Yesterday we all went out with family and a friend to Flambards. Anyone living in Cornwall will most likely think ‘best day of the week’ when they hear the name Flambards, after hearing the adverts saying just that over the years!
I love Flambards, and can remember going there with my Dad and sisters when I was younger (I won’t be saying how many years ago that was) and always having a great time. For some reason though, I hadn’t taken the boys for years, so neither of them could remember it which was great as it was like a whole new experience for them yesterday.
Usually on days out it’s annoying when it rains, but in the Summer in Cornwall it can actually be quite handy to have a slightly wet day to visit places like Flambards on, as it meant it wasn’t too busy and we hardly had to queue for rides at all.
When we arrived at the park and showed the extremely friendly staff our tickets (we bought them on the Flambards’ website as you get a 10% discount if you do) we also had our tickets validated so that we can return for free if we want to for the next six days. I may very well do this, and take one of the boys’ friends for a day out with us in a few days time.
We were greeted by Ferdi the Flambards mascot who gave the boys a sticker each, I didn’t get a photo of Ferdi as they boys rushed us away as I think they were concerned he might want to hug them, but you can see on the sticker what he looks like, not actually menacing at all boys.
Flambards has loads of rides to go on, although there are height restrictions which you may want to check on their website if you have very dinky children you want to take out for the day, to save any upset if they can’t go on what they want to.
The boys at aged 9 and 11 were able to go on everything though and the Cornwall Eye which is a little bit smaller than the London Eye is one that anyone can go on, so long as they have someone responsible with them.
Harley went on the Sky Swinger with my niece and her friend, which I hadn’t seen before and therefore thought it was a nice gentle swing ride. It actually goes up quite high, tilts from side to side and they swing out really rather far. Luckily he loved it though, despite looking a little bit green when it first started.
The boys weren’t quite brave enough for the Sky Raker, which I can understand as I didn’t fancy it myself either, although my niece and her friend being 14 did give it a go. Here’s a video from Flambards’ YouTube account to show you what it’s like, as it was too wet by the time we got to it for recording without ruining my phone.
We all went on other rides, taking it in turn who sat with who…in other words both of my boys wanted to sit with Si, whereas myself and their Auntie Bex were the consolation prizes!
There are places to buy a meal and sit in at Flambards, and also places to buy snacks. If you wanted to do the day on more of a budget though, there are loads of places to eat a picnic, and a few places with tables for this with a big covering that comes in handy for sheltering on rainy days. So if it rains, you can still get by with your own picnic food.
Flambards isn’t especially extortionate with their food prices though, so it’s up to personal choice and budget really.
As well as the rides, Flambards has a wedding dresses through the ages exhibit inside, a Victorian village with rooms of houses dressed up that you can actually go in. There’s also a big Britain in the Blitz area with houses and more, and a Concorde, armed forces information areas and more. All of this is undercover with a lovely gift shop as well, but does get a bit busy when it rains understandably! Luckily it’s a big area.
We left the log flume ride til last at the end of the day, as it wasn’t the warmest of days and from past experience we leave getting wet and uncomfortable til the end. For once Si myself and Bex left it to all the children to go on the log flume, maybe we are all getting old but it was a bit too cold for us to want to get soaked.
We had a quick hot chocolate after this to warm everyone up, let the boys change their clothes in the car, with much squealing when I opened the door to everyone in the car park thinking that they were both finished, and then headed home. Well home via a Table Table for a naughty tea including gorgeous apple and cherry crumble!
Flambards is a great day out for families, and can actually keep everyone amused all day whatever the weather.