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LATEST NEWS: Nick Laister to step down as chair of the Dreamland Trust


Message from Nick Laister, founder of the Save Dreamland Campaign and former chair of The Dreamland Trust


"I am proud of the Dreamland Trust's successful work to bring this iconic attraction back from dereliction - a demonstration of how effective a passionate group of volunteers can be in really making things happen. It has been a long, hard fought, 12-year process, and the icing on the cake has been Sands Heritage Ltd's brilliant realisation of of our vision over a ridiculously tight timescale. This is only the beginning, and the Dreamland Trust looks forward to working with Sands Heritage, Thanet District Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund to ensure this project provides the maximum benefit to the community." 19 June 2015


Click here for the background to the Dreamland Trust


Dreamland, Margate (UK) is one of Britain's most famous seaside amusement parks. Opened in 1870 as Hall-by-the-Sea, before changing its name to Dreamland in 1920, it is the oldest amusement park in the United Kingdom. Dreamland is home to the Grade II listed Scenic Railway roller coaster, the oldest roller coaster in the country. The park is also home to a Grade II* listed cinema of international importance and Grade II listed menagerie cages, the oldest zoo cages in the UK. Dreamland is also central to the area's local economy as the Isle of Thanet's most-visited tourist attraction. In January 2003, the owner of Dreamland announced that the park is to close and be redeveloped. Click here for the latest news of the campaign to keep the park and its heritage assets open for future generations to enjoy.

Top Save Dreamland Downloads!

How did the Scenic Railway become a listed building?
Download the report which resulted in the Scenic Railway becoming a listed building.

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New book
New book celebrating wooden roller coasters has been released, featuring a chapter on the Scenic Railway.

Up & Down: Wooden Rollercoasters in Europe by Ralph Latotzki

PowerPoint Presentation
Dreamland proposals shown at the 'I Dream of Dreamland' event in Margate on March 2009. Click here for more details of the proposed amusement park of historic rides.

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DVDs and Books Featuring Dreamland...

South East Tour 1993

DVD features Dreamland (Bembom Brothers), Folkestone's Rotunda and fairs at Margate, Hastings and Horsted Keynes. More...

Just For Fun

The amusement parks of the United Kingdom. Take a front seat ride on the Scenic Railway and see Dreamland in 1996. Many other UK parks featured including Frontierland. More...

Dreamland Remembered

A 90th Anniversary edition of this book, which tells the full story of Dreamland, is now available from here. Secondhand copies of the first edition are available from here.


Latest News
What is happening in the Campaign to save Dreamland?

Photo Updates
The latest pictures of work at Dreamland.

Visit Dreamland
Dreamland reopens on 19th June 2015!

Our Latest Plans

Our proposals for a thrilling, 'World's first' visitor attraction.

The Dreamland Trust

The Save Dreamland Campaign is administered by The Dreamland Trust.

How to donate to the Trust's fighting fund.

Dreamland Photo Gallery: The Bembom Years
Plus your chance to by Dreamland photos and gifts.

Dreamland Photo Gallery: The Godden Years
Your chance to buy Dreamland photos and gifts.

More Photo Galleries
Photographs of Dreamland, the Scenic Railway and Campaign events.

Thanet Local Plan
The Campaign's objections to the Thanet Local Plan.

Margate Masterplan
The Campaign's objections to the Margate Masterplan.

Current Applications
Find out about Dreamland planning applications.

I Dream of Dreamland
Our vision for a new Dreamland.

Stories, poems and articles submitted by members.

Campaign Shop
Buy our products and support the Campaign

Discuss the Campaign on our message board.

Your frequently asked questions.

Contact details for press interviews.

Press Releases
Save Dreamland Campaign press release archive.

Other internet resources on Dreamland and the Scenic Railway.

Find Dreamland
How to get to Dreamland Fun Park.

Click here for discount theme park tickets



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