The Flambards Experience

Flambards Theme Park
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 Aero Park

The Flambards Experience
Operating season Easter–October with winter opening of undercover exhibitions
Area 27
Total 19
Roller coasters 1
Water rides 1

Flambards 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 Aero Park' by Douglas Kingsford Hale MBE.


Flambards first opened in 1976 under the name of 'Cornwall Aero Park'. Owned by Douglas Kingsford Hale MBE, the park slowly built up an array of aircraft models and exhibitions.

By 1990, the park had grown and was renamed "The Flambards Experience". Early rides which featured at the theme park included the Dragon Coaster, the Canyon River Log Flume, Paddle Boats and the hyperglide.

In 1984, "Britain in the Blitz", a mock-up of a bomb-hit street during World War II, was opened.

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. Aswell as this addition, the Park was Renamed - Flambards.

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.

In March 2016 Jurassic Journey opened, a permanent exhibition where visitors can follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs.


The Big Ride Zone

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 Thrill 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
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.

Jurassic Journey

Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs. Over a dozen life size dinosaurs including a 5 metre tall Brachiosaurus to a T-Rex and giant Treiceratops. There is also a Dino- Nursery including baby velociraptors and a Dino-dig – where children can unearth fossilised remains of a prehistoric boneyard.

Ferdi's Funland

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.


In 2015, The addition of Screens fronted like a picture frame, were added to give details about the history.

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.


  1. Livingstone Leisure

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