The official opening date for Dreamland’s iconic Scenic Railway has been revealed.

The Margate based amusement heritage park have confirmed the roller coaster will open to the public on Friday 16 October.

For the first time since much of the ride and its train were destroyed in a fire almost ten years ago, the jewel in Dreamland’s beachfront crown will be up and running after a major restoration project. The date coincides with the launch of their first Halloween event in the form of Screamland.

Previews will be available for annual membership holders from 1pm – 7pm on Thursday 15 October, the same day as the Screamland previews for press and annual members.

The Grade II* listed ride sadly could not be restored in time to accompany the park’s reopening date back in June, with ticket holders at the time being offered free return tickets to come back once the ride had opened.

The park have announced they anticipate busy weekends ahead after the grand reopening of the ride. As a result, return ticket holders will have to book an allocated time slot to ride the oldest roller coaster in the country.

The railway’s launch marks the completion of The Amusement Park part of a £28m development project, with restored rides and amusements, including the Roller Disco, The Octopus’ Garden, Dreamland Emporium, restaurants, food stalls, arcades and ice cream parlour – all from the golden age of the British seaside.

Dan Wright

Dan is a graduate Journalism student who has been writing for Airgates since 2015. His passion and knowledge for the theme park industry sees him visiting theme parks across the world each year, mainly in Europe. Dan has appeared on behalf of Airgates on BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Radio Sheffield to part with his theme park/roller coaster knowledge to a public audience.

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