Flambards in Helston Cornwall

 
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.

 

Ferdi Flambards

 

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.

 

The Cornwall Eye

 

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.

 

Flambards

 

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!

Flambards Cornwall

You can see just how wet the boys ended up getting.

 

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.

 

Flambards History

 

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.

 

Stevie x

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  1. 6 August 2015 / 4:02 pm

    My boys loved their visits to Flambards when they were boys. Of course they loved the rides best, whereas their mum and dad preferred the Victorian village and Britain in the Blitz exhibits. It might not be one of the mega theme parks such as Thorpe Park or Alton Towers and might seem a bit tame to ‘big kids’ but for a great day out for younger families it’s perfect. We stay just a few miles away in Porthleven when we visit for our holidays and pass Flambards often. The sign always brings a smile to my face remembering our happy visits. Enjoy your next visit and I’ll keep my fingers crossed the sun shines for you ! xx

    • 6 August 2015 / 5:51 pm

      The boys loved it there, and it’s always nice to spend time with any of my sisters and nieces as well :)

      Stevie xx

  2. 6 August 2015 / 4:16 pm

    Hope you had a good time. Can’t say we’ve been to Flambards for a few years!!

    • 6 August 2015 / 5:58 pm

      We hadn’t either, but it was a lovely day out :)

      Stevie

  3. 6 August 2015 / 9:05 pm

    I remember visiting here as a child over 20 years ago , and I was terrified of the blitz section as the alarm went off and I ran out screaming haha xx

    • 6 August 2015 / 10:12 pm

      Oh bless you Lindsay ha! I used to find some of the mannequins a little creepy!

      Stevie xx

  4. 6 August 2015 / 9:22 pm

    I’m a dork so when I was a kid I loved the Victorian Village. And I vaguely remember some kind of Gus Hunnybun thing…

    • 6 August 2015 / 10:18 pm

      Ha yep the gus hunnybun tunnel things is still there! I’m not sure if anyone outside of the South West would have any idea who is is though?!

      Stevie x

  5. simon
    6 August 2015 / 9:55 pm

    Just for the record I wasn’t too old as I went on the log flume once, must have been just you and your sister that were too old ;)

    • 6 August 2015 / 10:21 pm

      Whatever Si I’m nt the one who fell asleep on the sofa for the evening as soon as we got back ;) ;P xx

  6. 7 August 2015 / 8:47 am

    It looks great here. Eva would love it. If ever i’m that way we will definitely visit x #PickNMix

    • 7 August 2015 / 8:53 am

      There’s more I haven’t shown as well :) Definitely a good family day out

      Stevie x

  7. 7 August 2015 / 9:12 am

    Ahhh Flambards was THE day out growing up in Plymouth and yet, do you know I never went. Trago was as far as my mum would go hahaha. Sounds like you had a good day and I LOVE the Cornwall Eye! hahahahaha Brilliant. #picknmixfridays

    • 7 August 2015 / 10:08 am

      Ooh Trago I spent a lot of time there as a child as well ;) In traffic it takes us an hour to Plymouth or an hour to Helston so bit of a trek for your Mum I’d imagine ;)

      Stevie x

    • 7 August 2015 / 10:09 am

      It definitely is, but it always rains whenever I go!

      Stevie x

  8. 7 August 2015 / 9:18 am

    It looks great. I know I’m showing my age but it’s the wedding dress exhibition I would most love! #picknmix

    • 7 August 2015 / 10:09 am

      Ha! They do have some gorgeous dresses though :)

      Stevie x

  9. 7 August 2015 / 9:21 am

    Aww, bless them in their raincoats!! I love the ‘Cornwall Eye’ – it doesn’t look quite as big as the London Eye. Once again, your pictures make me wish that we lived a little closer to Cornwall. Thanks for hosting #picknmix

    • 7 August 2015 / 10:10 am

      They were a little bit soggy by the end of the day ;) Thanks for linking up!

      Stevie x

  10. 7 August 2015 / 9:48 am

    Ah this looks deadly, great craic. Looks like you and the family had a great time. Fab photography as per usual. Thanks for hosting xxx

    • 7 August 2015 / 10:11 am

      Aw thank you, it was a great day out! I’m now off to drag my eldest out of bed to try and go out somewhere else though suspect they’ll argue for an hour where to go ;)

      Stevie x

  11. 7 August 2015 / 10:04 am

    I went here as a child! I especially liked the undercover part with the old fashioned shops and buildings and the slightly creepy waxworks!

    We nearly visited during our holiday in June and will definitely be checking it out if our move goes through :-) x

    • 7 August 2015 / 10:13 am

      The mannequins are definitely a bit creepy in places! ;) Good luck for the move, I’ll cross my fingers for you!

      Stevie x

  12. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    7 August 2015 / 10:46 am

    Looks like you all had a fab time – great photos. Haven’t been back to Cornwall for a long time. I lived in Looe as a child so have a few photos from back then. Such a lovely place to live :) Thanks for hosting #PicknMix

    • 7 August 2015 / 11:24 am

      I love Looe, although some of the lanes around there are interesting to drive when all the tourists are down ;)

      Stevie x

  13. 7 August 2015 / 11:01 am

    It looks great fun :-)
    I used to go to Alton Towers with the ex and his daughter but I never went on any of the rides as my vertigo goes nuts but that didn’t bother me.
    I loved sitting watching them have fun, and with all the music and light from the rides, it reminded me of when the local funfair used to come to town when I was little.
    Hopefully you are creating those same sorts of nostalgic memories for your children to remember in years to come.
    I do like the sound of the Victorian house and the war bunker, I think I would have enjoyed those the most.
    Come to think of it, the only ride I ever did go on was the log flume, probably because there was no twisting involved :-)
    x

    • 7 August 2015 / 11:26 am

      The log flume is perfect on a hot day when you need a cool off :) I’m not keen on any ride that makes you feel ill personally,

      Stevie x

  14. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    7 August 2015 / 11:58 am

    Sounds like a great day out! It’s great that adults can go on the rides with the kiddies too. I brought my kids to their first amusement park when we were away & they loved it! #PicknMix x

    • 7 August 2015 / 8:58 pm

      They are mostly tame rides so suitable for most children as well whereas bigger theme parks are a struggle til they’re older!

      Stevie x

  15. 7 August 2015 / 12:09 pm

    Older kids are so brave! I would probably or rather I would definitely passed out if I will ride something as scary!

    • 7 August 2015 / 9:00 pm

      I couldn’t cope with a couple of the bigger rides, I’m not a fan of feeling sick ;)

      STEVIE X

  16. 7 August 2015 / 12:56 pm

    Sounds like a fun day! Good thinking on log flume! #PicknMix

  17. 7 August 2015 / 1:41 pm

    Oh wow this looks like lots of fun – I lov the log flume, it is the scariest thing I go on lol #picknmix

    • 7 August 2015 / 9:07 pm

      There were also mirrors that made you look strange ….my least favourite one made you look shorter and fatter arghh!

      Stevie x

  18. 7 August 2015 / 1:45 pm

    Looks like a fun day Stevie! Have never been brave enough to do the London Eye so the Cornwall Eye looks about just right (just about!).
    Too old for the log flume? Never :) So, how many years ago was it you used to go to Flambards? *chuckles* #PicknMix

    • 7 August 2015 / 9:08 pm

      I would love to go on the London Eye! I’ve been sky diving before and after that not a lot seems scary height wise anymore!

      Stevie xx

  19. 7 August 2015 / 2:08 pm

    It’s always nice to visit somewhere you went as a child, and Flambards sounds lovely! I love the Cornwall Eye, its so cute. And how random to have a bridal exhibition there. Funny! #picknmix Sabrina xx

    • 7 August 2015 / 9:09 pm

      Flambards is great and definitely sone good memories of going there!

      Stevie xx

  20. 7 August 2015 / 2:22 pm

    Liking the sound of this for our next visit to Cornwall. Have passed it and seen it advertised everywhere but the closest we have got to that kind of thing is Crealy which we all loved. We are there visiting again in a few weeks so I may just put this little beauty on our list.

    Nicky #picnmix

    • 7 August 2015 / 9:10 pm

      The boys love Crealy as well we had summer passes last year so went a ridiculous number of times – probably why we haven’t been this year yet! ;)

      Stevie x

  21. 7 August 2015 / 2:55 pm

    some of my daughter’s biggest tantrums have come when she wasn’t allowed to go on rides that she wanted to. Looks like a great place

    • 7 August 2015 / 9:12 pm

      I have always double checked height restrictions where I could in advance for just that reason as such a shame when it’s there in front of them and they can’t go on it!

      Stevie :)

  22. 7 August 2015 / 8:28 pm

    Looks like a lovely day out. :)
    x Alice

  23. Ali
    7 August 2015 / 10:03 pm

    We’ve been to Flambards a few times, I love the blitz section now but hated it as a child. I was glad to see Gus Honeybun had gone the last time, it was looking a little tired everywhere but looks like they’ve had a revamp at last. #picknmix

    • 8 August 2015 / 12:52 pm

      The still have a Gus tunnel bit there tucked away, I kind of like it as reminds me of being a child ha!

      Stevie x

    • 8 August 2015 / 12:52 pm

      It definitely is :) I love anywhere that we can enjoy as much as the kids!

      Stevie xx

  24. 8 August 2015 / 10:34 am

    Looks great I’ve never been but will definitely try to pay it a visit when I’m next in Cornwall with the girls x #picknmix

    • 8 August 2015 / 12:58 pm

      My boys definitely loved it :)

      Stevie x

  25. Katie @ patchworkgiraffe
    8 August 2015 / 11:25 pm

    I love these local amusement parks. Some of my best childhood memories were from places like Flambards. Thanks for the nostalgia :) #picknmix

  26. 9 August 2015 / 9:24 pm

    Looks like a great park, I love a theme park! Think we will have to wait until Monkey is a little older though as he’s a bit dinky at the moment!! Thank you for hosting #PickNMix x

    • 9 August 2015 / 10:46 pm

      It’s brilliant when they are old enough to take to places where you can use them as an excuse to act like a big kid ;)

      Stevie x

  27. 9 August 2015 / 9:53 pm

    This looks like a fab day out! Reminds me of going on day trips to Butlins as a kid. That Skyraker ride looks great!

    • 9 August 2015 / 10:47 pm

      It’s a great day out, the boys loved it :)

      Stevie x

  28. 10 August 2015 / 1:59 am

    I have to say the boys were very brave in soldiering on with the fun despite the cold and rain. I must admit I love these rides when I was a teenage but now I feel dizzy just from looking at it. Getting old I suppose. Haha Out of all the rides, I have to say the Sky Swinger was also my favourite too. :)

    • 10 August 2015 / 10:39 pm

      My boys are made of tough stuff ;) ….well so long as it’s something they actually WANT to do!

      Stevie x

  29. 10 August 2015 / 11:54 am

    Flambards looks like lots of fun, despite the weather! I love going on rides like these, O is a bit nervous of these things, but I have high hopes for A being my buddy on rides when he’s bigger! :) x

    • 10 August 2015 / 10:57 pm

      Harley used to be a complete wimp with rides, but in the last year or so he’s started loving them so there is hope! ;)

      Stevie x

  30. 10 August 2015 / 3:27 pm

    Looks like they had a great day out. Cam’t beat a theme park – my boys love them already at only 2 and 5! We are spoilt as Chessington World of Adventures is literally down our road and we have Merlin Passes! #PicknMix

    • 10 August 2015 / 11:14 pm

      That’s one I’ve never been to :) We’ve never worried about Merlin passes, as they don’t cover many places down here unfortunately!

      Stevie x

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