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Flambards Village Theme Park - Helston

The award winning Flambards has something for all the family from the Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz exhibitions to the best fairground rides in Cornwall

The Cornwall Aero Park, which opened in 1976, became the Flambards Experience, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cornwall. Although many of the original aircraft have made way for other attractions, some still remain. There are still the Fairey Gannet ECM.6 XG831, the Westland Wessex HAS.1 XS887 and the nose section of an Avro Shackleton T.4 (WG511), whilst the war galleries have a large collection of aircraft relics and models. The Concorde fuselage section is from the original mock-up used to evaluate escape routes.

The Fun and Games are has some of the best fairground rides in Cornwall. In addition, there is video footage and live entertainment from such children’s celebrities as Peter Pan, The Simpsons and Snoopy. The more serious minded can test their presentational skills in the Weather Forecasting studio or visit the Science Centre with its unique disorientation tunnel, where it is possible to explore scientific phenomena.

The Britain in the Blitz exhibition features a street somewhere in London or some other city, at dusk during the Blitz. This is a street that was bombed the night before, but did not suffer as much as some other nearby streets. Everything is there from the dim lighting to the white paint on the kerbstones, enabling people to find their way around. An ARP warden will direct you, if you get lost. There is lots of rubble around and some boarded up property. A family is sheltering in an Anderson Shelter at the bottom of a garden. After the air raid siren sounds, the noise of a flying bomb can be heard. In the pub, service personnel mix with civilians. People are drinking and gossiping whilst one person watches and listens. The sounds of the Blitz are all around.

“Flambards” was a period television drama in the 1970s, which inspired this full size reconstruction of a Victorian Village. There are at least fifty shops, businesses and homes. The lamp-lit cobbled street demonstrates both the magic and underlying misery of life in Victorian England, showing the contrast between the lives of the relatively wealthy and the poor. The Chemists Shop offers a unique glimpse of medicines of the day. There is a fascinating selection of wedding dresses and old wedding photographs from Victorian times up to 1970. Some of the workmanship in the Victorian and Edwardian dresses it exquisite. A complete contrast is the wartime dress made from of a parachute.

There is access for the disabled here and plenty of facilities including shops and cafés. The Flambards theme park is justifiably proud of its beautiful garden setting, which have won many awards over the years for the trees, shrubs and flowers. The park is very close to the town of Helston and is open most days throughout the year, but it is wise to check before visiting.

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Flambards Village Theme Park

Helston Cornwall The award winning Flambards has something for all the family from the Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz exhibitions to the best fairground rides in Cornwall 2.7 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
  • Flambards Village Theme Park

    Review by: Hazel on 2009-11-25 16:59:49
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    My family and I (3 adults) visited Flambards on 23rd November 2009. What a wonderful experience, the museum was delightful. We spent a super 3 hours around the museum, ending with a much needed cup of tea. I would assume that on a second visit there would still be much to be explored.

    WONDERFUL

    Overall Rating: 5
    Entertainment:5 stars Facilities:5 stars Value:5 stars
  • Flambards Village Theme Park

    Review by: airxjames on 2009-08-07 11:54:10
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    this is a park for children so i not gowing to be to hash but i am a thill seeker myself i think it needs anthor coaster mabye a suspended one but here it is very hard to get food.but the good thing about this park is the steep slide u go flying.but on the whole i perther somewhere like blackpool or alton towers
    Overall Rating: 2
    Entertainment:2 stars Facilities:1 stars Value:3 stars
  • Flambards Village Theme Park

    Review by: kellie on 2008-11-02 12:29:32
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    The park is ill equipped and too small to handle the amount of people that come in. The rides are dated and are very similar to a traveling fair. The picture of the child in the balls does not show children being trampled on and balls being thrown at their faces by older children nor the fire exits being blocked by people sat in chairs. The staff and manager are not very helpful and do not bother asking for a refund as you will not get one! It is expensive to get in and why should you have to pay extra?
    Overall Rating: 1.7
    Entertainment:2 stars Facilities:2 stars Value:1 stars
  • Flambards Village Theme Park

    Review by: andrew preedy on 2008-07-02 23:56:11
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    This is no theme park and is not the best day of the week. The rides are poor, the park is over priced and the manger is rude needing lessons in customer care. There are hundreds of better places to go in Cornwall many times better than Flambards. Go there instead.
    Overall Rating: 1
    Entertainment:1 stars Facilities:1 stars Value:1 stars
  • Flambards Village Theme Park

    Review by: pauline robinson from gosport on 2007-09-01 14:25:31
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    after visiting flambards i would like to tell you how very much we enjoyed it.with ages ranging from 58yrs to 2yrs we had a tremendous time.the victorian village simply amazed our 6yr old grandson and ourselves!!! the rides were great and i even got to hold a snake, and spider in the really wild show so thanks very much for our day at flambards and will certianly return on our next holiday to cornwall.
    Overall Rating: 5
    Entertainment:5 stars Facilities:5 stars Value:5 stars
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