An annual tank spectacular will be returning this week, with special guest tanks making their UK debut.

Over 24,000 visitors are expected to see the world’s biggest display of running military vehicles in a three-day tank spectacular at The Tank Museum's annual Tankfest.

The event boasts living history encampments, battle re-enactments and historic armour displays. This year for the first time all of the three days will feature arena action.

It will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 23-25 and this year it will include a rare German Nashorn and a Centaur, who will both make their UK debuts.

Dorset Echo: Tankfest at the Tank Museum

Tankfest showcases a line-up of historic and modern running armour, from the museum’s collection to the British Army who are putting on a display of the vehicles that are used on operations today.

Visitors will be able to see iconic warbirds the Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane and the Red Arrows who will be taking part in a flypast over the arena.

The Tank Museum’s Visitor Experience Manager Rosanna Dean said: “We have a jam-packed programme for this year’s Tankfest. As well as the world-class tank displays, visitors can explore living history encampments, a World of Tanks gaming zone, lectures from experts, a variety of traders and caterers, and a flypast courtesy of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight."

Visitors will have the opportunity to browse the Museum’s ten powerful, interactive exhibitions, including the brand new ‘Tanks for the Memories’, which presents the tank as a cultural icon through the mediums of TV, media, models, games and film.

Tankfest not only featured a range of historic vehicles dating from the First and Second World Wars, but the British Army also put on a display of modern vehicles used in operations today.

Tank Museum Curator David Willey said: “At Tankfest we are proud to be able to display what is the greatest display of historic moving armour in the world.

“We are fortunate to be able to bring in some ‘guest stars’ to treat the audience and keep the show fresh.”

With one week to go, this year’s Tankfest, presented by World of Tanks, is close to selling out, with only advance Friday and Sunday tickets left.

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