A strange hybrid; a museum in an amusement park. 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'. In addition to the spectacular rides there are anumber of exhibitions which jointly comprise the museum. 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.
There is plenty of free parking for disabled persons close to the entrance of the park. Guide or assistant dogs are welcome in the park but must stay on a harness at all times. They must be registered with an ADUK logo fully visible with a full laminated I.D Card. There is wheelchair access around the park. Please ask a member of staff for a Flambards disabled route guide to help you during your visit. They have a limited number of wheelchairs that are free to Flambards disabled guests to borrow during their visit. They highly recommend you reserve a wheelchair before your visit on 01326 573404.
Location : Clodgey Lane, Helston, Cornwall TR13 0QA
Transport: Penryn (National Rail) then bus. Bus Routes : 2, 35, 35A, 36, 37, 39 and 45 stop nearby
Opening Times : Daily 10:00 to 16:00.
Tickets : Adult £10.35; Senior £9.50; Disabled/Carer £6.45; Child £6.26.
Tel: 01326 573404