Dreamland theme park construction set to get under way

Remains of menagerie enclosures and cages at Dreamland Image copyright Rob ball
Image caption Remains of menagerie enclosures and cages at Dreamland, which are Grade II-listed

Work to restore Margate's Dreamland amusement park will get under way early next month, according to Thanet District Council.

It has awarded Canterbury-based construction company Coombs the main contract works for the theme park.

The work will include the first stage in the revamp of the lower level of the main cinema building and restoration of the Grade II-listed menagerie cages.

It is hoped the park will reopen in the spring or summer of next year.

Image copyright Rob Ball
Image caption The Scenic Railway fell into disrepair and was badly damaged by an arson attack in 2008

Restoration work on the park's Grade II* listed Scenic Railway rollercoaster and other historic rides began in September.

The new fun park, which will be run by the Dreamland Trust, will also have classic sideshows, vintage cafes, restaurants and gardens.

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