Britain's oldest amusement park re-opens after 11 years

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MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: A constrution worker paints a sign at Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: A constrution worker sits beneath the Scenic Railway ride at Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Constrution workers carries out final adjustments to the Born Slippy ride at Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Workers paint letters for signs for Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Arcade machines at Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Construction workers hang a sign at Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: A constrution worker carries out final checks on the Scenic Railway ride at Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: A seagull flies in front of The Big Wheel of Colour at Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Workers carry out the final stages of contruction to the Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Workers carry out the final stages of contruction to the Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Arcade machines at Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Restored cars wait to be ridden at the Dream Dodgems ride at Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Workers carry out the final stages of contruction to the Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: A constrution worker carries out final checks on the Scenic Railway ride at Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Workers carry out the final stages of contruction to the Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Workers carry out the final stages of contruction to the Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Construction workers walk beneath the Scenic Railway ride at Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Workers carry out the final stages of contruction to the Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Arcade games are stored at Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: The entrance to the Dreamland amusement park site on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Workers carry out the final stages of contruction to the Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Workers carry out the final stages of contruction to the Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: Workers carry out the final stages of contruction to the Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: A worker signs in at the entrance to the Dreamland amusement park site on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore DreamlandÍs Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: A general view of Dreamland amusement park on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: A man cleans the entrance to the Dreamland amusement park site on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
MARGATE, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: The Scenic Railway and The Big Wheel Of Colour rides at Dreamland amusement park are seen in front of a block of flats on June 18, 2015 in Margate, England. Dreamland is considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Britain, the site originally used as 'Hall by the Sea' since 1860 until being renamed after purchase by John Henry Iles in 1920. In 2003, after decades of decline and a series of owners, the park was under threat of closure and commercial redevelopment. After a successful 'Save Dreamland Campaign' from which the Dreamland Trust raised £18m of public funding to restore Dreamland's Grade II listed Scenic Railway, Grade II listed cinema complex and Grade II-listed menagerie cages the Dreamland restoration project began in January 2010. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
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In 1880, Dreamland Margate opened for business as Britain's premiere destination for amusement park fun. After years of decline, the park shut down in 2004 with plans to redevelop the land. Numerous public debates and petitions led the park to slowly start its renovations. After an 11-year wait, it finally reopened on June 19, 2015 with a completely new look. If these pictures are any indication, Britain's oldest amusement park will be around for a very, very long time.
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