The defunct Dreamland funfair in Margate is to be resurrected as a vintage amusement park thanks to £3.7 million from the Government’s Sea Change fund.
The fund exists to rejuvenate seaside towns and has worked with the Prince’s Regeneration Trust, Margate Renewal Partnership, the Save Dreamland Campaign and the Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company.
The latter bought the site for £20 million in 2005. The Kent funfair attracted thousands of visitors when it originally opened in 1920, but most of its major rides were dismantled in the 1990s.
The new attraction will feature vintage rides salvaged from parks around the world including Britain’s oldest surviving rollercoaster after getting the go-ahead from Thanet District Council.
Chief executive of the Prince’s Regeneration Trust Ros Kerslake said “The funding will help us develop an exciting area of fun and historical importance and as serve as a huge stimulus to the local economy by boosting tourism and creating jobs.”