…bringing the story of tanks, tank crew and soldiers to life…
NEW FOR 2017! TANKFEST PREVIEW DAY
TANKFEST is an advance ticket only event, there will not be any tickets for sale on the day.
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Join us for the world’s biggest and best live display of historic armor, living history, and much more at the Home of the Tank – The Tank Museum, Bovington.
TANKFEST TRAILER 2017
What time does the event open?
Gates open at 9am, with the arena displays starting at 10.30am. Please note car parks will not open until 8am.
Which Tanks will be on show/in the arena?
Tanks from the First World War through to Modern Day will be on display, whether they are static or mobile. Check our Tankfest page for updated information on which tanks will be on display.
Is Tankfest an outdoor event?
Yes, the event takes place outside, please be prepared for all weather. Don’t forget your sunscreen and your rain coat/umbrella!
Can I use my annual pass for admission to Tankfest?
Tankfest is a ‘special event day’, therefore annual passes are not valid.
Will there be a bus service to the train station?
We are currently in talks with local bus companies regarding a shuttle bus service from Wool Railway station.There are also local taxi companies – EZ Riders – 01929 556575, CC Cars – 07766 816047, Garrison Cabs – 01929 463395.
Where can I be dropped off and picked up at the event?
There is a dedicated taxi/vehicle drop off and pick up point close to the entrance, please see site map for location.
Is the event accessible to people in wheelchairs?
Yes, there are lifts and/or ramps available in the main Museum & Vehicle Conservation Centre. Please note some outdoor surfaces around site are uneven.
Is there Disabled Parking?
Yes, Disabled Parking is available within the Museum grounds, please follow the road signs & ensure you display your blue badge.
Is there a cash machine onsite?
Yes, there is a free cash machine inside the main Museum building. Cash back is available in The Museum Shop (minimum spend £5.00).
Can I look around the Museum & Vehicle Conservation Centre for my entrance fee?
Yes, your Tankfest ticket includes access to the Museum and Vehicle Conservation Centre.
Don’t forget that your Tankfest ticket allows you one year’s membership for free future visits, excluding Special Events.
What is the Vehicle Conservation Centre?
The Vehicle Conservation Centre is a temperature controlled storage area of non-displayed tanks. At Tankfest you will have exclusive access to the floor, as opposed to the viewing balcony during normal opening hours.
Are catering facilities available?
In addition to the Museum restaurant and café, there is a wide selection of caterer’s onsite, ranging from fish & chips, burgers to healthy salads.
Am I allowed to bring my dog to Tankfest?
Regretfully, dogs are not allowed onsite, with the exception of disability assistance dogs. We ask owners not to leave dogs in their vehicles.
Can I bring my Military Vehicle along?
Yes, if you pre-book your vehicle into the event, you will be allocated a space onsite. Please contact our Events Coordinator for availability – EventsCoordinator@tankmuseum.org
Can I come along dressed in soldier uniform?
No, unless you are a member of one of the re-enactor groups participating in TANKFEST as part of our Living History encampments. If you are not a participant or a serving soldier, you will be refused admission to TANKFEST if you are dressed in military uniform. Children are exempt from this rule providing they behave respectfully. If you would like to participate as part of a Living History group please contact our Events Coordinator to check availability: EventsCoordinator@tankmuseum.org.
What is the cost for the Military & their families?
MOD90 card holders, wearing their service uniform are allowed complimentary entry to Tankfest (Sunday only). You must contact the Museum to arrange your complimentary ticket in advance of the event – ticket numbers are limited. General Admission prices apply to other family members and those without MOD90 cards. Please purchase tickets for your family members well in advance – Tankfest will be sold out before the day and no tickets will be available on the gate.
As a registered charity we can reclaim tax on your admission payment if made by a UK tax payer.
Please note: Yearly gift aid passes are not valid for admission to Tankfest 2017.
If I book a Tankfest ticket in January, when does my annual pass start?
The first time you visit the Museum is when your annual pass starts, EG: If you buy your ticket in January and come to the Museum in March, this is when your annual pass starts.
Travelling to The Tank Museum
Road: The Tank Museum, Lindsay Road, Bovington, BH20 6JG
Rail: Nearest station is Wool, Dorset (2.5 miles) – www.southwesttrains.co.uk
Air: Nearest airport is Bournemouth, Dorset (25 miles) – www.bournemouthairport.com
Sea: Poole, Dorset offers routes from Cherbourg, or Portsmouth from Le Harve, Cherbourg and St Malo – http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/
Where can I stay in the Dorset area, close to The Tank Museum?
There is a variety of accommodation in the local area, with hotel, B&B or camp site, check accommodation provider websites like TripAdvisor for more information.
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