Is anyone else getting that slightly panicked feeling that Summer is almost over? Whenever my birthday rolls around (it’s on Wednesday btw, I accept doughnuts) it’s always a bit of a wake-up call that forces me to pack in all the activities and start more January-style reflections. One of the things I have been loving this year, is following the lovely Charlotte from Betty Magazine on all the social media platforms (she is seriously Snapchat gold). She seems to have a sixth sense as to where all the colourful and quirky UK hotspots are, so it was a no-brainer when I spotted a snap announcing a Margate photowalk on her feed. Even though I went to the newly refurbished Dreamland last year, it’s impossible to go back and not take the exact same photos of all the cheeky signage and playful branding. Think of it as our own homegrown version of Coney Island that’s in on the joke, I had to stop myself from coming back with all the pastel merchandise and eating a meal consisting solely of doughnuts.
I went along with Carrie and she mentioned that this kind of trendy theme park would probably do pretty well in London, but then again it’d be completely unbearable to visit. I kind of like that it’s a decent train ride away and a little bit like going to a 50s seaside version of Secret Cinema. Away from the park there was a bit of a carnival atmosphere thanks to the soul festival and a brilliant Yinka Shonibare installation at the Turner Contemporary. I really love the combination of your typical seaside fare and some of the creative businesses popping up. It also made me wonder what a photographer like Gray Malin would make of it all from above, the sun shelters and Spongebob balloons in comparison to the uniform umbrellas of the Cinque Terre. It’s all a bit bonkers but I love it!
Fancy visiting Margate before Summer’s out? Check out Kirsty’s foodie post (I still need to try Peter’s Fish Factory for my fish n’ chips fix) plus my guide from last year. Etcetera is still as dreamy as ever!