The December board meeting of The Dreamland Trust brought welcome news that a start on site has been made with the erection of scaffolding around the historic grade II* listed Dreamland cinema.

The scaffolding contract has been awarded to Ramsgate based, IOT Scaffolding Ltd and is being undertaken under special measures available to safeguard buildings of historic importance.  The significance of the works is that it paves the way for detailed survey of the fabric of the building followed by remedial works to arrest deterioration and prevent water penetrating the structure and causing further damage to it magnificent, art deco interiors.

This is a very important step forward and we are delighted that Thanet District Council has taken the necessary steps to permit this progress to be made.  We are also very pleased that a local company won through in the tender process and has been able to make a very prompt start.  We are sure the guys are pleased to be working close to home over the festive period.

It is anticipated that similar progress will be made on both the Scenic Railway and Dreamland’s historic menagerie cages during the early months of 2011.

Visit to see the latest photos of the work on site.


The Battle of Sound was a great success on 8 December with 11 acts performing at the Westcoast Bar, Margate in front of a live audience and judges from the music industry.  Our congratulations go to joint winners – Rapper, Matt Hill and the band, Scream Don’t Whisper.  Between them they received two hours studio recording time with The Assembly Line Studio and a performance slot at another event being organised by Thanet District Council in 2011. 

The Dreamland Youth Panel did a fantastic job organising, promoting and selling tickets with the support of Hartsdown Technology College, Pie Factory Music and Eli at the Westcoast.  The Youth Panel will be working alongside the project as advisors and ambassadors for the Dreamland project. 


In November we saw Dreamland featured in BBC1’s Country Tracks although it was back in May when we first spoke to the BBC about filming at Dreamland. 

As Carter’s Steam Fair prepared to leave Dreamland the Country Tracks team prepared to start filming.  The producer wanted to capture the dereliction of the site, which was a bit of a challenge as we had the remnants of a lively, colourful funfair in the background!

Never-the-less, the Beeb managed to work around it and our man, Bob Preedy, managed to tell the story, albeit a bit dated by the time the show was aired on the 11 November. 

Next year Dreamland features in another BBC show, Coast, which was filmed on site this summer and the cinema building is currently being researched by the BBC for a new show entitled Building Britain.

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