Oh yes you did read that correctly- things are cooling down at Bondi Beach as the annual Winter Festival is back which means its ice skates, hot chai lattes, fireplaces and bratwurst at Bondi.
The Powder Hound and I hit the opening night last night and it was a fantastic event- Veuve, ice skaters in lame & lycra and sausages on a stick- seriously what was not to love!?!
After a slightly drizzly start, Bondi turned on a picture perfect evening- just enough chill in the air to warrant rugging up in our snuggliest coats to enjoy the nights activities.
Now I am not the most graceful of skaters, reallly, inelegant is the kindest adjective I can think of… The Powder Hound suggested a wonky donkey.. However I LOVE the Winter Festival and have been attending annually since the first event outside St Mary’s Cathedral in 2010. It is a gorgeous event, bringing a little alpine magic to the city. The festival has expanded interstate and now they are on in Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle- which for many WA folk is the closest thing they will have to a chilly winter.
I tend to gravitate towards the Alpine Ski Hut area of the festival which is where the bar, food, fur (faux) strewn sofas and fireplaces are… this is a little more my pace. However The Boarder is an ace on skates and whizzes the Powder Hound around the ice usually one one of the plastic “seals” which children can sit on or manage their stability- my top tip is to BOOK AHEAD for one of these seals if your child is new to skating as there are only a limited number per session.
So back to the skating- there are several sessions each day and you can pre purchase tickets online- I do recommend this as the sessions are very popular- for example, tomorrow’s sessions are almost full- there are only 6 tickets left for all sessions when I checked online. It is a fun outing for school holidays but also a gorgeous, romantical night out for couples.. I do intend on going back for a grown up night out.
There are a huge array of food options to enjoy during your outing- a cut about your usual fast food fare- and all with an alpine flavour- crepes, bratwurst, mulled wine… mmmmm.
There will be ice skating displays throughout the festival and special events happening- St Bernard dogs visiting on July 7th at 12 noon and a special Disney on Ice performance on July 10th at 10am- Best to check out the website for more information.
The festival runs until July 15th at Bondi and St Kilda. In Fremantle the festival starts July6th and runs until the 22nd and you have until July 1st to catch all the action in Brisbane.
* Big Thank you to the Winter Festival for kindly supplying some of the images above