"Welcome to the Dreamland Trust's website. The Trust is the organisation responsible for saving Margate’s famous Dreamland Amusement Park from re-development and preserving its rich heritage. We originated the idea of reopening Dreamland as an amusement park of historic rides, and worked with our partners, Thanet District Council and Sands Heritage, to deliver the project."
"I hope that you find this website interesting, and that it will give you an insight into the history of the park and the work that we have done, and hopefully will inspire you to visit this historically important amusement park. Please visit the official visitor attraction website at: www.dreamland.co.uk." Nick Laister, Chairman, The Dreamland Trust.
The Dreamland Trust is a voluntary body that emerged in 2009 following a six-year community campaign to save the Dreamland amusement park, in Margate on the UK’s East Kent coast, from redevelopment into housing and retail units.
Described, time and again, as the heartbeat of Margate, Dreamland was one of the UK’s best-loved amusement parks. Comprising 16-acres, as well as the rides the park included a zoo, miniature railway, 2,200-seat purpose-built Cinema, cafés, restaurants, bars, retail and a 2,000-capacity ballroom playing host to The Who, The Yardbirds, the Rolling Stones, T. Rex and Hawkwind to name but a few…
Considered to be the oldest surviving amusement park in Great Britain.
Dreamland’s origins date back to the great British railway boom of the early 1860s when, in its original form, the Hall by the Sea (originally a railway terminal building) was operated by the famous circus impresario, ‘Lord’ George Sanger.
2015 sees the opening of Phase One of the amusement park and its environs, but there is much to do: indeed, it is timely to remind ourselves that Dreamland’s founder John Henry Iles spent 15 years developing his vision for Dreamland and it will be Margate’s community spirit and support that will help reinstate Dreamland as a major visitor attraction for the south east.