20,000 visitors are set expected to descend on Bovington, Dorset, this year for another sold-out Tankfest on the weekend of 24-25 June.
With the military history spectacular full to capacity, The Tank Museum is asking that visitors not travel to the Museum unless they have already pre-purchased tickets for the event. None will be available to buy during the weekend itself.
Attracting visitors from as far afield as Australia and Japan, Tankfest is regarded as the biggest and best show of its kind in the world. The Tank Museum’ principal fund-raising event has grown considerably since the inaugural event held in 2000, which attracted just 1,000 visitors.
For the 20,000 visitors with a ticket, Tankfest 2017 will start at 9am, when visitors can explore the Living History encampments and traders village, with a range of militaria, books, models, and souvenirs on sale. Arena events will begin at 10:30.
This years event features a range of historic vehicles dating from the First and Second World War, as well as the British Army putting on a display of the vehicles used on operations today. The highlights of the event include a German Second World War Jagdpanther and a St Chamond – an extremely rare French tank from the Great War.
Tickets for next years show, Tankfest 2018, will go on sale in early July.