Vintage rides, landscaped gardens, art installations and street food – Dreamland is set to become the seaside entertainment park of the future
Capitalising on Margate’s swiftly growing reputation as a brand new capital of British cool, Dreamland Margate, the UK’s best-loved seaside amusement park, will reopen on 28th April 2017 with a wealth of new and rejuvenated features set to redefine ‘a day out at the seaside’.
The UK’s best-loved seaside amusement park will unveil a completely updated and re-landscaped space that brings together historic rides set against a backdrop of interactive art installations, adventurous street food and an eclectic programme of live events – making it the ultimate day out for all ages.
Key to the re-envisioning is a marriage of sensitively restored historic rides and a modernising array of culturally enriching attractions and art installations - including an interactive marble run and a mirrored spinning top - tipping a nod to Dreamland’s famous neighbour, Turner Contemporary.
From a Waltzer to the Scenic Railway, the legendary 1920s Grade II * listed wooden roller-coaster, Dreamland’s vintage rides have been taken back to their original glory. Working with the best in the business, including Joby Carter of the famous Carter’s Steam Fair family, each piece has been painstakingly restored to create an authentic seaside experience. The ride line-up also now welcomes the Brooklands Speedway, Wedgwood Tea Cups and The Crazy Mouse. Meanwhile, a new garden boardwalk gives visitors the opportunity to admire the antique menageries from the 1800s, capturing the unique history of the site.
While the rides hail back to Dreamland’s early days, the food is altogether more contemporary, with vendors inspired by London’s booming street food culture, offering a changeable feast of cuisine ranging from wood fired pizza to Mexican tacos. On the seafront, the original 1930s Cinque Ports pub is being brought back to life; once a favourite haunt of mods and rockers in the 1960s, it will offer modern pub fare with a front row view of Margate seaside. This summer will also see the addition of the region’s only rooftop bar, offering unparalleled vistas over Margate’s iconic skyline.
Designed to deliver an unforgettable day out for all ages, Dreamland will provide fun for all the family including the all new Teddy and Betty Land, where the park’s mascots take on a starring role with stage shows and brand new rides. A retro Roller Disco and vintage arcades also offer a mix of nostalgic-tinted present-day pleasures.
Bringing a festival ambience to the space are a coterie of venues including a 15,000-capacity stage set to welcome some of the biggest names in music, both local and international. The legendary 2,000 capacity Hall By The Sea – that once famously played host to The Who and Rolling Stones – will see renowned acts such as The Kills and Slaves take to the stage in 2017. Reimagined for a contemporary audience, and affirming the thrillingly unique perspective of Dreamland Margate, the destination will welcome a diverse range of acts straddling music, pop-up cinema, live comedy and even traditional tea dances.
Jennie Double, Commercial Director at Dreamland Margate, said: “We cannot wait to unveil the new park to locals and visitors alike. Combining contemporary food and culture with authentic vintage rides and the uniquely British heritage that only we can offer – we believe we’ve captured something truly special with this newly imagined incarnation of Dreamland.”
The reimagining of the famed destination is a key stage in the plans of the park’s operator, Sands Heritage Limited, to play a major role in the on-going transformation of Margate’s thriving seafront district into a world-class attraction for both local residents and tourists.
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