KT Tunstall and Scouting for Girls help make Jimmy’s Festival in Wherstead a rousing success

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

Jake Morrell at Jimmy's Festival. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

Thousands of families and eager festival-goers braved the changeable weather this weekend to enjoy top bands, food and art at Jimmy’s Festival.

Albert Man. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Albert Man. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

The two-day event featured dozens of food stalls – many of which came from within the region, alongside multiple live music stages, an arts area, talks, demonstrations and children’s fun at Jimmy’s Farm in Wherstead.

Albert Man..Picture:NIGE BROWN.

Albert Man..Picture:NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

And while showers punctuated both days of the weekend, the festival’s faithful weren’t put off from the festivities, with around 7,000 on site each day.

Albert Man..Picture:NIGE BROWN.

Albert Man..Picture:NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

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.

Rose Winter and Emilia Fowlston. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Rose Winter and Emilia Fowlston. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

“The whole thing for us is that it is family based.

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

John, Sophia, Joseph and Shwetha Lee. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

“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.

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

Matt Nixon and Sarah Deamer enjoying the live music acts. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant


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

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

Smitha performing at Jimmy's Festival. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

Following on from the Harvest festivals and Jimmy’s Sausage and Beer festivals over the last 10 years, Jimmy’s Festival has now become a mainstay on the summer calendar – a feat reflected in the calibre of bands it attracts.

David Burge enjoys a pint. Picture: NIGE BROWN

David Burge enjoys a pint. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

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This year, Saturday headliners Scouting for Girls were joined by Jake Morrell and Chas & Dave, while Sunday’s headliner KT Tunstall followed X Factor star Matt Cardle and Mamas Gun.

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

Smitha Rao performing at Jimmy's Festival. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

While the bands and food and drink offering were key attractions for those attending, many punters hailed the festival’s relaxed atmosphere and family-ethos as being the most important.

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

Andra Green and Heidi Ellender among the crowd. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

Carly Canning, 33, who was joined by daughter Ruby, seven, said: “It’s the first time we have come and it’s been brilliant.

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

Smitha performing at Jimmy's Festival.Picture:NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

“It’s all really well laid out, the food is lovely, the site is tidy and it’s just perfect for families.”

Mark and Josh Ridout. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Mark and Josh Ridout. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

A spokeswoman from the organising team added: “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.

Xavier Hodgetts and Karen Farley. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Xavier Hodgetts and Karen Farley. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

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

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

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

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

Su Grand and Alex Robertson. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Su Grand and Alex Robertson. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

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

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

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

Smitha performing at Jimmy's Festival.Picture:NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

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

Steve Carey and Savannah at Jimmy's Farm. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

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

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

Iyla Mehta in the crowd. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Iyla Mehta in the crowd. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

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

Smitha performing at Jimmy's Festival.Picture:NIGE BROWN. - Credit: Archant

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