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Flambards theme park at Helston has been sold

By WBGraeme  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

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The Flambards Experience at Helston has been sold

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THE famous Cornish theme park Flambards, at Helston, has now been sold.

The new owner has closed the attraction for the winter but said he does not want to make any major changes.

The children’s play centre One-2-Eleven, which shares the site, remains open.

Flambards went into administration on Friday and was then sold by its bank.

It has been bought by Livingstone Leisure Ltd, which is run by entrepreneur Ian Cunningham.

He said: “We are delighted to have successfully acquired this exciting opportunity.

“We have no immediate plans to change any of the existing facilities.

“We have now closed Flambards for the winter in order to fully refurbish the attractions. We will reopen for Easter.”

Mr Cunningham has a long history with tourist attractions having been a founder/owner of Blue Reef Leisure Ltd, which runs aquariums in Newquay, Portsmouth Tynemouth and Hastings. He was also operations director of the Eden Project. For the last three years he has run Livingstone Leisure Ltd.

The news of the sale was met with uncertainty from staff on whether their contracts will be honoured if the attraction had gone into receivership before it was sold.

Mr Cunningham added: “We do appreciate the role that Flambards plays in the local economy .

“It is too early for us to comment on those staff laid off or placed on short time by the former owners, but we will of course aim to carry out a full review of requirements going forward very shortly.”

The theme park had been up for sale since May. It offers a series of rides and attractions and has been run by the Kingsford Hale family since it opened in 1976.

The park has been forced to save money waiting for a buyer however. Last month, 19 jobs were lost and another nine had their hours cut.

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  • slippedhalo  |  January 03 2014, 12:55PM

    Does it mean the prices will come down now? As to be fair its very expensive for the little they have. I also think maybe locals (cornish residents) should actually get even cheaper entry. I have never paid so much money for so little in my life. If it wasn't for the children I wouldn't look twice at the place.

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  • Truro_England  |  December 09 2013, 4:33PM

    Lets hope the new owner builds a theme park there. It needs a complete rebuild with new rides, one building there hasn't been updated since the blitz!

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