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10 things to do in Ipswich on the weekend

TICKETS PLEASE: Visit The Workshops Rail Museum and see the Fat Controller and Thomas the Tank Engine.
TICKETS PLEASE: Visit The Workshops Rail Museum and see the Fat Controller and Thomas the Tank Engine. Elleni Toumpas

1 Thomas the Tank Engine

  • The Workshops Rail Museum, North St, North Ipswich
  • Today and tomorrow, 9.30am-5pm

FAMILIES can stay dry this Australia Day weekend and still celebrate the sun and the seaside at The Workshops Rail Museum.

Children can meet the Fat Controller and Thomas and his friends at the Day out with Thomas special exhibition.

There will also be story-telling and craft activities, and children can bring along a spare set of clothes and get involved in water and sand pit play.

The By the Seaside-themed event is aimed at giving children a taste of the British

seaside, as well as allowing them to meet their fictional train heroes.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $11.50 for children aged three to 15 and is free for children aged under three.

Find out more at theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or by phoning 3432 5100.


2 Vintage train rides

  • Between Swanbank Coal Rd, Swanbank and Bundamba Racecourse, Brisbane Rd, Ipswich
  • Today, 10.15am-3.10pm

RIDE the Swanbank vintage steam train through scenic Ipswich suburbs.

Visit the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway's website for arrival and departure times.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for concession card-holders and children and $45 for families.

Visit qpsr.net or phone 3103 5653 to find out more.


3 Burns Supper

  • Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band Hall, Limestone Park, Lion St
  • Tonight, 6.45pm-10pm

ENJOY a three-course meal with live entertainment from the pipe band to celebrate the life and poetry of Robert Burns. The annual Burns Supper celebration will include a three-course meal, with tea and coffee.

There will also be a licensed bar.

Tickets cost $30 for non-member and $25 for members.

Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning 0414 776 361.


4 Rescue and Recovery shows

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

INTERACTIVE children's show Rescue will put attendees in charge of land, sea and air rescues. It features a full-size helicopter simulator, Jet Ski simulators and plenty of pretend rescue situations.

The gallery is also exhibiting Recovery:

The Flood Objects Project; a collection of paintings by artist Deb Mostert, inspired by objects salvaged from the 2011 floods.

The works depict much-loved and symbolic possessions of local people affected by the tragic floods, two years on from the event.

Free entry.

Visit ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au to find out more.


5 Free pool fun day

  • Ipswich and Somerset region pools
  • Today, 10am-4pm in the Ipswich region and 9am-5pm in the  Somerset region

FINE weather permitting, families are invited to Australia Day fun days selected pools in Bundamba, Goodna, Rosewood, Leichhardt, Kilcoy, Lowood and Toogoolawah. In Ipswich, there will be lucky door prizes at each venue.

Participating pools are the Bundamba Swim Centre on Brisbane Rd; the Goodna Aquatic Centre on Brisbane Tce; the Rosewood Swim Centre on Railway St and the George Conway Leichhardt Community Swim Centre on Toongarra Rd.

Phone 3810 6666 to find out more.

In the Somerset region, celebrations will include jumping castles, pool inflatables, face painting, barbecues, prizes and giveaways, music, mini golf and more.

The participating pools are the Kilcoy Aquatic Centre, Lowood Swimming Pool and Toogoolawah Swimming Pool.

Visit ipswich.qld.gov.au or somerset.qld.gov.au to check for wet weather updates or phone the relevant pool if concerned.


6 Showplace markets

  • Ipswich Showgrounds, Warwick Rd, Ipswich
  • Today, 6.30am-11am

THE Ipswich Showplace markets will feature dozens of stalls selling tools, toys, clothing, home wares and arts and crafts products.

Cooked breakfasts and coffee will also be available for purchase at the canteen.


7 Explore-a-saurus

  • Queensland Museum, Cnr Grey and Melbourne Sts, South Bank Cultural Precinct, South Brisbane
  • Today and tomorrow, 9.30am-5pm

TEST your strength against a T-Rex jaw, uncover fossils and bones at a dig site and learn how dinosaurs lived at the Queensland Museum.

Visit southbank.qm.qld.gov.au or phone 3840 7555 to find out more.


8 Country market

Fernvale State Primary School 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 gifts. Free entry, with on-street parking.


9 Visit nature centre

  • Ipswich Nature Centre, Queens Park, Milford St
  • Today and tomorrow, 9.30am-4pm

SPEND a day with the family exploring the Ipswich Nature Centre this weekend.

Check out the native and barnyard animals on display, and be sure to visit the special bilby enclosure. The Centre features a large native bird enclosure and reptile display.

Visit ipswich.qld.gov.au to find out more.


10 Race day

  • Ipswich Turf Club, 219 Brisbane Rd, Bundamba
  • Tomorrow, from 11am

THE Turf Club's Sunday race meet will double as an Australia Day-themed family fun day with free entry for families and free children's entertainment.

The voucher in today's QT will entitle the holder to a lamb and gravy roll and beverage of choice for $5. Gates open at 11am. e-mixed beverage from the new drinks range on offer.

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