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Family day out to Jimmys Farm in Ipswich, Suffolk


It was Good Friday and we thought we would take a trip to Jimmy’s farm in Ipswich. We had heard lots about the farm so thought it was about time to give it ago. We arrived just before opening time and being Good Friday, which turned out to be a good idea. Plenty of car parking is available and entry price was very reasonable, £15 for a family ticket, 2 adults and 2 children. There is also the opportunity to buy bags of animal feed for 50p, by the way don’t feed the reindeer, they are on a special diet.


Being Easter Jimmy’s Farm had put on a little Easter quiz for the children, find the Easter eggs around the farm, solve the clue to find the letter and when you have the correct answer written down you can claim your prize of a chocolate Freddie for each of the children. We made our way down from the entrance where we saw goats, reindeer, lambs and donkeys. As you get to the bottom of the hill there is a gated area with chickens in which you are more than welcome to enter, feed the chickens and even see if they have laid any eggs in their brightly coloured houses.

Jimmy’s Farm also has one of two play areas one of which can be found by the chickens admittedly it’s not very big but the children liked it. There is also a fairly large sand pit area with buckets and things to keep them entertained for little longer. To the right of the chickens there is a lovely pond with pond dipping sticks available to try and catch some of the little fish, did we catch any, no, almost impossible with the children thrashing around with their nets.


After some play and pond dipping it was time to head up a path to where you have the opportunity to try a little bit of fishing with a member of staff, please be aware you will have to be patient and wait your turn if you wish to have ago. We did see a number of children catch some small fish which are then returned to the pond after the obligatory photo opportunity.

Onwards and upwards to the butterfly house, which had just opened, our eldest Evie couldn’t get enough, she was in her element, with butterfly’s flying around her and being able to hold the tame butterfly’s for quite sometime. I think we ended up going back to the butterfly house an additional 2 times.


Up from the butterfly house is another play area, with a mini assault course, some man made hills and a few other bits. But the best bit was the zip wire, for children above 6 but Evie was still keen to have a go, ten go’s actually. A word of warning, make sure your little and not so little ones hold on extra, extra tight, the zip wire has a bit of a kick to it when it reaches the end. From here we walked along the pig sky walk which is just a path next to lots of pigs towards the new hobbit house, which is pretty cool, the children actually requested we have one built in our back garden, errrrr ok.


Then it was lunch time, we took a picnic and a blanket and ate on the grass. After lunch we took a walk through the very pretty nature trial with gorgeous bluebells everywhere, the hill gets a bit steep, but it’s very pretty and when you reach the top, it’s time to start den building. You don’t really start from scratch it’s more like adding sticks and logs to the existing dens, but it’s still fun. Jimmy’s Farm also has pony grooming which you can watch, not take part in, lamb feeding, guinea pig cuddling and rabbit petting.


We probably spent 4 hours there but you could string it out a little longer, when we left the main area, we popped in the Adnams cellar shop which sells a wide range of their bears and locally produced food which in all honesty is lovely albeit a little pricey. Inside the shop is also a butchery which has some great looking meat for you to buy. At the back of the shop there is also a café, we didn’t have anything but it smelt amazing as did the restaurant. There is also a small Joules clothes shop onsite if you wish to take a look around, we didn’t go in as didn’t really fancy any clothes shopping on our day out. In the same area there is also the chance to paint some ceramics, currently this is only available every Friday though and of course there are additional charges. Oh and there is a small out building where you can see some baby chicks!

Overall and to summarise we had a really good time at Jimmy’s farm, we were lucky with the weather, had it been pouring of rain, it really wouldn’t of been the same. The entrance price was good and I think reflects well with the activities you can do and things to see. One word of warning, if you have a buggy, of which we did, it can be a pain to push on certain gravel path areas. Anyway as a family we would certainly recommend Jimmy’s farm.



 
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