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Margate is the kind of British seaside resort all the others are probably a bit jealous of. In recent years, it has reinvented itself to combine the charming nostalgia of traditional bucket-and-spade holidays with a fresh, exciting and internationally-recognised art scene. Add to that the reopening of the town's oldest and much-loved amusement park, and there's a real sense that this east Kent town is well and truly looking back on the map.

Visiting Margate

To find out what all the hype is about, head for the Turner Contemporary art gallery at the edge of the harbour. You can't miss its striking white steel design. It opened in 2011, and in its first year, supported by artist Tracy Emin who grew up in the town, attracted over 500,000 visitors, which boosted the economy by nearly £14m and created over 130 jobs. And the added bonus? It's all free to get in.

Just along the seafront is Dreamland, the UK's original pleasure park, re-imagined, which was saved by a campaign in 2003 and has been regenerated with input from award-winning designer Wayne Hemmingway. When it's fully reopened it'll be packed with retro rides and feature a scenic railway and cinema complex, all suggesting it's set to be the next must-visit attraction in Margate.

If you prefer a spot of shopping, take a stroll to the old town where you'll find the cobbled streets lined with an eclectic mix of trendy eateries, boutiques, vintage shops alongside everyone's favourite seaside fixtures, like fish-and-chip shops and candy-floss stands.

And for evening entertainment, take in a show at the Winter Gardens, Theatre Royal or Tom Thumb Theatre, one of the smallest theatres in the world.

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