Going to a “Tractor Fest” doesn’t immediately jump out as a good way to spend the day with a child, but Tractor Fest at Newby Hall is more than just about tractors!
Yes, there are tractors – hundreds and hundreds of tractors in fact – and they come from far and wide from all over the country to the event. However, there are all over types of agricultural machinery from motors to plough, diggers to trailers so don’t think that tractors are all that is on offer!!
In fact, it has more of a feel of a Country Show than a pure “Tractor Fest” as there were shops, food stalls, and children’s activities including the Police Tractor, land train and ride on mini tractors/cars (£3 for 15 minutes). There is also a helter skelter, dodgems and a mini train roundabout.
There is also the lovely Newby Hall gardens a short walk away from the main festival which is free for Tractor Fest. Here there is a mini train to ride (£2.20 each for a 10 minute ride – brilliant value!) a really good playground and a water/splash area. Because of this, a spare change of clothes is advisable!!
Just a few things to bear in mind:
– it is an outdoor attraction so you need dry weather!
– it is held in a farmers field and so a sturdy pair of shoes (and pushchair!) are advisable
– the main Tractor Fest doesn’t seem to have baby change facilities and so the best place is in Newby Hall Gardens. Likewise, the best toilets are down there
The parking is free and plentiful and due to the volume of cars, make sure you make a note of where you parked your car. It is all very organised however, and entry and exit was very efficient. Even though the car park was busy, the event did not feel busy.
You will see a good number of “farmer” types who come to Tractor Fest for the tractors, but I was pleasantly surprised as to how many young children were there, especially in the Gardens. It shows that there is much more to Tractor Fest than tractors, and the free admission for under 4’s really helps with this!
We were at Tractor Fest for 4 hours and we had a really good time throughout. The 2 year old (it wasn’t my weekend to have Heidi) fell asleep towards the end through the combination of fresh air, exercise and mental stimulation and that’s not a bad thing at all!!
Hopefully next year, Heidi will have chance to experience the fun (in the sun hopefully!).