Theme park talks resume

TALKS have resumed on plans for a theme park in the region based on the best-selling Horrible History books.

TALKS have resumed on plans for a theme park in the region based on the best-selling Horrible History books.

County Durham-based author Terry Deary has already been thwarted in past attempts to build a multi-million theme park in South Tyneside and also in Sunderland, the city of his birth.

But yesterday he had a meeting with tourist bosses over plans for a theme park in Durham City based on the Horrible History series.

Mr Deary’s ambition is for an attraction on a similar scale to the Jorvik museum in York. The attraction would take visitors on a historic journey from Tudor times to Victorian England.

But Craig Wilson, Destination, Development and Marketing Manager for the County Durham Tourism Partnership, stressed that talks were still at an early stage. “The credit crunch is not helping us to find a private investor prepared to back the scheme,” he said. “We are currently looking at the feasibility of basing and marketing such a theme park in Durham.”

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