We were absolutely delighted to be invited to appear, with the Vintage Pinball Parlour, at the inaugural Gaming Expo East Kent (GEEK) in February.

For five days the Winter Gardens in Margate was transformed into a retro gaming festival with over 2,000 visitors, from grandchildren to grandparents, playing games, competing, learning, breaking the Guinness Book of Records for the largest number of players in a PONG tournament and even a Nintendisco.

Now firmly on the cultural heritage tourism map, GEEK will return next year with even more on offer – so watch this space as they say.  For more information about the expo visit www.geek2012.co.uk. 


The Public Inquiry into Thanet District Council’s decision to serve a Compulsory Purchase Order on the owners of Dreamland, Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company (MTCRC), resumes on the 6 March through to the 9 March.  The Inquiry will hear evidence from our Chair, Nick Laister and Thanet District Council’s Planning Project Manager, Ashley Hills.

Nick and Ashley are the final witnesses at the inquiry. Once they have given evidence, there will be a site visit and a closing statement from each side.

12-year-old Gavin Kapuscinski asked to speak at the last inquiry session in February and found himself prominently featured in the local press. The Isle of Thanet Gazette reported that Richard Glover QC, the barrister for MTCRC, took the opportunity to cross-examine the school boy and suggested that he did not understand the proposals.  Gavin explained that he had followed the inquiry online and seen MTCRC’s plans for 474 homes at Dreamland.

The Inquiry starts at 10am each day in the Council Chamber at Thanet District Council’s offices and is open to members of the public to attend – full details and summaries can be found on the Council’s website at http://www.thanet.gov.uk/dreamland. 


We have welcomed 170 pupils from Delce Junior School, Rochester who came to Margate to learn about forces and inertia. What better way to perk up your science lesson: a visit to the Dreamland Trust to find out about the physics of rides!

The pupils are also designing their own amusement parks in the classroom as part of their design technology studies.  Whilst here they learned about the Dreamland Trust’s plans for the new park, were given access to the Dreamland Archive to see how the park used to look and viewed our designs and drawings for the new park.

The best design will be published in our newsletter and on the website.


Works generally are progressing well for the remaining work to the Dreamland Cinema building.

Current areas of investigation and remedial work are the ‘concrete window’ to the front of the cinema and the ‘ballroom structure’ which is in a particularly poor condition.

Reinstallation of the rotunda window above the Cinema’s central ticket booth is near completion with the windows and glazing having being installed; final work to re-roof is being undertaken.

Many of you will have seen the Dreamland sign illuminated during the evenings over the past few weeks. Some of the LED bulbs have unfortunately failed since the sign was first lit up. Although LED replacement lamps do provide lower running costs and longer life cycles, if they do fail, this usually happens fairly soon after they are installed. Some bulbs have failed and the manufacturers are aware of this problem and offer a one year guarantee. The bulbs have now been replaced at no extra cost by the council’s contractor.


This FREE animation workshop will be led by a team of professional animators who will teach you skills in stop motion animation to bring Dreamland back to life.  Examples of our work can be seen on our website at www.animateandcreate.com/workshops.

The films will focus on Dreamland’s heritage and Britain’s famous circus showman, ‘Lord’ George Sanger, and his menagerie of animals at Dreamland.

During the workshop the Dreamland team will help you research this extraordinary character to help you to interpret his life and dramatic death by creating your own plasticine characters as well as script writing, storyboard design, animation and sound recording.

Participants will be invited to a red carpet premiere this summer at the Carlton Cinema in Westgate and given a DVD copy of their film to keep.

Please note that Marine studios is situated on the 1st floor of a Grade II listed building with no lift.  We will do our utmost to accommodate all participants’ needs where possible.


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