Big crowds at TANKFEST 2023


26 June 2023
TANKFEST, presented by the World of Tanks, enjoyed 24,000 visitors over the three days
The Tank Museum’s annual TANKFEST event, in the centenary year of the Museum, has been the biggest yet!
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TANKFEST, presented by the World of Tanks, enjoyed 24,000 visitors over the three days, who descended on The Tank Museum, Bovington, from as far away as Japan and Australia to experience the world’s best historic moving armoured vehicle display.


“The Tank Museum is constantly innovating the TANKFEST programme to give visitors a fresh experience every year. This year we introduced Tank TV so tank fans could watch the arena action on big screens, a viewing area dedicated to photography enthusiasts, and all three days featured a jam-packed programme of exciting moving armour,” said The Tank Museum’s Visitor Experience Manager Rosanna Dean.


TANKFEST showcased an unparalleled line-up of historic and modern running tanks from the Museum’s collection, guest armour, and the British Army in a display that was specially created by Curator David Willey to celebrate The Tank Museum’s 100th birthday. 


Friday visitors were also able to enjoy a visit from the RAF Red Arrows, who thrilled the crowds with a diamond formation flypast.


Sadly, one of this year’s special TANKFEST guests, the Nashorn, was unable to make it to Bovington. Due to circumstances beyond the control of either the Friends of the Nashorn or The Tank Museum, the vehicle was prevented from crossing the channel, being stopped at Dunkirk.


Visitors to TANKFEST 2023 could explore The Tank Museum collection itself, including the new Tanks for the Memories exhibition, which presents the tank as a cultural icon through the mediums of TV, media, models, games, and film; the World of Tanks gaming zone; expert lectures; as well as the living history encampments and the traders village.

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