discover the story behind Kent’s most iconic theme park
Discover the origins of Dreamland as an entertainment venue dating back to the late 1860s when an unused railway terminal on the current site was turned into a restaurant and dance venue, known as the Hall-by-the-Sea by the legendary Victorian circus entrepreneur “Lord” George Sanger
Rumours of closure, demolition and a potential change of owners were all rife as the new millennium was ushered in, with empty spaces on site prompting further speculation about the park’s future. One item of major concern for amusement park enthusiasts and historians was the future of Dreamland’s 1920s Scenic Railway,
After many years of campaigning to save the Dreamland site from redevelopment, and successful funding bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Department for Culture Media and Sport’s Sea Change Scheme, the Dreamland restoration project went live in Dreamland reopened in 2015
THE DREAMLAND STORY
The Dreamland Heritage Trust holds a large archive of historic material, including images, ephemera and documentation from the early 1870s through to the present day.