PLANS are in full swing for a half-term jubilee week packed with fun for the whole family at the Tank Museum.

The attraction has put together a royal-themed programme of events and activities fit for a queen, or king.

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Every weekday at 1pm there’s a live ‘Tanks in Action’ display featuring armoured tanks in the arena with expert commentary on how the vehicles work together on the battlefield. The showcase comes complete with lifelike explosions and a live Q&A to end the session.

If that whets your appetite for some tank action of your own then available each weekday is the opportunity to ride in one of the museum’s Cold War M548 troop carriers.

For the jubilee itself the museum will be hosting a ‘Platinum Parade Pageantry’ where visitors are invited to dress up in real uniforms used by the army for royal parades and events before looking at memorabilia from the Queen’s Coronation in 1953.

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In addition to that the museum will be planting a tree as part of the ‘Queen’s Green Canopy’ initiative. The scheme aims to increase and protect green areas within the United Kingdom with the first tree planted by the Queen and Prince Charles at Windsor Castle in March 2021.

It follows a previous scheme launched in 2015 that involved the Commonwealth nations planting millions of trees as part of a forest conservation campaign.

The events at the Tank Museum are part of a wider series of celebrations taking place across Dorset to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. More than 100 official street parties, involving road closures, will take place over the bank holiday weekend with the council receiving 117 applications: though, of course, there’ll be many more on private land.