Welcome to The Dreamland Trust’s website
The Dreamland Trust is a voluntary body that emerged in 2009 following a six-year community campaign to save
Margate's famous Dreamland Amusement Park from re-development and to preserve its rich heritage
The Trust originated the idea of reopening Dreamland as an amusement park of historic rides, and worked with partners, Thanet District Council and Sands Heritage, to deliver the project. It is not the operator of the park. Sands Heritage Limited operates the park on behalf of Thanet District Council, who is the owner of the site.
Dreamland is one of Britain's most famous and oldest surviving seaside amusement parks. For many decades, it was central to the economy of the area as the Isle of Thanet's most-visited tourist attraction, described, time and again, as the heartbeat of Margate.
Comprising 16 acres, as well as the rides, the park included a zoo, miniature railway, 2200-seat purpose-built cinema, cafés, restaurants, bars, retail and a 2000-capacity ballroom that played host to The Who, The Yardbirds, the Rolling Stones, T Rex and Hawkwind, to name but a few…
Following years of closure, Dreamland has now re-opened. Dreamland is not a museum, but rather a living, breathing, historic visitor attraction, with its roots firmly planted in popular culture. The story of Dreamland’s rich past is integral to the park's architecture and rides.
THE DREAMLAND STORY
From the 1920s until today, discover the story behind Kent’s most iconic theme park.
Just before Christmas 1919, and almost exactly one year after the end of the Great War, John Henry Iles purchased Margate’s The Hall By The Sea.
Give someone a pencil, ask them to draw a Margate building and the chances are that they will come up with an interpretation of the wonderful Art Deco-style cinema on the sea front.
The first half of Dreamland’s 1940s was, of course, dominated by the war effort on the home front and overseas.
The arrival of the 1950s marked a new era of hope and of leisure after the austerity of the war years.
Seen by many as the golden era for Dreamland, the 1960s were very much a classic time for the site.
Dreamland began the 1970s under new ownership, in the shape of the rather uninspiring-sounding Associated Leisure Entertainments Ltd.
Dreamland gave Margate yet another iconic structure in 1980, in the shape of the new Big Wheel, which stood proud of the clock tower at 180-feet high.
Dreamland got its rightful name back in 1990, when the Bembom Brothers decided that a minor revamp would be best promoted by the name...
Rumours of closure, demolition and a potential change of owners were all rife as the new millennium was ushered in...
After many years of campaigning to save the Dreamland site from redevelopment, and successful funding bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund...