Latest news from our Project Managers, Gardiner and Theobald, this month is that Kentish firm, Coombs of Canterbury, has won the tender for urgent works to the cinema building.

Works include: roof work, brick repair and re-pointing, remedial works including treatment of the corroded steel frame, concrete repairs, electrical survey, works and temporary lighting, pest control, replacement of rainwater goods, installation of smoke alarm system and general building works.

A start date will be confirmed once contracts have been completed, but we anticipate work beginning before the end of this month, with investigation works taking place before then. The work whole process should take approximately 16 weeks to complete -depending on what the investigations reveal to us.

News will follow shortly about the Scenic Railway urgent works. Meanwhile…


Growing up in the era of daredevil stunt stars, Evel Knievel and Eddie Kidd, Scott May knew from an early age that he wanted to be a motorcycle stunt rider. At just five years old Scott’s father brought him a miniature motorbike. But conventional riding was not enough for the fledgling rider, and inspired by his heroes Evel and Eddie, Scott began building ramps in his back garden and a new generation daredevil stunt star was born.

Now Europe’s largest independent touring stunt show, Scott May’s Daredevil Stunt Show is revving up for the UK tour. This high flying, adrenaline fuelled family show features Europe’s only monster ride-truck, the Human Cannonball, car-crushing action from Thundertrax, death defying tricks by motorcycle athletes, quad and all-terrain buggy jumps, spectacular car stunts, pyrotechnics and much, much more all performed with incredible skill and precision.

For one day only at Dreamland, Margate on Sunday 24 April, 2011 come along and feel the ground rumble, hear the roaring engines, smell the burning rubber and dare to win a ride in Europe’s only ride-on monster truck aptly named Slaine!

Performances 3pm & 7.30pm.  No booking required – pay on the gate.  Full access and parking available. For more information about the show and draw visit http://www.scottmaydaredevil.co.uk


The Dreamland hoarding is now in the Marine Terrace Gap telling everyone the Dreamland story and of things to come.  Look closely and you might spot Margate’s local traders immortalised in print who, I believe, are now considering an alternative future in the modelling world.

A prize will be given to the first person to identify the mystery traders.  To claim your prize all you have to do is approach them, in their establishment, and quote the famous Dreamland slogan from the historic Illuminated Gardens, The dreams I dream are for you to see over there in reality”. Good luck! 


Those of you living and working in Margate will no doubt be feeling the Turner Contemporary effect.  Like a nervous prima donna preparing for a long awaited comeback, Margate has been cleaned, tidied, primped, plumped and titivated by Thanet District Council, the local community and an army of volunteers. 

Apart from the gallery another noticeable change is the Marine Drive shelter and seafront railings, which have been painted a warm and welcoming sage green, cream and gold referencing Margate’s grand Georgian era and softening the urban landscape –a colour scheme designed by our good friend and Heritage Advisor, Nick Dermott. 

And in amongst all this activity can be seen the national media drifting in and out of the town evident by their size of their photographic accessories, filming paraphernalia and man bags seeking out Margate’s wider regeneration story that includes Dreamland. 


We are delighted to announce that writer, Iain Aitch, has been selected to be the Dreamland artist in residence for the Kent Cultural Baton.  Iain will take over the baton, a 1950s American Airstream caravan,between16 April –27 May, 2011 (dates to be confirmed) visiting various locations including the Millmead Estate, Margate and Dreamland to capture our hidden youth culture stories, which will feature in the baton’s tour leading up to the London Olympic 2012 games. Our congratulations to Iain!

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