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TANKFEST 2012 Update

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With just four months to go, planning is now well underway for The Tank Museums biggest event of the year.


Previous visitors will be aware that TANKFEST is by far the best display of historic moving armour in the world, complete with living history encampments, trade stalls, family entertainment and entry to The Tank Museum, all included in the ticket price.


If you have never been to TANKFEST, then what better reason to visit in 2012 than to help mark the 10th Anniversary of this ground breaking military vehicle event!


For those who have purchased TANKFEST tickets in advance, here’s what you can look forward to. If you haven’t, here’s what you could miss...


'World War One` Tank In Action!


bovtm_warhorse_tank.jpgOur new Mark IV replica will be making its first public arena outing at TANKFEST. If you’ve seen `Warhorse`, you will recognise this perfect replica tank recently acquired from Neil Corbould SFX and now on display in The Tank Museum.



Black Prince to Make TANKFEST Debut


bovtm_black_prince.jpgAt TANKFEST we always try to ensure we include a vehicle from our collection that has never run at the show before. Last year it was Tortoise. This year, we are planning to run the A43 Infantry tank, better known as Black Prince. Black Prince, which is perhaps best described as an over-sized Churchill tank, is currently being worked on by Museum Volunteers to ensure it is operational for the show.


The British Army In Action


bovtm_tankfest2010_army.jpgTANKFEST would not be complete without the British Army displaying their latest vehicles and vehicle upgrades. At TANKFEST this year, visitors will see `Megatron` - the unofficial name for the futuristic looking up-armoured Challenger 2. There will also be a bridge laying demonstration – showing how the modern Army cross obstacles under enemy fire.


World War One Battle Spectacle


bovtm_aircraft_wwi.jpgThe mock battle has long been the explosive culmination of TANKFEST. This year will be no exception. For the first time, TANKFEST is re-creating a World War One battle; with infantry, tanks, and for the first time, aeroplanes. With action on foot, on tracks and in the sky, this is certain to be one of the most impressive and thought provoking battle re-enactments you will ever see.


General Dynamics – Show Sponsors


bovtm_gd_scout.jpgDefence manufacturer’s General Dynamics are this year’s lead TANKFEST sponsor. They will be exhibiting their latest Armoured Fighting Vehicle `Scout SV` – on display before a civilian audience for the first time.




Late Night Opening & Entertainment


bovtm_tf_mic.jpgOn Saturday 30th June, the TANKFEST site will stay open until the much later time of 9.00pm to give our visitors even more time to explore. In addition, there will be free onsite entertainment from a 1940’s singer and a bar serving refreshments and food.



Ticket Options


There are more ticket options than ever before for TANKFEST 2012. With a range of visitor accommodation in the area to suit all pockets, why not make your TANKFEST experience last the weekend?


Standard day and weekend tickets are available now, allowing you to save at least 10% off the `on the day` admission price.


Premium tickets are now only available for Sunday 1st July (Saturday and Weekend Premium tickets are SOLD OUT!)


For those who want to see TANKFEST in style, we recommend our new Hospitality tent. The price includes a four course lunch, private viewing area and free bar.


For organised groups of 10 or more, you can pre book day or weekend tickets, saving 20% off the `on the day` admission price.


Tickets will also be available at the gate from 9am on both days. Parking is free and all tickets (except group rate tickets) include a FREE Annual Pass.

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Down in the TM section of the forum, I spotted the above, I for one look forward to seeing it running under it's own steam, another year, another first, thanks to all the friends for putting in the hours to make it a runner again. Let's hope all goes to plan.

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