Down At The Farm

One of the best things about living in Ipswich – yes there are good things! – is the fact that we are only a 10 minute drive from Jimmy’s Farm. Come rain or shine it’s the perfect place to take the little one to run around and use up some energy and learn more about animals. That and they’ve got great shops and even better food there!

We’ve been numerous times over the years, even before we had children. The highlight is the Wildlife Park section. It’s not just a place for family outings although we’ve certainly found it more rewarding since we’ve had a small one to watch get excited and grow up with the animals. She seems to have a different favourite every time and you can certainly tell how much she’s grown up the more she knows about the animals.

Personally I’m all about the feeding. Goats, horses and whatnot. It’s a nice opportunity to get up close to the animals and they’re usually friendly – although the goats do tend to fight each other over who gets to eat the food. Can’t blame them really. Beyond the expected farm animals Jimmy has been expanding in recent times to have zoo-like parts including Meerkats and Coatis to name a few. It’s really good to see that they’re always looking to improve and offer visitors something different.

Entrance Prices to the Wildlife Park:

Child Day Pass (over 2 – under 18) £6.00 (under 2s go free)
Adult Day Pass (18+) £7.00
Family Day Pass £24.00 (2 adults & 2 children)

Concessions (Proof of Eligibility required) £5.50

Jimmy’s Farm has also recently introduced new membership options which are well worth checking out if you’re going to be a regular. Have a look HERE if you’re interested!

If you’ve got any money left then there’s a restaurant, a butchers shop and numerous other places to spend your money. Clothes and gifts are all tempting especially if you’re looking to get something a bit different for someone’s birthday or Christmas. The best thing about Jimmy’s Farm is that a visit can be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be. It doesn’t have to be a costly day out at all.

So whether you’re an Ipswich local or close enough to Suffolk to make the trip I can highly recommend Jimmy’s Farm for a visit, especially now the sun has finally started to shine on us. Find those wellies you’ve got hidden somewhere and have a great day out.


An Introduction

Well hello there blogosphere or bloggerverse or whatever you’re calling yourself these days. I’m David and it’s very nice to meet you. I’d be lying if I said it was my first time here. Over the years I’ve had numerous attempts at blogs, mostly personal irrelevant rants on nothing really. I was a big Live Journal user back in the day and I bet most of you haven’t even heard of that! I’ve been doing this Internet thing for way too long..


Anyway the truth is I’ve never managed to stick to being a regular blogger. It’s not like I don’t enjoy it or that it’s something I struggle to do. Writing in general has always come very naturally to me. English was always my best subject at school, I always read a lot when I was younger and I even did work experience at a newspaper. Maybe that’s my problem though – I was never able to specialise. Even now my main struggle is focusing in on one particular thing and trying to make a success of it because I genuinely enjoy so many different forms of writing. I love reviewing and doing movie and TV articles for Frame Rated and Screenjabber, I love doing my own short stories and poetry and obviously I love blogging. Just not about any one thing in particular, but who’s to say I need to put myself in a Travel Blogger or Lifestyle Blogger box?

So here I am. I have one plan and one plan only – to write. Whether it’s about my travels or my family or ranting about my commute or personal things or some crap on television I plan on writing about it. Why? Because it’s always been my happy place. My cathartic hobby. Somewhere I can escape to for a few hours and let everything out. I’ve grown up a lot since I first started my journal – trust me, I’ve read some of it back and want to slap myself – and I’m accepting of the fact that I’m far older now, but that gives me a lot more insight and experience than I had back then. So instead of angst and a fear of what’s to come I’m a family man now. I have responsibilities and I know the world a lot better than I did back then. My writing comes from a far happier place in 2017 and I love that it stays with me through the bad and the good.

So here’s to blogging. Hopefully I can stick to it this time and finally make this a blog I can be proud of.

How I learnt to love Harry Potter..

20 years ago. Well, I’m sure we’re all feeling a bit old right now aren’t we? Especially reading all the ‘I wasn’t even born then!’ comments. STOP IT. Twenty years ago I was.. err, younger than I am now. Let’s just say that. The world was my oyster. I was a naive teenager with not much going for him, happy to curl up at home alone with a few geeky magazines and video games. Fast forward to 2017 and not much has changed other than the fact I do actually have friends and a family, but I’m still not willing to give up the geeky side of me.

On paper Harry Potter sounds right down my street, yet in all honesty when it first came out I just didn’t care. I fell for those comments that said it was a children’s tale and gave it a miss. While I was happy to embrace the world of sci-fi with Star Trek or escape to fantasy realms with Lord of the Rings, Potter was always something some of my friends were into but I just didn’t really try. I may have tried a couple of the movies but they didn’t really grab me, and I wasn’t a particuarly enthusiastic reader at that point in my life either, so the whole phenomenon passed me by. Or so I thought.

The truth is that Harry Potter never went away. Not only did those original fans keep it alive via books, movies, video games and endless merchandise opportunties but Warner Bros. saw fit to expand it beyond script and screen and allow people to actually immerse themselves in the world JK Rowling had created by visiting the Studio Tour in London and the Wizarding World in Orlando, Florida. These are where I truly started to fall in love with the Potterverse, and who wouldn’t? The stunning efforts put into recreating the movie locations in Orlando, the exciting rides and the ongoing development makes Islands of Adventure a must-see if you’re in Florida for a holiday. And the London Studio tour seems to add more and more exhibits and areas so fans go back time and again. I haven’t been back since it first opened so there’s so much I’d love to see, and I look forward to going back one day.

Being heavily involved in conventions for the past 14 years has also helped develop my love of all things Potter as the cast are all so fantastic. To see not only the enthusiasm they have for the series but the love and respect they have for each other and the fans means Harry Potter remains one of the most successful franchises to come out of this country. We have embraced it completely and why not? Whether it’s expanding the universe with Pottermore, tours around London, or even the Cursed Child play there’s so much love and hunger for more from JK Rowling’s works that there are no signs of it slowing down. It’s a remarkable achievement to create something that lasts and can inspire and entertain multiple generations. Some things are timeless like Chronicles of Narnia or Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter can proudly sit beside these as something that children and adults alike will hold dear to their heart.

So while I may have been late to the party, the party is still in full swing. Not only do I look forward to many more trips to Orlando, no doubt more Funko purchases and wand purchases and whatever else, but also eventually introducing my daughter to it as soon as she understands. There’s nothing quite like introducing someone new to something you love and watching them fall completely in love with it too. Here’s to the next twenty years of Harry Potter and beyond.

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