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Dreamland Margate

Margate, Kent, United Kingdom

Amusement park specialising in vintage fairground attractions in the English seaside resort of Margate

Opened1866 (Hall By the Sea venue)
1919 (Dreamland)
19 June 2015 (re-opening)
SeasonWeekends and school holidays, plus daily late July and August
OwnerThanet District Council
OperatorSands Heritage Ltd
Websitewww.dreamland.co.uk
NearbyPavilion Fun Park (29 miles)
Clacton Pier (29 miles)
Adventure Island (30 miles)
Plopsaland De Panne (57 miles)
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (67 miles)
Inside Dreamland

Inside Dreamland

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.

Attractions

Pinball X

Pinball X

Pinball themed spinning wild mouse rollercoaster

Speedway

Speedway

Orton & Spooner Ark speedway ride built in 1934

Hurricane Jets

Hurricane Jets

Lang Wheels Zodiac Jets from 1958

Chair-o-plane

Chair-o-plane

Mid-1920s chair-o-plane from Fritz Bothmann

Waltzer

Waltzer

Tranditional waltzer, originally located at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach

Cyclone Twist

Cyclone Twist

Edwin Hall Twist, built in 1962

Dreamland Drop

Dreamland Drop

140ft tall drop tower

Pendulum

Pendulum

Swinging ride

Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher

A modern twist on the classic Enterprise ride

Air Force

Air Force

Zamperla Air Race

Big Wheel

Big Wheel

Ferris wheel reaching 100ft into the air

Dodgems

Dodgems

1946 dodgems from SDC

Born Slippy

Born Slippy

Astroglide slide relocated from Paulton's Park

Mirror Maze

Mirror Maze

Get lost inside Dreamland's mirror maze

Betty's Beehive Coaster

Betty's Beehive Coaster

Bee themed kiddie coaster

Gallopers

Gallopers

Traditional carousel

Austin Cars

Austin Cars

Vintage children's car ride

Wedgewood Teacups

Wedgewood Teacups

Spinning teacup ride

Double Decker

Double Decker

Two level children's carousel

Jumpin' Star

Jumpin' Star

Kiddie jumpin' star shot/drop tower

Soaring Seagulls

Soaring Seagulls

Magic bike ride

Rock the Boat

Rock the Boat

Zamperla Rockin' Tug

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