Neil Grant, Friend of The Tank Museum and administrator for the Friends Facebook page, has created a fantastic schedule of events for 2019. To keep prices low, these are not exclusively Friends of The Tank Museum events and spaces are limited. Please get in touch with Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org with the event you would like to attend and your membership number.
Tank Driving Day (6 October, £175)
Pretty much what it says on the tin – you get to drive four different military vehicles -a Chieftain tank, Abbott self-propelled gun, Stormer load carrier and FV432 APC. Near Winchester, no prior experience necessary.
To Be Confirmed
Tudor Baking (TBA, £35)
Learn to make Tudor bread and cakes and bake them in a wood-fired oven in a historic property at the Chiltern Open Air Museum. The course lasts half a day, and you get the other half day free to tour the rest of the museum
Hands-on Falconry (TBA, £45)
A half-day session with a falconry school at a historic property in Northamptonshire. We will receive a talk about falconry, then fly three different birds (which ones will vary from day to day), which will actually fly to your hand. Definitely one to take the camera for! Note that this activity is weather dependent – basically, the birds don’t fly in heavy rain. Due to the very small group size, in order to allow each person a decent amount of time with each bird, we will find out who is interested and then arrange a time to suit those people.
“Artistic” Blacksmithing Day (TBA, £140)
This is a basic blacksmithing course with no prior experience required, run near Marlborough. As part of the course, you will make a metal ornament of your own design, hence the “artistic” label, to distinguish it from farriery or bladesmithing type blacksmith work. As the work is fairly small scale, no particular physical strength is required.
Polo Taster Day (TBA, £120)
This starts with an explanation of the rules and learning to hit a polo ball correctly on a wooden horse, before mounting up and learning to apply the knowledge on horseback. Note that the venue for this is likely to be in the Midlands, but may change. Being able to ride is a requirement for this session.
Horse Archery Day (TBA, £185)
This session is Hertfordshire. It starts with a short ground session teaching the specialist horse archery draw before mounting up and learning to apply the knowledge on horseback. Being able to ride is helpful but NOT a requirement for this session – at beginner level the targets are in a straight line, and the horses are well trained to run straight.
Zombie Boot Camp (TBA, £99)
As part of a small group of survivors, armed with simulated modern weapons, you have to fight hordes of zombies in a 32,000 square foot purpose-built gaming area including streets, bunkers and tunnel complexes, some of them filled with disorienting lights and smoke. Then you get made up as a zombie, and get to try and eat the brains of the next group of poor fools..... Note that this is located in the West Midlands, and is a relatively physical day.
Visit to the French Tank Museum, Saumur (TBA, circa £500)
This will probably be a long weekend trip – travel down one day, two full days at the museum with an English-speaking guide and travel back on the last day. The price will include travel, hotels, admission and guide. We're still in the planning process on this and much will depend on how many people want to go, but it is likely to be mid-2020. Email email@example.com to join the mailing list.
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