The Tank Museum | Tankfest FAQ's

Tankfest FAQ's

Frequently asked questions


What time does the event open?
09.00 – 18.00

Which Tanks will be on show/in the arena?
The full TANKFEST programme with vehicles can be found here.  

Is TANKFEST an outdoor event?
Yes, the event takes place outside, please be prepared for all weather. Don't forget your sunscreen and your rain coat/umbrella!

Is there seating in the arena?
You can purchase a seat for Friday in a tiered Grandstand . Saturday and Sunday are both sold out. The grandstand is not covered, but you do get a designated seat from which you can come and go during the day. The rest of the arena is a grassy slope.

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. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased onsite.

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 
• 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 
• As a condition of entry, visitors may be subject to a search.

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, so you would need a TANKFEST ticket to enter the Museum over the three days of the event.

Is there a charge for car parking at TANKFEST?
No, car parking is free at TANKFEST.

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. There will also be armed police patrolling the site throughout the event. Please also note that 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.

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. Local taxi companies - EZ Riders – 01929 556575, CC Cars - 07766 816047, Garrison Cabs – 01929 463395.

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 outdoor surfaces around site are uneven.

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

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 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 cash machine onsite?

Yes, there is a free cash machine inside the main Museum building. Cash back is available in The Museum Shop (minimum spend £5.00). 

Can I look around the Museum & Vehicle Conservation Centre for my entrance fee?
Yes, your TANKFEST ticket includes access to the Museum and Vehicle Conservation Centre.

Don’t forget that your TANKFEST ticket allows you one year’s membership for free future visits, excluding Special Events.

What is the Vehicle Conservation Centre?
The Vehicle Conservation Centre is a temperature controlled storage area of non-displayed tanks. At TANKFEST you will have exclusive access to the floor, as opposed to the viewing balcony during normal opening hours.

Are catering facilities available?
In addition to the Museum restaurant and café, there is a wide selection of caterer’s onsite, ranging from fish & chips, burgers to healthy salads. 

Am I allowed to bring my dog to TANKFEST ?
Regretfully, dogs are not allowed onsite, with the exception of disability assistance dogs. We ask owners not to leave dogs in their vehicles. 

Can I come along dressed in soldier uniform?
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 a serving soldier, you will be refused admission to TANKFEST if you are dressed in military uniform. 

What is the cost for the Military & their families?
Serving members of the military will need to purchase a standard ticket for TANKFEST.

Is there a discount for 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 Helen Smith, The Tank Museum, Bovington, BH20 6JG.

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.

Gift Aid
As a registered charity we can reclaim tax on your admission payment if made by a UK tax payer.
Please note: Yearly gift aid passes are not valid for admission to TANKFEST 2019.

If I book a TANKFEST  ticket in January, when does my annual pass start?
The first time you visit the Museum is when your annual pass starts, EG: If you buy your ticket in January and come to the Museum in March, this is when your annual pass starts.

Travelling to The Tank Museum
Road: The Tank Museum, Lindsay Road, Bovington, BH20 6JG

Rail: Nearest station is Wool, Dorset (2.5 miles) –

Air: Nearest airport is Bournemouth, Dorset (25 miles) -

Sea: Poole, Dorset offers routes from Cherbourg, or Portsmouth from Le Harve, Cherbourg and St Malo -

Where can I stay in the Dorset area, close to The Tank Museum? 
There is a variety of accommodation in the local area, with hotel, B&B or camp site, check accommodation provider websites like TripAdvisor for more information.

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.  

The Tank Museum is a registered charity - Charity No.: 1102661
The Tank Museum is a not for profit organisation.
The Tank Museum is the Museum of the Royal Tank Regiment & Royal Armoured Corps.

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