The upcoming July school holidays is literally the time to get your skates on in the Perth Cultural Centre. Winterland is Perth’s first inner city outdoor ice skating rink and will transform the urban surrounds into a magical winter wonderland.
Catering for kids, parents, grandparents and everyone in between, Winterland offers a truly unique experience in the heart of the city.
The James Street Amphitheatre, between the State Library and PICA will be converted into a 250sqm outdoor ice skating rink, with a winter themed bar and café and delicious food stall offerings. There will be a range of family friendly sessions and activities on a daily basis.The 9AM session will be just for the little ones, with aided skating tools for toddlers. From 10am onwards, the sessions are all ages. After the sun goes down, it’s time for big kids at heart to come out play, with themed nights, DJs and more from 7pm – late.
When not executing the perfect double lutz, patrons can pull up a beanbag and watch some of the winter themed programmed films on the big screen.
Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) Chief Executive Officer, Kieran Kinsella said the Winterland activities were an exciting and unique addition to one of Perth’s favourite public spaces.
“Our entire approach in revitalising the Perth Cultural Centre has been about activating the spaces at all times of year. It’s all part of our considered place-making strategy that ensures the Perth Cultural Centre remains alive, exciting and accessible for all.
“The MRA has a great track record of experimenting and bringing an element of surprise – we delivered the urban beach in summer and now we want to cater for the winter months with the entertainment on offer at Winterland,” Mr Kinsella said.
To satisfy the appetite, Winterland is bringing a touch of the traditional Northern Hemisphere winter markets to the city. Food stalls will offer tasty treats such as hot pretzels, bratwurst and ginger cookies. Patrons and the general public can observe all the skating action from Icebreakers, the bespoke bar and café, with mulled wine, hot chocolate and other winter warmers. And fear not, as toasty warm fires will keep the winter chill at bay.
From 7pm on Friday and Saturday, Icebreakers will be pumping out the tunes, with a range of Perth’s finest DJ’s taking over the decks. Some seriously pun-tastic nights are currently in development – think Rink Floyd, Sk80’s and Onesie dress codes. Winterland will offer a wonderfully unique experience for all to enjoy this July and is one not to be missed.