The Tank Museum | Tankfest FAQ's

Tankfest FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions



What time does the event open?

The public event will open at 9:00am
Car parks will be open at 8:00am
The event is open till 6:00pm

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.

Can I use my Annual Pass for admission to TANKFEST?

TANKFEST is a 'Special Event day' - therefore Annual Passes are not valid.

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.

Tickets & Pricing

When will single day tickets come on sale?

Single Day tickets will come on sale in October 2019.

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.

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 2020.

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 over the three days of the event.

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 Helen Smith, The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG. 

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 which will be open form 9:00am - 6:00pm

Don't forget that your TANKFEST ticket allows you one year's Annual Pass for free future visits, excluding other Special Event days.

What is the Vehicle Conservation Centre?

The Vehicle Conservation Centre is a temperature controlled storage area of non-displayed tanks and vehicles. At TANKFEST you will have access to the floor, as opposed to just the viewing balcony during normal opening hours on non-Special Event days.


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. Please check our website, or sign-up to our e-newsletter for details of when these will go on sale.

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?

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

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.

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 see our Accessibility Statement if you require more information here.

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.

Travelling to the Event

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

Travelling to The Tank Museum

Road: The Tank Museum, Linsay Road, Bovington BH20 6JG

Rail: Nearest station is Wool, Dorset (2.5 miles) – There will be a Shuttle Bus running from Wool station to The Tank Museum for a small extra charge - the 2020 timetable will be posted here shortly.

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 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.

Please check out our Find Us page for more information.

Important Safety Information

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 includes trenches and trip hazards. Please be extra vigilant towards our own safety.
  • The Vehicle Tank Park is on uneven, rocky ground.
  • 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 TANFEST, so please keep any baggage to a minimum.

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

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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All you need to know about TANKFEST 2019

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