A day out at Jimmy’s Farm
Jimmy Doherty rose to fame after an appearance on a TV show with his childhood friend Jamie Oliver – you know, the naked chef guy. The rest, as they say, is history. Jimmy is now a rare breeds farmer and has presented numerous programmes himself.
If you’ve followed the shows, the Jimmy’s Farm you see on your telly box is the one you visit, with a lot of extras that make it a great family day out. It is made up of 100 acres including the farm park, a woodland walk, an award-winning restaurant and farm shop. The whole place echoes of Jimmy’s fun character, and passion for farming and nature.
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We were able to push Tin Box Baby’s pram all around the farm, although some extra muscle was need to reach the den building in the hilly woodland area.
You can buy drinks from a gorgeous camper van inside the farm but you’ll have to pop back out to the Field Kitchen or Restaurant if you want something to eat. Lots of people had brought picnics and there was acres of space around the play area to throw down a blanket.
There’s plenty of places to wash your hands after you feed or petted the animals, which is really important to keep cross infection down at a farm.
Be prepared for festival style loo breaks. There’s port-a-loos all around the farm and in the car park, and proper loos near the shops and restaurant. I have to say that the port-a-loos were immaculate.
We didn’t realise until we were in the farm that we could have brought Tin Box Dog along. Dogs are welcome on a lead as long as their owners pick up after them.
We had missed the Beer and Sausage Festival by a couple of weeks but would like to come back another year as it sounds fab. This year there were performances by Athlete, Toploader and The Shires. For the kids there was Justin Fletcher – the chap behind Mr Tumble (sorry if I’m shattering anyone’s dreams) and Mr Bloom. We’d love to go next year!
The farm is open seven days a week. During the summer, entrance to the farm costs £4.50 per adult and £3.50 for children over two. A family pass for two adults and two children costs £15. In the winter months prices are reduced. See the Jimmy’s Farm website for full details of dates and prices.
After our late lunch we looked around the gardens which you can see without paying to go into the farm park. There’s also an impressive vegtable garden, farm shop and retail outlets to look around.