Getting to TANKFEST 2018

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By Car
Parking is free at Tankfest and our uniformed staff will direct you to available spaces. Car Parks open at 8am.

Please note that disabled parking is limited at Tankfest.

To guarantee a parking space within the disabled parking area, please get in touch with the Events Team in advance to pre-book at – events@tankmuseum.org


By Rail and Bus
Car Parking does fill up quickly, so why not consider taking the train? First Group will be providing a shuttle bus to and from Wool station. Please find the schedule here.

There are also taxis waiting at the station and more than likely fellow TANKFEST goers waiting there, who you could share a taxi with.

South West trains have kindly agreed to schedule extra trains for Tankfest, times to be confirmed. For up to date information please visit the South West Trains website.

If you have luggage, there is a cloakroom service in the Churchill Room where you can leave bags or coats for an additional charge. 


International Visitors


From Airports
The Tank Museum's nearest international aiports are Southampton and Bristol, both approximately an hour and a half from the Museum.

From Southampton airport, there are regular trains from Southampton Airport Parkway, less than 100 steps from the airport exit, where you can travel to Wool station. They also have a variety of car hire options - find out more here.

From Bristol, you can take the Airport Flyer Express to Bristol Temple Meads station, continuing onto Wool either via Southampton or Dorchester. Find details and book trains here. Alternatively, you can hire a car from the aiport - details here.

The Museum is also conveniently close to London, meaning journeys from London Gatwick or Heathrow are no problem at all. The Heathrow Express takes you to Paddington, where you can take the tube to Waterloo where there are direct trains to Wool - details here. Similarly, the Gatwick Express takes you straight to Waterloo. Both airports operate car hire services as well. Find details here for Heathrow and here for Gatwick. 

From Ferry Ports
Located very close to the South Coast, The Tank Museum has several nearby ferry ports, including Poole, Portsmouth and Plymouth, and is four hours from Dover. All these towns have train stations approximately half an hour away from the port, with Poole running a shuttle bus service. There are also local taxi services who can take you to the town centre.

Where to Stay
Find options of where to stay on TripAdvisor or Visit Dorset. Please bear in mind that nearby accommodation options fill up very early. If you can't find anywhere very close by, we recommend looking in Wareham, Dorchester, Weymouth, Poole or Bournemouth, as they are all on the main train line to Wool. 

TANKFEST Tips

  • The event takes place outside - remember sun-cream and waterproofs, depending on the weather forecast.
  • Arrive early to avoid queuing or parking far away. Car Parks will be open from 8am.
  • Bring plenty of cash! ATM services are very limited on-site.
  • No Dogs, with the exception of disability assistance dogs.
  • Sit down in the viewing areas, to ensure that everyone can see the displays.

For more information see the Tankfest FAQ's page.


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29.06.2018 - 01.07.2018

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