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Tankfest 2020 is going ahead, but it will be streamed online

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Where many events are being cancelled because of COVID-19, Tankfest will be going ahead, but with one major change. Rather than watching in person, you will have to watch it online.

Tankfest is the Tank Museum’s largest source of income, with more than 25,000 visitors. However, the museum closed at the start of the lockdown in March and because organisers of the event want to guarantee maximum safety, the arena will remain closed to the public during the event.

Tankfest 2020 will be held from 11th September to 13th September, between the hours of 9am and 6pm.

You will be able to watch Tankfest from any devices where you can access the Tank Museum’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

In the meantime, the Tank Museum, which is based in Bovington near Wareham, will be celebrating their 20th anniversary and is preparing the program for this year’s event.

The Tank Museum is partnering with World of Tanks – and tank museums around the world – to create the first live-streamed historic tank event.

Tankfest Online will feature the famous tank arena show, historical content, tank demonstrations and a fundraiser to support The Tank Museum, which has been closed to the public since March due to Covid-19.

The fundraiser will support the museum, in their efforts to preserve historic vehicles, such as the Tiger 131.

Tankfest is the biggest fundraising event of the year for The Tank Museum charity and Tankfest Online is one of the many ways The Tank Museum has worked to innovate during lockdown, to secure a revenue stream for the museum.

Another star of Tankfest Online will be revealed closer to the start of the event, and will shine even brighter by the time we are finished with it. The Tank Museum has agreed to paint one of their vehicles and live stream the process for everyone to see on Friday, June 26.

The vehicle will be painted based on the Tankfest 2018 historical camouflage – and this scheme will also be for sale to support the museum.

The Tank Museum

To find out more about Tankfest Online, and to support the Tank Museum, visit: tankmuseum.org/events/tankfest-online

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