Despite there being families of all ages and the odd dog around, the campsite was surprisingly quiet. I was really surprised.
We had breakfast in the tent and packed our things up then headed down to the entrance in plenty of time. The doors opened at 11 so we wanted to get there a while before in case the queue was long later on.
A stall nearby sold sunglasses so I treated the boys to a pair, at £5 each it didn't break the bank. The same stall offered cashback (at a £2.95 charge) but as I didn't think I had brought enough I decided to get it now rather than panicking later on.
I had originally taken £50 with me but with the drinks the night before realised this wouldn't be enough.
We ended up second in the queue, I also wanted to get our wrist bands checked as we had arrived late the night before and was a bit rushed, realising we had the wrong ones on the stewardess was really helpful and getting us sorted out.
There was a 10 second countdown and then we were in!
Bag checks...an aerosol removed from my bag (booo to hot weather and not being able to have deodorant with you) we were in.
We went to the information tent and grabbed a schedule for the day and then had a little walk around the food stalls to get ideas for lunch whilst we made our way to the animals and woodland area.
Having been visiting Jimmy's Farm for quite a few years now I am always amazed at how much it has changed. I remember when we first went, compared to how it is now it was very basic. Amazing all the same but very basic and rustic I suppose.
Now there is a bigger variety of animals and it certainly can't be described as basic, but what I do love is that it still has that rustic feel to it.
After looking at the Guinea Pigs, Meerkats, Skunk and Alpacas we went to look at the Wonder Wood. As it was still reasonably early the people looking after that section were only just arriving so we didn't get to do anything there...although I guess that was slightly disappointing as we'd hoped everyone would be ready to greet festival goers once the doors had opened.
We then went on to look at the children's entertainment and stage area, hosted by The Flying Seagull Project. The boys had a go on the circus and acrobatic items laying around the grass and watched a little bit of the entertainer on the stage. We walked past this stage a couple of times throughout the day and it always seemed busy and children (and parents!!) were having a great time.
We went to see other animals, Charles became best friends with a Turkey that was surprisingly tame and loved having her back rubbed! I didn't think she was going to let Charles stop. And always one of our highlights of Jimmy's Farm has to be going to see Dolly to do some fishing.
As this is out of the way really, and with a small sign pointing over that way, there was no one in front of us so we didn't have to queue.
After quite a wait, Charles managed a small fish...which was quite feisty and ended up throwing itself on the floor as he held it. Then it was Harry's turn...much to his pleasure he managed to catch a bigger fish than his brother.
In such a short amount of time we realised there was so much to see and do and to keep you busy. There were also toilets dotted all around the farm which was really handy (I have a bit of a thing about checking out toilets when I go to an attraction, especially an event like this).
After the fishing we went off to see some other animals and another section we hadn't seen before...which I will talk about and show in Part Two....
We were invited to Jimmy's Festival for the purpose of this review. We were given tickets to the Festival and camping for the weekend, however all words are honest and my own.