Bronze medal winner, Best Event Venue – over 1,000 Attendees, at the National Venue Awards 2018.
‘Dream’ Category winner at the AECOM UK and Ireland Excellence Awards 2018. The award celebrated the design work and re-invention of the park achieved over the past year collaboratively between AECOM and SHL.
Considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Great Britain, the site of Dreamland (as it was re-named in 1920) dates back to the British railway boom of the early 1870s.
Fast forward to 2003, when a plan to close the park triggered a ‘Save Dreamland’ campaign by local residents and amusement park enthusiasts. In a bold move, Thanet District Council compulsorily-purchased the site in September 2013 and work began in 2014 to restore it.
Since acquiring Dreamland in November 2017, Margate Estates has invested more than £50 million on the wholescale re-landscaping of the park, funding operations, and a suite of exciting new rides including the 39 metre Dreamland Drop Sky Tower. We have restored the Vintage Caterpillar ride and introduced new rides for children and families of all ages.
Our team have put Dreamland on the map as a corporate and wedding destination, and brought back to life event spaces, including the Grade II listed Ballroom, the retro-style Green Room with its banana-leaf design wallpaper, and the Tree Top Bar – which, nestled amongst the trees, offers panoramic views of the amusement park. New to the 2017 landscape is an outdoor event space which can accommodate 15,000 people putting Dreamland firmly on the music venue map.
We are working closely with Thanet District Council and other partners on a vision for Dreamland and the area around it, looking to create a Creative Quarter with co-living and working, hotels, artist’s studios and public space. We will be sharing this vision with the wider community over the coming months and seeking your thoughts.