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 a number of exhibitions which jointly comprise the museum.
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The Victorian Village was created from 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. Step back in time to experience what life was like in Victorian Britain.
Try to resist the tempting smells of Victorian sweets and Camp Coffee as you explore a life-size village from yesteryear, painstakingly created to include more than 50 realistic shops including a confectioner’s, toy store, milliner’s, ironmonger’s, tobacconist’s, butcher’s, corsetière and a barbershop.
Experience snapshot scenes of lives ‘frozen in time’ as you step inside the local pub, visit a Victorian home, and see the divide between rich and poor as you compare the grand hotel lobby alongside the hardship in the working quarters. As aristocrats in fine dress ring bells demanding service, children and maids wearing ragged clothes work tirelessly over boiling pots and pans to meet their demands. Discover thousands of authentic artefacts such as jewellery, toys, textiles, tools and housewares. Can you spot flagship brands such as Marmite, Pears and Yardley, as you scan across 52,000 original items of vintage packaging on display?
The Victorian Village is a labour of love for Flambards and the exhibition has won several national awards for its authentic reconstructions. These include original granite setts salvaged from Bath, and a wood block floor rescued from demolition diggers which tore through a Victorian school in the North of England.
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The Britain in the Blitz exhibition was opened in 1984 by Dame Vera Lynn. Bomb sirens wail, the floor shakes, Doodlebugs glide overhead, families rush into their Anderson shelters and evacuees crowd railway stations to escape. Welcome to Britain in the Blitz at Flambards – which was confirmed by Dame Vera Lynn as being an authentic reconstruction of life on the home front.
Explore their life-sized replica of a London street blitzed during World War II. Read the touching original letters from child evacuees writing home. Imagine families’ fear as a Doodlebug bomb glided ominously towards their homes. Peep in as a mother tucks up her children while her husband serves his country on the front line.
The exhibition was the first of its kind in the UK when it was opened by Dame Vera in 1984. Since then, hundreds of thousands of survivors have agreed it’s a realistic and sensitive homage to those who managed to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On,’ despite the hardships of war.
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The Aviation Experience - A Century of Pioneering Flight is an inter-active indoor attraction showcasing three momentous achievements in aviation within the last century:
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Flambards theme park is the perfect family day out in Cornwall with a large selection of rides and attractions to suit everyone. In order to ensure the health and safety of both their visitors and employees, a small selection of rides are temporarily unavailable to comply with current social distancing regulations. Click here to find out more.
From the thrill seekers to those who prefer a gentler pace. Experience the fun as a child or adult from the high clutches of The Shuttle space craft to a dizzying spin on the Hornet Rollercoaster. Be sure to check out the amazing view at the top of the only drop, twisting ride The SkyRaker001 before plummeting back down to earth.
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In addition to the thrills of the rides above and the fascinating history displayed in the exhibitions, there are a whole host of fun attractions and rides for the family.
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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.
They have four individual disabled toilets located near the entrance of the park and close to Ferdi's Funland. One of these toilets contains a full height-adjustable, medical changing bed. In addition to this, they have a hoist available on request as it needs to be kept on charge so it is operational when required.
The development of this additional facility has been done following discussion and on-going evaluation of facilities with a local disabled group in order to provide a facility that is suitable for people with a wider range of needs. They are continually working to improve the facilities available. They have a Room Mate® fitted in their main disabled toilet which provides an audio description of the layout of the toilet facilities for blind and visually impaired visitors
Hearing Loops are available at reception. For their downloadable guide to access in the Victorian Village please click here.
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 (Indoors) 17:00 (Park). Last Admission 15:00.
Tickets Indoors: Adult £10.35 (online); Senior (60+) £9.50; Disabled/Carer £6.95; Child £6.26 (online).
Tickets Rides: Adult £19.76 (online); Senior (60+) £15.95; Disabled/Carer £11.50; Child £14.36 (online).
Tel: 01326 573404