WINTER FESTIVAL DOCKS INTO FREMANTLE FOR THE SECOND YEAR!
Weather bureaus around Australia are gearing up for a unique winter with predictions of icy conditions in four of Australia’s National City locations, including Fremantle, for three full weeks in June and July!
Winter Festival is returning to the Esplanade Reserve in Fremantle, from the 24th of June until the 17th of July, for 24 days of outdoor ice-skating.
Running seven days a week, sessions skate off at 9:00am to 10:00pm Sunday through to Thursday and 9:00am to 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Breaking the ice with Australia’s largest pop-up ice-rink sitting at 600 square metres and accompanied by a two story wrap around bar, serving delicious hot chocolates and hot wine all whilst overlooking picturesque pine trees, loads of new family rides and winter entertainment.
Winter Festival has grown significantly from last year’s inaugural Winter Garden event, introducing multiple new rides to accompany the ever-popular mountainous inflatable pop-up slide and falling snow over the rink that had everyone talking in 2015!
Winter Festival is proudly presented by local organisation The Event Agency in conjunction with Sydney’s, PopcornX. The winter favourite will feature in four major cities around Australia – Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Fremantle.
The Event Agency’s Managing Director Nikki Graski says, “We were overwhelmed with the positive response we received from Western Australian’s last year wanting to get outdoors in winter. We have really listened to everyone’s feedback, applying a number of patron suggestions to this year’s festival. This year we will have cheaper ticket prices, additional activities and most importantly more winter date nights! We look forward to working with the City of Fremantle and the Fremantle BID again this year to bring a European winter to Fremantle for the second time.”
Winter Festival compliments Fremantle and everything the harbour town has to offer, inviting Fremantle business holders to operate their own pop-up Food and Beverage stalls over the 24 days, showcasing everyone’s favourite wintry treats and their yummiest (and warmest) menu items.
“The Winter Festival has a great family-friendly atmosphere, with plenty of entertainment, outdoor fun and local Freo cuisine transforming the Esplanade into a unique outdoor winter experience this July” said Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.
“The event adds a special magic to Fremantle in winter, making it the perfect time to enjoy some winter shopping, dine out with friends and discover local music talent at the Hidden Treasures winter music series.”
Each Winter Festival nationwide will host a range of snow and ice related activities with unique offerings relevant to their location. All four festivals will include open air ice-skating and falling powder snow, live music, interactive fun and games and professional ice skating performances.
“For many Australians this will be their first experience seeing ice and snow,” says PopcornX director Andrew Lemon. “For others it will be a chance for them to re-live some of the fun snow and ski experiences they’ve had on holidays without the added pressure of international travel and the huge expenses associated with this.”
“Imagine ice skating on an open air ice rink with falling snow dusting your hair – blink and you’ll feel like you’re in Austria not Australia,” Andrew said.
Winter Festival encourages school groups to take advantage of the rink being open in the last week of term two, with the perfect end of school excursion. Group bookings are also available for the big kids at heart with corporate groups packages available and snow suites, perfect for private events.
Fremantle’s ice skating rink is accessible for all, including wheel chairs and ‘wheely friendly’ sessions will be introduced throughout the season. There are special skates and penguins for tiny tots that will help them to skate with a bit more stability in the ‘lil mates skate’ morning sessions and plenty of late night skate sessions for that awkward first date, or a fun night out with your loved ones.
Tickets will be on sale from 7:00am AWST on Thursday 28 April from www.winterfestival.com.au. Skate sessions start on the hour and include falling snow and 45 minutes of skating.
For tickets purchased online prices are $22+BF for an adult ticket, $12+BF for a child aged 5 – 15 years or $8+BF for a child under 5 years. A family pass for $60+BF for 2 adults and 2 children provides amazing value. Tickets are also available on the door but are slightly more expensive and sessions will sell out.
Website – www.winterfestival.com.au
Facebook – Facebook.com/WinterFestivalAU
Instagram – Instagram.com/WinterFestivalAU
Twitter – @WinterfestAU