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Ideas for Half Term Days Out With The Kids

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Posted: 30/04/2019 14:47
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Just back after Easter holidays and it’s only 3 and a half weeks to half term! So, this week we thought we would share some suggestions on days out for the kids that they will love over the May Bank Holiday week and beyond.

Just back after Easter holidays and it’s only 3 and a half weeks to half term! So, this week we thought we would share some suggestions on days out for the kids that they will love over the May Bank holiday week and beyond.

Firstly, open on Bank Holiday Monday plus Wednesday to Sunday, we have the museum here on site at Armourgeddon. With a unique collection of over 60 military vehicles that we are really proud of, the museum gives great entertainment to the many visitors we get from around the globe.

The museum is housed in a number of buildings opposite the main reception of Armourgeddon and opens out into a spectator’s viewing area to watch our tank manoeuvres from a safe distance (no chance of being splatted by a stray paintball!) We opened in 2013 at the beginning of our season having decided that there were just too many tanks to be sat in reception! Stuart, owner and founder of Armourgeddon, has a passion for tanks, especially World War II tanks and military machines. He started to buy and restore tanks with his first; the original FV432 in our collection, bought in 2003- initially to test the theory that we could modify a tank to fire paintballs. The rest, as they say… is history!

In total we have over 60 military machines on display including our beast the M4 105 Sherman, a BARV FV4018, an M3, Russian T55, T72 and so many more. Venturing back outside of the buildings, you will see a pair of Wickham Trolleys. The Wickham Trolley was a railway engineering personnel carrier used on the British Railways as a gang and inspection trolley. Introduced in 1948, over 600 were built up until 1990, 25 of which headed to the Ministry of Defence from 1954 to 1960.

Back inside, we also house a number of guns, decommissioned bombs and a Fire Brigade WWII fire pump. A number of our guns are interactive in their display and are able to be handled and explored. On the subject of guns, we also have; a Howitzer artillery gun, which was invented in Sweden towards the end of the 17th century; a ZPU-4 towed anti-aircraft gun which was based on the Soviet 14.5 x 114mm KPV heavy machine gun; a Flak 88mm which was originally an anti-aircraft gun of WWI and many more. 

Our Museum is open year-round, £6 admission with under 5s admitted free of charge. On many days you will also be able to see some of our vehicles on manoeuvres in our tank fields.

If your ‘little ones’ are not quite so little anymore, from age 8 they can be passengers in the tanks, enjoying all the fun of the tank driving experience but from the back seat- obviously able to shout encouragement at their driver! We are running tanks on Wednesday 29th May, so if you visit that day, you will be sure to see plenty of action from the viewing deck. 

From age 12, we can have your young people booked into our traditional woodland paintball events running at the weekends, and also archery or air riffle shooting sessions which can be booked for groups at any time, or into our sessions which run every weekend and again will be running on the 29thMay. 

The options for tank driving are many and varied, from tank driving experiences and taster sessions through to Tank Paintball Battles- the only place in the world that you can do this activity- paintball without the sting or bruises, and the fun of driving a tank at the same time!

If you would like to take part in one of our ticketed activities or book for an archery or air rifle session, please do book in advance by calling the office on 01858 880239. If you wish to visit the Museum, there is no need to book in advance and you can just pay on entry. 

If you are looking to make a day of your visit to the area, then New Walk Museum or The National Space Centre, both in Leicester are excellent, interactive activities. 

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