Dreamland Heritage Trust celebrates amusement park history with new virtual exhibition

Dreamland Photo Mick Twyman Collection

The history and heritage of Dreamland Margate will be celebrated with the launch of the Dreamland Heritage Trust’s next instalment of its virtual exhibition.

The Dreamland 100 virtual exhibition showcases the incredible history of the theme park, which has been at the heart of Margate for more than 100 years. Since its opening on 3 July 1920, Dreamland has welcomed visitors from across the world and is one of the oldest theme parks in the UK.

The launch of the exhibition coincides with the opening of Dreamland on Sunday, May 29 for the summer season.

Visitors to the virtual exhibition can navigate through two virtual galleries and a cinema room, and discover the history of this classic theme park using their phones or computer devices.

The virtual exhibition, which forms part of The Dreamland Heritage Trust and Dreamland Margate’s programme of events designed to celebrate this milestone in the park’s history, has been supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and developed in collaboration with the creative team at Olby’s Creative hub in Margate.

The Dreamland 100 Exhibition can be accessed by visiting www.dreamlandheritagetrust.org.uk/360/dream100

It follows on from the successful Scenic100 exhibition, launched by the DHT in the summer 2021.

An official 100th anniversary programme of events was unable to take place in 2020 due to the covid pandemic.


  1. I wish the trust would spend as much effort questioning what is happening to Dreamland now, as it does in recording what it was like in the past. What of the millions in grants? What of the heritage theme? What of the disappearing rides? What of the transition from amusement park to concert venue?

    • History is about all that is left – certainly very little of the heritage. Even the scenic railway (supposedly Grade II* Listed) has been rebuilt and the carriages bear little resemblance to the original.

      There is certainly nothing of the Dreamland atmosphere and ambience without any of the stalls, sideshows and attractions.

      It is clearly only paying lip service until the fateful day that the application for housing is submitted . . .

      • Doesn’t help that the rides occupy the smallest part of the park when Bemboms owned the place. Even back in the 60’s and 70’s the park was a lot bigger. Thats what needs to be done there.

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