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Winter Garden at Fremantle Esplanade

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Get your skates on this winter
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Fremantle BID has secured the popular Winter Garden transform the Esplanade into a winter wonderland this July.

Nice nice baby! Fremantle is about to get frozen this July in the best possible way.

Western Australia's popular port city (Fremantle is sometimes referred to as Perth's other capital) is about to get some ice magic (no, not the chocolate kind) as its usually-grassy Esplanade is transformed into a winter landscape.

Officially known as the Winter Garden, one of the largest open-air ice rinks (20m x 30m) in the southern hemisphere is the main attraction, along with a mammoth inflatable slide, alpine lodge bar, snow target range, themed photo booths and carnival rides. Oh, and there's also a chance to build your own mini-snowman, plus music and entertainment for all ages.

Apparently it's a bit of a win for local businesses there was a similar event back in 2012 but, for various reasons, didn't happen again. Until now. A local not-for-profit organisation known as Fremantle BID (Business Improvement District) got the groove happening to bring it back for 2015.

And the Fremantle BID people have been negotiating opportunities for Freo businesses to get involved in the Winter Garden activities. A voucher book with offers from businesses is in the pipeline, which will be redeemable with entry tickets. Good stuff, eh?

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Slip slidin' away... a mammoth inflatable slide comes to the Fremantle Esplanade as part of the Winter Garden.

Board chairwoman Danielle Cattalini reckons more than 100,000 people are likely to attend the Winter Garden from July 1 to 26, tying in with WA's July school holidays.

"The 2012 experience of the ice rink on Fremantle Esplanade has been the most positively received event by local businesses in Fremantle CBD," she said. "It attracted tens of thousands of visitors from all over the metropolitan area and everyone wanted to see the event return to Fremantle. As the Fremantle BID, we were excited to be able to get involved to ensure our member businesses had every opportunity to benefit from the event."

Freo Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt adds: "Winter is usually associated with indoor activities, so the Winter Garden is a great opportunity for thousands of people of all ages to enjoy some outdoor entertainment in Fremantle as the season changes. Freo has many unique restaurants, shops and other attractions so we expect having the Winter Garden will also provide a welcome boost to the local economy at a time of year which is traditionally tougher for businesses."

It's free to enter the Winter Garden but you need to buy tickets for the ice skating and other activities. The ice skating sessions are extremely limited so go to www.wintergarden.com.au to sort out reserving your spot. Entry to the alpine lodge is also free, although the food and drinks on offer obviously have to be paid for.

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Enjoy the magic of ice skating in the open air on Fremantle Esplanade.

Skating sessions begin on the hour, include free skate hire and last 50 minutes. Best get there 15 minutes beforehand so everything runs smoothly. Thick socks and warm gloves are required, as are rain coats if showers are forecast. The skating happens rain or shine, although if the weather gets too majorly wild and woolly, sessions may be cancelled.

Family-friendly sessions at 9am are designed for the younger ones to skate safely with their families but children under five must skate with an adult. Tickets are $21 adults, $12 children 5-15, $8 children under 5 and $60 for a family. Penguin skate aids to help those learning to ice skate are $8. Of course, when you book online there are those additional service fees you have to pay.

Parking in Fremantle can be tricky but this map should help you out. It will also give you an idea of where the Fremantle Esplanade is.
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Why? Snow and ice is as rare as hen's teeth in Perth so it's a chance to experience what a northern winter is like. Plus, if your kids like Frozen, this will make sure their chills are multiplying.
When: July 1-26
Where: Fremantle Esplanade, Marine Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia
Cost: $21 adults, $12 children 5-15, $8 children under 5 & $60 for a family
Your Comment
I brought tickets on my phone and took a screenshot. Is that ok?
by saman (score: 0|2) 1819 days ago
No idea. You're best contacting the organisers to ask them: freo@wintergarden.com.au
by groover (score: 0|7) 1819 days ago
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