New Plans for 2017

The Save Dreamland Campaign was launched by Joyland Books in January 2003 and is now supported by several thousand people. This is the place to discuss all aspects of saving Margate's famous amusement park and its iconic , Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Britain's oldest roller coaster.

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Re: New Plans for 2017

Postby porf » 19 Apr 2017, 10:10

Some photos from last weekend of the construction and site attached.

Generally there's a lot of infrastructure going in in the park (cables, drainage etc) and landscaping. But to me the location of the new stage where the Kiss Me Quick Caterpillar was and the very large banked walkway near the menagerie cages seems to leave a lot less ride space. The have also cleared all the scrap from the rear of the site and appear to have started some work on the deco style building at the rear of the park. Let's hope the revamp uses the money invested in Sands by Arrowgrass wisely to create a park rather than an events space with a few rides.

They have applied to demolish the old Thai restaurant (or part of) next to the car park entrance.

The work being carried out by TDC on the Cinema building and entrance is looking great, will be good to see this restored fully.
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Re: New Plans for 2017

Postby Busheyfields » 23 Apr 2017, 13:51

From the photos I would say it's unlikely that the Park will be ready for the end of May as has been advertised. Was in Margate yesterday and although it was a Saturday would have expected to see work going on in view of the proposed opening date.
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Re: New Plans for 2017

Postby Peet » 25 Apr 2017, 13:32

Thanks for the update Porf! Good to see how the work is progressing, I hope a decent chunk of the £25M funds some new rides.
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Re: New Plans for 2017

Postby sparky2u » 29 Apr 2017, 15:12

Any plans to rebuild ex BPB The Whip, Water Chute & Southport's Wild Mouse for 2017..? These rides are very important to be saved asap rather than leave them to rust away for years on end.
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Re: New Plans for 2017

Postby Peet » 03 May 2017, 15:48

Unfortunately I think there are no plans any more to restore the Wild Mouse - a huge shame in my opinion.

On a brighter note, the Dreamland Trust Facebook page has posted a few good construction updates over the last few days:
https://m.facebook.com/dreamlandtrust/p ... &source=48
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Re: New Plans for 2017

Postby Busheyfields » 10 May 2017, 15:56

Was over in Margate this morning, whilst there has been considerable progress on site since I was last there in April there is still a huge amount of work to finish off before it will be ready for paying guests. Personally I can't see the site being ready for at least another six weeks. I hope I'm wrong and that it does open on the 26th May. Meanwhile we can only keep an eye on the Dreamland website for confirmation of the opening date and also the all important pricing information for this season.
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Re: New Plans for 2017

Postby Busheyfields » 30 May 2017, 11:46

Well I was wrong, it all came together for the planned opening date and having just had a walk around this morning the place looks fantastic. I was there at opening time 11.00am and there was a good queue of families waiting for the gates to open. Wristbands remain good value, only downside catering prices seem a tad on the high side, but with a captive audience they will probably get away with it. With all the musical events planned for the season the place will hopefully go from strength to strength.
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Re: New Plans for 2017

Postby sparky2u » 14 Jun 2017, 17:59

Will BPB ex - The Whip return in 2017 or is it too far gone and get scrapped.
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