TANKFEST 2023: What’s in the Arena?

TANKFEST 2023, 23-25 June, at The Tank Museum marks the Museum 100th anniversary, and is displaying a suitably impressive line-up of vehicles to celebrate.

Confirmed guest vehicles so far include the Sd.Kfz. 164 Nashorn ‘Phoenix’, Hetzer, T34/85, Panzer I (replica), and AMX-13. More announcements are expected in the run up to the event.

Nashorn Caption – During its restoration, a fire caused serious damage to the Nashorn. It was repaired and nicknamed the Phoenix.

The Nashorn "Phoenix".
Nashorn “Phoenix”. Image courtesy of The Tank Museum.

Most exciting to fans of British armour will be the expected show debut of a newly restored WW2 Centaur tank, which is part of the Bannister Collection.

Meanwhile, The Tank Museum Workshop team is working to ensure that the Churchill Mark III and Matilda II will all be ready to join the other vehicles in The Tank Museum fleet for the show.

Finally, the Royal Armoured Corps will be in attendance with a range of service vehicles, including the Challenger 2.


For 2023, Curator David Willey has designed the arena displays to tell the century-long story of the tank in terms of the efforts made to counter it on the battlefield, focusing in on the key lessons and developments from each era.

Churchill Mk III with Matilda II.
Churchill Mk III with Matilda II. Image courtesy of The Tank Museum.

The programme will feature a segment about the very first tanks, tanks from the 1920s and 30s, three separate displays on the Second World War, followed by the Cold War, new threats in modern warfare and the British Army Display. See for the full programme

The audience will be treated to a more engaging and dynamic series of displays than ever before – with an emphasis on demonstration and spectacle.

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