After a decade of closure Dreamland Margate re-opened to the public yesterday. The pleasure park has been re-built following local community campaigns to restore the iconic seaside destination and will play a significant role in the continued regeneration of Margate.

The vintage-style amusement park includes rides, classic side shows, eateries and evocative spaces set within a landscape capable of hosting national festivals and major events and has been made possible by a multi-million pound investment from local benefactors.

Phase One includes 17 restored rides, as well as the roller disco, pleasure gardens, restaurants, food stalls, arcades and amusements from the golden age of the British seaside. Over 200 old rides and amusements have been upcycled and reimaged.

Eddie Kemsley, CEO for the park says: “There’s so much more to come but for now the successful launch of Phase One is a testament to all those involved in this project and those campaigners that saved Dreamland for the nation. Through their hard work and the financial support we have received we have transformed a once derelict site back into the beating heart of Margate. Without their hard work none of this would have been possible. There is still much to come, but for now we can’t wait to welcome our first visitors.”

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