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Family Days Out in the Midlands

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Posted: 14/05/2021 00:00
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Family days out, days out with the kids, fun days out East Midlands- we have you covered with a school holidays day trip to Armourgeddon Military Museum. Take a read of the blog for more info to plan your day out at Armourgeddon. 

Our museum is a fantastic day out with the kids in Leicestershire made up of a number of weatherproof hangers jam-packed full of military vehicles, guns, cannons and military paraphernalia. The ‘Inner Sanctum’ has a variety of pieces- often donated by visitors, which tell of the human side of WWII and a few pieces from WWI too. If you are looking for days out in the Midlands, then we are the place to come during the Easter school holidays. 

The museum includes a number of tanks and military vehicles used in War-based movies of the last 20 years: Saving Private Ryan, Evita, Fury and many more. There is also a Bell 47 helicopter, the model of helicopter leading to the name ‘Chopper’ from the sound made by the rotor blades as they span around. We have a Sherman tank- perhaps the most sought-after tank of the period, a Centurion and a Chieftain tank to name but a few. Our newest renovation is a Sexton Tank. We believe that the Sexton in our museum was the first to be produced as the number 1 is stamped on the front armour. The renovation has taken 5-years to be completed, although it has not been worked on constantly during this time. 

The tanks and vehicles on show are a number of those that we have bought & restored. We have also sold vintage armour and military vehicles of all designs, commissioned from WWII to the present day. Our highly trained team of restorers is made up of experienced panel beaters, paint specialists and mechanics; but most importantly, they are Military enthusiasts meaning that all of our projects are restored sympathetically. You need a lot of love to restore one vehicle for 5-years! 

We had a group of Leicestershire Scouts build an Anderson Shelter, in recent years. This exhibit shows our visitors a taste of what life was really like during the years of war for those on the front line: where they would live, sleep and eat. 

Our Museum has been created to inspire visitors to understand a little more of life for those who died to provide us the freedom that we take for granted today. We also hope that we are a bit more exciting than a history textbook for those studying WWII at school or simply to expand their knowledge and therefore makes for a great family day out in the East Midlands and an excellent addition to any ‘What’s on Leicestershire’ listings.

With news reel videos, working field telephones and Morse Code machines to play with as well as an AK47 and a rifle to pick up and hold. Command Post 439 in the back of one of the tanks enables visitors to attempt to crack the code and give instructions to their unit. The museum at Armourgeddon is one of the best interactive exhibits in the UK.

We have also developed The Café De Normandie, a street scene café within the museum where you can sit and soak up the atmosphere as if in the 1940s in rural France, with a number of military vehicles parked up along the roadside setting.

What’s stopping you? Time to plan a visit to the Armourgeddon museum for a great day out with the kids during the school holidays. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from April until October and is also open on Bank Holiday Mondays during this time at a cost of £8 per person. Under 5s can enter the museum free of charge. If you are embarking upon one of our tank driving activities, you also have free entry into the museum. We hope to see you soon! 

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