Dreamland seaside amusement park, Margate

It’s nice when we don’t always throw out the old with the new

It’s nice when we don’t always throw out the old with the new

Karla Morales-Lee, AfroditiKrassa

In a world where so much is going on in our lives and we focus so much on what’s next, I am comforted by the idea that, when faced with a possible dereliction, a passionate group of volunteers managed to save the iconic attraction Dreamland in Margate (UK). It was a long 11-year slog for the Save Dreamland campaign, but after more than a decade of work (and a £30 million regeneration), the UK’s oldest theme park reopened in the summer of 2015.
Dreamland is one of Britain's most famous seaside amusement parks. Opened in 1870 as Hall-by-the-Sea, before changing its name to Dreamland in 1920, it is the oldest amusement park in the United Kingdom. Dreamland is home to the Grade II listed Scenic Railway roller coaster, the oldest roller coaster in the country. The park is also home to a Grade II* listed cinema of international importance and Grade II listed menagerie cages; the oldest zoo cages in the UK.
Today under the very capable eye of Wayne Hemingway, founder of Hemingway Design, a new brand identity has emerged that breathes life into the old girl again. All across the site there are touches that hark back to yesteryear, including old timbers being made into picnic tables, and they cut 1950s Formica into benches.