Nick Laister

A selection of published articles, books, radio and television appearances. Some are viewable on the web (just click the links).

A Selection of Television Appearances

Television appearances are too numerous to list. Here is a small selection.

Meridian Tonight (ITV1, 19 January 2003) Nick Laister talks about the launch of the Save Dreamland Campaign.

Sky News (Sky News, 30 May 2005) Nick Laister interviewed live from Thorpe Park at the launch of the theme park's latest thrill ride.

North West Tonight (BBC1, 5 June 2006) Nick Laister announces closure of Camelot Theme Park on behalf of owners. Web Link

Central News at Six (ITV1, 27 July 2006) 3,300 houses receive planning permission at Didcot - Nick Laister interviewed.

Seaside Secrets: The Ups and Downs of the Scenic (Channel 4, 18 September 2006) Interviewed in documentary about the Scenic Railway, Margate.

The Politics Show (BBC1, 1 October 2006) Nick Laister talks about theme park planning issues from Crealy Great Adventure Park, Devon.

BBC South Today (BBC1, September 2010) Nick was a guest in the studio for the evening news talking about Fairytale Farm.

BBC South East Today (BBC1, November 2011) Nick discusses the the award of 3m grant funding for Dreamland from Heritage Lottery Fun.

BBC South East Today (BBC One, 2 May 2013) Nick interviewed at BBC Broadcasting House in London about Dreamland.

BBC South East Today (BBC One, 17 November 2013) Nick cuts the ribbon at Dreamland and interviewed at the opening event. Web link

ITV News (ITV1, 17 November 2013) Nick cuts the ribbon at Dreamland and interviewed by David Johns. Web link

The One Show (BBC One, 31 January 2014) Nick discusses the Dreamland project in Margate on the prime time show, presented by Chris Evans. Web link

BBC South East Today (BBC One, 26 March 2014) Nick interviewed in the studio about the proposed Paramount Theme Park in Kent. Web link

Dreaming of Dreamland (Dreamland Expo, 2014) Nick appears throughout official Dreamland documentary, narrated by Barbara Windsor. Web link

A Selection of Radio Appearances

Radio appearances are too numerous to list. Here is a small selection.

BBC Radio 5 Live (4 March 2002) Nick Laister guests on the show discussing roller coaster history.

British Forces Radio (12 January 2003) Nick Laister on setting up a campaign to save Dreamland Fun Park, Margate.

Afternoon Show (BBC Radio Oxford, September 2010) Nick was a studio guest of Jo Thoenes.

Malcolm Boyden Show (BBC Radio Oxford, 6 April 2011) Nick interviewed about the Fairytale Farm project in the studio.

Jeremy Vine Show (BBC Radio 2, 15 August 2011) Nick interviewed by Vanessa Feltz about his book Pennies by the Sea.

Farming Today (BBC Radio 4, 23 August 2013) The programme came live from Fairytale Farm with Nick interviewed by Sybil Ruscoe. Web link

Phil Gayle Breakfast Show (BBC Radio Oxford, 4 September 2013) Nick interviewed live from Fairytale Farm live.

Eleri Sion (BBC Radio Wales, 24 October 2013) Nick talks ghost trains on Eleri Sion's afternoon show. Web link

Saturday Live (BBC Radio 4, 23 November 2013) Nick is interviewed by journalist John McCarthy about Battersea Fun Fair. Web link

Dominic King (BBC Radio Kent, 14 March 2014) Nick interviewed on Dreamland Margate budget and timescales. Web link

A Selection of Newspaper and Magazine interviews

Nick has been interviewed in numerous local, national and international newspapers and magazines, too numerous to list. Here is a small selection.

Attractions Management (3 September 2010) Interviewed about Fairytale Farm.

Witney Gazette (13 September 2010) Interviewed about Fairytale Farm.

Park World (30 September 2010) Interviewed about Fairytale Farm.

Isle of Thanet Gazette (25 November, 2011) Nick Laister interviewed in major article about Dreamland. Web link

Witney Gazette (6 July 2013) Nick interviewed about the opening of Fairytale Farm by Prime Minister David Cameron. Web link

Express and Star (10 July 2014) Nick interviewed about 80m development at West Midland Safari Park. Web link

A Selection of Published Articles

The Potential for Sustainable Transport Solutions: Theme Parks and Sports Stadia (with Nigel Moor), TRICS Conference Paper, 1998

Scare Tactics, The East Anglian Daily Times Magazine, 27 March-2 April 1999

Traffic issues still require recognition, Planning Magazine, 23 April 1999

Green Commuter Planning: The Bottom Line, South Talk, June 1999

Transports of green delight, Estates Gazette, 14 August 1999

Land of the Giant: All aboard the Scenic Railway at Great Yarmouth,, January 2001

Mad for it at Belle Vue: Taking in the scenery on Manchester's finest ride,, April 2001

There could be trouble ahead: The decline and fall of the British amusement park,, June 2001

The Beast of Barry: The legendary Scenic Railway at Barry Island,, January 2002 View article

Seaside Special, The Guardian, 26 March 2002 Iain Aitch article includes interview with Nick Laister View article

From Marine Lake to Ocean Beach: The Story of Rhyl's Amusement Parks,, March/April 2002

The winds of change: Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the 1960s,, January 2003

Save Dreamland: Join the campaign today,, February 2003

And they're off: the Blackpool Pleasure Beach Derby Racer,, March 2003

Gliding towards extinction: Another old ride is about to bite the dust,, April 2003

Dark Rides (formerly 'Spooks: The History of Ghost Trains and Other Dark Rides'), Fairground Heritage Trust, July 2003 View article

The History of Barry Island Pleasure Park, Official Barry Island Pleasure Park Website, 2004

Fairgrounds for Recognition, Heritage Today, March 2004

Babylon's Burning: The Grand National fire at Blackpool Pleasure Beach,, June 2004

Vikingar's Last Stand, The Magic Eye, December 2004 View article

Is your park going to plan? Park World magazine, October 2005

Delivering the Dreamland: saving Britain's amusement park heritage and the re-awakening of Dreamland Margate, IfA Conference, April 2010

A Selection of Published Books

Pennies by the Sea (Skelter Publishing, 2006) Microsite | Buy Book

Battersea Fun Fair Memories (TBA)

A History of British Amusement Parks (TBA)

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