Roll in the tanks!
Photos courtesy of Rob Tysall, Tysall’s Photography
A family day out that is sure to go with a bang – Ann Evans has earplugs at the ready
Have you got your tickets to the most exciting and possibly loudest day out imaginable?
The Tanks Trucks & Firepower Show takes place this Bank Holiday Weekend 24th to 26th August in the heart of Warwickshire’s countryside.
This is a living history show that the whole family will love. Experience the fascination of getting up close to more than 100 tanks and military vehicles, both British and from overseas covering different generations.
In the main arena you’ll see a high-speed driving display by the fastest tanks in the world, and noise and excitement for the mid-day guns firing. Everything from a handgun to artillery will be fired, followed up with a Main Battle Tank exercise. Watch the action and hear the main guns of a Scorpion Tank squadron as they attack enemy vehicles and buildings. There are also paid tank rides and driving experiences in a retired British Army FV432 to be had. And don’t miss the spectacular sight of a car being crushed by a tank!
In the show grounds a second arena will run several displays through the day including a British Army 156 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps ground display with supervised public interaction planned on all vehicles and a real-life military field kitchen. There will be re-enactment groups with historical camps and equipment, and you can get up close to retired British Army helicopters, which includes a fully functional Westland Scout. On top of all that there will be a food court with over 20 stalls selling lots of different items and children’s activities including a Treasure Hunt.
Helping people with autism
For the first time, the Tanks Trucks and Firepower Show are holding a free local charity day on Friday 23rd August when they will be opening for free and exclusively to the hundreds of members of The Rugby Autism Network. This registered charity supports families who have a family member with autism, helping them enjoy more quality time together.
A spokesperson for the show said, “Those with autism can find crowded places or outings without a structured plan very scary and overwhelming at times. Finding a suitable day out as a family can be challenging, so the Friday will be especially for them. We are expecting around 175 families. They will be able to enjoy a crowd free venue with a structured day of educational displays they can choose to attend, or watch our action-packed arena, explore the inside of a tank or simply walk around our vehicle exhibits.”
The show is presented by the Alvis Fighting Vehicle Society which is the largest collection of Post War tanks and fighting vehicles in the UK. The AFV Society was established in 2005 with the aim of pooling and sharing their resourced for the purpose of restoration, preservation and education.
The Tanks Trucks and Firepower Show is hosted in Dunchurch, Warwickshire and open to the public throughout the August Bank Holiday, 24th – 26th August 2019.
Gates open at 10am with onsite parking. Family tickets start at just £23.50
Further information: https://www.tanks-trucks-and-firepower.co.uk/