Another glorious day in Fremantle paradise today and I just loved wandering around the city and seeing all the visitors and so many families during the school holidays.
It is an absolute delight to walk through the west end streets with the gorgeous heritage buildings, see the dolphins in the port and just relax. Freo is perfect for that.
The Winter Festival at the Esplanade was packed full and kids and parents having fun skating on the ice rink, speeding down the toboggan slide and the massive slide.
The Esplanade Youth Plaza skate park was also packed, so there is a lot of activity at that end of town at the moment. Join in the fun!
To all interstate and overseas readers of Freo’s View, if you haven’t visited Fremantle yet book it for your next holiday. We’ll make you feel very welcome!
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.
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.
Snow is falling in Fremantle at the Winter Festival at the Esplanade and kids and grown ups love it. The ice rink is a lot of fun and there is also a slide on real ice.
Hot chocolate, mulled wine, slow cooked beef and pork and the National Hotel bar open will make for a fund day and night out.
The Winter Festival with ice rink, huge slide, a bar, food stalls, etc. opens at the Fremantle Esplanade today for a month, but there is another musical Winter Music Festival this Saturday, June 25 in North Fremantle as well.
There are too many bands playing to mention, but it will be at Mojos, North Fremantle Bowls Club, Railway Hotel, Swan Basement and Swan Hotel.
Tickets from http://www.rtrfm.com.au
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!
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!
After a disappointing season in Melbourne the operators of the Winter Festival ice rink on the Fremantle Esplanade are very happy with the success here. Large crowds have been coming to the rink, so that the opening hours had to be extended to accommodate the keen ice skaters.
The Winter Festival will now be open from 9 am- 10 pm each day, so take advantage of the gorgeous sunshine and head out to the
Esplanade. The bar is open, there is hot tea and yummy food, including the delicious Dutch mini pancakes Poffertjes.
The Sunday Times today reports on action local councils like Fremantle and Subiaco are taking to make sure they’ll fight the expected downturn in visitors and shoppers once the new Sunday trading hours are implemented.
Both Subi and Freo talk about free parking, but it is likely more is needed. Fremantle is very much a fun destination on weekends with markets, buskers and often events on the Esplanade. The Winter Festival ice rink is attracting large crowds. The, very soft, ice was absolutely packed with people at midday and I was told it was even busier in the morning.
The lesson in this is that the City of Fremantle needs to start thinking about a Sunday Festival. An event on each Sunday of the year that will make us stand out from shopping centres and other cities like Midland, Subiaco, Morley, etc. We have got the great Circus School, so maybe a good start to get them to do free performances on the Esplanade or Princess May Park.
Traders should also do things differently. It was good to see Gurps at the Maya Indian Restaurant in Market Street today having a barbeque on the street and offering free samples of Chicken Tikka. Attracting new business, and keeping existing clients, is all about delivering quality and service in new and creative ways.
What about reimbursing public transport fees on Sundays at the Visitors Centre, Freo?