The massive upside to this was that we got to spend Easter Weekend in Suffolk with my family. Lovely. We took advantage of a nice looking day to head to the farm on the Saturday and visit Jimmy's Farm. This is really close to my parents and we have eaten there a few times but never visited the animals.
Today we rectified this and paid the wholly reasonable sum of £10 for two adult tickets and two bags of feed, under 2's are free. This price includes entry to the nature trail, woodland walk, butterfly house and all the animals, feeding time or petting specials and two fantastic adventure playgrounds. There is also a large picnic area and giant sandpit which I think L will love when she is a bit bigger or less sleepy as she was today. Brilliant by my books. If you are a family of two adults and two paying children there is a family ticket option as well as an annual charge which I think would be well worth it if you were going to be visiting regularly.
We ate in the outside cafe because the main restaurant was fully booked, much to our disappointment, but were speedily served burgers and chips and were able to borrow a highchair from the main restaurant for L. The burgers were meaty and the chips crispy. L enjoyed some of each and loved the floured bap! A quick look round the farm shop found some sweet treats for afters in the shape of fudge and cookies! We have previously brought sausages from Jimmy's and been really chuffed with them, and the pork pies look fantastic today.
After filling our tummies it was onto the main event! The queue was short and quickly dealt with meaning we were in and ready to meet the animals in about five minutes.
Another recent addition to Jimmy's Farm is the butterfly house. Jimmy's history is in entomology and this is a fitting addition to the farm because of this. Having previously visited the butterfly house at Jimmy's old place of work, The National History Museum, I was much more impressed today. The house was large and easily navigable on foot and with a buggy. The planting is not intrusive currently and the house is not too warm. Although this is sure to change as the weather hopefully warms up!
L was fascinated by the small fluttering butterflies and watched them for ages.
We had a great day on the farm and will be visiting again soon to spend some more time with the animals before we head to the Sausage and Beer Festival in July for a mini festival experience with L!