The Flambards Experience
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|Slogan||"The Best Day of the Week, Come Rain or Shine"|
|Location||Culdrose Manor, Helston, Cornwall, England|
|Owner||Hale family (1976-2013)
Livingston leisure ltd (New owners)
|Previous names||Cornwall Aircraft Park|
The Flambards Experience is a family-owned amusement park on the southern outskirts of the town of Helston in Cornwall, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1976 as the 'Cornwall Aircraft Park' by Douglas Kingsford Hale MBE and his wife Audrey and is now run by their son James Kingsford Hale.
The Big Ride Zone
|Attraction||Age range||Opening time||Notes|
|The Hornet Rollercoaster||Family||11:00||A Zierer Hornet style coaster.|
|Canyon River Log Flume||Family||11:00||Made by Zamperla.|
|Balloon Race||Family||11:00||Balloons spin around a centerpiece. Made by Zamperla.|
|Cyclocopters||Children/Family||11:00||Pedal powered monorail with cars themed as helicopters.|
|Space Race||Family||11:00||former fairground ride of the Super Bob style. Originally Chariot race, but is now located indoors with strobe lighting effects.|
|Thunderbolt||Thrill||11:00||Superrides International made Super Star ride (SS6) previously owned by Scott Manning as "Wild Thing". This ride was used in the millennium celebration on the Mall in London.|
|Rocking Tug||Family||11:00||Made by Zamperla; formerly owned by The American Adventure Theme Park|
|Carousel||Family||11:00||Formerly owned by The American Adventure Theme Park|
|One2Eleven Indoor Play||Children/Family||11:00||An indoor play centre with cafeteria.|
|Skyraker||Family/Thrill||11:00||It is the tallest ride in the park.|
|Flambards Formula Circuit||Family||11:00||20 go karts (10 single and 10 double seaters) on a figure of 8 track. A pay for attraction.|
Aside from the bigger rides, an area at Flambards is devoted just for families with young guests. There are 6 kiddie rides accompanied by a garden and avairy. There are also multiple play areas indoors and out nearby.
- Human Cannonball – As you spin, control your height as you fly in 4 person capsules.
- Pirate Ship – A miniature version of the swinging ship.
- Tea Cups – A miniature version of a tea cups ride.
- Animal Express – Travel through a gnome's garden in animal themed cars.
- Space Shuttle (formerly owned by The American Adventure Theme Park) – Control your capsule and you travel up and down the tower.
- The Cornish Children's Eye – A miniature version of a classic ferris wheel.
- The Victorian Village Experience – a covered display of Victorian period shops and cottages. This exhibition is one of those that made Flambards famous.
- The Britain in the Blitz Experience – exhibits of life in Britain during The Blitz in World War II
- The War Gallery – closely linked to the above exhibition and is a tribute to those who served during the World Wars
- The Memory Lane Experience – includes a historic chemist and a wedding dress collection
- The Aviation Experience – achievements of pilots and their flying machines from 1902 to the present
- The Hands on Experience (also known as the 'Exploratorium') – hands-on science activities. New for 2012 – Take part in the laser challenge.
- The Garden Experience – The Flambards Experience is set in extensive landscaped gardens, which includes a Plant Centre and an aviary
- Operation Sealion – Opened in 2011, an insight into the German intelligence gathering in preparation for the invasion, in England
Flambards first opened in 1976 under the name of 'Cornwall Aircraft Park'. Owned by Douglas Kingsford Hale MBE, the park slowly built up an array of aircraft models and exhibitions.
Over time, the park grew and soon had its fair share of rides along with the new name of 'The Flambards Experience'. Past ride included the Dragon Coaster, the Canyon River Log Flume, Paddle Boats and the hyperglide, all of which only one is still operating.
For the 2007 season, three rides were added: The Rocking Tug, The Carousel, and The Space Shuttle.
For the 2008 season the Cornish Mine Train ride was added in addition to the introduction of the War of the Worlds paintball game. 2009 saw no major additions to the park, however the field housing the helipad was sold late in the season. The museum exhibitions are open year-round, but the rides and play areas are open seasonally.
In 2010, the Skyraker 001 opened and claimed the title of the UK's first twisting drop tower. The ride gained much popularity and is a staple attraction in the park, being seen from all around.
2011 – One2eleven indoor play – Opens June 2011.[dated info]
On 6 December 2013 the park went into administration, it was sold on 9 December to Livingston Leisure Ltd.