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TANKFEST FAQs

We have taken TANKFEST tickets off sale until we have a confirmed capacity limit for the site. This is to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. They will be available again as soon as possible.

All you need to know before visiting TANKFEST 2021. To make it easier to find what you need, we’ve separated recurring queries into sections.

When is TANKFEST?

25-27 June 2021.

 

What time does the event open?

The TANKFEST site is open to the public from 9am to 6pm. Car parks open at 8am.

Can I buy my ticket on the day?

No, TANKFEST is an advance ticket only event.

 

Can I use my Annual Pass for admission to TANKFEST?

TANKFEST is a ‘Special Event day’ – therefore Annual Passes are not valid.

 

Can I enter the Museum at TANKFEST without a TANKFEST ticket?

No, the Museum is part of the TANKFEST event, you will need a TANKFEST ticket to enter the Museum on that date.

 

If I book a TANKFEST ticket before the event and want to visit the Museum prior to the event, when does my Annual Pass start?

The first time you visit the Museum is when your Annual Pass starts. E.g. If you buy your ticket in January and come to the Museum in March, then your Annual Pass will start in March.

 

I can’t print my ticket?

If you are unable to print your ticket, please have it clearly displayed on a smartphone or similar for the admissions team to see to gain entry to the event.

 

I’m coming with a group and someone else has bought all our tickets.

All visitors covered by an e-ticket must arrive and be admitted together – duplicate tickets are not permitted. You will need to organise to meet outside of the event and all come in together.

 

What is the cost for the Military and their families?

MOD90 card holders are required to purchase tickets for this event. Standard event admission prices will apply and tickets must be purchased in advance. We do not accept Defence Discount Cards on ticket purchases.

 

And Military Veterans?

RAC veterans receive 50% off for Sunday tickets. To book, please call 01929 405096 ext208. Second World War and Korean War veterans can receive free tickets on request by writing to The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG.

Is TANKFEST an outdoor event?

Yes, the event takes place outside, please be prepared for all weather fronts. Don’t forget your sunscreen and your rain coat/ umbrella! Please check the weather ahead of your visit and dress appropriately.

 

Is there seating in the arena?

Yes, please find a space on the grassy slope that encompasses the arena to watch the displays. You are allowed to bring seating with you if you do not wish to sit directly on the slope.

Grandstand seating is available for each day of TANKFEST as an additional upgrade to your admission ticket. Find out more here.

 

Am I allowed to bring my dog to TANKFEST?

Regrettably, dogs are not allowed onsite, with the exception of disability assistance dogs, and registered Support Dogs with documentation. We ask owners not to leave dogs in their vehicles. During TANKFEST the site is not suitable for dogs.

 

Which tanks will be on show/ in the arena?

Find out from the TANKFEST programme or TANKFEST 2020 News.

Please note, the TANKFEST event programme and vehicles listed to take part are subject to health and safety, operational, weather and mechanical considerations. The Tank Museum reserves the right to amend or modify the programme, or withdraw vehicles at any time without notification when reasonably required in accordance with its own best-practice procedures or those of exhibit owners.

 

Is there a cash machine onsite?

Yes, there is a free cash machine inside the main Museum building. As we only have one cash machine, please bring plenty of cash in case it is busy. Most vendors onsite will only be able to accept cash payments only. Cash back is available in The Museum Shop (minimum spend £5.00).

 

Can I come along dressed as a soldier?

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 serving soldier, you will be refused admission to TANKFEST if you are dressed in military uniform.

 

Is there a secure location to leave luggage?

Yes, we have a cloakroom service by the Main Admissions tent. You can leave luggage or coats for an additional charge of £2 per item.

 

Are catering facilities available?

In addition to the Museum restaurant/cafe, there is a wide selection of caterer’s onsite, located outside the Museum serving an array of hot and cold food to suit all tastes and dietary requirements.

 

Are there any site safety rules?

Please be aware of the following:

  • There is uneven ground on parts of the site
  • Grass areas can be slippery when wet
  • Site is dusty
  • There will be loud explosions and pyrotechnics used throughout the day
  • Regrettably dogs are not allowed on site
  • Children must be accompanied by parent(s)/ Guardians(s) at all times
  • The Living History Area can include hazards. Please be extra vigilant towards our own safety.
  • As a condition of entry, visitors may be subject to a search.

 

Will there be bag searches and extra security at TANKFEST?

In response to the upgraded national threat level, security has been increased at TANKFEST. There will be bag searches conducted on entry to TANKFEST, so please keep any baggage to a minimum.

Please also note that the only pre-approved re-enactors and serving soldiers are permitted to wear military uniforms at the event. Any visitor wearing military uniforms without prior consent will not be allowed entry.

 

What items are prohibited from TANKFEST?

Knives, replica or real weapons, laser pens, fireworks, legal and illegal highs, and alcohol are not permitted and will be confiscated. You can collect these items at the end when you leave. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the event – The Tank Museum’s alcohol license does not cover beverages brought onto site.

How do I get to The Tank Museum?

Have a look at our Getting Here page.

 

Where can I stay in the Dorset area, close to The Tank Museum?

There is a variety of accommodation in the local area, with hotels, B&B’s or camp sites, check accommodation provider websites like TripAdvisor for more information. We usually recommend looking into the area surrounding Weymouth, Wareham, Dorchester, Poole and Bournemouth due to the ease of accessibility to public transport to the Museum. Find out more here.

 

Is there Disabled Parking?

Yes, there is disabled parking at TANKFEST. Either display your blue badge or get in touch with the events team on [email protected] in order to acquire a parking pass. This will give you access to the reserved disabled parking area. One of these passes MUST be on display in order to access the disabled parking reserved areas.

Please note that the disabled parking is located on grass, on the sports pitch to the right hand side of the Linsay Road entrance to The Tank Museum. This parking is located directly opposite the Main Admissions Point, so is the closest point to the Museum. You will have access to the fast track admissions access in order to prevent standing around in queues for periods of time.

 

Is there a charge for the car parking at TANKFEST?

No, car parking is free at TANKFEST.

 

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. Find information about local taxi companies here.

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 of the indoor and outdoor surfaces around site are uneven.

There is also a Disabled Viewing Area.

The TANKFEST site covers a vast area of the Museum’s surrounding grounds and therefore covers a large area. It is advised that if you find it difficult to walk for long periods of time, that you bring means to assist you.

Please find additional accessibility information here.

 

Is there Disabled Parking?

Yes, there is disabled parking at TANKFEST. Either display your blue badge or get in touch with the events team on [email protected] in order to acquire a parking pass. This will give you access to the reserved disabled parking area. One of these passes MUST be on display in order to access the disabled parking reserved areas.

Please note that the disabled parking is located on grass, on the sports pitch to the right hand side of the Linsay Road entrance to The Tank Museum. This parking is located directly opposite the Main Admissions Point, so is the closest point to the Museum. You will have access to the Premium Admissions in order to prevent standing around in queues for periods of time.

Couldn’t find what you were looking for? Call 01929 405096 or contact us via the form below.