Events not to miss during Galvanized

This month Galvanized Ipswich is celebrating all things heritage with a new festival. Find out what events you should book now!
27 Aug 2021
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Galvanized is the city’s new festival of heritage, showcasing the best heritage experiences and events Ipswich has to offer across 10 days from 27 August – 5 September.

Be transported back in time by visiting iconic venues and historic sites and participating in open days, tours, demonstrations and workshops.

See the full program of events here.

Steampunk workshop

Anita Baills is teaching how to make steampunk jewellery for Galvanized

Enjoy a one day workshop where you will create a futuristic piece of wearable art. Bookings are essential and cover tuition by seasoned artisan Anita Baills, materials and meals. Two sessions are available Saturday August 28 and Sunday August 29.

Details here.

Prohibition Party

Prohibition Party

Celebrate the roaring twenties with dancing and dress ups on Saturday September 4 with The Workshops Rail Museum.  Try your hand at poker grab a bootleg brew and hop on a historic fist-class train carriage.

Details here.

Torchlight tours

Torchlight tours at The Workshops Rail Museum for Galvanized

Explore The Workshops Rail Museum after dark and hear stories from past workers and their histories.  Book a wine and cheese platter for the night and settle in for a night of fun and discovery.  Friday August 27 and Friday September 3.

Details here.

Living history tour


Travel back in time to meet historical characters on this one of a kind tour featuring thespians.  This brand new tour is being run especially for Galvanized over two weekends August 27-28 and September 3-4.

Details here.

Family fun day

Cooneana Heritage Centre will open up for family fun day

Take a ride on the trackless train, watch the wheelwright, help make damper or learn how to draw like they did in the 19th century.  The blacksmiths and Queensland Metal Artisans will also be at work and see the old washers in action.  Sunday August 29, 9am-2pm.

Details here.

Blacksmithing after dark

See the forges in action after dark for Galvanized

Monday August 30, Tuesday August 31 and Wednesday September 1 see blacksmiths and metal artisans in action at their forges at Cooneana after dark.  Jacket potatoes and drinks available. 

Details here.

Bikes beards and BBQ

The Historic Motorcycle Club

Sunday September 5 the Historical Motorcycle Club are riding to Ipswich for their 50th anniversary.  See vintage bikes, participate in a Stache and Beard competition and eat BBQ from a variety of food trucks.

Details here.

Heritage bus tours

Inside St Mary's Church

Discover streets lined with heritage homes, grand churches and historic pubs on this tour.  Your guide will tell stories from Ipswich’s past and you can walk through inside two iconic Ipswich buildings.  Tour includes morning tea and lunch.  Meet Saturday 28 August at 9am at Queens Park – bookings essential. 

Details here.

Historical ghost tours

Ipswich Cemetery Ghost Tour

Join a two hour guided historical ghost tour through either Ipswich’s city centre (Friday nights), the local cemetery (Saturday nights), or the Goodna cemetery (Saturday nights) where you will hear chilling ghost stories gathered from deep within archives, newspapers, books and local residents. Goosebumps Guaranteed!  

Details here.

Woollen Mills open day

Queensland Woollen Manufacturing Company Mill (Woollen Mills)

See inside the former wool mill on Saturday August 28.  Entry to wander on your own is free, however there are guided tours for $5 departing hourly which will give an insight into the buildings.

Details here.

Rhapsody of road and rail

QPSR train rides are a hit with the little ones!

Friday September 3, Saturday September 4 and Sunday September 5 enjoy seeing old steam engines, take a Cobb and Co coach, book for a Jazz and traction evening or a train ride with the volunteers from the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway.  You can also book a heritage train ride!

Details here.

Lost Ipswich walks

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Lost Ipswich are presenting a couple of different free walking tours for Galvanized.

One is a free walking tour of the Ipswich CBD is being held on Saturday August 28, Sunday August 29, Saturday September 4 and Sunday September 5 from 8am to 10am and the second is a free walking tour of the Ipswich Cemetery on Saturday September 4 from 10.30am-2.30pm.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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