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Can you see yourself in our gallery from day one of Jimmy’s Festival?

PUBLISHED: 13:21 22 July 2017 | UPDATED: 19:14 22 July 2017

Neil Stuke, left, and Tim Sheehan in the Aspall Kitchen at Jimmy's Festival. Picture: WAYNE SAVAGE

Neil Stuke, left, and Tim Sheehan in the Aspall Kitchen at Jimmy's Festival. Picture: WAYNE SAVAGE

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Thousands of people have headed to Jimmy’s Farm in Wherstead today for the first day of one of the biggest events on its calendar: Jimmy’s Festival.

The line-up of acts is well underway, with Mr Bloom, Smitha and Albert Man among those who have entertained crowds on the main stage at the two-day festival.

In the Aspall Kitchen, acclaimed screen and stage actor and chef Neil Stuke, alongside business partner Tim Sheehan, have demonstrated the best way to cook wild rabbit, using local produce, and talked on the importance of provenance and saving local pubs.

It was followed by Lincolnshire chef Rachel Green who cooked four dishes - including Swiss roll and polenta tarts - in under 50 minutes, enough to feed whole tent and more besides.

EADT and Ipswich Star entertainment writer Wayne Savage said: “She had us stitches talking about béarnaise sauce shots and singeing her eyebrows off.

Jake Morrell at Jimmy's Festival. Picture: NIGE BROWNJake Morrell at Jimmy's Festival. Picture: NIGE BROWN

“It’s a bit on the nippy side, not that anybody’s bothered.

“The music area is proving particularly popular early on.”

Albert Man. Picture: NIGE BROWNAlbert Man. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Other acts to grace the main stage today include Chas & Dave and Jake Morrell, with headliners Scouting For Girls to perform at 9.15pm.

Singer KT Tunstall will headline the festival tomorrow night.

Olivia Hodgetts, Emilia Sanders and Georgia Meyer-Hik enjoying the festival. Picture: NIGE BROWNOlivia Hodgetts, Emilia Sanders and Georgia Meyer-Hik enjoying the festival. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Jimmy’s Farm owner Jimmy Doherty said: “Suffolk has got so much to offer as a food location, as a music area, and we are really lucky we have so much support from the local community.

“The weather has been amazing, and the whole thing for us is that it is family based.

Rose Winter and Emilia Fowlston. Picture: NIGE BROWNRose Winter and Emilia Fowlston. Picture: NIGE BROWN

“I go to a lot of festivals and they have become more conscious of having food, and upping their game in being more family friendly, and with the whole farm it is about the community and being family friendly.

“It [the festival] is a celebration of all of those things.”

John, Sophia, Joseph and Shwetha Lee. Picture: NIGE BROWNJohn, Sophia, Joseph and Shwetha Lee. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Also on offer across the weekend is a kids zone, a sausage eating competition and a demonstration from 2016 Great British Bake Off contestant Martha Collison.

Festival organisers have been buoyed by the crowd numbers on day one - with 7,000 having made the trip today and a further 7,000 expected tomorrow.

Matt Nixon and Sarah Deamer enjoying the live music acts. Picture: NIGE BROWNMatt Nixon and Sarah Deamer enjoying the live music acts. Picture: NIGE BROWN

The event’s vibe has also been a positive one, the organisers said.

“I think we are a really good introduction to festivals – we aim to make it easy for people to bring their families and have a fantastic offering for people in entertainment,” a festival spokeswoman said.

Smitha performing at Jimmy's Festival. Picture: NIGE BROWNSmitha performing at Jimmy's Festival. Picture: NIGE BROWN

“People seem to be happy. We have got a lot of people from Essex and London, but this is very much a local festival.

“We have local food producers, local arts people, and we want to grow that every year.”

David Burge enjoys a pint. Picture: NIGE BROWNDavid Burge enjoys a pint. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Fans throughout the day have hailed the variety of entertainment on offer, with the relaxed atmosphere, the festival’s commitment to clearing litter and ability for children to enjoy the day as particular successes.

Even a scattering of a few showers this afternoon couldn’t put the farm’s faithful off enjoying the day’s music stages, dozens of food and beer stalls and children’s entertainment.

Smitha Rao performing at Jimmy's Festival. Picture: NIGE BROWNSmitha Rao performing at Jimmy's Festival. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Those heading to the festival or travelling through the area are advised to allow extra time for their journeys today.

• Are you heading to the festival this weekend? Send your pictures to newsdesk@archant.co.uk

Andra Green and Heidi Ellender among the crowd. Picture: NIGE BROWNAndra Green and Heidi Ellender among the crowd. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Mark and Josh Ridout. Picture: NIGE BROWNMark and Josh Ridout. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Xavier Hodgetts and Karen Farley. Picture: NIGE BROWNXavier Hodgetts and Karen Farley. Picture: NIGE BROWN

• We interviewed children’s presenters Dick ‘n’ Dom who will also be at the festival.

Paul Sampson, Stu Gunby and Daren Broadrib in fancy dress. Picture: NIGE BROWNPaul Sampson, Stu Gunby and Daren Broadrib in fancy dress. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Su Grand and Alex Robertson. Picture: NIGE BROWNSu Grand and Alex Robertson. Picture: NIGE BROWN

The festival attracts guests of all ages. Pictured is Iyla Mehta. Picture: NIGE BROWNThe festival attracts guests of all ages. Pictured is Iyla Mehta. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Steve Carey and Savannah at Jimmy's Farm. Picture: NIGE BROWNSteve Carey and Savannah at Jimmy's Farm. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Natalie Jones among the crowd at the two-day Jimmy's Festival. Picture: NIGE BROWNNatalie Jones among the crowd at the two-day Jimmy's Festival. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Iyla Mehta in the crowd. Picture: NIGE BROWNIyla Mehta in the crowd. Picture: NIGE BROWN

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