TANKFEST Programme

We are still working on the programme for TANKFEST 2024. Sign up to receive our email newsletter to find out about guest vehicle releases, programme updates, and more. 

The site opens at 8:30 for you to browse The Tank Museum, trade stalls and living history encampments. The site closes at 18:00.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday will see the main action in the arena, with unique displays of historic and modern armour from The Tank Museums collection, British Army and very special guests.

There will also be living history encampments, lectures from tank experts and demonstrations, traders and caterers throughout the site, and of course The Tank Museum to explore.

Please note this is subject to change, and all vehicles are subject to mechanical availability. 

TIME
ACTIVITY
VEHICLES
1045

TANKFEST 2024: Show Opening

Three modern vehicles show their paces to mark the opening of TANKFEST.

Leopard 1, Bergepanzer, and Warrior 515
1055

World War One – The First Tanks 

An examination of the conditions that gave rise to the birth of the tank, illustrated in battle re-enactment scenarios. 

Mark IV, A7-V, and Whippet (Replicas)
1125

The Evolution of British Armour 

A journey through British tank development, from the light tanks and armoured cars of the interwar period to the Cruisers of WWII. 

Vickers Light Mark IV, Matilda I, Matilda II, Valentine Mk IX, Valentine DD, Churchill Mk III, A27 (L) Centaur, and Comet A34
1205

World War Two: The Tank Comes of Age

An unrivalled display of Second World War tanks used by British, US, Soviet and German forces.

T34/85, Panzer III, Marder, M3A1 Stuart, M4A4 Sherman, M4A2 Sherman 'Fury' and Sexton
1230

Lunch Break

An opportunity to refuel and explore the site!

Tank Park open 1245-1345
1400

NW Europe 1944: World War Two Battle Re-enactment 

An explosive illustration of the battlefield tactics employed by a retreating German force, ready to ambush a probing Allied patrol.

M4A2 Sherman ‘Fury’, M24 Chaffee, Daimler Armoured Car, and M8 Greyhound VS Marder, Sd.Kfz 222 replica, and Sd.Kfz 251
1435

Celebrating the Centurion

The development of the iconic British Centurion. Arriving in 1945, it is often considered among the best tanks of all time.

Centurion FV4005, Centurion 20 Pdr, Centurion 165 AVRE, Swiss Centurion, and Centurion ARV
1510

The Cold War – Suspicion & Stockpiling  

Armour from both sides of the Iron Curtain tell a story of a Cold War arms race that accelerated tank development.  

T-72M, M47, M60, AMX-13, Leopard 1, Chieftain Mk 10, Challenger 1, CVR(T) Scimitar, Bulldog, and Warthog ATV
1550

Modern Warfare: British Army Display  

A display of in-service vehicles used by The British Army’s Royal Armoured Corps and a demonstration of their battle tactics.  

Challenger 2, Warrior 510, Jackal 2, Foxhound, Trojan, ARES, Ajax, CRARRV TES, BRDM-2, and T-72M
1640

Display Ends

But the site is open until 18:00 – so there is still time to explore.

Stage Friday
TIME
NAME
DESCRIPTION
09:15 - 10:00

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Whitchurch MBE – Learning From 1944

Matthew ‘Sticky’ Whitchurch will share his 37 years experience of leading armoured vehicles on the battlefield for the Army and NATO, and discuss his compelling study of battlefields in the Baltics and Ukraine. This talk will signpost good to knows on Tanks in Normandy, Italy and the Eastern Front as seen 80 years ago.

Stage
10:15 - 11:00

Dick Taylor – Wacky Weapons of WW2

Lieutenant Colonel Dick Taylor RTR (retd) is a well-known and much-published expert on the history of British tanks. His many books include volumes on the Challenger, Chieftain, Matilda and Valentine. Dick’s talk covers the story of twelve incredible but largely forgotten weapons fielded, tested, developed (and in some cases, fortunately abandoned) by combatant nations during WW2.

Stage
11:15 - 12:00

Lance Geiger – Rampage: Stolen Armour

Armour is made for the battlefield. But, sometimes, weapons of war end up on the wrong side of the road.  Lance Geiger, YouTube’s The History Guy, recounts dramatic stories of armoured vehicles that were stolen and taken where they don’t belong.

Stage
12:15 - 13:15

Bruce Crompton & Andrew May – DD Sherman Tank Warriors book and the 13th/18th Royal Hussars in WWII

Join Bruce Crompton & Andrew May as they discuss Andrew May’s new book, DD Sherman Tank Warriors, and recounts of the regiment’s significant contribution on D-Day, plus their subsequent involvement in the battle for Normandy, and the fight up through Western Europe into the Fatherland.

Stage
13:30 - 14:15

Nico Ferrari – Hollywood Movie Cars & Stunt Sequences

A fascinating behind the scenes peek at the exciting world of Hollywood blockbusters and their on screen vehicles. In this talk, learn more about the way vehicles are designed, built and modified in order to serve the requirements of major film productions. If you’ve ever wondered how stunt sequences are formed and planned then don’t miss this presentation!

Stage
14:30 - 15:15

Brickmania® Simon Jones – Building History: The Military Lego®

Community

The military LEGO® building community is an intersection for those with a passion for military history as well as creativity and creation! Learn more about this unique community through the eyes of one of the community’s prominent UK members, Simon Jones. This talk will discuss the details surrounding this unique community, its role in teaching history to youth, and how you can get involved!

Stage
15:30 - 16:15

Jonathan Falconer – Vehicle Waterproofing for D-Day

Jonathan Falconer is a publisher and author whose career has spanned nearly 40 years. His specialism is 20th century aviation and military history. Jonathan’s talk covers how the issue of vehicle waterproofing was addressed ranging from Jeeps to tanks – including preliminary waterproofing trials by the War Office, protecting ignition systems, maintaining an air supply for the engine, and enabling exhaust to escape while the vehicle was in water.

Stage
16:30 - 17:15

William Suttie – Experimental Vehicles in the Vehicle Conservation Centre

William Suttie worked for the Ministry of Defence for over 40 years and was involved in a wide range of military vehicle research, development and procurement activities. William’s talk is an overview the reasons why some of the experimental vehicles in the Vehicle Conservation Centre were built and a more in depth look at ‘SID’ and ‘ACAVP’.

Stage
TIME
ACTIVITY
LOCATION
09:15 - 10:00

William Suttie – Experimental Vehicles in the Vehicle Conservation Centre

William Suttie worked for the Ministry of Defence for over 40 years and was involved in a wide range of military vehicle research, development and procurement activities. William’s talk is an overview the reasons why some of the experimental vehicles in the Vehicle Conservation Centre were built and a more in depth look at ‘SID’ and ‘ACAVP’.

Stage
10:15 - 11:00

Dick Taylor – Wacky Weapons of WW2

Lieutenant Colonel Dick Taylor RTR (retd) is a well-known and much-published expert on the history of British tanks. His many books include volumes on the Challenger, Chieftain, Matilda and Valentine. Dick’s talk covers the story of twelve incredible but largely forgotten weapons fielded, tested, developed (and in some cases, fortunately abandoned) by combatant nations during WW2.

Stage
11:15 - 12:00

WO1 (SMI) Matt Vernon SASC – Histories Survivors

Matt joined the Army as a member of the Kings Own Border Regt in 2003, before transferring to the Small Arms School Corps (SASC) in 2011. Now in the role of Army Training Regt (Pirbright) SMI, Matt will look at how Second World War armoured vehicles continue to be used in modern conflict.

Stage
12:15 - 13:00

Brickmania® Simon Jones – Building History: The Military Lego®

Community

The military LEGO® building community is an intersection for those with a passion for military history as well as creativity and creation! Learn more about this unique community through the eyes of one of the community’s prominent UK members, Simon Jones. This talk will discuss the details surrounding this unique community, its role in teaching history to youth, and how you can get involved!

Stage
13:15 - 14:15

Bruce Crompton & Andrew May – DD Sherman Tank Warriors book and the 13th/18th Royal Hussars in WWII

Join Bruce Crompton & Andrew May as they discuss Andrew May’s new book, DD Sherman Tank Warriors, and recounts of the regiment’s significant contribution on D-Day, plus their subsequent involvement in the battle for Normandy, and the fight up through Western Europe into the Fatherland.

Stage
14:30 - 15:15

Nico Ferrari – Hollywood Movie Cars & Stunt Sequences

A fascinating behind the scenes peek at the exciting world of Hollywood blockbusters and their on screen vehicles. In this talk, learn more about the way vehicles are designed, built and modified in order to serve the requirements of major film productions. If you’ve ever wondered how stunt sequences are formed and planned then don’t miss this presentation!

Stage
15:30 - 16:15

Lance Geiger – Rampage: Stolen Armour

Armour is made for the battlefield. But, sometimes, weapons of war end up on the wrong side of the road.  Lance Geiger, YouTube’s The History Guy, recounts dramatic stories of armoured vehicles that were stolen and taken where they don’t belong.

Stage
16:30 - 17:15

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Whitchurch MBE – Learning From 1944

Matthew ‘Sticky’ Whitchurch will share his 37 years experience of leading armoured vehicles on the battlefield for the Army and NATO, and discuss his compelling study of battlefields in the Baltics and Ukraine. This talk will signpost good to knows on Tanks in Normandy, Italy and the Eastern Front as seen 80 years ago.   

Stage
TIME
ACTIVITY
LOCATION
09:15 - 10:00

Jack Bowsher – Forgotten Armour – Tank Warfare in Burma

Forgotten Armour is a new and exciting appraisal of the role of tanks in India and Burma in the Second World War. Often regarded primarily as an infantryman’s war in dense jungle and through monsoon conditions, Jack will show that this is far from the whole story. Beginning with the failure to fully mechanise the interwar Indian Army, and tracing the development of armoured training, logistics and tactics, Forgotten Armour tells the story of the Second World War in India and Burma from the cramped interior of tanks.

Stage
10:15 - 11:00

Lance Geiger – Rampage: Stolen Armour

Armour is made for the battlefield. But, sometimes, weapons of war end up on the wrong side of the road.  Lance Geiger, YouTube’s The History Guy, recounts dramatic stories of armoured vehicles that were stolen and taken where they don’t belong.

Stage
11:15 - 12:15

Bruce Crompton & Andrew May – DD Sherman Tank Warriors book and the 13th/18th Royal Hussars in WWII

Join Bruce Crompton & Andrew May as they discuss Andrew May’s new book, DD Sherman Tank Warriors, and recounts of the regiment’s significant contribution on D-Day, plus their subsequent involvement in the battle for Normandy, and the fight up through Western Europe into the Fatherland.

Stage
13:30 - 14:15

Brickmania® Simon Jones – Building History: The Military Lego®

Community

The military LEGO® building community is an intersection for those with a passion for military history as well as creativity and creation! Learn more about this unique community through the eyes of one of the community’s prominent UK members, Simon Jones. This talk will discuss the details surrounding this unique community, its role in teaching history to youth, and how you can get involved!

Stage
14:30 - 15:15

Dick Taylor – Wacky Weapons of WW2

Lieutenant Colonel Dick Taylor RTR (retd) is a well-known and much-published expert on the history of British tanks. His many books include volumes on the Challenger, Chieftain, Matilda and Valentine. Dick’s talk covers the story of twelve incredible but largely forgotten weapons fielded, tested, developed (and in some cases, fortunately abandoned) by combatant nations during WW2.

Stage
15:30 - 16:15

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Whitchurch MBE – Learning From 1944

Matthew ‘Sticky’ Whitchurch will share his 37 years experience of leading armoured vehicles on the battlefield for the Army and NATO, and discuss his compelling study of battlefields in the Baltics and Ukraine. This talk will signpost good to knows on Tanks in Normandy, Italy and the Eastern Front as seen 80 years ago.

Stage

Tank Park 

Get up close to all the vehicles from the display in the Tank Park and meet the crews.

The Tank Museum’s Tank Park is open 0830-1030 and 1245-1345. The FV4005 will be available all day, aside from 1630 onwards where there is exclusive access for those who donated £100 or more to the restoration project.

The British Army’s Tank Park is open 0830-1500.

The Tank Park may have to close at short notice if a vehicle move is required. 

 

Living History 

See history brought to life! Visit 15 different groups in the Living History Encampment zone, from WWI all the way to modern day, and representing British, American, French, German, Polish, and Finish troops. Open 0830-1800.

 

Activity Zone 

Get hands-on with history in the Activity Zone, with modelling, item handling, and more (full details coming soon).

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