Galvanized, Ipswich’s festival of heritage, is coming to the city for 11 days from September 1-11. If you love history you’ll be spoilt for choice with 30 events ranging from lost arts to workshops, tours, parties and more!
Here’s the 10 Galvanized events you won’t want to miss out on this year.
Drink, dance and explore your way through the glitz and glam of the roaring 20s at The Workshops Rail Museum’s Prohibition Party.
Dress up, grab a bootleg brew, dance and try your hand at “play poker”.
The event is being held on September 3 from 6pm-10pm.
Heritage Bus Tour
Learn more about Ipswich’s beautiful heritage homes and historic buildings on a Heritage Bus Tour during Galvanized.
Two tours are being held the first on Friday, September 2 and the second on Friday, September 9, departing at 9.15am and finishing at 2pm.
Tours include a delicious Devonshire morning tea, lunch with a drink and information pack.
Cooneana After Dark
Head to Ipswich’s historic village after dark to see night forging with local blacksmiths there’s also a special night where you can immerse yourself in haunted histories, urban legends and true tales.
Book now for Cooneana After Dark!
Hear the haunted heritage of sites around Ipswich, either in the CBD, the Ipswich General Cemetery and Goodna Cemetery.
Ghost Tours are led by knowledgeable and passionate guides and are being held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during Galvanized.
Inside the beautiful St Mary’s Church you can hear Bentley Strings, a collective of Brisbane’s premier musicians, who have performed across the world and for both Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
The Galvanized Quartet will perform unique pieces, old and new, over an hour on Saturday September 10 from 7.30pm.
Beards, Bikes and BBQs
This Father’s Day head down to Tulmur Place for a display of heritage motorcycles, retro era cars and music!
There will be food trucks with smoked meats, blacksmithing, woodworking and a beard and ‘stache competition.
Beards, Bikes and BBQs will be running on Sunday September 4 from 10am-2pm.
Denmark Hill Walking Tour
Walking tours of the heritage site that dates back to the 1880s and is now home to the Denmark Hill Conservation Estate are being held on Saturday September 3 and Saturday September 10.
This family friendly event is suitable for children 8 and over.
Book in now for Experience Nature: Denmark Hill Walking Tours.
Soldiers Memorial Hall Tour
Take a special look inside the Ipswich Soldiers Memorial Hall with these special tours running from 9am-12pm from Monday September 5 – Thursday September 8 for free!
Just head to the venue to hop on a tour.
Blacksmithing and metalsmithing workshops
The Workshops Rail Museum is hosting four lost arts workshops during Galvanized.
They are a one-day blacksmithing, a blacksmithing taster, a metalsmithing and a silversmithing workshop.
Heritage blacksmiths Rob Scully and Wayne Schmidt will take you through how to create your own forged item from drawing, upsetting, squaring, rounding, riveting and more in the one-day workshop.
The taster workshop will still allow you to make something special to take home and learn blacksmithing techniques, but just in a shorter time.
Metalsmithing is being led by Jemica Ostrofski. She will lead you through the basic techniques and show you how to make something special to take home.
Learn how to make a finished ring in the silversmithing workshop, where you’ll explore basic metalsmithing techniques, mark making and more.
Book in now to secure your spot.
Mini historic buildings of Ipswich
Take a look at scale models of Ipswich historic buildings at the St Paul’s Anglican Church during Galvanized.
The buildings have been created by a local model craft group from recycled wood, fabric, plastic, metal and clay.
It’s free entry to view the Historic Buildings of Ipswich Exhibition – in Miniature and viewing is available from Thursday September 1 – Sunday September 4.