Reviving the dream: Dreamland hails huge reopening

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Following a short-lived relaunch in 2015, Margate’s Dreamland reopened again with a brand new site and old amusement favourites.

 

Thousands of people turned up on a warm summer’s evening to witness the grand reopening of Dreamland, Margate’s historic amusement park and entertainment centre.

Following a £25m investment, on 26 May Dreamland unveiled its completely updated and re-landscaped space with traditional rides against a backdrop of interactive art installations, live events and international street food.

Steven Mitchell, Dreamland’s CEO, said on the opening evening: “The sun is shining and it’s been a magical day to showcase all the work we’ve been doing behind-the-scenes to Dreamland.”

With the Waltzer, Austin Car Ride and Scenic Railway, the park was hailed by visitors for bringing vintage rides back to their former glory. Indeed, of the 20 classic rides on site, most have been restored, plus five brand new ones.

“The Scenic Railway is our showpiece ride,” said Mitchell. “Another well-known one is the Waltzer. It had a lot of fibreglass and flashing lights, so we took it back to its original look and feel.”

The reopening is the second one in two years. But Mitchell is determined that this time things will be right.

“The last thing we want to do is open halfbaked,” admitted Mitchell, perhaps alluding to the ill-fated 2015 relaunch. “We want people to have a fantastic time whether they’re coming for the rides or the events – the Gorillaz are performing in June, and Maximo Park are launching our indoor venue, where The Rolling Stones and The Who played back in the Sixties.”

Looking to the future and the past, Mitchell beamed: “We have hopefully curated a new age of seaside culture to create something truly unique, all while embracing our rich history that has made Margate a favourite for decades.”


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