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On since 2021

Last update: November 2023

The Tank Museum is a museum wedding venue located close to the Jurassic Coast in Bovington, Dorset. This registered charity establishment houses the world’s finest collection of historically significant tanks. Here, you and your beloved can wed surrounded by unique pieces of history and scenic landscape.

Facilities and Capacity

The Tank Museum offers spacious indoor and outdoor event areas, ideal for hosting your entire day of wedding celebrations on-site. Exchange vows in the open-air under the canopy that overlooks the display arena here. Up to 1,000 guests can witness your ceremony from the surrounding gently sloping lawns. Host a relaxed drinks reception in The Mezzanine, which offers views of the Purbeck Hills on one side, and overlooks the Tank Story Hall on the other. Here, guests can mingle, sip champagne, and explore the various exhibits while you have your wedding photos taken. For your wedding breakfast and evening reception, The Cold War Hall offers an abundance of space that can be set up in the layout of your choice. This room features a display of Cold War tanks that can serve as a unique backdrop for your occasion. It is also located next to the Battlegroup Afghanistan exhibition. Up to 310 guests can be accommodated within this space for a seated meal. Smaller spaces, such as the Sherman & Churchill Suites can be utilised as get-ready rooms or intimate ceremony spaces.

Services Offered

The administration at The Tank Museum knows that every couple and wedding is unique, which is why they create a customised wedding package to suit your needs. However, the rental of this venue does include a wide range of services and amenities as standard. These include a dedicated event coordinator, exclusive venue use, furniture, linens, crockery, decor, bar services, and much more. The in-house catering team can work with you to create a menu that reflects your style and preferences for your special day. Unique celebration enhancements available here include Tank Museum wedding favours and tank rides.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for The Tank Museum

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Kat O. Sent on 26/01/2022
4.6 out of 5 rating

A brilliant service at a unique venue

We had a wonderful wedding at the Tank Museum in December 2021. I started planning the wedding fairly 'late' in the day, such that we only booked it after going for a look around in July. It sometimes took a little bit of time to get answers to my questions but in fairness I was probably being a bit impatient and asking a lot of questions! We had just over 60 guests and the Cold War Hall was easily big enough to host the ceremony, reception, and evening entertainment, with plenty of space so guests didn't feel cramped. The booking including use of a conference suite for the wedding party, so we had somewhere to get ready and/or change during the day. The Museum has a large hexagonal wooden arch which we had dressed in flowers and ivy swag garland, and which made a great backdrop for the ceremony (along with the tanks in the hall looming in the background). We opted for the rustic wooden benches and tables as we had a vintage style wedding, and these allowed plenty of elbow space for guests. We used many of the suppliers mentioned in the venue's brochure and the lighting company did a great job of turning a fairly large concrete space into a more intimate and colourful venue. The Museum were very helpful in suggesting a range of wedding breakfast and evening buffet options as well as catering for various dietary requirements. They sourced some very good wine and fizz and were able to provide a full (open) bar, including tea and coffee which was much appreciated by our guests who don't drink. On the day, the Museum staff couldn't have been more helpful and were always on-hand to deal with small issues. Many of the guests told me afterwards how much they enjoyed the food and what a wonderful time they had. The guests had access to parts of the Museum until about 8pm, which meant they got to to enjoy the wedding and still have time to wander round afterwards. Overall, we had a great day and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Tank Museum as a venue for a wedding that's a little bit different.
Rachel T. Sent on 08/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Day!

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.......
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