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10 things to do in Ipswich on the weekend

LOVING THE SAND: Sophie and Ben West enjoy the beach theme activities at The Railway Workshops Museum.
LOVING THE SAND: Sophie and Ben West enjoy the beach theme activities at The Railway Workshops Museum. David Nielsen

1 Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends visit Workshops

  • Thomas 2013 - By the seaside/Railway Workshops, North Ipswich
  • Tomorrow until Thursday, February 3

COME and see Australia's biggest Thomas the Tank Engine event these holidays.

Thomas will be joined by his friends, including the Fat Controller and trains Edward, Donald and Douglas at The Railway Workshops Museum.

The show's theme is 'by the seaside' and will bring the English summer to the Workshops.

There will be regular performances throughout the day as well as stories told by the Fat Controller, opportunities to explore Thomas' cabin and a Thomas and Friends cinema as well as a number of other events and the regular attractions of the Railway Workshops.

There will be performances at 10am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm.

Visit theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au for more information about Thomas and Friends' visit to the North Ipswich Rail Workshops Museum.


2 Sunday jazz

  • Spicers Hidden Vale, 617 Mount Mort Rd, Grandchester
  • Tomorrow, 1pm-5pm

SOAK up the smooth sounds of jazz at Spicers Hidden Vale tomorrow.

Music will be provided by a jazz duo and is free to listen to. Menu items at Cottons Restaurant start at $12.50.

Phone the restaurant on 1300 179 340 to book or to find out more.


3 Rescue show

  • Ipswich Art Gallery, d'Arcy Doyle Pl, Nicholas St, Ipswich
  • Today and tomorrow, 10am-5pm

THE interactive Rescue exhibition will put children in charge of simulated land, sea and air rescues. Rescue features a full-size helicopter simulator, jet ski simulators and more realistic rescue situations.

Children will be able to learn about rescue-related medicine, search techniques, radio communication and supplies and equipment such as the Jaws of Life.

It's one of the Ipswich Art Gallery's largest exhibitions yet, and Ipswich will be the travelling show's only east coast stop before it heads overseas.

Queensland Police Service representatives will be on site between 10am-1pm today with a police dog exhibit and Rhino patrol vehicle. Free entry.


4 Springfield market

  • Robelle Domain Parklands, Education City Dve, Springfield Central
  • Today, 7am-noon

STOCK up on freshly-picked and home-made produce, fresh flowers, plants and more. Food stalls will sell breakfast and take-home items.

Children can enjoy face painting, and a masseuse will be on site to help relieve aches and pains.


5 Fire dancing

  • Queens Park, Ipswich
  • Tomorrow, 6pm-8.30pm

IPSWICH-based fire dancing troupe Anem Aed will perform solo and group routines.

Watch as the dancers twirl fiery poi, staffs and hula hoops. The event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket or chairs to make spectating more comfortable.


6 Country market

  • Fernvale State PrimarySchool grounds, Brisbane Valley Hwy
  • Tomorrow, 6am-noon

RISE and shine early to find a bargain at the Fernvale Country Markets tomorrow.

Stalls at the country market will sell farm-fresh produce, antiques and second-hand items, plants and handmade soaps and gifts. The school grounds are located about half an hour from Ipswich. Free entry, with on-street parking.


7 Landscape art

  • Ipswich Art Gallery, UQ Gallery, d'Arcy Doyle Place
  • Today and Tomorrow 10am-5pm

THE Siegfried Manietta: Landscape Art and Inspiration exhibition has entered it's final days.

Spectacular Australian landscapes are on show at the Ipswich Art Gallery until Sunday, January 6.

Tickets can be booked by returning the ticket form from the Ipswich Art Gallery website ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au or by phoning 3810 7333.

Tickets are $10 for Friends of the Ipswich Art Gallery members or $15 for general admission.


8 Water park fun

  • Robelle Domain, Springfield Central and River Heart Parklands, Ipswich
  • Today and tomorrow

STAY cool this summer in Ipswich's water parks. The recently-opened Riverheart Parklands in central Ipswich and Robelle Domain in Springfield have seen big crowds trying to escape the heat over the break.

The Circle at Robelle Domain also features a light and sound show, with a Christmas theme running until the end of the month, playing twice a night from 7pm to 9pm.


9 Ipswich fireworks

  • New Year's celebrations and fireworks North Ipswich Reserve, The Terrace, North Ipswich.
  • Monday 6pm-9.45pm

Free New Year celebrations will be held at North Ipswich Reserve on The Terrace Monday. The night will see free entertainment including live performers and a spectacular fireworks display from 8pm.

As well as entertainment the celebration will see food stalls and space for your own picnic and free rides for kids.


10 Springfield New Year's Eve

  • Icon 2012 New Year's Eve. Robelle Domain Parklands, Springfield Central
  • Monday, 6pm - 12.30am

Ring in the New Year in Springfield with a family picnic in Robelle Domain.

The Parklands will be packed with food stalls and entertainment to welcome 2013.

The night will see entertainment provided by musicians, dancers, multimedia shows and more throughout the night

Entry to the event is free.

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