Amusement park specialising in vintage fairground attractions in the English seaside resort of Margate
|Opened||1866 (Hall By the Sea venue)|
19 June 2015 (re-opening)
|Season||Weekends and school holidays, plus daily late July and August|
|Owner||Thanet District Council|
|Operator||Sands Heritage Ltd|
|Nearby||Pavilion Fun Park (29 miles)|
Clacton Pier (29 miles)
Adventure Island (30 miles)
Plopsaland De Panne (57 miles)
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (67 miles)
Sitting just inland from the sandy beach at Margate in Kent, Dreamland has had a chequered history. From its beginnings as an entertainment venue in the mid-1800s, it expanded to become one of the most visited tourist attractions in the UK in the 1980s and early 90s.
Dreamland’s fortunes took a downturn and the park was closed in 2005 with the threat of its land being redeveloped, but a “Save Dreamland” campaign was launched by local residents. After a decade of shuttered gates a new reimagined Dreamland opened in 2015.
Today’s Dreamland operates primarily as a heritage amusement park, and features a mix of preserved vintage fairground rides and more modern attractions. Centre stage is the historic Scenic Railway, the oldest wooden rollercoaster in the UK which first opened in 1920.
Much attention has been given to the landscaping and overall look of the park, resulting in a fantastic atmosphere which both harks back to a rose-tinted view of the fifties and sixties, and reflects a more modern quirky design aesthetic.
A few years ago, I would have written Dreamland off as one of the UK’s lost seaside amusement parks – indeed when I visited in 2004 it was a dirty mess of a few cheap fairground rides plonked down on cracked tarmac – but its resurgence is remarkable.
It’s now a very high quality modern park, filled with life and colour and some great fun rides. It succeeds in both looking back and celebrating the past while feeling contemporary and up to date at the same time.
Pinball themed spinning wild mouse rollercoaster
Orton & Spooner Ark speedway ride built in 1934
Lang Wheels Zodiac Jets from 1958
Mid-1920s chair-o-plane from Fritz Bothmann
Tranditional waltzer, originally located at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
Edwin Hall Twist, built in 1962
140ft tall drop tower
A modern twist on the classic Enterprise ride
Zamperla Air Race
Ferris wheel reaching 100ft into the air
1946 dodgems from SDC
Astroglide slide relocated from Paulton's Park
Get lost inside Dreamland's mirror maze
Bee themed kiddie coaster
Vintage children's car ride
Spinning teacup ride
Two level children's carousel
Kiddie jumpin' star shot/drop tower
Magic bike ride
Zamperla Rockin' Tug
Dreamland's famous art deco cinema building
The new colourful Dreamland
Junior double decker carousel
The central plaza with giant Dreamland sign
Classic Hurricane Jets ride
Pinball X Spinning Wild Mouse rollercoaster
Plenty of tables and chairs to relax on
Dreamland has plenty of food options
More food outlets
Looking down on the carousel and entrance area
A view out to sea from the top of the Big Wheel
Inside the Roller Disco