Jimmy's Farm

UK England East Anglia Suffolk Ipswich

  • Children’s playground
  • Groups welcome
  • Walking
Bell tent glamping on the farm made famous by Channel 4, with access to the farm and attractions included

Channel 4’s Jimmy Doherty is best known for bringing British farming to the masses and while his farm in Suffolk’s Orwell Valley often offers a filmic backdrop for his agricultural antics, since the mid 2000s it’s also been open to the public, who can visit the working farm and butchery and, more recently, a wildlife park, restaurant, flower gardens and play areas. This year they’ve added another feather to their cap, ‘Fancy Camping’. And there’ll be plenty of folks who fancy staying there this summer.

Just a hundred yards or so from the main farm entrance, the fancy camping is set in a quiet field of its own, with festoon lighting leading you down an entrance walkway and a copse of trees in one corner. As the name suggests, this isn’t a regular pitch-up-your-tent affair. Instead, a spread of 30 fully furnished bell tents are provided, with real beds, soft furnishings, bedside tables, bunting and fairy lights. Guests can turn up with little more than a toothbrush and they’ll be well catered for, especially when you consider the bar opposite the entrance and all the good food available on the farm.

Access to the farm and wildlife park is all provided as part of your bell tent booking. Guests are given a wrist-band on arrival that gives them entry to the park, where they can meet the rare-breed pigs, hear talks from the rangers and learn more about farming and animal husbandry. Along with the farm animals there are also a few more exotic species, like monkeys, camels and giant anteaters, and you can sign up for animal encounters each day (see the changing notice boards for the specific activities on offer).

When five o’clock comes and most people head home, campers can idle back to the meadow and enjoy an evening around the communal campfire. The festoon lighting, the bar, the space for the children to play… the place almost has a family-friendly festival atmosphere. Thugh, when morning comes and the farm cockerel crows, there’s no doubt you’ll be glad you had a proper bed for the night and enjoyed the fancier side of ‘festival’ camping.

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Facilities

BUMBLE tents usually supply festivals and events, so expect a well-run service and all the little touches covered. The tents are five metres in diameter and sleep two to four people, with a double bed for grown ups and optional Jay-Be camp beds for kids. Each bell tent comes with a full bedding pack (including mattress toppers), bedside tables, extra cushions and blankets, led battery lighting, designer matting, cushions, blankets, bunting and fairy lights. The glamping field has its own toilet and shower facilities (there are additional facilities within the main attractions areas too, open to other visitors to the farm). Communal campfire area. Guests are given a wristband on arrival that grants them access to the main Jimmy's Farm attraction for the duration of their stay (it's a two-minute stroll from the camping meadow to the main entrance). The main park closes at 5pm each day.

Suitable For

Glamping only. No campervans, caravans or BYO-tent camping. Dogs are not permitted on this site.

Nearby

Most people glamping here are coming for the the farm and wildlife park, rather than hunting around for things to do elsewhere. Alongside the foodie offerings that Jimmy Doherty has become so synonymous with, the farm gives visitors the chance to get close and involved with the animals. You can feed anteaters, alpacas and pygmy goats, listen to a range of daily keeper talks, walk in the butterfly house and plenty more – see the boards near the entrance to find out what animal encounters and experiences are on that day. If you do decide to head elsewhere, it's a 10-minute drive into historic Ipswich and a half-hour drive to one of the National Trust's most famed attractions, the Anglo Saxon burial grounds at Sutton Hoo (01394 389700).

Food & Drink

You're already on the farm so there's no need to go far to eat. The site is home to The Barn Restaurant and Coffee House, The Field Kitchen, The Snack Shack and Hair of the Hog Woodland Bar. Jimmy's Farm Park closes at 5pm to visitors each day but breakfast is still made available to campers and dinner and drinks are available to purchase between 6pm–8pm. The farm is also renowned for its rare breed meat. The farm shop is situated in a beautiful converted barn. From the butchery you can order sausages, bacon, joints and steaks, while the larder includes all the best seasonal vegetables. Further afield, it takes less than 15 minutes to drive to Waitrose and it's 10 minutes to both The Belstead Arms and The Brook Inn.

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The Owner Says

A relaxing, modern Staycation where you can make happy memories that last a life time.

JIMMY's Farm have teamed up with BUMBLE Bell tents to give you the mini break you have been waiting for.

With travel restrictions in place and the countries capacity to accommodate holiday makers quickly reaching its limit we’ve created a unique glamping experience that combines BUMBLE Bell’s stylish bell tent accommodation with Suffolk’s fastest growing attraction!

Costs include a two night stay in Fancy Camping as well as your entry into Jimmy's Farm & Wild Life Park for the duration of your stay. Guests will be given a wrist band on arrival so you can move freely throughout the attraction.

Fancy Camping is nestled away on a farm field, just a two-minute stroll from Jimmy's Farm entrance. The glamping field will have a dazzling, festooned walkway throughout the site giving you a festival feel and there will be a communal campfire area to toast marshmallows and share camp stories.

The beautifully stylised 5m Bell Tents sleep 2-4 guests and include a double bed, and camp beds, for you to snuggle down in. Each bed comes with full bedding packs and the tent will feature led battery power lighting, our designer matting, cushions, blankets, bunting and fairy lights for that ‘insta-ready’ pic.

During your stay you can enjoy our range of astonishing animals for free such as monkeys, camels a giant anteater and so many more. There are also breath-taking nature trails, den building in the woodland, or why not pay extra to join an experienced and knowledgeable ranger for a special animal experience.

You can relax and soak up the surroundings by grabbing a drink at the Hair of the Hog woodland pub, as well as takeaway breakfast, lunch and dinner available from The Barn Restaurant & Coffee House.

Accommodation

30 pre-pitched and furnished bell tents.

Bumble 5m Double Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 2 30 Available
Beautifully stylised 5m family Bell Tents with entry to Jimmy's Farm & Wildlife Park. They are kitted out with a double bed, and camp beds, for you to snuggle down in. Each bed comes with full bedding packs and will feature led battery power lighting, designer matting, cushions, blankets, bunting and fairy lights for that ‘insta-ready’ pic.

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Getting There

Jimmy’s Farm is close to the A12 and just a 5-minute drive from the A14, in Wherstead near Ipswich. With free parking, it’s a perfect destination for a whole day or a great stop off to stretch your legs and grab a bite to eat. The address is Jimmy’s Farm, Pannington Hall Lane, Suffolk IP9 2AR. But the postcode alone will do the job for your SatNav.

If you are travelling by train, Jimmy’s Farm is just a 10-minute taxi ride from Ipswich or Manningtree railway stations (both with direct links to London Liverpool Street Station served by Abellio Greater Anglia).

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