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Restored scenic railway at Dreamland won't be ready for the grand opening

All other attractions 'on track' for Dreamland launch

The Scenic Railway during its reconstruction Credit: The Dreamland Trust

The CEO of Dreamland has been speaking about how he is looking forward to the restored theme park's launch on 19th June. While the main attraction - the Scenic Railway - will not be open in time for the launch, Eddie Kemsley said all the other rides would be available.

“All other attractions due to open as part of phase one, are on track for 19 June. This launch represents a considerable achievement in bringing Dreamland to life once again and everyone in Margate and involved in the project should be very proud.

"The opening night Hullabaloo party with special guest performances from Marina and the Diamonds and Chas and Dave is going to be fantastic and a great way to mark the start of Dreamland’s new future. Tickets to the opening night are almost sold out.”

– Eddie Kemsley, CEO of Dreamland


Dreamland Scenic Railway not ready in time for launch

The Scenic Railway at an earlier stage in its restoration Credit:

Thanet District Council has confirmed that Dreamland's scenic railway - the attraction's centrepiece - will not be finished in time for the launch of the revamped theme park in Margate on the 19th June.

Work to the railway's timber frame structure is almost complete, but there is continuing restoration to the trains.

All of the other rides and attractions due for phase one will be open as planned, with existing ticket holders having been informed and offered a free return visit at a later date.

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