Father and son, mother and daughter, a mixture of the two or two friends working as a team: this is a bonding experience the likes of which you've never seen before, as one (the grown-up) gets into the driving seat while the other (the smaller one) mans the turret on this Adult and Child Tank Driving Experience. Firstly the instructor will demonstrate with a lap around the track, so you can get familiar with the controls required and prepare to show off your skills to the gunner. There's two laps to go on with which to prove your tank driving mettle, one with the hatches open and the fresh air whipping past your head and the other with the hatches closed and nothing but the limited view of a periscope to guide your way. At a point along the track you'll pull over to let your gunner prove their worth, loading the turret, taking aim down the sights and firing a 40mm paintball on the special target range. With free entry to the onsite museum included, this is sure to be a fun driving day out for tank fans of all ages
Need to Know
After arriving at least 15 minutes before your experience is scheduled to start, you'll both check in at the tank driving reception before being equipped with a tank suit and Kevlar helmet. Once you're beside your vehicle your tank driving instructor will give you a detailed safety briefing before securing you in your seat and taking you around the track to familiarise you with the course. After that you'll move into the driver's position to take the tank around for two laps, one with the hatches open, one looking through the periscope, while your miniature crew-mate will man the guns. When you pull up at the target range it's time for your gunner to shine, working the gun to fire at the distant target. At the end of the drive you'll both have free entry into the onsite military collection and museum.