The Flambards Experience

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Flambards Theme Park
Flambards Theme Park logo.jpg
Slogan "The Best Day of the Week, Come Rain or Shine"
Location Culdrose Manor, Helston, Cornwall, England
Coordinates 50°05′31″N 5°15′29″W / 50.092°N 5.258°W / 50.092; -5.258Coordinates: 50°05′31″N 5°15′29″W / 50.092°N 5.258°W / 50.092; -5.258
Owner Hale family (1976-2013)
Livingston Leisure Ltd (New owners)
Opened 1976
Previous names Cornwall Aircraft Park
Operating season April–October
Area 27
Total 19
Roller coasters 1
Water rides 1

The Flambards Experience is an amusement park on the southern outskirts of the town of Helston in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1976 as the 'Cornwall Aircraft Park' by Douglas Kingsford Hale MBE.


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 was renamed 'The Flambards Experience'. Past rides included the Dragon Coaster, the Canyon River Log Flume, Paddle Boats and the hyperglide.

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.

On 6 December 2013 the park was bought by Livingston Leisure Ltd.[1]

Livingstone Leisure have invested in the Park and in 2015 have opened a new ride 'Sky Swinger' and are continuing to make improvements to the Park which will have been open for 40 years in 2016.


The Big Ride Zone[edit]

Attraction Age range Opening time Notes
The Hornet Rollercoaster Family 10:00 A Zierer Hornet style coaster.
Canyon River Log Flume Family 10:00 Made by Zamperla.
Balloon Race Family 10:00 Balloons spin around a centerpiece. Made by Zamperla.
Cyclocopters Children/Family 10:00 Pedal powered monorail with cars themed as helicopters.
Sky Swinger Thrill 10:00 A Chair-O-Plane ride.
Space Race Family 10:00 former fairground ride of the Super Bob style. Originally Chariot race, but is now located indoors with strobe lighting effects.
Thunderbolt Thrill 10:00 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 10:00 Made by Zamperla; formerly owned by The American Adventure Theme Park
Carousel Family 10:00 Formerly owned by The American Adventure Theme Park
One2Eleven Indoor Play Children/Family 11:00 An indoor play centre with cafeteria.
Skyraker Family/Thrill 10:00 It is the tallest ride in the park with great views of Conrwall.
Flambards Formula Circuit Family 10:00 20 go karts (10 single and 10 double seaters) on a figure of 8 track. A pay for attraction.

Ferdi's Funland[edit]

Aside from the bigger rides, an area at Flambards is devoted just for families with young guests. There are 6 kiddie rides. 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 – 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 – The Victorian Village was created of just three rooms in 1979 by Mrs. Audrey Kingsford – Hale who wanted to portray a life size recreation of the fascinating Victorian period. Through the years the village has grown to some 50 shops, cottages and attendant trades including a butcher’s shop, bakery, blacksmiths and sweet shop.
  • The Britain in the Blitz Experience – The Britain in the Blitz exhibition was opened in 1984 by Dame Vera Lynn.
  • The War Gallery – The War Gallery is closely linked with the Britain In The Blitz exhibition, and is a tribute to all of the men and women of Great Britain and The Commonwealth who served in World Wars 1 and 2.
  • Memory Lane – Charts a century of Wedding Gowns from Mid Victorian to the 1970s including a War Time dress made from a parachute. The stitch marks of the seams show that it was re-fitted and worn by several brides. The selection of photographs also charts weddings from the late Victorian period.
  • The Aviation Experience - A Century of Pioneering Flight is an inter-active exhibition of some highlights in aviation history throughout the last Century. It features the achievements of:

Richard Pearse, the son of Cornish parents settled in New Zealand, claimed by some to have made the first sustained powered flight in 1902, A year ahead of the American Wright Brothers.

Charles Kingsford Smith, who in 1929 piloted the a flight between Australia and England.

The full-scale flight deck of Concorde, built by BAC for defining and confirming the ultimate positioning of the highly complex instrumentation, plus flightcrew and passenger seating.

  • Hands on Science
  • Operation Sealion an insight into the German intelligence gathering in preparation for the planned Nazi invasion of England in World War 2.
  • William White’s Chemist Time Capsule Discovered after being locked away and forgotten since 1909 in South Petherton, Somerset. Every item in the shop was numbered and charted so that when it was re-assembled at Flambards everything was exactly the same as the original.


  1. ^ [1] Livingstone Leisure

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