TANKFEST: In the Arena

The highlight of any TANKFEST is the display of historic and modern armoured vehicles in the Museum’s Kuwait Arena. For 2023, we have another stellar line-up of guest vehicles and, in recognition of the Museum’s 100th birthday, this year’s display has been specially curated by Museum Curator David Willey. 


Confirmed guest vehicles so far include the Sd.Kfz. 164 Nashorn (This one nicknamed by some ‘Phoenix’), Hetzer, T34/85, Panzer I (replica), and AMX-13. More announcements are expected in the run-up to the event.

Most exciting to fans of British armour will be the expected show debut of a newly restored WW2 Centaur tank, which is part of the Bannister Collection.

Meanwhile, The Tank Museum team is working to ensure that the Churchill Mark III and Matilda II will all be ready to join the other vehicles in The Tank Museum fleet for the show.

A colour image of a Nashorn tank in a woodland.
During its restoration a fire caused serious damage to the Nashorn. It was repaired and nicknamed the Phoenix.

Finally, the Royal Armoured Corps will be in attendance with a range of service vehicles, including the Challenger 2.


For 2023, Curator David Willey has designed our arena displays to tell the century-long story of the tank in terms of the efforts made to counter it on the battlefield, focusing in on the key lessons and developments from each era.

A colour image of three tanks in The Tank Museum's arena.
The curated displays will look at over 100 years of tank warfare.

The programme will feature a segment about the very first tanks, tanks from the 1920s and 30s, three separate displays on the Second World War, followed by the Cold War, new threats in modern warfare and the British Army Display. The audience will be treated to a more engaging and dynamic series of displays than ever before – with an emphasis on demonstration and spectacle.

Make the most of TANKFEST with a multi-day ticket. Save up to 20% when you buy a 2 or 3 day ticket. 

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