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19th February 2018

Woodforde’s Brewery to sponsor Jimmy Doherty’s Popular Music and Food Farm Festival in July

Woodforde’s, the award-winning Norfolk-based brewer, is delighted to announce its sponsorship of Jimmy’s Festival – the annual celebration of music and food held on 21st and 22nd July 2018.  Jimmy Doherty, well-known television personality and farmer, holds this popular event each year on his farm in Suffolk near Ipswich.  Woodforde’s is sponsoring the main music stage ‘Wherryfields’, a nod to the brewer’s flagship amber ale Wherry, as well as the chef’s demonstration area, now named ‘Woodforde’s Kitchen’.


Over the weekend, ‘Woodforde’s Kitchen’ will host a range of celebrity guest chefs and demonstrations, which will be hosted by TV presenter and chef Joe Hurd.  Jimmy is expected to host the ever-popular sausage eating competition and Charlie Hodson, Executive Head Chef at the Fur & Feather pub adjoining the brewery and nominee for VisitEngland’s 2018 Tourism Superstar award, will join the celebrity line-up.


Headline acts on the ‘Wherryfields’ stage include eighties icon Paul Young, The Bluetones as well as Happy Mondays.   Other bands include the Marsicans, Longy and the Gospel Trash, Ashfields, MINT, Rory Hope and Tom Lumley.  Television’s comedy duo, Dick and Dom, will keep the kids entertained with their own brand of activities on the Sunday.


Jimmy Doherty said: “It’s great to have Woodforde’s on board this year, they’re a great brewery with brilliant beers and another fantastic producer from the East Anglia region.”


James Hughes, chief executive, Woodforde’s said: “We are so pleased to be involved with Jimmy’s Farm and the Festival.  It’s a great family event and with around 20,000 visitors expected over the weekend, it will give us an excellent new platform to highlight Woodforde’s brewery and our beer brands to a wider audience.”


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About Woodforde’s


  • Woodforde’s Brewery, rebranded in 2017 by linking with the legacy of Norfolk’s favourite son, and one of Britain’s greatest military heroes, Admiral Lord Nelson.
  • Woodforde’s Brewery was founded in 1981 and operates from its brewery and pub site in the village of Woodbastwick, near Norwich.
  • Woodforde’s Brewery is the largest brewer in Norfolk.
  • The Brewery has won over fifty nationally recognized awards including two Champion Beers of Britain (Wherry and Norfolk Nog), as voted by CAMRA.
  • Woodforde’s is one of only four brewers to have received this award twice.
  • Of the 50 national awards 26 have been first place as well as winning an array of regional and category awards.
  • Woodforde’s has two operational brew houses with a 30 barrel and 60 barrel capacity.
  • There are six beers in the core cask range: Wherry; Reedlighter; Nelson’s Revenge; Norada; Bure Gold and Norfolk Nog.
  • Wherry, Bure Gold, Nelson’s Revenge and Norfolk Nog are available in 500 ml bottles; Reedlighter and Norada in 330 ml bottles.


About Jimmy’s Farm

Jimmy’s Farm is a working rare-breed pig farm and tourist destination in Wherstead, Suffolk. Owner, Jimmy Doherty set up the Essex Pig Company and was followed by Fresh One Productions, a documentary crew, who made the series Jimmy’s Farm first aired on the BBC in 2004.  Jimmy’s Farm is open all year round to the public and has a Farm Shop, butchery, restaurant, field kitchen, education hub and wildlife park. The Farm was granted its Zoo Licence in 2016, which now enables exotic species to be kept. These  include exotic butterflies in the butterfly house (open April to October), meerkats, wallabies, coati, raccoons, emu and reindeer. The farm also plays host to Jimmy’s Festival each summer.

Jimmy Doherty presented a series for BBC2 called Jimmy Doherty’s Farming Heroes which aired from July 2008 to August 2008, followed by various other series and single documentaries for the BBC. Notably, Jimmy’s Food Factory.  In December 2012, Jimmy and Jamie Oliver presented the Channel 4 series Jamie & Jimmy’s Food Fight Club. Since 2014, Doherty has co-presented the prime-time Channel 4 series Jamie& Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast alongside Jamie Oliver.


For further press information on Woodforde’s contact:


Gill Shaffer


DDi:    +44 1223 655743

M:       +44 7958 989124


For more information on Jimmy’s Festival contact:


Julie Ratford

M: +44 7884 182909