By The Sea returns on 29 September - 1 October 2017 at Margate's Dreamland and Winter Gardens.

Dreamland Margate is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Great Britain: the site of Dreamland (as it was re-named in 1920) dates back to the British railway boom and the early 1870s when, in its original form, the ‘Hall by the Sea’ was operated by the circus tycoon, ‘Lord’ George Sanger.
Following a £25 million investment from Arrowgrass Capital Parners, Dreamland reopened in May 2017. The park has been re-landscaped and has meticulously restored vintage rides, world-class entertainment spaces, modern interactive art installations, contemporary street food, eclectic bars, live entertainment, with a backdrop of Margate beach. It is less than 90 minutes from London by train with Margate Station only a 5-minute walk away.

Margate Winter Gardens first opened in August 1911 and the grand Victorian venue has stood proudly overlooking the sea from its stunning location of Fort Crescent, Margate ever since. In that time the famous white building has firmly cemented its place in music and comedy history, with bands such as The Beatles wowing local audiences and true legends of the entertainment world, from Norman Wisdom to Frankie Howard, heading ‘down to Margate’.


By The Sea returns on 29 September - 1 October 2017.

Get tickets here.


FRIDAY: 5pm - 9pm
Rides available -

Helter Skelter

SATURDAY: 11am-8pm & SUNDAY: 11am-6pm
All rides available

Discounted ride wristbands available here for By The Sea ticket holders...


Main Stages Doors Open at

Friday - 5pm
Saturday - 5pm
Sunday - 4pm


Friday - 11pm
Saturday - 2am
Sunday - 10pm

Wristband collection

Friday and Saturday - Dreamland
Sunday - The Dug Out or Winter Gardens

On arrival in Margate your best bet is to get your wristband sorted first, that way you can access any of the Fringe activities or buy a discount ride wristband for the attractions at Dreamland. 

If you arrive on Friday or Saturday head to Dreamland to pick up. If you arrive Sunday before 4.30pm collect your wristband from The Dug Out on King's Street (and then enjoy some of the fantastic artists playing next door on the Draft House Stage). If you arrive after 4.30pm Sunday head straight to Margate Winter Gardens.

For those of you staying over-night or arriving in the morning on the weekend in Margate we have a host of daytime Fringe Events programmed around town.

Start your day with a morning coffee or brunch at Cliff's on Northdown Road. Cliff's owner Ed is a one of the UK best live lighting techs and he's roped in some of his musician friends to DJ with your coffee. Afterwards have a wander down Nothrdown Road and around the Old Town checking out some of the great shops, cafes and bars Margate has to offer. On Sunday morning we are organizing a meet-up for a morning dip in the famous Walpole Bay Sea Bathing Pool, if you're ready to brave the sea.

Saturday afternoon there are acoustic performances in the Museum in the middle of the Old Town, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons we've programmed a bill of up-and-coming artists playing the Draft House Stage in Olby's Cafe on King's Street. Check the full programme of timings HERE.

Come the evening the main action moves to the big stages in Dreamland and Margate Winter Gardens.  Start time are 5pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday at Dreamland, and 4.30pm at Winter Gardens on Sunday. (note - on the Saturday and Sunday you can go on the rides at Dreamland from the morning)

Dreamland or Winter Gardens hosts the main stage action - (check the timings each day HERE) If you still have any energy left after that there are after-parties going on across town.

For those wanting to keep going we have late night activities across town free for all wristband holders. On Friday from 11pm to 1am there will be DJs in the Quarterdeck Pub just by the entrance to Dreamland, and the legendary Steve Davis DJing on the Draft House Stage at Olby's Cafe 11pm to 2am. On Saturday the Dreamland programme goes until 2am, before DJs will be keeping things going on the decks at Sundowners as per last year, well into the early hours.


By The Sea Festival takes place at Dreamland and Winter Gardens in Margate, Kent.

Margate is just 90 minutes from London by train with frequent services operating from Victoria, St Pancras and Liverpool Street.

Dreamland’s entrance is on Hall By The Sea Road, just to the side of the cinema.


Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent, CT9 1XJ

Fort Crescent, Margate, CT9 1HX

3-5 King's Street, Margate CT9 1DD

Market Place, Margate CT9 1ER

1 Albert Terrace, Margate CT9 1UJ

172 Northdown Road, Margate CT9 2QN


Margate has a limited number of available beds so please book early if you want to stay for the whole weekend as they will get snapped up. Ramsgate and Broadstairs are a short cab ride away so are good alternative options. If you have missed out on accommodation keep checking here for updates as we're currently investigating other local options.



The Sands
Cliftonville Townhouse
Botany Bay Hotel
Palm Court Hotel
Premier Inn
Crescent Victoria
Walpole Bay Hotel

Also nearby -

Albion House, Ramsgate
Premier Inn Manston
Holiday Inn Express Manston
Comfort Inn Ramsgate


Margate Airbnb holiday lets are available for By The Sea Festival. Accommodation includes short let apartments and rooms available in local homes.
For enquiries please e-mail / 07534901419


There will be disabled platforms at both Dreamland stages. For more info on disabled access at the festival, please email us at or send us a tweet to @BytheseaUK 


For people on the Guest List, wristbands can be picked up at Dreamland on Friday and Saturday and at Winter Gardens on Sunday. For any questions, please get in touch at