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Flambards provides many thrills
Say hello to Ferdie
Resident bear Ferdi welcomes the young visitors

Flambards Village Theme Park started life in 1976 as an aviation museum.

Over the years the attraction has grown and become one of Britain's top ten family attractions.

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FACTS

+ Flambards started life as an 'aeropark' in 1976.

+ Flambards Victorian Village opened three years later, followed by Britain in the Blitz in 1984.

+ The attraction has grown into a massive park offering history, education and fun in their own fair ground.

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Flambards Village Theme Park in Helston has set out to offer something for all members of the family.

It attracts thousands of visitors each year and provides employment for many locals with around 220 people working there.

Flambards started life in 1976 as the dream of Douglas Kingsford Hale. After he retired from the Royal Navy he decided to set up an aviation museum.

Holding a tropical spider is one of the many things you can do!

On 10th June 1976 the 'Cornwall Aircraft Park' opened. At its heart was the main Exhibition Hall, full of aviation memorabilia, engines and air frames.

In 1979 'Flambards Victorian Village' was opened as a small exhibition of three period rooms. These proved popular and over the years the village has grown to nearly 60 shops, homes and traders.

Flambards Victorian Village
A horse and carriage travel down the cobbled streets

When you enter the village it really is like stepping back in time, the cobbled street has dim lighting and paints an authentic picture. You can almost taste the food in the shops and smell the beer in the pub.

In 1984 the clocks were turned back 40 years for the next attraction to open at Flambards. Dame Vera Lynn, 'the forces sweetheart' opened Britain In The Blitz.

Part of a realistic exhibition looking back at the Blitz
Britain in the Blitz re-creates a street during World War II

The life size street features bomb damaged houses and shops. Special effects and original recordings authentically recreate the atmosphere of those perilous times.

The exhibition brings back memories for those who lived through the Blitz. It helps youngsters appreciate how hard life would have been for people, living in fear of bombs and trying to get by on strict rations.

Many Evacuees came to Cornwall during the Second World War
Young evacuees await a journey to their new homes

Flambards has many activities outside which have been added over the years. The Hornet opened in the Spring of 1995. It takes parents and children around 412 metres of twists and turns.

Last summer the Laser Show to celebrate the Millennium was replaced by the popular Creepy Crawly Widlife Show. Mark's Ark provides visitors with an opportunity to hold tropical spiders, iguanas, snakes and much more.

Kerry looks after Ellie the python
Kerry holds Burmese Python Ellie during the wildlife show

Mark and Kerry provide the animals in a lively show telling all you need to know about these spectacular creatures.

There are lots of other attractions within Flambards, many are undercover.

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