‘Peaky Blinders’ is one of the most popular TV shows of the last few years, but I’m not sure if that means that we need to have a theme park where we ride around on rollercoasters with stupid names like Tommy Shelby’s Fall From Grace or Arthur’s Stiff Drink.
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However, it looks like this could actually be happening after West Midlands Growth Company chief executive Neil Rami saying the following:
This year we are working extensively on a campaign focusing on the impact of the hit series and the West Midlands’ screen tourism sector.
It is a no-brainer to consider doing something more permanent for visitors to celebrate Peaky and the upcoming film, so we have launched a feasibility study to investigate whether a new experience or attraction would be viable.
Well I suppose it’s cool that they’re not jumping into building a Peaky Blinders theme park/attraction half cocked and are examining all the possibilities before going for it, but given the show’s popularity and how everyone in the world associates Birmingham with it now, it kinda seems like a no brainer to go for it. Obviously I think it sounds a little cringe, but I think most members of the general public will lap it up and it would be a big money spinner for the city.
If it’s successful, it also begs the question of what other cities might start building their own theme parks relative to the TV shows that have made them famous. A ‘Breaking Bad’ one in Albuquerque? A ‘The Wire’ one in Baltimore? There’s a lot of potential out there.
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