The Scenic Railway will be out of action while specialist maintenance is carried out

The UK’s oldest wooden rollercoaster, Dreamland Margate’s Grade II* listed Scenic Railway, will  be out of operation between July 24-28.

The scheduled maintenance is for specialist splicers to replace a section of the rope on one of the ride’s lift hills – a vital part of the Scenic Railway’s mechanism. Visitors to the park will be able to watch professional craftsmen executing this traditional process.

Photo Paul Webb

During this period, Dreamland is offering anyone who buys an unlimited ride wristband -either in advance or on the day – one of the park’s newly launched Dream Passes preloaded to the value of £5. Similar to a gift card, the Dream Pass can be spent on the food and drink on offer throughout Dreamland – with the exception of concessions. It can also be re-charged for use in the future.

Steven Mitchell, Interim CEO at Dreamland Margate, said: “We have had a fantastic response to Dreamland since we re-opened the park on May 26 and visitors have, as ever, been enchanted by the Scenic Railway.

“When the ride was restored, we returned to its heritage rope system – which is not like the systems used by rollercoasters built today. This means a specialist level of service is required to maintain the ride.

“We are working with the best in the industry to ensure reliable and consistent running of the ride for visitors through the rest of the summer and beyond – and working with the best means undertaking work when they are available.”

The Scenic Railway spent last year’s peak season out of action when  essential repair work was required and the lift rope needed replacing. It took four months for the bespoke part to arrive at the park.

In addition to the vintage rides at Dreamland there is a whole host of free entertainment to enjoy every day throughout the summer holidays, including magic, circus, music and more.

Ticketed attractions include the Messham’s Wall Of Death on July 22 to  August 6 and The World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle from August 12-26.