Culdrose Manor, Helston, TR13 0QA
Tel: (01326) 573404
The best day of the week
Large theme park including Flambards Victorian Village, Britain in the Blitz exhibition, Aeropark collection, Cornwall's Exploratorium, Grand Canyon Log Plum, prize winning gardens, Pirate F.M. parrot show, 3D cinema, amusements and rides for the whole family, including the Hornet Roller-coaster, Britain's most southerly coaster, tons of family fun. Cafes fast food kiosks and gift shops.
|A compelling re-creation of a lamp-lit village of bustling streets and alleyways presenting more than fifty shops and domestic situations. All are authentically equipped and furnished with thousands of genuine artefacts.
|Opened by Dame Vera Lynn in 1984, this undercover life-size re-creation of a World War II blitzed street was the first of its kind in the country.
Winner of many awards, our gardens and hanging baskets are a delight. Over 400 species of plants clearly labelled with many similar on sale.
* Special Route Guide * Free wheelchair loan * Nappy changing room * Bottle & food heating * Same day exit & return passes * Picnic facilities * Educational visits are welcomed * Acres of FREE parking * Free child-safe identity labels * First aid facilities * Safety precautions * Limited shaded parking for dogs * Coaches welcomed * Video surveillance * Meeting points *
March - November
10.00am to 5.00pm
When Douglas Kingsford Hale retired from the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy he decided to set up an aviation museum with his wife Audrey. On the 10th June 1976 the 'Cornwall Aircraft Park', soon to be known as just the Aeropark, opened its gates to visitors. At its heart was the main exhibition hall, packed with aviation memorabilia, engines and air-frames. Outdoors there were more aircraft, the beginnings of beautiful landscape gardens and a kiosk selling ice cream – but only in the school holiday!
Despite these modest beginnings, work was carried out to a high standard and some 76,000 people visited during the first season, after which it was announced that the Park had won a coveted British Tourist Authority 'Come to Britain' award.
Why the name Flambards? The aircraft used in making the popular Yorkshire television serial ‘Flambards’ were put on display. This 13 part drama, adapted from Kathleen Peyton's trilogy of novels, told the story of a family living in a dilapidated Georgian mansion – the 'Flambards' of the title – who fell into conflict when the younger son spurned the family tradition of fox-hunting in favour of his passion for early flying machines.
To complement the old aircraft and to recapture scenes from the television drama, a workshop, kitchen and nursery of the period were built. These proved so popular that more period rooms, including a coach house and a shop – Birch, Birch and Co., Purveyors of High-Class provisions were added. Over the following winters, more shops and traders premises were added and the exhibition today has almost 60 shops and homes all set in genuine cobbled streets with carriages and costumes of the period.
In 1984 Britain in the Blitz was opened by Dame Vera Lynn. To cater for the growing number of visitors, family rides and amusements were added, together with many more exhibitions. 25 years after the first visitors to the attraction, Douglas Kingsford Hale was honoured to receive the MBE for his services to tourism.
Today, Flambards is still proud to offer something that will interest and entertain everybody.
On the south-east edge of Helston on the A394.
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