About the South West Model Show
Wareham sits along the River Frome in southeast England. It is known for being the setting for a series of children’s books called the "Amazing Adventures of Scary Bones the Skeleton" by author Ron Dawson. About 12 miles east of Wareham is Bovington Camp, a British Army military base that together with Lulworth Camp, forms part of the Bovington Garrison. In 1923 writer Rudyard Kipling visited Bovington and recommended that a museum be set up around the damaged tanks from WW 1. Simply called The Tank Museum, the site is home to many events including the South West Model Show held in April.
Described as “The biggest model show in the South West” the event will feature traders, exhibitors, and modelling demonstrations plus model planes, ships, trains, and, of course, the tanks.
The Tank Museum holds the finest and most historically significant collection of fighting armour in the world, about 300 vehicles from 26 nations. The tanks include “Little Willie”, the world’s first tank to the British Army’s current Main Battle Tank, the Challenger 2. More important is that the museum tells the stories of the men who formed the crews of these first tanks between 1916 and 1918.
The museum has certainly grown since Rudyard Kipling made his recommendation in 1923. It was slow to get started. A shed was soon built to house the collection, but it was not opened to the public until 1947. George Forty is credited with the expansion and modernization when he was the museum’s director from 1982 until 1993. By 2010 the museum had its own YouTube channel.
Entry To The Event
The South West Model Show will begin at 10:00 a.m. and last until 5:00 p.m. Adults ages 17 and up can purchase online tickets for £14.00, a slight discount from the £15.00 price at the door. A child aged 5 to 16 fare is £8.75 (£9.00 at the door). There are two family ticket options at £35.50 (£41.00) for two adults and two kids and £27.50 (£28.75) for one adult with two kids. Children under 5 years of age can enter for free.
Somewhere to Stay in Dorset
The show date was moved from February to April but that makes it better for weekend campers and caravaners. The Longthorns Farm campsite offers tent pitches, caravan spots, and even a chance to stay in a Tepee. It is close to The Tank Museum. There are several other campsites within a 5-mile radius of Wareham. There are a few hotels in Wareham but those on a budget may want to consider accommodations in Poole or Dorchester, each between 10 to 15 miles from the museum.
Other Things To Do Around Wareham
Weekend visitors will have the opportunity to explore the southern border of England along the English Channel. One place is Kimmeridge Bay, famous for its safe swimming, rock pooling, canoeing, windsurfing, and water sports. Another place where you can play or just relax on the beach or enjoy a meal is Lulworth Castle in Wareham.
There is plenty of free parking on site. The Tank Museum welcomes working dogs, including guide dogs, hearing dogs, and support dogs but please keep them on a leash and leave your lovable but untrained pooch at home. Lifts or ramps are available in every part of the museum for people with mobility issues. Finally, if you have some spare time be sure to read some stories from Kipling’s The Jungle Book to the kids.
When is the next South West Model Show?
The South West Model Show is planned to take place at The Tank Museum, Bovington, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6JG, Saturday 16th February, 2019. This is a Weekend Model Engineering Show.
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