Activity ideas for the kids summer holiday
Two weeks in… Anyone running out of ideas yet? Well, this week we have a solution for you. We thought we would share some suggestions on days out for the kids that they will love over the long summer holiday.
Firstly, open daily; we have the museum here on site at Armourgeddon. We have built up quite a unique collection of military vehicles that we are really proud of and that give great entertainment to the many visitors we get from around the globe.
The museum is housed in 4 buildings opposite the main reception of Armourgeddon and opens out into a spectators viewing area to watch our tank maneuvers 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 50 military machines on display including our beast the M4 105 Sherman, a BDRM, Bedford Truck, Snow Cat, Hagglund, M8 and M3A1 Armoured Scout Cars, an M667 Lance Missile Carrier 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 Defense 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. The howitzer was invented in Sweden towards the end of the 17th century. Originally intended for use in siege warfare, the shorter trail than other field guns meant a lower level of stability and therefore less gunpowder could be used. Particularly useful for delivering cast-iron shells filled with gunpowder, their range was dependent upon the size of the propellant charge and therefore could be fired at a range of trajectories.
Our Museum is open year round, £5 admission with under 5s accessed free of charge. On many days you will also be able to see some of our vehicles on maneuvers 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! If you can organise a few of their friends getting together, our birthday package involves driving though our paintball field, shooting at static targets from the back of the Bedford Truck, followed but air riffle shooting at our range and a shooting competition once some practice rounds have been fired. The lower age limit for this activity is 8 years old and packages are available for up to 12 people. Although a cake is always nice, you don’t have to be celebrating a birthday, but can use the facilities here on site for a picnic lunch after the activities.
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 selected Wednesdays.
From 16, booking onto our new Airsoft events is a possibility if you have your own kit. Otherwise, at this age, they may not be allowed on the roads, but we certainly allow people to learn to drive a tank! 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!
Give us a call for the availability of these activities and we can help you plan a day out the kids will be talking about right through to September!