Dreamland was once one of the UK’s best-loved amusement parks and after purchasing the site in September 2013, Thanet District Council and The Dreamland Trust have been working on its restoration. This art-deco pleasure park is now home to retro-fitted rides and amusements, film screenings, concerns and installations.

With Margate’s GEEK festival taking a break this year, a local couple – who curated sections for the event in previous years – decided to keep the flag flying with an offshoot ‘tapas selection of family fun’. Bits & Bytes took place in inside Dreamland’s ballroom on Saturday and was a one-room taster of cosplay, video-gaming and interactive art. Attendees of all ages had the opportunity to talk to experienced cosplayers, try out some retro classics and speak to the developers of newer titles.

Among these developers were Eliott Johnson and Matt Warshaw of Broken Fence Games Ltd, whom we’ve met several times over the past couple of years, and they were showing off the beautiful A Light in Chorus. After completing the demo my stepson told them he’d like to buy their game so it looks as if they have their first customer! Sitting next to them were the guys from Sensible Object with their project Fabulous Beasts; head over to Kickstarter to check out their campaign.

Below you can find a short photo gallery from the event. If you see yourself, let us know in the comments at the end of this post!

Bits & Bytes 2016 photo gallery:

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Bits & Bytes 2016: a round-up

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