Helston's Flambards to host Halloween Masked Ball

Helston's Flambards to host Halloween Masked Ball

Helston's Flambards to host Halloween Masked Ball

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The Masked Ball, one of the UK’s most innovative party events, has promised a rollercoaster ride of thrills and spine-tingling surprises with the announcement that the Halloween Masked Ball will take place in none-other than a Cornish theme park.

While famed for outlandish themes, otherworldly production and surreal stage sets, the acquisition of Flambards Theme Park, Helston, as a venue is sure to set the imagination alight.

Masked Ball director Kelvin Batt said: “We explored 24 sites across Cornwall assessing each one for access, its ability to withstand inclement weather, suitability as a music venue and general quirkiness.

“The Halloween Masked Ball will take over the whole of the theme park, including rides, taking those who dare on a mystical journey through 11 twisted venues right through the night.”

This year’s Halloween Masked Ball - based on The Day of the Dead, the famous Mexican festival where the deceased are celebrated by parties and dancing - will feature more fringe entertainment including walkabout theatre and improvised performance.

“With each event we strive to raise the bar with creative production, eclectic décor and attention to detail, all of which are as important as the stellar line-up in creating the perfect conditions to let loose,” added Kelvin.

Now in its eighth year, the Masked Ball attracts acts and performers from across the UK and Europe, as well as showcasing local talent. This year more than 60 acts have been booked to play - with the headline acts yet to be announced.

Billed to appear, so far, are: Aartekt, Barons of Funk, Blackdog, Bonebookbang, Boogaloo Dee, DJ Cheeba, DJ Food, DJ Moneyshot, Dr Rubberfunk, Drums of Death, Felix Dickinson, Frozen Thumbs DJs, Future Garden DJs, Jac The Disco, JellyJazz, Loose People, Mongolian Disco Show, Mungos Hi-Fi, Musk, New York Transit Authority, NYC Soundsystem, Optimo, Panda, Pete Isaac, Riton, Ry Spenceley, Sir Vinyl DJs, The Allergies, and The Occult.

There will be less camping at the venue than other Masked Ball events, but buses from all corners of Cornwall will be provided along with other transport options.

For those who like to retire in style, there will be a limited number of luxury accommodation packages. There will also be a campervan area. 

To encourage car-sharing, vehicles with four occupants or more will park for free at the event. Full details of the transport and accommodation arrangements will be released towards the end of September.

Kelvin said: “Once again, we’ll be engaging the services of local suppliers wherever possible as well as supporting local causes.”

To date, more than £10,000 has been donated by event organisers to charities and needy causes.

Tickets for the event, then runs from 6pm to 6am, are now on sale at www.maskedball.net priced £50.

The Halloween Masked Ball takes place on Saturday, November 1, at Flambards Theme Park, Clodgey Lane, Helston, TR13 0QA.

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2:26pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Gill Z Martin says...

I would have thought this is the ideal venue as it has plenty of hard-standing car parking, and is used to catering for hundreds of people.
I would have thought this is the ideal venue as it has plenty of hard-standing car parking, and is used to catering for hundreds of people. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 8

6:19pm Sat 6 Sep 14

helztonboy says...

it depends on how close you live to it and how late it goes into the night
it depends on how close you live to it and how late it goes into the night helztonboy
  • Score: -3

6:32pm Sat 6 Sep 14

Gill Z Martin says...

It says it runs from 6pm until 6am, hence camping available etc. I agree it may not be ideal for residential neighbours but it is after all a theme park and the event is a one off, on a Saturday night. I suppose it is things like this that will boost revenue for Flambards and keep it going, which in turn secures employment for those who work there. I admit it does not affect me either way, I am just trying to look at it from an objective point of view.
It says it runs from 6pm until 6am, hence camping available etc. I agree it may not be ideal for residential neighbours but it is after all a theme park and the event is a one off, on a Saturday night. I suppose it is things like this that will boost revenue for Flambards and keep it going, which in turn secures employment for those who work there. I admit it does not affect me either way, I am just trying to look at it from an objective point of view. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 6

9:54pm Sun 7 Sep 14

nicknike says...

Will it still be open, or go into administration again? From the recent reviews I've read on Tripadvisor, stating how grotty the park has become, and the rip-off entrance fees, It may not stay in business long enough.
Will it still be open, or go into administration again? From the recent reviews I've read on Tripadvisor, stating how grotty the park has become, and the rip-off entrance fees, It may not stay in business long enough. nicknike
  • Score: -6

6:41am Mon 8 Sep 14

Gill Z Martin says...

nicknike wrote:
Will it still be open, or go into administration again? From the recent reviews I've read on Tripadvisor, stating how grotty the park has become, and the rip-off entrance fees, It may not stay in business long enough.
I agree the entrance fees now seem a little high, I visited recently with a group of people and there are no longer family tickets available, no free entry for the over 80s anymore and no free entry for those with disabilities. However, apart from the closure of the 'demon drop', the park is no more "grotty" than any other theme park in my view. It has in its favour, Britain in the Blitz and the Victorian village. If the previous owners could not make it pay then obviously something had to be altered by the new owners. Personally I would like to have seen ownership transferred to 'Merlin' who currently successfully run other theme parks and attractions around the country.
I cannot see Flambards not "staying in business" between now and November the 1st when the Halloween Ball is due to take place.
I do not know what the answer is for the financial security of Flambards for the future long term. I have however tried nearly every other theme park in the country and I do not recall any of them not having family tickets available.
The thing that upset me the most was seeing someone there with disabilities who clearly would not benefit from any of the rides, and yet had been charged full entry fee.
[quote][p][bold]nicknike[/bold] wrote: Will it still be open, or go into administration again? From the recent reviews I've read on Tripadvisor, stating how grotty the park has become, and the rip-off entrance fees, It may not stay in business long enough.[/p][/quote]I agree the entrance fees now seem a little high, I visited recently with a group of people and there are no longer family tickets available, no free entry for the over 80s anymore and no free entry for those with disabilities. However, apart from the closure of the 'demon drop', the park is no more "grotty" than any other theme park in my view. It has in its favour, Britain in the Blitz and the Victorian village. If the previous owners could not make it pay then obviously something had to be altered by the new owners. Personally I would like to have seen ownership transferred to 'Merlin' who currently successfully run other theme parks and attractions around the country. I cannot see Flambards not "staying in business" between now and November the 1st when the Halloween Ball is due to take place. I do not know what the answer is for the financial security of Flambards for the future long term. I have however tried nearly every other theme park in the country and I do not recall any of them not having family tickets available. The thing that upset me the most was seeing someone there with disabilities who clearly would not benefit from any of the rides, and yet had been charged full entry fee. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 3

11:38am Mon 8 Sep 14

telstar1962 says...

I really cannot think of a more inappropriate venue on the edge of Helston, and very close to a housing estate where many young families with children live.

It does appear to have a very impressive line up of acts, who I am sure will not affect the resident's right to quiet enjoyment of their homes until 6 o'clock in the morning. And just because it is a 'one-off' event doesn't mean that the people living so close should have to put up with it.

Why do you think events like this cannot find a permanent location ?

The amount of debris, litter, broken bottles, abandoned cars etc was disgusting after last years debacle. Let's hope this change of venue to Helston will ensure better behaviour and some semblance of policing the event in evidence on this occasion
I really cannot think of a more inappropriate venue on the edge of Helston, and very close to a housing estate where many young families with children live. It does appear to have a very impressive line up of acts, who I am sure will not affect the resident's right to quiet enjoyment of their homes until 6 o'clock in the morning. And just because it is a 'one-off' event doesn't mean that the people living so close should have to put up with it. Why do you think events like this cannot find a permanent location ? The amount of debris, litter, broken bottles, abandoned cars etc was disgusting after last years debacle. Let's hope this change of venue to Helston will ensure better behaviour and some semblance of policing the event in evidence on this occasion telstar1962
  • Score: -5

8:34pm Mon 8 Sep 14

Lev Repel says...

telstar1962 wrote:
I really cannot think of a more inappropriate venue on the edge of Helston, and very close to a housing estate where many young families with children live.

It does appear to have a very impressive line up of acts, who I am sure will not affect the resident's right to quiet enjoyment of their homes until 6 o'clock in the morning. And just because it is a 'one-off' event doesn't mean that the people living so close should have to put up with it.

Why do you think events like this cannot find a permanent location ?

The amount of debris, litter, broken bottles, abandoned cars etc was disgusting after last years debacle. Let's hope this change of venue to Helston will ensure better behaviour and some semblance of policing the event in evidence on this occasion
I can think of a more inappropriate venue, Culdrose.

Have you conducted a survey how many young families with children are on the estates I wonder. That's a poor card to pull out.

I have young children and they sleep through noise anyway. There is a great big busy noisy main road between Flambards and the houses, plus Flambards is next to Sainsbury's which is open until ten most nights with car doors slamming in the car park, and a great big illuminated sign. This is one Saturday night, Flambards has fireworks late every August and has done for years and Culdrose conducts night flying with noisy helicopters droning round in circles over residential areas. If you live in a town next to Culdrose, supermarkets and a theme park you expect noise. It is a Halloween ball inside Flambards. The senior schools have events that go on all night and the schools are in close proximity to houses. Some of those "young families with children" will no doubt have their children grow up and some attend noisy functions.
Last years Halloween ball hit on problems because of adverse weather and cars abandoned because of the mud and lack of solid ground parking caused queues etc, why do you think they've picked somewhere more suitable this year.
They don't have a permanent venue because it is once a year.
[quote][p][bold]telstar1962[/bold] wrote: I really cannot think of a more inappropriate venue on the edge of Helston, and very close to a housing estate where many young families with children live. It does appear to have a very impressive line up of acts, who I am sure will not affect the resident's right to quiet enjoyment of their homes until 6 o'clock in the morning. And just because it is a 'one-off' event doesn't mean that the people living so close should have to put up with it. Why do you think events like this cannot find a permanent location ? The amount of debris, litter, broken bottles, abandoned cars etc was disgusting after last years debacle. Let's hope this change of venue to Helston will ensure better behaviour and some semblance of policing the event in evidence on this occasion[/p][/quote]I can think of a more inappropriate venue, Culdrose. Have you conducted a survey how many young families with children are on the estates I wonder. That's a poor card to pull out. I have young children and they sleep through noise anyway. There is a great big busy noisy main road between Flambards and the houses, plus Flambards is next to Sainsbury's which is open until ten most nights with car doors slamming in the car park, and a great big illuminated sign. This is one Saturday night, Flambards has fireworks late every August and has done for years and Culdrose conducts night flying with noisy helicopters droning round in circles over residential areas. If you live in a town next to Culdrose, supermarkets and a theme park you expect noise. It is a Halloween ball inside Flambards. The senior schools have events that go on all night and the schools are in close proximity to houses. Some of those "young families with children" will no doubt have their children grow up and some attend noisy functions. Last years Halloween ball hit on problems because of adverse weather and cars abandoned because of the mud and lack of solid ground parking caused queues etc, why do you think they've picked somewhere more suitable this year. They don't have a permanent venue because it is once a year. Lev Repel
  • Score: 5

8:07am Tue 9 Sep 14

Gill Z Martin says...

telstar1962 wrote:
I really cannot think of a more inappropriate venue on the edge of Helston, and very close to a housing estate where many young families with children live.

It does appear to have a very impressive line up of acts, who I am sure will not affect the resident's right to quiet enjoyment of their homes until 6 o'clock in the morning. And just because it is a 'one-off' event doesn't mean that the people living so close should have to put up with it.

Why do you think events like this cannot find a permanent location ?

The amount of debris, litter, broken bottles, abandoned cars etc was disgusting after last years debacle. Let's hope this change of venue to Helston will ensure better behaviour and some semblance of policing the event in evidence on this occasion
Apart from that, no problems lol.
[quote][p][bold]telstar1962[/bold] wrote: I really cannot think of a more inappropriate venue on the edge of Helston, and very close to a housing estate where many young families with children live. It does appear to have a very impressive line up of acts, who I am sure will not affect the resident's right to quiet enjoyment of their homes until 6 o'clock in the morning. And just because it is a 'one-off' event doesn't mean that the people living so close should have to put up with it. Why do you think events like this cannot find a permanent location ? The amount of debris, litter, broken bottles, abandoned cars etc was disgusting after last years debacle. Let's hope this change of venue to Helston will ensure better behaviour and some semblance of policing the event in evidence on this occasion[/p][/quote]Apart from that, no problems lol. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 1

11:48am Tue 9 Sep 14

telstar1962 says...

I wish the organisers well, and hope party-goers think it will be £50 well spent.

The houses closest to Flambards are M.O.D. 'Married Quarters' homes, and are family homes, with the Culdrose Community Centre on the estate.

I am well aware that this area on the edge of Helston can be noisy, and that's because Flambard's is open 10am to 5pm, and Sainsbury is open 7am to 10pm daily and on Sundays 10am to 4pm.

Take a closer look at the CLOSING times.

Culdrose do not fly aircraft constantly through the night, and the aircraft which do fly at night are mainly engaged in Search and Rescue, a much needed service.

An event with some outside 'music' until 6am ( that's 13 hours later than Flambard's normal closing time ) is more suited to Bodmin Moor.

This isn't the first time Flambard's has been considered as this venue. Why do you think the previous owners didn't want it, with all the bother and aggravation it brings to its door.

At least cars wont get stuck in the mud, and if it is a roaring success, then expect the new owners of Flambards to try to attract even more overnight extravaganzas in the future.
I wish the organisers well, and hope party-goers think it will be £50 well spent. The houses closest to Flambards are M.O.D. 'Married Quarters' homes, and are family homes, with the Culdrose Community Centre on the estate. I am well aware that this area on the edge of Helston can be noisy, and that's because Flambard's is open 10am to 5pm, and Sainsbury is open 7am to 10pm daily and on Sundays 10am to 4pm. Take a closer look at the CLOSING times. Culdrose do not fly aircraft constantly through the night, and the aircraft which do fly at night are mainly engaged in Search and Rescue, a much needed service. An event with some outside 'music' until 6am ( that's 13 hours later than Flambard's normal closing time ) is more suited to Bodmin Moor. This isn't the first time Flambard's has been considered as this venue. Why do you think the previous owners didn't want it, with all the bother and aggravation it brings to its door. At least cars wont get stuck in the mud, and if it is a roaring success, then expect the new owners of Flambards to try to attract even more overnight extravaganzas in the future. telstar1962
  • Score: 0

12:33pm Tue 9 Sep 14

Gill Z Martin says...

telstar1962 wrote:
I wish the organisers well, and hope party-goers think it will be £50 well spent.

The houses closest to Flambards are M.O.D. 'Married Quarters' homes, and are family homes, with the Culdrose Community Centre on the estate.

I am well aware that this area on the edge of Helston can be noisy, and that's because Flambard's is open 10am to 5pm, and Sainsbury is open 7am to 10pm daily and on Sundays 10am to 4pm.

Take a closer look at the CLOSING times.

Culdrose do not fly aircraft constantly through the night, and the aircraft which do fly at night are mainly engaged in Search and Rescue, a much needed service.

An event with some outside 'music' until 6am ( that's 13 hours later than Flambard's normal closing time ) is more suited to Bodmin Moor.

This isn't the first time Flambard's has been considered as this venue. Why do you think the previous owners didn't want it, with all the bother and aggravation it brings to its door.

At least cars wont get stuck in the mud, and if it is a roaring success, then expect the new owners of Flambards to try to attract even more overnight extravaganzas in the future.
You have pointed out the downfalls and disadvantages of an event such as this, however, one could point out the disadvantages of many large scale events, take a look at the ridiculous amount of rubbish left behind after Flora Day, the ad lib parking all over the place, the extra precept added to the Helston council tax bill to cover it, and the inconvenience of road closures. If every large scale event was eliminated on its disadvantages, very little would take place.
The advantages of the Halloween ball is that it gives young people a place to be, instead of knocking at people's doors over Halloween, and it generates some income for Flambards, which in turn safeguards employment there.
[quote][p][bold]telstar1962[/bold] wrote: I wish the organisers well, and hope party-goers think it will be £50 well spent. The houses closest to Flambards are M.O.D. 'Married Quarters' homes, and are family homes, with the Culdrose Community Centre on the estate. I am well aware that this area on the edge of Helston can be noisy, and that's because Flambard's is open 10am to 5pm, and Sainsbury is open 7am to 10pm daily and on Sundays 10am to 4pm. Take a closer look at the CLOSING times. Culdrose do not fly aircraft constantly through the night, and the aircraft which do fly at night are mainly engaged in Search and Rescue, a much needed service. An event with some outside 'music' until 6am ( that's 13 hours later than Flambard's normal closing time ) is more suited to Bodmin Moor. This isn't the first time Flambard's has been considered as this venue. Why do you think the previous owners didn't want it, with all the bother and aggravation it brings to its door. At least cars wont get stuck in the mud, and if it is a roaring success, then expect the new owners of Flambards to try to attract even more overnight extravaganzas in the future.[/p][/quote]You have pointed out the downfalls and disadvantages of an event such as this, however, one could point out the disadvantages of many large scale events, take a look at the ridiculous amount of rubbish left behind after Flora Day, the ad lib parking all over the place, the extra precept added to the Helston council tax bill to cover it, and the inconvenience of road closures. If every large scale event was eliminated on its disadvantages, very little would take place. The advantages of the Halloween ball is that it gives young people a place to be, instead of knocking at people's doors over Halloween, and it generates some income for Flambards, which in turn safeguards employment there. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 2

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