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Sunday, 29 March 2009
national press takes an interest in the Save Dreamland Campaign's
proposals for a heritage amusement park at Dreamland, with an article
Sunday Express. Journalist Iain Aitch weaves a
nostalgic tale about the park, his childhood and the classic rides that
have been acquired and includes an interview with Dreamland Trust chair
Nick Laister and National Fairground Archive director Vanessa Toulmin.
also writes about Dreamland in his blog,
Saturday, 28 March 2009
letter about the Dreamland proposals features in the Saturday Observer. Some controversial comments about Dreamland
and the Save Dreamland Campaign on the
Thanet Strife blog. Dreamland has also recently
been covered in
Leisure Architecture and
Friday, 27 March 2009
Dreamland Park Masterplan
for the new amusement park of thrilling classic
rides at Dreamland has now been finalised ready for submission to
Heritage Lottery Fund and DCMS for the Heritage Lottery and Sea Change
grant applications. The changes follow the well-attended public event
on 15 March at which literally hundreds of comments were received by
the three partners in the Dreamland project, The Dreamland Trust,
Margate Renewal Partnership and Margate Town Centre Regeneration
main changes are to rearrange the
to create an improved layout, the introduction of a more formal garden
area to reflect the gardens that used to be located to the west of the
Scenic Railway and the addition of the Dreamland Miniature Railway.
Click on the Masterplan to view a larger version on our
Heritage Amusement Park pages.
Those who did not go the successful I Dream of Dreamland
event in Margate on 15 March can now see what they missed in a special
video on YouTube. The video shows footage of the event, and a look at
some of the film that was shown.
been extensively covered in the media over the past few days.
Central-Parks, two French web portals about
amusement parks, have posted information about the rebirth of
Dreamland. It has also been featured in the local press. The Thanet
Extra of 20 March covered the launch party and other Dreamland news.
Isle of Thanet Gazette of 20 March also
reported on the new Dreamland proposals.
Saturday 21 March 2009
Our latest plans online!
|Plans and drawings of the thrilling new theme park
proposed at Dreamland, Margate are now available to view exclusively on
the Save Dreamland Campaign website. The Plans were launched at a
in Margate on 15 March. Our new
Heritage Amusement Park
Pages now feature layout plans, drawings showing
what the park will look like, plans and elevations of buildings and
background information on the project, the park and the rides already
acquired. This will be a truly unique project.
have also made available for download the
presentation that was running along one side of the venue throughout
Above: The rebuilt
Scenic Railway station by Jean-Marc Toussaint
KentOnline features an interview with Dreamland
Trust chairman Nick Laister about the proposals. You can also hear Nick
talking about the proposals on KMFM
They then followed up the launch event with a further article
which includes a gallery of photographs taken
on the night.
17 March edition of the Thanet Times reported on the
party held in Margate to mark the unveiling of the Dreamland plans,
along with some correspondence from readers.
Thanet Adscene of 19 March also reported
on the party.
unveiling was also covered in the
Leisure Opportunities magazine,
InterPark Magazine, the
Darkride and Funhouse Enthusiasts and the
Eastcliff Richard blog.
Thanet Extra of 13 March reported the
listing of the menagerie cages.
21 March edition of
Your Thanet reports on the news that the BBC series
The Apprentice could be visiting Margate with contestants being given
the challenge of rebranding the town. The plans for Dreamland get a
mention. This news was also covered by
thisiskent.co.uk on 18 March, including a quote
from one of the key partners on the Dreamland project, Derek Harding of
the Margate Renewal Partnership.
Laister, Sarah Vickery and Susan Marsh spent all day yesterday at the
new offices of the Princes Regeneration Trust for a Dreamland Client
Group meeting. At this meeting, architects Levitt Bernstein presented
their final drawings and report and Locum Consulting also presented
their final version of the business plan. Other matters discussed
included the content of the grant funding applications, arrangements
for taking the project forward to implementation stage and a discussion
Dreamland Trust can ensure that it is fully
prepared for the big challenge ahead. There will be more news on the
latter point in the next couple of weeks.
journalist Nick Spurrier has written an article on Dreamland and the
Campaign in the journal of the The Institute of Engineering
and Technology. The article is called 'Creating a Scene'.
Monday, 16 March 2009
Dream of Dreamland' event
| Plans for a brand new
amusement park at Dreamland were unveiled last night at a hugely
successful event in Margate town centre. Over 400 people attended the
evening party, at which the Dreamland Trust, Margate Town Centre
Regeneration Company and Margate Renewal Partnership revealed their
plans for a spectacular new heritage theme park on the Dreamland site.
In addition to the plans and drawings of what will be a 'world's first'
attraction, there were various information boards, two separate film
shows of Dreamland footage, models of various Dreamland rides, free
drinks from the bar, funfair food, usherettes and a Dreamland-themed
Laister, leader of the Save Dreamland campaign and chairman of the
Dreamland Trust said: "We were overwhelmed by the number of people who
attended, which exceeded our expectations. It was great to meet so many
people, some who had travelled down from the north of England and the
Midlands just for this event. We were really grateful for all the
feedback on the exciting plans, and I am pleased to say that everything
I heard that evening was extremely positive. This gives us the
confidence that we can press ahead with finalising the plans ready for
the grant submissions next month."
Laister, Jean-Marc Toussaint and Sarah Vickery at the 'I Dream of
Dreamland' event on 15 March 2009. Photograph: Justin
Garvanovic. Click for a larger version.
|All three trustees of the Dreamland Trust attended,
along with Paris-based theme park designer Jean-Marc Toussaint, Derek
Harding of the Margate Renewal Partnership, Roland Jeffery and Rosie
Fraser of the Prince's Regeneration Trust and Mark Lewis and Matthew
Poulter from Levitt Bernstein Architects.
adds: "It was a fantastic party atmosphere all evening. There was a
real mix of people, young and old, and phenomenal goodwill. Everyone
seemed to recognise that this project has a USP that should capture the
was slightly overwhelmed by the crowds,” admits Sarah Vickery. “We’ve
been doing this for long enough to know that the people of Margate want
Dreamland back, but to see so many people turn out was immensely
“Back when this event was first mooted, I wanted it to be like a little
slice of Dreamland with sights, sounds and smells that might transport
you there, if only for a moment. And we wanted people to enjoy
themselves, so that we can start to put the sad and desolate Dreamland
era behind us and start creating new happy memories. The atmosphere on
the night was amazing, lots of people commented on it, and I’ve been
told today that it was like being back at the park, so I’m really
Laister concludes: "I would like to thank Sarah for all her hard work
in turning this from what could have easily been a standard public
consultation event into a truly inspirational evening. And thanks also
to Mick Tomlinson for providing the music for the evening and for
putting his Dreamland models on display."
who couldn't make it to the event should keep checking back to the News
page this week, as we will be uploading the plans and drawings to the
Amusement Park pages. In the meantime, here are
some photographs of the event, courtesy of Justin Garvanovic of the
European Coaster Club.
was much press coverage on the day of the event, including an interview
with Sarah Vickery on the
News website and with Nick Laister in
Your Thanet. The
Best Western Hotels website also carried the news
today and there is a full-page article written by Nick Laister in the
latest edition of
Drop magazine, published by the European Coaster
Planning Resource also covered the event.
A day-long stakeholders consultation event on the Dreamland proposals
was held today at the Margate Media Centre. The
Dreamland Trust, MTCRC and Margate Renewal Partnership presented the
plans to representatives of numerous organisations from Thanet and the
region. This was followed by workshops on the Amusement Park and
Cinema, a film show and a discussion on the key points that came out of
Nick Laister, Susan Marsh and Jean-Marc Toussaint at the Dreamland
Stakeholders event this afternoon. Click on the image for a larger
Sunday, 15 March 2009
|The Saturday Observer featured
an article about today's unveiling of plans for the Dreamland heritage
amusement park. The article includes a number of quotes from Campaign
leader Nick Laister on the market for this unique attraction. The news is also featured in Kent
event is at 7.30pm, West Coast Bar, King Street, Margate.
Campaign's proposals for a heritage amusement park made the front page
in Friday's Isle of Thanet Gazette. This article
covers the high profile support that the Dreamland project is now
receiving, including HRH Prince Charles and Margate-born artist Tracey
Thursday, 12 March 2009
the build-up to Sunday's unveiling of our plans for a heritage
amusement park at Dreamland, we bring you an exclusive first
look at one of the artist's impressions of Dreamland, giving
a tantalising glimpse at what the £12m theme park could look like when
it opens in 2012. A masterplan for the park has been developed by
Levitt Bernstein Architects with Paris-based theme park designer
Jean-Marc Toussaint. The drawing below is by Jean-Marc and shows the
rebuilt River Caves and Water Chute. See several more artist's
impressions, the new masterplan and much more at Sunday's
7.30pm, West Coast Bar, King Street, Margate. Admission free.
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Vickery appeared on BBC Newsroom South East
yesterday evening from Dreamland explaining the plans for the heritage
amusement park which are to be unveiled on Sunday.
Your Thanet newspaper featured a preview of
Sunday's event, with several quotes from Dreamland Trust chairman Nick
Laister. Nick provided more information about the heritage amusement
park proposals, the applications for grant funding and the timetable
for the construction of the park.
check back to this News page tomorrow evening for an exclusive
sneak preview of Sunday's unveiling with an artist's
impression of what Dreamland will look like when the Heritage Amusement
Park opens in 2011/2012.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
|The heritage amusement park was featured
extensively on Breakfast with John Warnett and Julia George
on BBC Radio Kent this morning. At 7am John Warnett interviewed Graham
Cooke who was reporting live from the park. Just after the 8am news,
the Dreamland Trust's Sarah Vickery appeared as a studio guest. Sarah
talked about the restoration of the Scenic Railway, the costs of the
project and gave some teasers about what people can expect to see when
the plans are unveiled on Sunday. If you missed this, you can here it
for a few days on
BBC Radio Kent's website (Graham Cooke's report is
at 0:01:53 and Sarah is on at approximately 1:02:40). Alternatively,
both reports as an mp3 from the Save Dreamland website. Note that the
pre-recorded part of Graham's 7am report is repeated in the 8am slot.
news is also covered on the main
News website, based around an interview with
Dreamland Trust chairman Nick Laister.
| News of the unveiling of the
heritage amusement park plans this weekend was also covered today in
the Thanet Times.
Monday, 9 March 2009
Vickery will be interviewed live on BBC Radio Kent at
8am tomorrow morning, with news of the weekend's launch event and our
heritage amusement park proposals. She will be interviewed again by
Radio Kent in the build-up to the event at 4.15pm on Sunday. She is
also being interviewed for BBC Newsroom South East
tomorrow at the park.
Friday, 6 March 2009
'I Dream of Dreamland'
event - more details
formally unveiling our plans for the brand new Dreamland Amusement Park
at a special free public event on the evening of Sunday 15th March at
the West Coast Bar, King Street, Margate. The layout plans and images
have been assembled over the past few months by a team led by The
Dreamland Trust/Save Dreamland Campaign, site owners the Margate Town
Centre Regeneration Company and the Margate Renewal Partnership. Sunday
will be the first time these plans have been seen in public. In
addition to unveiling the plans, we will be presenting old footage of
Dreamland and the Scenic Railway through the years, playing a seriously
good Dreamland soundtrack and having an all-round fantastic time. The
Dreamland of tomorrow will echo the thrilling theme parks of the past,
and this is your chance to climb on board, fasten your seatbelts and
enjoy the ride! Click on the invite below for a larger PDF version and
put the event into your diary now!
you would like to print out this poster and put it on the wall at your
place of work, right click the image below and click 'Print Target'.
Alternatively, save the PDF file onto your PC by right clicking the
image and click 'Save Target As'. Thank you for your help.
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Urban Panel comes to
| The last two days have seen
some of the most intensive meetings so far in the bid to bring an
exciting new 21st Century tourist attraction to Margate's Dreamland.
|On Wednesday 4 March, the Government's Urban Panel
visited Margate. The Urban Panel brings together the expertise of the
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and
English Heritage to help Local Authorities, development agencies and
others to engage in major regeneration of historic towns and cities.
Nick Laister and Sarah Vickery represented The Dreamland Trust at a
special evening dinner with the Urban Panel at No6 Brasserie in
Margate. Also in attendance at the dinner were Richard Simmons (Chief
Executive of CABE), Les Sparks OBE (Chair of Urban Panel), Dr Andrew
Brown (Regional Director, English Heritage) and Cllr Sandy Ezekiel
(Leader, Thanet District Council). That same evening, Susan Marsh was
busy representing the Dreamland Trust at a meeting of the Margate Round
Table, at which she gave a presentation on the work of the Trust/Save
| On the morning of Thursday 5
March, Nick Laister attended the Urban Panel's site visit to Dreamland.
Nick presented the Trust's vision for the site and answered questions
from Panel members. He then joined Susan Marsh and Sarah Vickery for a
Meeting of the Trustees of the Dreamland Trust at the Walpole Bay Hotel
|At midday, the Dreamland Client Group (The
Dreamland Trust, Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company, Margate
Renewal Partnership) and their advisers (The Prince's Regeneration
Trust, Levitt Bernstein Architects, Locum Consulting) presented their
proposals for a Heritage Amusement Park at Dreamland to the Board of
the Margate Renewal Partnership (MRP) at the Margate Media Centre.
| The support of the Board is
essential if the project is to be delivered, as it requires 'buy-in'
from the key stakeholders in the town and south east region. Roland
Jeffery of the Prince's Regeneration Trust opened the presentation and
he was followed by Nick Laister, who set out the Dreamland Trust's
vision for a "thrilling theme park from the past", with a slideshow
showing why the proposal will be a unique visitor attraction of
international importance. Nick was followed by short presentations on
the business plan from David Geddes of Locum Consulting and the
masterplan/architectural designs by Mark Lewis of Levitt Bernstein
Architects. The MRP Board is chaired by Pam Alexander (Chief Executive
of SEEDA). Other Board members present included Victoria Pomery
(Project Director, Turner Contemporary); Dr Andrew Brown (Planning
& Development Director for South East, English Heritage) and
Richard Samuel (Chief Executive, Thanet District Council).
Board presentation was followed by a meeting of the Dreamland Client
Group, at which further work was carried out on the amusement park
proposals and further planning of the big public launch event of the
Dreamland Heritage Amusement Park in Margate on Sunday 15 March at
7.30pm. The Trust hopes to see a big turnout for what is expected to be
a lively evening.
Dreamland cages in the news
of the listing of Sanger's animal cages at Dreamland has made it into a
number of news and blog sites, including
This is Kent,
Nemesis Republic Blog and
Monday, 2 March 2009
Dreamland cages listing entry
now have a copy of the official listing schedule for the "remains of
menagerie enclosures and cages at Dreamland".
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