STAR ATTRACTION: Abbie Vievers of Junction View with her pet camel Humphrey.
STAR ATTRACTION: Abbie Vievers of Junction View with her pet camel Humphrey. David Nielsen

10 things to do in Ipswich on the weekend

1 The Serendipity Farm Shindig

  • Lollypops Playland, 10 Commercial Dr, Springfield
  • Today from 5.30pm until 7.30pm

TO help them get back on their feet after being inundated in January's floods - and bring some animal fun into people's lives - the Serendipity Farm is holding a fundraiser.

The farm was flooded in January and the owners had to cancel a Family Fun Day. Today's activities include two hours of unlimited play on the indoor playland, a chance to cuddle up to baby animals on the mobile farm, cent auctions, raffles, lucky door prizes, live music, and Mother's Day gifts, food and drinks for sale.

Entry for kids cost $10 and adults are free.

For more information call 5462 9171 or email


2 Ipswich Relay for Life

  • Jim Finimore Oval, One Mile
  • Today from 3pm

MORE than 70 local teams will celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against a disease that takes too much at this weekend's 10th Ipswich Relay for Life today.

The opening ceremony starts at 3pm, followed by 18 hours of fun and festivities, before the event comes to a close at 9am tomorrow. A candlelight ceremony with candle bag tributes will be held at 6.30pm.

For more information phone 3634 5397 or visit


3 Annual Queensland Plant Fair

  • Blue Ridge, Mount Walker
  • Today and tomorrow, 10am-3.30pm

WHAT better way to immerse yourself in the delights of gardens and gardening than to visit the beautiful country garden of Blue Ridge? It really is heaven for anyone interested in gardening.

Set in the glorious grounds of Blue Ridge, this year's Queensland Plant Fair is definitely not to be missed. Enjoy a wonderful program of free activities, exhibitors and demonstrations and a host of special guest experts will give talks on various gardening topics. A range of delicious food and refreshments will be available all weekend.



4 RAAF Open Day

  • RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre
  • Tomorrow, 9am to 3pm

A BOEING 737-based E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft, operated by 2 Squadron at RAAF Williamtown near Newcastle, will share pride of place at the free public open day this Sunday at the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre.

Its co-star will be a former 2 Squadron Canberra bomber, newly restored by Heritage Centre volunteers, which will be formally unveiled by the Air Commander Australia, Air Vice Marshal Mel Hupfeld, at midday. Visitors can also enjoy the music of the RAAF Amberley Brass. Admission is free and photography is welcomed.


5 Dance for the Star Talent Quest

  • Robelle Domain Parklands
  • Tomorrow from 4pm

GET ready for an incredible night of local talent, a guest speaker, prestigious judges, a sausage sizzle, giveaway prizes and fireworks at Greater Springfield's third annual "Dance for the Star" Talent Quest.

Competitors are welcome and can register their interest by phoning 0425 309 545, 0411 021 153 or 3818 2915.

Funds raised through this event will be donated to chaplaincy at USQ Springfield.


6 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.


7 Visit Nature Centre

  • Ipswich Nature Centre, Queens Park
  • Today and tomorrow, 9.30am-5pm

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 to find out more.


8 Community BBQ

  • Purga Community Hall, Purga School Rd
  • Today from 4pm-8pm

PURGA Friends is holding a community barbecue as a way for the locals to meet and greet each other and to also promote local businesses in the area. There will be entertainment by Shane Conroy, a display by The Jazzy Gymnast group, food and drinks, face painting and other activities for the kids and continuous raffles.


9 Trilby Misso Family fun day

  • Queens Park, Ipswich
  • Today, 12pm-3pm

QUEENSLAND law firm Trilby Misso is celebrating the third anniversary of its Ipswich Local Contact Centre by inviting the local community to a Free Family Fun Day.

The Trilby Misso Lawyers Local Contact Centre opened next to the Riverlink Shopping Centre in North Ipswich in 2010.

The event will feature free entertainment including live music, free balloon animals, show bags and a baby animal farm.


10 Rail history

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

STEP back in time and learn about Queensland's impressive rail network through displays and activities. Attendees can also view the largest model railway set in Queensland. Entry costs $20 for adults, $11.50 for children aged three to 15, and is free for children aged under three.

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