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SUNNY START TO SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

 

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It’s a perfect start to school holidays in Fremantle with the sun shining and the sky blue. There are heaps of families all over town and many trying skating at Winter World on the Esplanade.

There is also a maritime conference at the Esplanade Hotel and because of that the Glen Cowans Photo Gallery next to the Roundhouse is open every day this week, so go and check out the great photos by Glen and the videos and jewelry by his wife Louse.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE WINTERWORLD FUN STARTS SATURDAY

Posted in city of fremantle, festivals, skating, Uncategorized, winter, winter festival by freoview on June 25, 2019

 

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Work is under way to create the 2019 Fremantle WINTERWORLD skating festival at the Esplanade.

The event is on from this Saturday June 29 until July 21 and is open every day from 10am onward till mid evening.

It is always a fun spectacle to watch with little kids hanging on a parent’s leg or a penguin for their dear life, or seeing grownups hitting the ice with a bang.

And a friendly reminder to the boys and girls in blue that not every old man with a camera is a paedophile. Last year I was stopped by two Fremantle Police officers who wanted to know why I took photos of people skating. Because I wanted to, and under Australian law I am allowed to photograph anything and anyone in a public open space.

At the first WINTERWORLD a security guard told me I could not take photos unless I had family members on the ice rink. Bulldust!

It is insulting to regularly being confronted when next to me dozens of people take photos with mobile phones, but I stick out because I use a real camera.

I promote as many Fremantle events, festivals and businesses on this blog as I can and don’t want to be intimidated by police or security when I do absolutely nothing wrong!

Roel Loopers

WINTERWORLD SPONSORSHIP TOO MUCH FOR ONE FREO COUNCILLOR

 

To keep sponsoring the more and more successful Fremantle WINTERWORLD Festival we should get some guarantee of exclusivity, Councillor Rachel Pemberton argued at the FPOL Committee on Wednesday evening. There is a Winterworld in Perth and Hillaries at the same time as Fremantle, she said, and we don’t want another one at Bibra Lake or near Fremantle..

Winterworld this year will for the first time coincide with the Fremantle Festival, which has been moved from a summer to a winter festival, so that means more and better promotion for the festival.

The Winterworld organisers have again asked for cash sponsorship of $ 25,000 from the City plus $ 45,000 of in-kind sponsorship for a waiver of car park fees at the Italian Club, so a total of $ 70,000. The proposal is for a three-year sponsorship up to and including 2021.

Councillor Doug Thompson was the only one who does not like the cash sponsorship, but the FPOL members asked for the CEO to renegotiate the contract, because a more successful Winterworld creates more profits and hence should be able to do with less financial sponsorship from the City.

80,000 people attended Winterworld last year and it is estimated 100,000 will visit it this year.

I think it is quite funny that the City officers claim in the agenda that “the event created strong attendance from interstate” but the figures provided with the statement show that only 300 tickets were sold interstate, so that is hardly a strong attendance from the eastern states.

And one more issue I have been raising since Winterworld started. Where are the posters and flyers so that tourist destinations such as the Roundhouse can hand them out and make interstate and overseas visitors aware that the skating festival is on?

Roel Loopers

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FREO’S WINTERWORLD SKATING DELIGHT

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, festival, Uncategorized, winter, winter festival by freoview on June 24, 2018

 

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The Fremantle WINTERWORLD skating festival opened yesterday to the delight of young and old.

The ice rink has been made all weather proof with a roof over it, because last year there was a lot of rain which discouraged people from skating.

The big blue slide is always a big attraction and so are the mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. There are a lot of food stalls, from Indian to pizza, so head out to the Fremantle Esplanade for some hours of real winter fun.

WINTERWORLD is open every day till mid July.

Roel Loopers

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HAVE FUN IN THE WINTER FESTIVAL BUBBLE

Posted in children, family, fremantle, western autralia, winter festival by freoview on July 4, 2016

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This long bubble tube at the Fremantle Winter Festival at the Esplanade is very popular with children who run and roll around inside it.

It looks like a whole lot of fun, so can we have a senior night in them as well? Only kidding!

If you haven’t been there, go and check it out. There is ice skating and a huge slide, toboggan, food and drinks and even hot chestnuts and ‘real’ snow.

Roel Loopers

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BIG MONEY AT FREO WINTER FESTIVAL

Posted in city of fremantle, festival, fremantle, western australia, winter festival by freoview on June 26, 2016

 

The Fremantle Winter Festival is very popular, especially on a gorgeous sunny Sunday like today, but I am wondering how the small food stall operators will go over the length of the event.

While the eastern state ice rink owners receive substantial financial considerations from the City of Fremantle the local food stalls have to pay $ 7,000.00 plus GST to be part of the event. Compare that to the Mandurah Crab Festival that attracts 130,000 visitors in two days and the 3×3 metre food stalls there only cost $ 2,000.00. One wonders who sets the prices for the food stall rent at the Winter Festival. Is it the organisers, BID or City?

The ice rink charges are $ 28.00 per adult, $ 19.00 for kids aged 5-15 and kids under 5 just $ 11.00. The huge slide and toboggan ice slide are additional costs, so it is not a cheap family event and lasts less than an hour.

A mate of mine returned the hot wine advertised as mulled wine on Friday evening at the bar because it was just hot wine without cloves, cinnamon, etc. but still cost $ 10.00.

Roel Loopers

WINTER FESTIVAL FUN SOMETIMES ON YOUR BUM

Posted in festival, fremantle, western australia, winter festival by freoview on June 25, 2016

 

After heavy early morning rain the sun returned to Freo paradise mid morning to the delight of all the people ice skating at the Winter Festival at the Esplanade.

It’s not always easy to stay on your feet but that makes for a funny photo now and then.

Roel Loopers

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DREAMING OF A WHITE FREMANTLE

Posted in festival, fremantle, western australia, winter festival by freoview on June 21, 2016

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I am really looking forward to the Fremantle WINTER FESTIVAL as it is always a lot of fun. It is not only in a different location, in the car park south of the Esplanade, but it also looks more cosy with large marquees around it and the National Hotel bar even has an upstairs area to watch people ice skating from.

Stencils are being painted all over the CBD so people can easily find the ice rink. It opens on Friday!

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE WINTER FESTIVAL ON THE WAY

Posted in festivals, fremantle, western australia, winter, winter festival by freoview on June 16, 2016

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The construction of the ice rink for the Fremantle Winter Festival is on the way at the Italian Club car park just south of the Esplanade Youth Plaza. It will start late next week.

There will be food stalls and a bar that serves mulled wine and hopefully hot chocolate for the kids as well.

It is a much better location that will not face the same huge rain puddle problems and damage to the Esplanade, as happened last year.

If you don’t feel like falling on your bum, it’s great to watch as well and a really nice atmosphere, so bring family and friends and tell everyone!

Roel Loopers

 

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SORE BUMS A LOT OF FREO FUN

Posted in fremantle, winter festival by freoview on July 4, 2015

A few photos of the Fremantle WINTER FESTIVAL on the Esplanade. Why not visit this weekend. It’s a lot of fun!

Roel Loopers

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