It’s October half term in the UK and we’re on a little staycation exploring the east coast and a few spots in Suffolk.
Today we visited Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park with eager 7 and 8 year olds. It’s a lovely place to visit; quite relaxed with friendly staff and plenty to do
Things to do
There is a decent collection of animals- including rare breeds (and some we had never heard of) as well as some more exotic residents! From little meerkats to enormous camels, there are plenty of animals to see, feed, and in some cases, handle. You can buy bags of animal feed for £1 and get up close and personal with friendly creatures who appreciate the grub!
The farm is deceptively big; taking in the whole place is a decent walk. Follow the trail round the animal enclosures, past the playground, and it takes you through the woods where kids can build dens in the trees and collect conkers. There is also a Time Walk- a woodland path where the kids can spot the collection of animals that would have lived in the woods through the ages. It was fun, educational, sparked conversations and served as a lovely little photo opportunity too!
In addition to the animals and the woodland activities, there is a decent sized play area for kids of varying ages. My littluns loved the bouncy pillow and the sandpit. It was a great space for the kids to play safely while the parents had a coffee and watched from the sidelines. They are in the process of building an adventure playground- that will be very impressive when that opens!
Food and Drink
Lots of families had a picnic with them today and there are plenty of picnic tables and places to sit. There are also food outlets if you prefer. From coffee and ice cream outlets to a restaurant, a deli in the farm shop and a pizza place in the woods. We opted for pizza after playing in the woods. It was a lovely sourdough based concoction… tasted delicious… but it is expensive. £15 for a pizza that would serve an adult as a light lunch (or snack!)
I do love the ethos of Jimmy’s Farm- field to fork – with lots of high quality produce and super local suppliers. We indulged a bit in the farm shop and treated ourselves to some delicious local bits from the deli
On the whole we thought it was a lovely family day out and worth the visit. Ticket prices were reasonable and it was easy to book online. We spent around 3.5 hours there- it was a pretty relaxed pace, no rushing, so I’d suggest it’s a half day activity rather than a full day. Ticket prices in October 2021 are £12.50 for adults, £10 for kids, £9 for concessions, free tickets for carers (evidence required). Free parking and all activities are included in the ticket price.
It was really fun! We got to see loads of animals and my favourite was the meerkats!Arabella, age 8
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