I visited Margate Beach – It was a Far Cry from The Jolly Boys Outing

WHEN Del Boy, Rodney and the rest of the gang headed to Margate for the Jolly Boys Outing – it looked like a Dreamland.

But I was left rather underwhelmed when I decided to visit the Kent town with my closest companion – Pablo the French Bulldog.

As the sun was shining, I hopped on the train to Margate from my home town – which took just under an hour.

Once I arrived, I was pleased to see that the beach was just a five minute walk from the historic train station.

Margate Beach in Kent is overlooked by a huge block of flats

In fact, I could see the seafront when I walked out of the main exit of the station.

You just have to cross a few busy roads before you can enjoy the best thing that Margate has to offer.

Margate beach itself is lovely despite being rather short – you can walk along it in around 10 minutes.

But Pablo enjoyed it, which is the main thing.

The beach is pet-friendly – but there are restrictions in place during certain months of the year.

Aside from the beach, Margate does not have much to offer aside from a never-ending row of amusement arcades and a few ice cream shops.

A lot of the shops look run down and the park, which is near to the beach, was taken over by a number of debauched drunkards.

I tried to go into Dreamland after my incredibly short walk along the beach – but I was denied entry because dogs are not allowed inside.

Therefore I can’t judge Dreamland – which is considered to be the longest-running amusement park of Great Britain.

I will give it the benefit of the doubt as the official website describes it as the ‘all you can treat seaside entertainment sensation’.

It does have a long-list of attractions from the scenic railway to the big wheel as well as tonnes of vintage amusement park rides.

There are hurricane jets, a helter skelter ride, gallopers, austin cars, dodgems, a chair-o-plane and even a ghost train.

This sounds pretty good, so I will have to come back and check it out.

Pablo the French Bulldog still enjoyed his day trip to Margate beach

As well as Dreamland, one thing that stood out to me in Margate was the ginormous block of flats that overlooks the beach.

After a brief walk along the beach and being rejected from Dreamland, I made my way back to the train station.

For those who are travelling to Kent in search of a beautiful beach, there are certainly better options. Broadstairs, which is nearby, could be a better choice.

Don’t be fooled by the Only Fools and Horses episode that made Margate look like the place where fun was first invented.

To conclude, I was a proper plonker to pick Margate.

Looking for a beach near you? Check out our full UK dog-friendly beach guide.

Leave a Comment