The Tank Museum in Bovington is considered home to the world’s best display of tanks and every year they hold a festival purely dedicated to tanks and the memorabilia that surrounds them. DIY Dad visited the festival this year and this is his account of why you should not miss another year.
‘The jury was out as to whether this festival of artillery, machinery, armour and vehicles was going to keep a small toddler entertained but we were so wrong, as our son had an amazing time. I had expected to see a variety of older tanks but was surprised to see as many modern day tanks, which gave an insight as to what our soldiers work with and how the tanks have dramatically changed in the last 100 years. The best tanks for me were the First World War tanks which, for their time were ingenious. Our son loved the tank rides the best, where you can get in a tiny tank and have a go. As I am sure most young boys would, oh and the playground too.
What I wasn’t expecting was all the military extras for example as you enter the festival you are met with world war bunkers, weapons, guns and display re-enactments of which I have never seen before and would certainly be hugely educational for older children. In addition to this the re-enactment of ‘A Bridge too far’ was the day’s most awe inspiring production with the legendary fighter plane, ‘Jumpin Jacques’ a North American P-51 Mustang which for its age performed beautifully.
New for this year was the arena displays and our son loved the Tank Pull Challenge as the crowd cheered and roared and was astonished or scared by the artillery display, highly recommend ear defenders here.
We were only visiting for the day however the festival runs for the whole weekend showcasing other extents from The Royal Signals motorcycle display team to the British Army and Leopard displays. Also on offer were the gourmet food outlets and stalls selling not only armoury and memorabilia but fashion items from bracelets to bags, which pleased my wife.
Adults tickets cost £21 for the day and children under 5 go free, so a true all-rounder for all the family especially Dads and certainly a force to be considered when looking for a day out or weekend festival. The Tank Museum has more events and special presentations throughout the year and to find our more visit: www.tankmuseum.org