Over the Bank holiday weekend the four of us attended the Tractor Ted day out at Bowood House.
As you may have seen from previous posts and social media my 17 month old toddler Hayden is a bit of a stereotypical boy who loves anything with wheels. His favourites at the moment are trains and tractors!
Last weekend he really enjoyed sitting on his great Grampy Archie’s Tractor. So when I saw that it was Tractor Teds big machines weekend at Bowood house this bank holiday I couldn’t wait to take him. My husband Mike is also a big fan of trains and tractors so was more than pleased with my suggestion.
Neither of us had ever been to Bowood house before even though it’s only a 50 minute drive from us. It is a georgian stately home surrounded by acres and acres of beautiful grounds including a lake, walled gardens, and woodland.
On arrival there was plenty of parking on the grass. Even though it was only just 11am and had literally just opened there were quite a few people already.
I did make a bit of a mum fail though weather wise. Due to the gloriously hot days we had on thursday and friday, I naively thought it would also be lovely weather on saturday. Because of this all four of us were dressed for the summer, I was in a dress and sandals and the boys were in matching shorts and t-shirts (so cute! I love little matching outfits). Needless to say by the time we arrived the sky was grey, no sunshine in sight and it was quite windy.
Luckily I had brought some warmer clothes for the boys so changed them before we went in in the car, but didn’t think to bring myself anything warmer. Except I did have my big ski waterproof coat in the back of the car. This kept me warm but not the fashionable look I had been going for I must say!
On entering Bowood house, the first thing I noticed was how beautiful the grounds were and as we walked around it thoroughly reminded me of ‘Pemberly’ from Pride and Prejudice. I pointed this out to my husband who started to yabber on about how it was designed by ‘Capability’ Brown and other historical facts that I must admit I wasn’t fully listening too! (bad wifey! oops)
Bowood house is open from 1st April to 1st November and is a great family day out. There is so much to do there including farm animals, play tractors, soft play, and adventure play park and this is just on a regular day.
The first thing we went to do was not surprisingly look at the tractors in the main field! Here they had shows throughout the day including baling, log stacking, and a tug of war (men vs machine!) and a telehandler demonstration.
Hayden and Mike were completely in their element and Hayden didn’t know where to look first! Not knowing anything about tractors beforehand personally I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the Tractor Ted Big machines, and thought it might just be a few tractors in a field to look at and sit on. However I was pleasantly surprised by the variety on offer, and although tractors not really my thing I enjoyed watching the demonstrations.
Mikes highlight of the day was getting to go inside a cobine Harvester with Hayden. You had to queue to go up but it wasn’t a long wait and worth it so Mike tells me!!
Tractor Teds Little Farm
After a quick cup of coffee and some boobie milk for Austin, we headed to the Tractor Teds Little Farm. This is a permanent fixture of Bowood. Here they had ride on miniture tractors, wooden tractors to climb on and a petting zoo where you can meet the farm animals.
Hayden loved seeing all the farm animals, and he even got to hold a guinea pig (with mikes assistance). His favourite animals were probably the lambs and he kept trying to climb over the gate to get to them! Personally my favourites were the piglets they are so so cute! They also had chickens and newly hatched chicks and ducklins. I dont think hayden was as keen on these as he kept showing them his Fox teddy, bit sadistic really!
I then spent what seemed like half a lifetime pushing Hayden around the track on the mini tractors. He loved it but as ever I was not allowed to be touching the steering wheel at all! which made for some interesting driving! He is such a independant and stubborn little boy!
Back to the tractors (and the Doggies!)
After tiring ourselves out at Teds little farm, we went back to the main field where the tractors were. Hayden was more than happy to run around looking at the tractors and laughing hysterically (He’s not long learnt to walk and its all still very novel and funny apparently!)
We followed the scent of yummy pork to the hog roast van which looked and smelt delicious but for once we were prepared and had brought a picnic with us and so resisted.
Then stumbled onto area where the dog agility had been going on but now all the dogs and their handlers were just hanging out for chats and cuddles. Hayden enjoyed stroking a lovely spaniel and I got to fulfill my dream of a hug with a pug!! (One very happy mummy here!)
Child and baby friendly
Now that I have regularly triapse around places with both a baby and a toddler, somewhere that is child friendly and well thought out is pretty important to me in order to make the day go as smoothly as possible. I have to say that Bowood house definately fits this brief. There is plenty of space, theres baby changing, highchairs, it’s breastfeeding friendly and has ramps where needed. The only part we struggled with the pram was there’s no ramp between the walled garden and the house. I enquired in the house if there was access that I just couldn’t see and although there wasn’t, the staff insisted on helping us carry the pram up the steps so it wasn’t an issue.
The House itself
we had a brief look in the house and the walled garden whilst Hayden had his nap, but didn’t see much of this. The house is stunning with extremely high ceilings and historical portraits and other paintings in abundance. There is also a gift shop in the house with some lovely things. But if your looking for children’s/Tractor Ted gifts these are situated in the cafe by the entrances/exit.
Food and Drink
There is both a cafe and a restaurant on site. The cafe is really convenient as its right by the entrance. Whereas the restaurant is situated in the House itself which is slightly more tricky to get to with the pram.
Never being ones to pass up a cafe. We had a quick coffee in the cafe shortly after we arrive, so that I could feed Austin. Later in the day, Both boys were alseep in the pram, so Mike and I took the opportunity to have a quick look in the house and have some tea and cake in the restuarant! Very reasonably priced and great service! not to mention yummy cake. I went for the rose and pischachio cake and Mike had a cream tea. We both impressed to see that it came with actual Clotted cream! ?. So many cream teas don’t these days, and its an actual crime I feel! Not only that but a sizeable amount complete with 2 pots of jam!! Happy Days!
There was plenty of savoury food on offer too at the restaurant including everything from sandwiches to roast dinner. However, we opted for a picnic (a popular choice that day) and enjoyed this on the grass by the adventure playground.
We had such a lovely day at Bowood house. But there was still plenty that we didn’t get to do including the adventure play area, which has a pirate ship and zip wires, the soft play and the tractor rides. We would definitely recommend it, its great for children of all ages. I’m sure we will be going again soon for another Tractor Ted visit!! or possibly even a tractor ted themed birthday party!!
If your interested in visiting Bowood House or other great attractions in Wiltshire you can find out more info at
Disclaimer: we were given complimentary tickets to this event in return for a review, but as always all opinions are my own.