Festive food fair ‘pops up’ at Tank Museum to end a challenging year

The Tank Museum is set to host Christmas festivities in a cheerful end to a year marred by COVID-19.

In partnership with Dorset Food and Drink, the museum in Bovington in Dorset will host a Christmas Pop-Up Market on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 2020.

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The venue will feature stalls from local food and drink producers, as well as music and a Christmas feature trail for the children – as well as themed goods including Tank Museum face-masks.

Christmas at The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum

Festive cheer in a difficult year

Like most public buildings across the UK, The Tank Museum was forced to close earlier this year amid the coronavirus lockdown measures.

It was reopened on 4th July when the restrictions were eased, but it has only welcomed a reduced number of visitors.

The Tank Museum requires all of its visitors to adhere to government guidelines – including social distancing measures.

The museum is set to hold these Christmas celebrations with the measures in place.

The Tank Museum events manager, Rosanna Dean said: 

“In the four months since re-opening, our industry-recognised processes have reassured thousands of visitors – helping us maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing and allowed them to feel welcome and secure.”

“This event will be no exception – and hopefully offer a ‘taste’ of things to come as The Tank Museum looks to partner with Dorset Food and Drink for similar pop-up events in 2021.”

Christmas at The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum

What to expect

As well as exploring The Tank Museum’s usual attractions, visitors will get to enjoy a carvery lunch with turkey. Participants in the elf trail will receive a free gift at the end.

Dorset Food & Drink coordinator, Caroline Richards said: 

“We are thrilled to have been invited to ‘pop-up’ at the Tank Museum and work with the team and volunteers to bring a taste of the ‘Dorset Larder’ to this event in the run up to the festive season”.

However, the museum will not be hosting Santa’s Grotto this year.

In addition, visitors will be expected to comply with all Covid safety regulations.

Masks will be mandatory, and everyone is expected to maintain social distancing while at the museum. There will also be hand sanitising stations throughout the venue.

Further information

Attendees must book in advance, which can be done at The Tank Museum’s website.

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