Tankfest 2014 – The Most Explosive Weekend In History!
Posted on 2nd July 2013

Date of Event: From 28th June 2014 to 29th June 2014
Time of Event: 09:00 - 18:30
Venue: The Tank Museum & Tank Museum Arena
Entry Fee: Various: See below for ticket options

TANKFEST 2014 - The World’s best display of moving armour returns to The Tank Museum!

Experience the best display of historic moving armour in the world at The Tank Museum – bringing the story of tanks, tank crew and soldiers to life...

Historic vehicle displays will include vehicles making their show debuts, with a number of old favourites returning to the arena.


Watch this space for all the exciting news relating to Tankfest 2014 as it is announced.

NEW! Arena Display Programmes

To find out what's going on in the arena for each day at Tankfest look no further...bovtm_arena_programme_TF2014.jpg

In the arena on Saturday 28th June.
In the arena on Sunday 29th June.

Look out for Matilda 1, Tiger 131, Valentine DD, Kettenkrad, Panzer III, Comet, and the newly arrived Buffel and M110, among others!

The British Army

The Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) has once again agreed to demonstrate a number of The Army’s current armoured fighting vehicles. There will also be an opportunity to see these vehicles up close in The Tank Park and to meet the crews.

bovtm_edwardfox.jpgEdward Fox

Edward Fox, star of “A Bridge Too Far” has agreed to join us for the Saturday of Tankfest (work schedule permitting) Edward will be giving a talk on the making of the movie “A Bridge Too Far” during lunch in The Director’s Enclosure.

Our Tribute to Operation Market Garden

2014 sees the 70th anniversary of this daring attempt by the Allies to dramatically shorten the Second World War, by capturing key river bridges in Holland thus allowing an attack straight into the industrial heart of Germany, the Ruhr. The Tank Museum will commemorate this historic struggle between Allied airborne and ground forces and their German enemy in September 1944, with our grand finale battle at Tankfest. Several of our exhibits from that period will be taking part, including the famous Tiger 131 tank.

"Jumpin Jacques" P-51 Mustang bovtm_mustang.jpg

Joining our grand finale battle will be this legendary figher plane, "Jumpin Jacques", a North American P-51 Mustang. This original Second World War plane served in the last years of the war and still bears her battle scars.

Vehicle Conservation Centre

By June 2014 the Vehicle Conservation Centre will have been open for almost twelve months – the building is now packed with armoured fighting vehicles, many rarely available for public viewing. Tankfest is one of the few occasions each year that the public are allowed on to the Centre’s floor and able to see these vehicles up close.

bovtm_Cherry.jpgCherry Morello

Cherry will be performing favourites from the 1940’s during the lunch period on both Saturday and Sunday in the entertainment tent. Cherry will also be performing in The Director’s Enclosure.

New for 2014!

2014 sees the inaugural “Bovington Tank Pull Challenge Cup” Teams from The Royal Wessex Yeomanry and The Royal Marines go head to head pulling an armoured fighting vehicle over a set distance in the Kuwait Arena. The winner will be the best aggregate time over the two days of Tankfest . The triumphant cup holder will take on challengers from The Armed Services in 2015

25 Pounder Artillery Battery

For the first time at Tankfest “The Garrison” Royal Artillery re-enactors will be demonstrating a battery of four 25 pounder artillery guns including live firing. There will be four 25 pounders and their supporting vehicles including a compliment of approximately 40 personnel. The Garrison will be based in the Living History area but demonstrating their fire power in The Kuwait Arena. They will also be playing their part in our Grand Finale Battle when their destructive fire power will be used to support the British Armour.

bovtm_white_helmets.jpgThe White Helmets - Sunday Only

On Sunday's Tankfest, The Tank Museum welcomes The Royal Signals motorcycle display team - The White Helmets. Based at Blandford, The White Helmets are in demand all over the country so we are delighted that they will be displaying their exciting and skilful motorcycle routines in The Kuwait Arena. Remember their stunning performances will only be available to us on the Sunday of Tankfest.

Please note: Although the Display Team are highly qualified and capable, there is always the possibility of an unforeseen accident or incident. Spectators who watch the display do so at their own risk with regard to what they witness. No related spectator claims will be supported.

PLEASE NOTE: The appearance of all vehicles is subject to their mechanical reliability and operational availability. The Tank Museum reserves the right to change or modify the itinerary as circumstances and conditions dictate without prior notice.


Your TANKFEST 2014 ticket includes a free annual pass – so you can visit The Tank Museum as many times as you like in a year*.

Your annual pass is valid from the date you purchase your TANKFEST ticket – so you can visit before or after the event at your leisure! Don't forget - your ticket INCLUDES admission to The Tank Museum too!



PLEASE NOTE: Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Group Rates are no longer available

Please Note: TANKFEST Tickets are only available from The Tank Museum. Please be aware that tickets purchased from any third party may not be valid.

Refund policy: Once purchased, tickets cannot be transferred, exchanged, refunded or returned unless the event is cancelled, moved to another date or details of the event are significantly changed after an order has been placed.

Tickets are available on the gate, on the day, for either or both days.


Make the most of TANKFEST 2014 with a TANKFEST Premium Ticket.

Available on Saturday, Sunday or across the weekend, you will have excellent views from a seat in a covered private enclosure on our banked viewing area. With food, drink and a show guide included in the price, you won’t miss a moment of the action!

To find out more, click here.

All Premium Tickets are now Sold Out.

ONLINE: Click here.
BY PHONE: 01929 405096 x211 / x238

Refund policy: Once purchased, tickets cannot be transferred, exchanged, refunded or returned unless the event is cancelled, moved to another date or details of the event are significantly changed after an order has been placed.


Join The Tank Museum Director in the comfort of an arena-side enclosure as we mix VIP treatment with a generous serving of heavy metal! The best seats in the house!!!

Enjoy reserved parking, a private seated viewing area, a licensed bar and a sumptuous three course lunch. Starting at 9am, you will also be free to explore the living history displays, traders stalls and, of course, the world famous Tank Museum itself. Tickets are available individually - but with tables of 10 available why not bring your friends, family or colleagues too?

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All Director's Enclosure Tickets are now Sold Out.

BY PHONE: 01929 405096 x211 / x238

*Guest's with Director's Enclosure tickets will spend Saturday in the Director's Enclosure and Sunday as Premium Ticket holders.
Refund policy: Once purchased, tickets cannot be transferred, exchanged, refunded or returned unless the event is cancelled, moved to another date or details of the event are significantly changed after an order has been placed.

Traders & Caterers wishing to book their spots for Tankfest 2014 can download a booking form and information pack here:

PDF Download your form here

Reenactors wishing to be a part of Tankfest 2014 can download a booking form and information pack here:

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Find your way around TANKFEST with our handy site map. Click here.

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
• Regretfully dogs are not allowed onsite
• Children must be accompanied by parent(s)/guardian(s) at all times
• The Living History Area includes trenches and trip hazards. Please be extra vigilant

Please note that Tankfest 2014 is a special event, and requires a Tankfest 2014 ticket for admission. Annual passes may not be used for this event.

*Terms & Conditions apply as follows:
The membership does not entitle the holder to free admission on special event days, such as TANKFEST. The Museum may specify a total of 5 special event days in that 365-day period on which this annual ticket will be exempt. These dates can be found on this website but if you are unsure we recommend that you call ahead of your visit. The event details are updated regularly on our website, so please check the relevant web page or phone the Museum prior to your visit. Tank Action Displays are not counted a special event day. The individual paying the admission fee will be registered as the member, and will be required to be present and to provide proof of identity and a signature for return visits. If you require individual membership for members of your party, you should consider paying separately to enable you to gain return visits independently.