2003 the owner of Dreamland, Jimmy Godden, announced the closure of Dreamland.
The park is to be redeveloped as "leisure boxes, some retail and a supermarket".
Joyland Books will provide updates on the campaign to save Dreamland and its
internationally-important Scenic Railway ride.
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Friday, 30 July
Local Campaign Coordinator Sarah
Vickery appeared on the BBC Radio 4 PM programme on Friday evening. In
the third of a series of reports on British seaside resorts - the earlier
reports had visited Bournemouth and Newquay - Sarah spoke of the importance of
the Scenic Railway on a world scale and of the impact that the closure of
Dreamland would have on the local economy. Sarah also explained how Thanet
Council can protect the asset through the Local Plan.
Tuesday, 27 July
The BBC's Restoration Programme
has been in touch with the Save Dreamland Campaign about recording a special report
from Dreamland, featuring the Scenic Railway. Unfortunately, the BBC were unable
to secure the necessary permissions from the owners of Dreamland to film the
report. However, there is a short piece on the BBC's
|One of our most popular
photo galleries has just got much bigger!
Dreamland Through the Years, which has photographs of Dreamland
from the 1960s to the 1980s, has been extended. The Gallery features the
photographs of Barry Cox, whose camera has captured the changing face of Dreamland over the years perhaps better than any other.
With help from Campaign member Richard Todd, we have added no less than
39 photographs, bringing the total number of photographs in the Barry
Cox gallery to 60.
Gallery, you will see the Mary Rose (pictured right), the Looping Star,
Water Chute, Big Wheel, Apollo/Heatwave and Scenic Railway, as well as
lesser known rides such as the Orbiter, Satellite, Sphinx, Troika and
to visit the Gallery from the first page, or
click here to go straight to the new photographs, which start on
Sunday, 11 July
|We have added another new
Photo Gallery to the website. Visit Dreamland in the 1980s, in its
first few years under the ownership of Bembom Brothers. See rides like
the original Apollo (pictured right), the Rotor and the Tri-Star. There
is even an example of early on-ride photography at this ground-breaking
White Knuckle Theme Park. Click here for the new
Click here for a list of all our
Photo Galleries. And don't forget, you can discuss Dreamland of the past
as well as the future in our Save
Dreamland opens for the
first time in 2004. The park, which will remain open throughout the main
summer months, is again operated by showman David Wallis. Rides at the
park this season include the Ghost Train, Dodgems, Wild Mouse roller
coaster, Rotor and Gallopers. There is a three storey Fun House and a
new children's roller coaster called Dragon. The Scenic Railway is also
now operating and took its first riders today. Reports from the park
suggest the ride is running as well as ever.
Discuss Dreamland's new
season in our
Dreamland Forum - and don't forget to visit the park as many
times as you can!