Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Dreamland or Paramount?

The high speed train service is attracting development into Kent.  One hour seventeen minutes from London is a proposal on a 16.5 acre site to rebuild Dreamland Margate as a Heritage Theme Park, it is not yet in for planning permission, but plenty of grant money for the construction has been pledged.

BUT just 17 minutes from the capital on an 872 acre site, also on the HS line, at Swanscombe in Kent is a proposal to build Paramount’s answer to Euro Disney.  Outline planning permission is already applied for and an estimated opening date of 2017 has been set.

So where does this leave Dreamland? Yes it is a heritage site not a futuristic attraction but given that theme parks are generally aimed at the younger generation can they be attracted to historic rides, or would they prefer to take a high speed ride on a train to experience the latest in high tech amusement? One interesting observation will be which opens first, if either gets off the drawing board.


  1. I am with you on your last comment which and if ?

  2. Don, Paramount look in the lead at the moment with two local authorities where the site is located both supporting the application.

    Such a major development on the High Speed line could change the whole nature of tourism in Kent. Whether for good or for bad I am not quite sure.

  3. London to Margate by HS for a family of 2 adults and 2 children cost £108 return and even £62 with a railcard. Dreamland will need to produce some special rail fare/entry prices to entice people from the capital if there is an attraction on their doorsteps.

  4. You are all wrong. Paramount park will get train passengers, all of dreamlands visitors will fly into Manston, probably on the backs of pigs.