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Dreamland Margate, Margate

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Dreamland Margate is an amusement park and entertainment centre based on a traditional English seaside funfair located at Margate, Kent, England. The site of the park was first used for amusement rides in 1880, although the Dreamland name was not used until 1920 when the park's Grade II* listed Scenic Railway wooden rollercoaster was opened.

The number of amusements at the park increased during the 1960s and 1970s, and in 1981 the site was sold to the Dutch Bembom brothers, who renamed it "Bembom Brothers White Knuckle Theme Park". The name remained until it reverted to Dreamland in 1990.

In the early 2000s, the park began to enter into decline, and a number of rides were sold to other theme parks. The park's owner announced in 2003 that Dreamland would be closed and the site redeveloped, although the listing of the Scenic Railway meant it could not be moved. The site was sold to Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company in 2005, and this company proposed a residential redevelopment. A number of local residents then launched a campaign to restore and reopen Dreamland instead, although final closure was later in the same year. The site then fell into a state of disrepair as objections were raised to redevelopment plans, and was subject to a series of arson attacks including one which significantly damaged the Scenic Railway.

The public campaign to restore the park continued, and in September 2013, ownership passed to Thanet District Council after a compulsory purchase order was approved by a High Court judge. In 2014 it was confirmed that the park would be redeveloped. It re-opened in June 2015 as a "Re-imagined Dreamland". The operating company became insolvent in December 2015, but continued to operate under administration. A second refurbishment and relaunch took place in 2017, funded by the major creditor.

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  • More nostalgia: experience a more relaxed time when excitement was generated more by mechanics than computerised technology! Use old currency to play the slot machines (The Penny Roll!) and have...  more »
  • A theme park which is different from the rest. A pleasent change and the kids spent al day there. I found it to be relaxing and sat back while the kids got drunk on fizzy drinks, icecream and good...  more »
  • Great value for money. Excellent facilities and food choices. Well presented and managed rides. Staff were friendly, helpful and attentive to the kids. A great family day out. Highly recommended. Book the day before for unlimited rides, it's well worth it.
  • Really enjoyed my previous visits! Rides were fun, food was good, and the area was clean, and well-staffed. As an epileptic, I had a seizure outside, and the first-aiders were absolutely amazing! They helped me, gave me water, and sat me in a wheelchair back to the car. I couldn't thank Dreamland enough for how outstanding the service was.
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