BBC VIDEO - THE LATEST
The BBC have made a really interesting video on what we've been up to at Dreamland. There's a sneak peek of the site too.
Take a look!
RESTORATION OF SCENIC RAILWAY - TIME LAPSE NO.7
It's time for a new time lapse! Courtesy of our friends at the Dreamland Trust, experience the restoration process of Dreamland at an astonishing rate!
Here's time lapse No. 7.
HURRICANE JETS INSTALLED 02.05.15
The Hurricane Jets are in!
Get whizzed around and around in this new and exciting ride! Hold on to your hats!
HONEY BEAR RESTORATION 01.05.15
Remember the iconic 'Honey Bears' who used to collect your rubbish?
Our team are working hard to restore them back to their original state.
GALLOPING HORSES ARE INSTALLED 28.04.15
The Galloping Horses are up and they look fantastic!
BASE FOR THE GALLOPING HORSES INSTALLED 22.04.15
We are getting ready for the Gallopers to go in. The new base is going in now!
'KISS ME QUICK' CATERPILLAR RIDE BASE INSTALLED 15.04.15
The base of the 'Kiss Me Quick' Caterpillar ride, the sauciest ride on the seafront is almost complete, get ready ready to pucker up!
THE BIG WHEEL ARRIVES 15.04.15
The Big Wheel has arrived at Dreamland
AERIAL PHOTOS OF THE DREAMLAND SITE 12.04.15
Wow! Fantastic aerial photos of Dreamland site taken on 27th March 2015 by pilot Simon Moores. The last to be taken before the other rides arrive on site!
RESTORATION OF THE SCENIC RAILWAY 09.04.15
Just for you! It's an exciting day at Dreamland today. Here's some photos of the first sections of the track being installed on the Scenic Railway
RESTORATION OF THE SCENIC RAILWAY 23.03.15
Another of the Scenic Railway - it's shaping up nicely!!
RESTORATION OF SCENIC RAILWAY - TIME LAPSE NO.6
RESTORATION OF SCENIC RAILWAY - TIME LAPSE NO.5
What's that? You want to see the new stages of the Scenic Railway Build?!
Here's time lapse No. 5.
REFURBISHED HAULAGE WHEEL ARRIVES 11.2.15
For some, it's Love that makes the world go round.
For us here at Dreamland, it's our Big Deal Green Wheel of Steel which arrived this morning.
This beauty is a crucial part of the Scenic Railway, it's heart of the ride and the jewel of Dreamland!
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RESTORATION OF THE SCENIC RAILWAY - TIME LAPSE NO.4
With excitement about the opening of The UK's original Pleasure Park building, the work to re-build the Scenic Railway continues at a pace.
RESTORATION OF THE SCENIC RAILWAY 7.1.15
Despite the high winds of 27th December 2014 trying their hardest to blow us of course, its full steam ahead for the re-build of the Scenic Railway.
Contractors were confident that the damage caused was not significant and have worked tirelessly to ensure the build is back on track. Onwards and upwards!
RESTORATION OF THE SCENIC RAILWAY 9.12.14
As December continues the rebuild progresses. This photo taken on 9th December 2014, shows how the foundations of the ride are carefully put in place prior to the new structure being lifted into position by the crane.
The work is carried out in clockwise rotation and one third of the old structure remains in place throught the build.
For more photos of the work visit our gallery page.
RESTORATION OF THE SCENIC RAILWAY - TIME LAPSE NO.3
The deconstruction phase of the ride now moves onto the reconstruction phase
RESTORATION OF THE SCENIC RAILWAY 20.11.14
This photo taken on 20th November 2014 shows how the shape of the rebuild of the Grade II* - listed Scenic Railway is begining to now form.
RESTORATION OF THE SCENIC RAILWAY 05.11.14
With beautiful blue skys, the early November weather allows work to continue as planned.
The new timbers are being dropped into place by crane to rebuild the structure of the Grade II*- listed Scenic Railway.
RESTORATION OF SCENIC RAILWAY - TIME LAPSE NO.2
Watch how the rubble and debris is cleared at the base before the crane removes some of the larger wooden struts from the ride. This is the second installment in a series of time lapse videos capturing the entire rebuild of Dreamland's Grade II* - listed Scenic Railway.
NEW TIMBERS ARRIVE FOR THE SCENIC RAILWAY
On 22nd October 2014 new timbers for the Scenic Railway arrived in Margate.
Since work started, Dreamland's 1920 Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway has been a hive of activity with design and build specialists, Topbond, removing much of the buildings and structures in and around the base of the structure. Sections of the old timber have been removed (much of which is in a rotten state, and some we hope to salvage).
The work on the Scenic Railway is being undertaken on a phased basis, with parts of the ride removed and rebuilt in sections. Replacement foundations will be inserted underneath the ride onto which newly fabricated timber trusses will be erected. Work will progress in a clockwise direction, starting at the motor house.
RESTORATION WORK BEGINS ON THE SCENIC RAILWAY - TIME LAPSE NO.1
Monday 15th Sep 2014 was a truly historic day as work began to reinstate Britain’s oldest surviving roller coaster to its former glory. Dreamland’s iconic Grade II*- listed Scenic Railway will be lovingly restored by Kent based contractors, Topbond Plc. Group to be ready for Dreamland’s grand opening in 2015.
Chairman of The Dreamland Trust, Nick Laister, explains the importance of this milestone:
"This is an incredible moment in the decade-long battle to secure the future of Dreamland and save its world-renowned historic wooden roller coaster. For me personally, for my fellow directors at The Dreamland Trust, and no doubt for everybody who has helped and supported this project over the years, this is the moment we have all been waiting for."
Click on the video to the right and watch the first in an a series of time lapse videos, showing the work commencing.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS, MAKERS AND DESIGNERS
We’ve embarked on a large-scale community up-cycling project to help us interpret Dreamland’s rich heritage, from its origins in the early 1860s railway boom to Victorian circus and pleasure gardens, 1920s modernist era through to the birth of British Youth Culture in the 1950s and the park’s heydays during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
We will be up-cycling the selection of amusement park content and light installations, which were kindly donated by Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Blackpool Illuminations, to create evocative set dressing to fill every nook and cranny of the reimagined Dreamland with visual serendipity and stunning photo opportunities.
In addition to these donations, Dreamland has been building a collection of fairground artefacts and paraphernalia from around the UK and is salvaging materials from the rides during the restoration process. This includes ride parts and timbers from Dreamland’s iconic Grade II*-listed Scenic Railway.
THE DREAMLAND EXPO IS A HIT
The Dreamland Expo has proved to be a tremendous hit with locals and visitors to Margate – over 30,000 people have attended since the opening on 25th May 2014. Regulars drop in to catch the latest film showing in the bijou cinema, people who previously worked at Dreamland and folk bringing in their archive photographs, memorabilia and memories.
BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS COME TO DREAMLAND
Last autumn The Dreamland Trust and HemingwayDesign visited Blackpool Illuminations on what turned out to be a very rewarding research trip.
Whilst there The Dreamland Trust were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Illuminations HQ, archive and works depot by Head of Illuminations, Richard Ryan. The operation and scale of the collection is truly breath taking and we were thrilled that Richard agreed to donate selected items to Dreamland Margate.
Blackpool’s world-famous illuminations came about in the 1870s when the council awarded £5,000 to experiment with electric street lighting. Dr Siemens’ 8 dynamo-electric machines, powered by 16 Robey engines, were switched on, on the 19 September 1879, to power 8 arc lamps on along the seafront emitting light equivalent to 48,000 candles with approximately 100,000 people from across the UK travelling to marvel at the spectacle – and there rest, as they say, is history…