CHALLENGE: Ilona Parnham, Bob McGregor, Neil Parnham and John Nankivell cycle through UQ’s Ipswich campus to promote the 2013 Ipswich 100 Bike Ride.
CHALLENGE: Ilona Parnham, Bob McGregor, Neil Parnham and John Nankivell cycle through UQ’s Ipswich campus to promote the 2013 Ipswich 100 Bike Ride. Claudia Baxter

10 things to do in Ipswich on the weekend

1 Ipswich Hospital Foundation Heritage Bank Ipswich 100 Bike Ride

  • Tomorrow 6am,
  • UQ Ipswich Campus

THERE really isn't much more you could ask for in a bike ride - challenging routes and the knowledge your efforts are going towards helping the health outcomes of your community.

Ipswich Hospital Foundation events co-ordinator Ashton Cooper said that Ipswich is always the logical choice for the ride due to the beautiful countryside, quality roads and supportive organisations.

"The ride is a great opportunity to spend active time with family and friends and to help raise money for charities in your local area," she said.

Routes are well marked to ensure riders stay on track. Support vehicles will precede and follow each ride to provide road-side assistance if needed. There is plenty of time to finish the ride and we encourage participants to stay on for a rest, massage, refreshments and entertainment. Journeys of 50km and 100km will put up to 1500 riders to the test.

Visit ipswich100.com.au or phone Ipswich Hospital Foundation on 1300 736 428.

 

2 Fish Farm workshop

  • Westfalen Community Gardens, Dunlop St, Collingwood Park
  • Tomorrow, 10am

RESIDENTS can enjoy a free workshop on how to build an inexpensive backyard fish farm in a few hours at home yourself.

Spokeswoman Gillian Lynn said she would be showing participants how to make a super-efficient backyard fish farm out of inexpensive, easily and locally obtained gear and how to do it in a few hours.

"There is no complicated plumbing, and no messing about - we'll just show people how it all goes together," Mrs Lynn said.

"Also we will show how the backyard fish farm can work on an air lift pump for low power use which can even be run on solar should you want to.

The first workshop kicks off at 10am and children are welcome to attend with a sausage sizzle and drinks available.

Tickets cost $10.

Phone 0421 225 040 for details.

 

3 Visitor Centre

  • Queens Park Visitor Information Centre, 14 Queen Victoria Pde, Ipswich
  • Today, 10am-2pm

IT has been 10 years since the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre opened in Queens Park and to mark the occasion a special celebration will be held this weekend.

There will entertainment and fun for the kids, great prizes to win and a chance to meet local tourism operators and discover Ipswich.

For details email info@discoveripswich.com.au or phone 3281 0555.

 

4 Laidley Heritage Festival

  • Das Neumann Haus, William St, Laidley
  • Today and tomorrow

CELEBRATE Laidley heritage weekend with a variety of activities will be available to entertain the whole family.

A poets' breakfast kicks off at 8am on Saturday featuring top Brisbane poet Kevin Dean. Also on the agenda will be the Lockyer Valley Light Horse Troop, a whip maker, demonstrations by Lockyer spinners and weavers, working blacksmiths and small engine groups. Horse and vintage sulky/carriage rides and vintage motorcycles and tractors will also be on display.

A tractor called The Mongrel, which has been converted into a musical instrument, will be a star attraction of the event.

Experience the German heritage, delicious homemade treats from Annie's Place Coffee Shoppe, musical entertainment by Cross Country today, market stalls and embroidery demonstrations.

Tomorrow is kids' day with lots of children's activities and rides from 10am-2pm.

There will be a jumping castle, face painting, animal farm and pony rides, giant games area, craft and more.

Entry to the Heritage Weekend is free at Das Neumann Haus and only $2 for adults with children free at the Laidley Pioneer Village.

For more information visit lockyervalley.qld.gov.au or call 1300 005 872.

 

5 Cent auction

  • Raceview State School Hall, Wildey St
  • Tonight at 6pm

DONATED items from local business make up a large assortment of auctions items.

Entry is $2.

Phone 0422 791 696.

 

6 LEGO building challenge finals

  • Booval Fair Shopping Centre
  • Today, 11.30am and 12.30pm

HEAD along and test your skills with the centre's great LEGO Building Challenge.

The competition holds up to 30 people per heat with the final today and no bookings are required

The finals for children aged three to seven will be 11.30am and children aged eight to 14 kicks off at 12.30pm.

Entry is free.

For more details visit boovalfair.com.au

 

7 Redbank Saturday Market

  • Eastern Taipans Cricket Ground, Redbank Plains Rd
  • Today, 6.30am-11am

HEAD along and check out the huge range of arts and craft, trash and treasure, plants, Bric a Brac, toys, onsite hair cuts and fresh fruit and vegetables.

Phone 0413 893 793 for details.

 

8 Animal nursery open day

  • Farm Fun, 828 Ipswich-Rosewood Rd, Rosewood
  • Today, 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm

TREAT your family to a special day observing farm animals in their natural environment.

Children can pat, brush and cuddle the baby farm animals at the Farm Fun farm, and can help farmer Jules feed them.

Pony rides will also be available, and kids can play on a hay bale slide, tyre swing and huge trampoline.

Entry costs $10 per person and closed-in shoes are essential.

 

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 every weekend.

Check out the native and barnyard animals on display, and be sure to visit the special bilby enclosure.

The Centre also features a large native bird enclosure and reptile display.

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

 

10 Peak Pig Races and Music Muster

  • Swifts sports grounds, Ipswich-Boonah Rd, Yamanto
  • Today 3pm until late

TAKE a punt on the pint-sized mini racing pigs or just enjoy a park full of entertainment and rides.

Musical performances for the day will feature the Memphis Movers and Smokin' Crawdads, while Captain Mike Jarvis will be offering chopper rides.

Money raised from this annual event will benefit Ipswich Junior Rugby League and the Ipswich Hospital Foundation.