For the last three years, we’ve taken M to the Tank Museum for their annual Wartime Christmas Festival. It’s a lovely little event that takes you back in time to explore the various tanks on display, visit Santa, browse local business stalls and have a go at some craft activities. It’s usually quite a big family trip and one we always look forward to.
This year’s trip was tinged with some sadness. Our dear little nan was a huge lover of the Tank Museum and treated us to the trip last year. We were unsure about attending this year as we were worried it would be too sad an occasion so my mum arranged for us to visit Santa at the Sealife centre in Weymouth. We were then approached by the Tank Museum themselves after they came across my post from last years Christmas festival trip. We accepted their offer of a family pass and decided that we would go in memory of my little nan.
As we were visiting Santa on the Saturday, we visited on the Sunday and decided to give Santa a miss as M had just seen him the day before. We found it to be a lot quieter than the Saturday is and actually enjoyed this. We were able to walk around the exhibits with the pushchair without feeling trapped and M got to play on a lot of the interactive displays.
We got to see how much M had changed since last year’s trip. He was excited about the tanks, listened to us talk about them and was able to push buttons and pull levers all on his own. I look forward to seeing how his interest in museums develops as he grows. I’ve always been a huge lover of museums and hope he shares my interests too.
We spent more time exploring the different exhibits than ever before and soon it was time for a spot of lunch. Clara and I have always looked on with envy at the people tucking into their Christmas lunches in the restaurant. So we’ve decided next year we are going to sample the dinner. We opted for sandwiches during this visit as we already had dinner planned at home. The food is really reasonably priced and even M managed to eat something, which is always a bonus!
One of my favourite exhibits was the Fury section which is a recent addition to the Tank Museum. Fury is a new Brad Pitt film about an Army Sergeant leading a Sherman tank and a five-man crew to undertake a deadly mission behind enemy lines in 1945. We got to see the tank which was used during filming and also memorabilia from the production. Due to my love of movies and movie production I was really interested in all the information on display. M showed a keen interest too and pointed to the Directors megaphone on display and said “me do that”. Which C and I have taken to mean he’s going to be a movie maker when he’s older. Which is fine by us!
I know my little nan would have loved to visit this year. I’m pretty sure she was there with us when we walked through the doors. So this post is dedicated to my little nan. We miss you and love you and hope you’re getting ready for Christmas with Grandad.
*We received a family pass to the Tank Museum, but we were not asked to review or write about our experience. We visit annually and love the Tank Museum so all views and opinions are our own.