Catering, sound and lighting equipment plus Prosecco, gin, tools and more being auctioned by Dreamland


Dreamland has more than 220 items up for auction, including a crate of Prosecco, bottles of Pimms and gin, sound and stage equipment and even planters.

The park is flogging off the items through NCM Auctions which also held a sale of around 170 lots in March listed as for sale due to Dreamland’s “consolidation of assets.”

Shane Guy, Head of Operations said: “Dreamland is working with NCM Auctions to repurpose minor items that are no longer in use. It is practical to sell them via auction, to ensure a new lease of life.”

The latest ‘consolidation of assets’ auction runs until November 10 and includes a large amount of catering and stage sound and lighting equipment, a baby grand piano, tools and ride greasing items, a sound desk with a current bid of £1,600, concrete blocks and fire exit signs.

There are also a number of large wooden planters on offer as well as tools and hoist equipment.

The first auction followed the sale of several of the park’s rides. In January Dreamland’s Pendulum thrillseeker ride was transported to its new home in Great Yarmouth’s Pleasure Beach site. According to Pleasure Beach bosses the Pendulum was one of six rides that were up for sale.

Rides made by Zamperla and installed at the Margate amusement park in 2018 were also advertised on specialist website Interlink.

Part of the Dreamland site was used by production crews for Sam Mendes film Empire of Light earlier this year. This included the Dreamland Cinema and the area known as Godden’s Gap which has planning permission for a 124 bed hotel.

A £4million allocation from the £22.2 million Margate Town Deal fund for Dreamland will be used towards the renovation and reopening of the cinema building which has been empty for more than a decade.

The site will be turned into an entertainment and conference centre with space allocated to community use and charities.

The allocation caused controversy with some questioning why the privately owned business is receiving public funds. The Dreamland estate was sold by Thanet council to park operator Sands Heritage Ltd in 2020 for £7million – £2.3 million for the Dreamland estate and £4.7million to buy the car park area.

Dreamland has a number of music events lined up for 2023 including Reef in April and Bastille and The Human League with Marc Almond in July.

The auction can be found here


  1. On the back of the winter gardens seat sell off yesterday looks like the end of the Margate crown jewels…. Big profits for someone…

    • Indeed – the purchase of the assets will have been at a high cost so the disposal of such assets will reduce the value of the company and its trading – thus showing in the accounts that it is trading at a loss – making it unsustainable – thereby twisting TDC’s arm to grant change of use consent for residential . . .

  2. Some question whey the privately owned business is receiving public funds … has there ever been a clear explanation? Is TDC being manipulated along the lines of ‘give us the money or we’re off’? Dreamland’s iconic in this town, which is not the same as saying it’s any good.
    I’ve been stuck on the rollercoaster – blokes climb up and give the cart a shove which is entertaining. And I’ve been stuck up the top of the big wheel with my sister-in-law on a Saturday evening. We were trying to work out how our spouses could get a bottle of wine up to us. I guess I like it for all the wrong reasons … it should NOT be draining money from TDC, especially in the current climate. The filming just made people fawn over it even more.

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