Dads and Lads Tank Driving Experience

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Key Points

  • Two laps driving an FV432 APC tank
  • Load, aim and fire a tank turret with a 40mm paintball at the special target range
  • An expert instructor to guide you through the course
  • Free entry for two into the onsite military museum and collection

Description

Father and son, mother and daughter, a mixture of the two or two friends working as a team: this is a bonding experience the likes of which you’ve never seen before, as one (the grown-up) gets into the driving seat while the other (the smaller one) mans the turret on this Dads and Lads Tank Driving Experience.

Firstly the instructor will demonstrate with a lap around the track, so you can get familiar with the controls required and prepare to show off your skills to the gunner. There’s two laps to go on with which to prove your tank driving mettle, one with the hatches open and the fresh air whipping past your head and the other with the hatches closed and nothing but the limited view of a periscope to guide your way.

At a point along the track you’ll pull over to let your gunner prove their worth, loading the turret, taking aim down the sights and firing a 40mm paintball on the special target range. With free entry to the onsite museum included, this is sure to be a fun driving day out for tank fans of all ages.

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FAQs

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What happens on the day?

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After arriving at least 15 minutes before your experience is scheduled to start, you’ll both check in at the tank driving reception before being equipped with a tank suit and Kevlar helmet.

Once you’re beside your vehicle your tank driving instructor will give you a detailed safety briefing before securing you in your seat and taking you around the track to familiarise you with the course. After that you’ll move into the driver’s position to take the tank around for two laps, one with the hatches open, one looking through the periscope, while your miniature crew-mate will man the guns. When you pull up at the target range it’s time for your gunner to shine, working the gun to fire at the distant target.

At the end of the drive you’ll both have free entry into the onsite military collection and museum.

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Who is the experience suitable for?

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• Minimum age: 16 (adult), 8 (child)
• Maximum weight: 22 stone
• Maximum height: 6ft 4in
• Participants must be medically fit to take part
• No driving licence is required

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When can I do this?

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This experience is available April to October on Saturdays, Sundays and selected Wednesdays between 09.00 and 17.00.

We recommend you book at least four to six weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available. All bookings are subject to availability.

Please allow approximately 40 minutes for the driving plus additional time to visit the museum.

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Can I bring spectators?

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Spectators are welcome. A fee per spectator will be charged. This includes admission to view the Tank and Military Vehicle Collection. Please check the fees when booking. No dogs allowed on site.

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How does this work?

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All you have to do is pay for the experience and we’ll send a voucher through the post, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.

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What about insurance?

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The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.

Terms and Conditions

By purchasing this product you agree to our Terms and Conditions. If you have any queries please contact us.
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