The Tank Museum’s annual TANKFEST event, in the centenary year of the Museum, has been the biggest yet! 

TANKFEST, presented by the World of Tanks, enjoyed 26,000 visitors over the three days, who descended on The Tank Museum, Bovington, from as far away as Japan and Australia to experience the world’s best historic moving armoured vehicle display.

“The Tank Museum is constantly innovating the TANKFEST programme to give visitors a fresh experience every year. This year we introduced Tank TV so tank fans could watch the arena action on big screens, a viewing area dedicated to photography enthusiasts, and all three days featured a jam-packed programme of exciting moving armour,” said The Tank Museum’s Visitor Experience General Manager Rosanna Dean.

TANKFEST showcased an unparalleled line-up of historic and modern running tanks from the Museum’s collection, guest armour, and the British Army in a display that was specially created by Curator David Willey to celebrate The Tank Museum’s 100th birthday.

TANKFEST featured a flypast from the RAF Red Arrows, who delighted visitors with their famous diamond formation in Hawk jets.

Colour image depicts two tanks in action in an arena surrounded by crowds.
TANKFEST 2023 welcomed 24,000 visitors over the 3 day event.

Sadly, one of this year’s special TANKFEST guests, the Nashorn, was unable to make it to Bovington. Due to circumstances beyond the control of either the Friends of the Nashorn or The Tank Museum, the vehicle was prevented from crossing the channel, being stopped at Dunkirk.

TANKFEST showcased an unparalleled line-up of historic armour.

Visitors to TANKFEST 2023 were able to explore The Tank Museum collection itself, including the new Tanks for the Memories exhibition, which presents the tank as a cultural icon through the mediums of TV, media, models, games, and film; the World of Tanks gaming zone; expert lectures; as well as the living history encampments and the traders.

Multi-day TANKFEST 2024 tickets are now on sale.

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Colour picture of an early model tank outside in the arena with a large tv screen in the background with the tank museum logo.
TANKFEST told the story of moving armour from WW1 to the modern day.
Colour picture of four tanks lined up outside on a summers day.
TANKFEST featured guest tanks courtesy of the Bannister collection.
Visitors could explore the living history encampments.
The Kuwait arena has hosted national and international events.
Visitors were able to to get up close to modern and historic armour.
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