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Welcome to The Dreamland Heritage Trust website

 (a trading arm of the Dreamland Trust)

The Dreamland HeritageTrust is a voluntary body that emerged in 2009 following a six-year community campaign to save Margate's famous Dreamland Amusement Park from re-development and to preserve its rich heritage

The Trust originated the idea of reopening Dreamland as an amusement park of historic rides, and worked with partners, Thanet District Council and Sands Heritage Limited, to deliver the project. Sands Heritage Limited operates the park on behalf of Thanet District Council, who is the owner of the site and the Dreamland Heritage Trust conserves and promotes the heritage of the park through learning, engagement, volunteering and training in the community. 

Dreamland is one of Britain's most famous and oldest surviving seaside amusement parks. For many decades, it was central to the economy of the area as the Isle of Thanet's most-visited tourist attraction, described, time and again, as the heartbeat of Margate. 

Comprising 16 acres, as well as the rides, the park included a zoo, miniature railway, 2200-seat purpose-built cinema, cafés, restaurants, bars, retail and a 2000-capacity ballroom that played host to The Who, The Yardbirds, the Rolling Stones, T Rex and Hawkwind, to name but a few…

Following years of closure, Dreamland has now re-opened. Dreamland is not a museum, but rather a living, breathing, historic visitor attraction, with its roots firmly planted in popular culture. The story of Dreamland’s rich past is integral to the park's architecture and rides.


From the 1920s until today, discover the story behind Kent’s most iconic theme park.

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A small selection of films spanning  the history of Dreamland and Margate.