The Tank Museum

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Whether you have a military connection or want a wedding day no one will forget, The Tank Museum is the perfect choice. Licensed wedding venue, in-house catering, suitable for groups from 10-1000.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£3,750
Maximum Price
£7,350
• A dedicated event coordinator in the lead up to the day and on the day itself including 3 x pre-wedding meetings (in person or virtually as you prefer) and two meetings with our in-house catering team to discuss and choose your personal menu choices. Should you be using external suppliers, we ask that group meetings with these external parties are part of this 3 x pre-wedding meeting allocation. • A comprehensive hand-over at least 6 weeks in advance of the wedding day. • Regular check-ins via email to discuss progress. • Exclusive use of the hired spaces 2pm until 5pm the day prior (ceremonies only) and 8am until midnight on the day of your wedding. • Free parking for all guests - cars can be left overnight and collected the following morning. • Free Museum entry for all guests on the day of the wedding. • Use of our in-house furniture (6ft rounds, trestles, black banquet chairs, wooden chairs, rustic tables, rustic benches to quantities listed in the capacities enclosed). • All catering linen - table cloths and napkins (white or black). • Tank Museum crockery (branded), glassware and stainless steel cutlery. • Cake knife and server. • Museum staff managed access to hired areas. • Fully stocked and staffed cash bar for reception bookings. • Complimentary use of a conference suite or similar for deliveries, set up preparations and for pre-wedding registrar meetings. • Table service / waiting staff in relation to all catering booked internally. • PA hire (including 2 x mics). • Permission to have photographs in front of exhibits in your wedding attire (some limitations may apply). • Use of tall centre piece vases including candles (28). • Use of bowl centre piece vases (8). • Use of circular mirrors for centre pieces (30). • Use of Tank Museum ‘up lights’ (4). • Use of easel for table plan (1). • Use of Tank Museum table numbers and holders (30). • Use of coat rails (2) and hangers
What is included in this pricing:
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Day before set up available
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Furniture included
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Exclusive use

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£17
Maximum Price
£54
Curated with locally-sourced and in-season ingredients in mind, The Tank Museum Catering Team holds years of experience developing high-end corporate menus for private functions. Aware that everyone wants something different for their special day, we have a diverse list detailing the options available for you to choose from. Once you have an idea as to what type of catering option you may want, our in-house team will be more than happy to work with you to design a menu specifically to your taste. Afternoon tea £16.75 Buffet menu £26.50 Sit down dinner - Brigadier £42 Sit down dinner - Major General £48 Sit down dinner - Lieutenant General £5
What is included in this pricing:
Bespoke menu available
Menu tasting included
Corkage charge applicable
Cutlery included
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Table linen included
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Museum
Attraction
Dining Capacity
310
Reception Capacity
310
Usual Access Time
8:00AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00AM

Venue

In-House Wedding Coordinator
On-Site Parking
Disabled Access
Marquee Permitted
Exclusive Use

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-house Catering
External Catering Permitted

Ceremony & Reception

Outdoor Ceremony Available
Wedding Licence
Confetti Permitted
Dancefloor Available
Sound System Available
Full Description
A stone’s throw from Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast, The Tank Museum holds the world’s finest and most historically significant collection of tanks. For couples seeking something inimitable, The Tank Museum is among the latest and more unique wedding venues in the South. With a full indoor and outdoor wedding license, we can host both your ceremony and reception. The variety of settings and the expertise we have at the Museum mean we can offer a completely tailored experience for our couples. With four indoor areas of different sizes and an outdoor license for the Museum’s arena, we can cater to any group size. You can even tie the knot in front of your favourite tank! Whether you want a 1940s rustic wedding with an intimate guestlist, or a classic contemporary white wedding design with up to 1000 guests, The Tank Museum’s experienced Events team can help to create a unique day for you. Guests to a wedding at The Tank Museum will be delighted to have some additional entertainment during the day, as they are given the opportunity to explore the Museum itself. The Tank Museum’s in-house catering team also means that, once you’ve tied the knot, your friends and family won’t have far to go for a sumptuous wedding breakfast. Finally, a photoshoot amongst the tanks will give you memories to treasure for a lifetime. The Tank Museum has excellent public transport links. It is a mile away from Wool station, on the main trainline between London Waterloo and Weymouth. We also have plentiful free parking onsite. If that wasn’t enough, all profits from your wedding with go to support The Tank Museum charity. So, not only will you have started a new life together, your special day will have helped to preserve history for generations to come.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Rosanna Dean
Congratulations on your engagement! We'd love to host you at our unique venue.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
1940
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
2
Reviews
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Rachel T
Happy couple married in July
July 2021
They couldn't do enough for us, went above and beyond
Our teenager chose the venue as it is his favourite place. We were not disappointed. There's not many people who Cam say we got married next to a world war 2 Tank. They couldn't do enough for us, went above and beyond, you will not be disappointed. If you like the tank museum it's the place to get married! Will never forget our special day thanks to these guys.
Location & Contact Details

Address

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG, England

Travel Notes

We have loads of free parking for drivers, and Wool Station (around 20-30 minutes walk) is on the main line from London Waterloo. The Tank Museum is situated in South Dorset, and is clearly signposted from Dorchester, Blandford, Poole, Bere Regis and Wool. The Museum offers extensive, free overnight parking facilities to all guests. If you are parking here overnight, we’ll be happy to work with you to plan group transport for both you and your guests. Our satellite navigation postcode is BH20 6JG

Nearest Town

Wool

Nearest Train Station

Wool

Nearest Airport

Bournemouth

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FAQ
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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

We love small intimate weddings inside our exhibition spaces.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Plan in time to spend just the two of you! We have plenty for guests to explore at the Museum while you have time together.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

A couple getting married in front of their son's favourite vehicle.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Unique, historic, big, cultural, varied.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

In front of our historic vehicles.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

We have hosted many celebrity guests, including the Queen, Brad Pitt, James May and Al Murray.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Salmon and cream cheese on blinis

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Mini cheesecakes

What is your venue's most unique feature?

We're the best collection of historic tanks in the world!

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Providing individualised service for all of our customers, even if they don't like tanks!