Te ‘Dreamland welcomes you’ sign is one o the rst things you see whenpulling into Margate train station. Te site was once home to various ormso amusements and entertainment since 1880, including a cinema,Victorian roller coaster, gardens, caes and arcades. However, aernumerous owners and much deterioration, Dreamland nally ceasedoperation in 2003 and has since remained derelict.
By Mary Stamm
With thanks to
and everyone we met along the way.
Margate in its heyday was the ultimate pleasure resort. Withbeautiul sandy beaches, grand guesthouses, lively nightlie,endless orms o amily entertainment and arcade gaming;it was truly a hub o activity. But like many other seasidetowns, when the public started to take advantage o cheaper,more aordable ights, it suered as holidaymakers beganto vacation abroad, bringing things to a quiet close. Te 80ssaw Margate take a change or the worse and the signs o itsdecline are still visible today. A orgotton gem, little real attention has been given to this area, which is bursting withenthusiasm and ull o possibility.Despite its harships, the town is still very much alive in its people and it is them that really make it. Tough things arenot what they were in the past, there is an attitude o aith inthe town and one that is catching. A revival is possible and in waiting.