The Dreamland Trust is delighted that the park’s commercial operator has announced that Dreamland will be free to enter from next weekend. This brings the park a step closer to the model proposed by the Dreamland Trust, which was the basis for the grant awarded to the project by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Trust is confident that this approach, which will make the park more accessible to the local community and to visitors to the town, will help to strengthen the viability of the park, and should be seen as a stepping stone to fully implementing the Dreamland Trust’s vision for the park.
We hope that a restructured or new operator will also embrace the concept of an amusement park of historic rides, which create an attraction that is unique in the world, distinctively different to other seaside amusement parks and theme parks in the UK. The current line-up is a firm basis for taking this vision forward, and the Dreamland Trust has always been certain that such an approach, with the right selection of rides and attractions that cater for as wide an audience as possible, will be a viable operation. Nothing that we have seen in the past 12 months, since the park reopened, has changed that view.
The Trust remains willing to work with any operator – existing or future – to deliver our vision and maximise the benefits to Margate.
We urge people to visit the park over the summer and find out what they have been missing. The Dreamland Trust and Thanet District Council, with support from Heritage Lottery Fund, delivered the newly restored historic Chairoplanes ride to the park this month, and this is now open. The Trust and its partners will be delivering more new rides later in the year.
During this period of uncertainty, the Trust will be stepping forward to reaffirm the principles and passion which underpinned the successful Save Dreamland Campaign from 2003. The people of Thanet who care about the future of Dreamland and who want to maintain and celebrate its heritage and its cultural contribution need an opportunity to have their voices heard. We will be holding a public meeting in July which will give people a chance to say what’s important about Dreamland, to reaffirm the basic principles behind the attraction and to allow the community to become involved and to give the Trust a genuinely local voice. We will release more information about this event shortly.