!

Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break

We read in a guidebook in our hotel that Dreamland has brought a lot of money back to the area, and we could see why. Itโ€™s really unassuming from the outside but opens up to this great public space, I have real hopes that itโ€™s going to work out.

My birthday meal was spent enjoying rum cocktails and eating delicious Caribbean food at Mullins Brasserie. No pictures unfortunately, but a great atmosphere and weโ€™re ready to try Caribbean pepper pot again real soon.

Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break

Secret Underground Shell Grotto ๐Ÿš

Margate Birthday Mini-Break

Our second day in Margate was opened with glorious sunshine again. After finishing up breakfast at our hotel we popped everything back in the car before wandering over to The Shell Grotto.

Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
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Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break

Discovered by a father and son in the 1830s and believed to be some kind of smugglerโ€™s passage, The Shell Grotto is just that, an underground tunnel covered in shells. There are lots of neat different designs, and itโ€™s crazy to think that despite being well lit now, it would have been completely dark when it was first discovered. It didnโ€™t take too long to get around but the gift shop was really good and it was really interesting to see the different shell designs and shell work.

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Margate Birthday Mini-Break

Old Town

Shopping in Old Town is a must in Margate. There are so many good independent vintage shops and galleries. Unfortunately, a lot of Margate town centre is kind of uninspired with quite a few charity shops and pound shops, but with a little exploring there are so many hidden gems to be found.

Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside ๐ŸŒŠ ๐Ÿ™

Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break

We rounded up our trip with a trip to the Turner Contemporary followed by a walk along the stone pier before spot of lunch at Buoy & Oyster.

Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
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Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break
Margate Birthday Mini-Break

It was such a treat to spend the middle of the week by the seaside pottering around with my favourite person. It made my birthday a very happy one indeed. ๐Ÿ˜˜