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Iconic West Country attraction for sale

Flambards up for sale for the first time in history


Exeter, 2 May 2013 - For the first time since it opened in 1976, one of the West Country’s leading family attractions has been put up for sale.
Flambards in Cornwall was opened 37 years ago by Douglas Kingsford-Hale MBE and his wife Audrey as the Cornwall Aircraft Park. Over the years the park has grown considerably, now covering 27 acres.
When it first opened the attraction consisted of the main exhibition hall, with a vast collection of aviation memorabilia, aircrafts and gardens. Today, the park has three main attractions, the Museum and exhibit’s, the leisure park and rides and an 11,000 sq ft indoor play area known as One2eleven.
The museum houses an internationally recognised collection of Victorian memorabilia around a life sized reconstructed streetscape of 50 businesses and houses. There is also the ‘Britain in the Blitz’ exhibition with aircraft memorabilia and vintage vehicles.
The leisure park includes the UK’s only twisting drop tower ride, The Skyraker, The Thunderbolt, The Hornet and Extreme Force.
Also included in the sale are three residential properties including the original Culdrose Manor House.
James Kingsford-Hale, managing director, Flambards, said: “Deciding to sell has been an enormously difficult decision.”
“Despite the recession, we saw an increase in visitor numbers last year and turnover increased.  One2eleven, our new indoor play complex, has also proved very popular so the potential for Flambards to continue going from strength to strength is huge. 
“As a family we’ve spent 37 years working hard to establish it as a must-see place to visit and enjoy in Cornwall.  Now it’s up to a new buyer with a fresh perspective to take the business forward.”
The site will be marketed by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels and Hospitality team  and joint agent, Stratton Creber Commercial.
John Kinsey, National Director with Jones Lang LaSalle commented: “It is a real honour to have been appointed by the family to deal with what is one of the West Country’s major attractions. With the Museum collection, we are expecting a lot of interest from potential purchasers nationally and internationally.
Interested parties should contact John Kinsey, Jones Lang LaSalle’sHotel & Hospitality team in Exeter or Stratton Creber Commercial in Truro for more information.