Summer Holiday: Inventions22 July - 1 September 2024

Summer holiday fun for the whole family to enjoy. Tank displays, kids’ activities, tank-themed play areas, and more!

The Tank Museum brings the story of tanks and their crews to life. Experience the biggest day out in history with interactive exhibitions, 300 tanks, kids activities, and more at Dorset’s largest indoor attraction. 

Get involved with hands-on games and interactives, see tanks roar round the arena, and experience a tracked vehicle ride. Enter the new ‘Design Your Own Tank’ Competition, plus, see the tank-themed outdoor playpark for mini-tank enthusiasts. 

Key Details

  • Invention-themed activities 22 July – 1 September
  • Open daily 9.30am-5pm
  • Tanks in Action Displays 1pm Mon-Thurs and vehicle rides every day
  • Kids’ activities, tours and trails
  • ‘Design Your Own Tank’ Competition – New For 2024!
  • Allow 4-5hrs for your visit

See armoured vehicles roar round the arena

  • At 1pm Monday – Thursdays during the holidays until 31 August
  • Live tank battle, lifelike explosions, and the opportunity to get into the arena and participate in the display
  • Meet the crew and get close to the vehicles from the display afterwards
The Sherman 'Fury' tank drives from left to right, a large explosion is seen behind the tank between the Fury and the half-track vehicles in the distance. Several members of the audience make up the foreground as they watch on.

Get into the arena yourself with a vehicle ride.

  • Available 24 July – 3 September
  • Monday – Thursday 1030-1200 & 1345-1630 and Friday – Sunday 1030-1200 & 1300-1630
  • Ride in a real tracked vehicle – a Cold War M548 troop carrier
  • £4 per person or £13.50 for a family of four, pay on the day – card only.
  • Visitors must be over 1.25m tall
Three tracked transport vehicles.

New for 2024 – Design Your Own Tank Competition! 

  • Design your own tank using the form HERE, or on your visit to The Tank Museum during the Summer Holidays.
  • There will be five winners drawn throughout August and five Tank Museum goodie bags up for grabs.
  • Children can submit their entry at The Information Booth or the Tamiya Hall of The Tank Museum. Postal entries are also accepted.
  • Check out the form HERE for full terms and conditions and to enter.

There’s loads of family fun at The Tank Museum! 

  • Our ten powerful exhibitions are full of interactives suitable for all ages, with games, puzzles, and hands-on activities
  • A tank-themed outdoor play area for mini tank-fans
  • Children can explore with our free Commander Basil trail
  • Free soft play and colouring in the Cold War Hall
  • Dressing up, trails and talks throughout the Museum
Tickets prices

TICKET PRICES

Book online to save 10%!

FREE ANNUAL PASS WITH EVERY TICKET!
ONLINE
ON THE DOOR
Adult (16+)
ONLINE
£19.35
ON THE DOOR
£21.50
Child (4-15)
ONLINE
£10.49
ON THE DOOR
£11.65
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
ONLINE
£49.05
ON THE DOOR
£54.50
Family (2 Adults + 1 Child)
ONLINE
£39.92
ON THE DOOR
£44.35
Family (1 Adult + 2 Children)
ONLINE
£33.53
ON THE DOOR
£37.25
Child (Under 4)
ONLINE
ON THE DOOR
Free
Concessions
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Activities & Timings
TIME
ACTIVITY
LOCATION
All holiday, All day

Outdoor Play Area

Climb on our Centurion & Mark II in the new outdoor play area. Children must be supervised at all times. 

Outside The Main Museum

Tank Museum Volunteer Modellers

See detailed models of tanks and find out how to make them.

Tank Story Hall

Soft Play

Free soft play and colouring. Children must be supervised at all times. 

Tamyia Hall

Ingenious Inventions Craft Station

Have a go at colouring in your own Top Trump card.

Tamyia Hall

Design Your Own Tank Competitions

Are you an ingenious inventor? Or do you dream of flying tanks, tracks and sprockets? Now’s your chance, Design your own tank and enter our weekly competition to be in with a chance to win a prize!

Tamyia Hall

Top Trumps Trail

There are 12 Giant Top Trumps Cards around the Museum. Find the secret card to win an exclusive Top Trumps that does not appear in any pack.

 

Museum Wide

Make Your Own Top Trumps Card

Be inspired by the Tank Museum’s new Top Trumps pack and even make your own card to take home.

Tanks For The Memories
Every day, 13:30 - 15:30

Vehicle Conservation Centre Balcony Open

View our extended collection from the viewing balcony.

 

Vehicle Conservation Centre
Every Day, 10:00-15:00

Battlefield Breakthroughs

Discover the inventions that became turning points in war from the first tank to modern warfare and beyond.

Museum Wide
Mon-Thurs, 13:45-14:15

Meet The Crew From Tanks In Action

Meet the crew who drive our ingenious inventions during Tanks in Action.

Vehicle Conservation Centre Apron
Everyday, timings vary

Vehicle Rides in the Arena

Get the chance to ride inside a tracked vehicle in our very own Arena!

£4 Single, £13.50 Family Minimum Height of 125cm

Weekday: 10:30 – 12:00 & 13:00 – 16:15

Weekend: 10:30 – 12:00 & 13:45 -16:15

Kuwait Arena
Mon-Thurs, 13:00-13:30

Live Tanks in Action

See armoured vehicles in action, find out how they work together in battle.

Kuwait Arena
27 Jul & 10 Aug, 12:30-13:00

One Man and his Gundogs

Join Stephen Harrison and his gundogs for an entertaining & educational demonstration of dog training methods, gundog skills and a wonderful array of tricks! After the demonstration, Stephen will be available after the show for people wishing to ask any questions or just to meet the dogs!

Kuwait Arena

Exhibitions

Our stories: nine powerful exhibitions in seven large halls.

Plan Your Visit

All you need to know before visiting.

What To See & Do

Tonnes to see & do for all the family.

Supported By:

Murco, a motor fuel group brand, supports The Tank Museum’s arena action during TANKFEST, Tiger Day, and Tanks in Action by providing fuel for the historic running vehicles. You can find out more about Murco HERE.

Murco

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