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Christmas in July Ceramic Decorations Workshop

Learn to create personalised impressed Christmas decorations with Philippa Gordon, experienced artist (ceramicist) / art educator.   The workshops run over two consecutive Saturdays: July 21 (making) 10 am-2 pm at STACKWOOD Fremantle July 28 (glazing) 10 am-12 pm at Clay Space WA Studio Wembley Downs. Materials and firing included. Bookings / info: Pip 0405 478 093


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#MyFreoStory is your Freo story

We all have a Freo story. From the locals raised in the port city, to the live music lovers or Sunday brunch devotees on the strip, locals and visitors alike have a story to share about Freo. And so #MyFreoStory video competition was born. In early 2016, the #MyFreoStory competition was launched to encourage people to tell their own Freo story, with 40 very unique and heartfelt videos submitted. This included a day in the life of local Freo dog, following a unicyclist’s journey around town to the home of WA Circus, watching a time-lapse artist weave a large red basket around themselves in prominent Fremantle landmarks and Freo-inspired sea shanty “Fremantle, The Pride of WA”.  After much deliberation, 9 entries were shortlisted to determine the overall winner, Shakey’s Story. The first #MyFreoStory winning entry by Oliver Oldroyd and Stevie James Smith depicted the moving true story of a local artist and his strong connection to the Freo art scene and local music legend Bon Scott. We asked the producer Oliver Oldroyd what motivated him and his cousin to enter “We love living here in Freo. There's such a good creative vibe and it's great to be part of it. We love making films and it was also important for us to get Shakey’s name out there and get him recognised for the talented artist he is.” Another entry by a 16 year old student from Perth Modern School, Radheya Jegatheva was “My Journey Through Freo”, voted on the as the best film in our people’s choice category. This young film maker gave us a view of all the things he loves in Freo by filming on his mum’s iPhone. We asked Radheya what motivated him to enter “A bit of everything to be honest, but one of the main messages that I wanted to convey through my video was that Freo is a city that can cater for all sorts of people of all ages - and that there was so much to do and so much to see.” After viewing all of last year’s great films we couldn’t get enough, so in late March we launched the second 2017 #MyFreoStory video competition and are waiting in anticipation for the new stories. If you want to check out last year’s films or submit your own #MyFreoStory video visit Competition closes 22 May 2017.

Army Museum of Western Australia

The Army Museum of WA has a collection that encompasses material from the pre-federation period through to the present day, covering both peace-time army units as well as the involvement of West Australians in all major conflicts and operations that Australia was engaged in throughout this period including the South African War, World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, South Vietnam and the more recent operations such as East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. The role of women's services in many of these major conflicts and operations is also integrated with the museum's displays covering these. Highly recommended as one…

Bathers Beach Art Precinct Cliff Uplighting

Watch the sun go down and the lights go up. Colourful up lighting has been installed on the coastal side of the Arthur's Head cliff face between J shed and Kidogo as part of the activation of the Bathers Beach Art Precinct. The lights will be turned on at sunset every evening with extra special lights on the weekends! Come down and have a look at this beautiful precinct.

Bathers Beach Fremantle

One of Fremantle's greatest attractions is its coastline of pristine beaches on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Bathers Beach is perfect for swimming, relaxing, kite surfing, paddling and other leisure activities. There is a wide range of facilities that can be accessed year round, and are utilised by locals and tourists alike. Bathers Beach is a popular beach inner city beach, located between Fishing Boat Harbour and the Round House, is the perfect place to relax and swim. Enjoy fish and chips and watch the sunset.

Birdwatching around Fremantle

Nestled between the Swan River and Indian Ocean, Fremantle provides a number of excellent birdwatching opportunities in some of the most picturesque locations of the metropolitan area. In the coastline areas coastal species such as Crested Tern can easily be encountered, whilst North Mole offers one of the best locations in the metropolitan area to look for pelagic sea bird species such as shearwaters.  The adjoining coastal heath contains species such as White-browed Scrubwren and White-cheeked Honeyeaterand remnant areas of woodland provide habitat for typical bush bird species of the Swan Coastal Plain. A number of birdwatching locations also have…

Captain Cook Cruises WA

Captain Cook Cruises is Perth's premier cruise company, offering it's guests a chance to experience Perth and Fremantle from a completely unique perspective, with picturesque cruises along the beautiful Swan River.Cruises depart from Fremantle at Victoria Quay (B Shed) every day at 11.15 am, 12.45 pm & 3.45 pm, arriving in Perth's CBD at the magnificant Elizabeth Quay (Barrack St Jetty). Unlimited tea and coffee is available to you as your Captain points out all the sights including some of the magnificent homes overlooking the river, the Royal Perth Yacht Club, Kings Park and much more. You may even be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins along the way!…

Circus WA

Come down to the Big Top at 92 Adelaide Street and discover the thrill and joy of Circus! And get fit! Take on the challenge of walking the tight-wire, mastering juggling, diablo or devil-sticks, hanging from the trapeze or ascending the silks. Whether you are 2 or 82, CircusWA has something for you - Term classes, workshops for schools, community groups and businesses, Circus birthday parties and Tiny Tumblers for 2-4 year olds. Book a trial class or visit our website for more information.    

Creative Kids Art Club

Creative Kids Art Club runs art and craft activities for 5 to 10 yr olds. Our classes are run by experienced art teachers, for 8 weeks during the school term, with all materials provided. We cover a range of new projects every term including activities from; painting on canvas, mask making, drawing, decoupage, sewing, sculpture, clay work, papier mache, print making and more. Our classes are suitable for new and continuing students. We also run a holiday workshop program.

Dolce & Salato

Cloistered near a shopping centre there's a fresh daily supply of pizza, focaccia and pastries issuing forth from this South Fremantle gem.

Duyfken Replica Ship

Take a step back in time aboard this amazing replica of a 16th century Dutch sailing ship. Embark on an audio guided or self-guided tour of this unique ship and discover the Dutch maritime story that saw the first Europeans make land fall on the shores of Australia in 1606. Duyfken conducts her sail on Swan River from December 2017 to March 2018 and will not be on exhibition to the general public.

E Shed Markets

Located in a magnificent historical warehouse building on Victoria Quay, right in the centre of the Fremantle Port, E Shed Markets is a stone's throw from the Fremantle Train Station and right next door to the Fremantle Maritime Museum and the Rottnest Ferry Terminals. With a massive licensed alfresco terrace looking over Fremantle's picturesque working harbour, E-Shed Markets is the only waterfront market in Western Australia. From here you can watch the boats and ships pass by whilst enjoying your meal either outdoors or indoors.   Fremantle's E-Shed Markets attracts thousands of locals and visitors. They come for the international…

Escape Hunt Perth

The Escape Hunt experience is an activity that is sweeping the world. You are locked in a room that witnessed a crime over 100 yrs ago in old Fremantle. Your challenge is to find the clues and solve the puzzles, that will lead you to the villain. A game that will challenge your deductive and puzzle solving skills. Played as a team of between 2-5 players. The whole experience including photo opportunities and refreshments will take approximately 1.5 hrs

Esplanade Reserve

Situated in the heart of Fremantle enjoy a picnic in the park while the kids are occupied with a playground, table tennis, parkour and a world class skatepark.   

Esplanade Youth Plaza

The award winning Esplanade Youth Plaza is located in the heart of Fremantle on the  south eastern corner of Fremantle's Esplanade Reserve. This facility is an iconic world class $1.6M plaza and has one of the most impressive skateboarding areas ever seen in Perth. Featuring an extensive street section that caters for all ages as well as a central focal marine buoy in the middle of the bowl section. The plaza also caters for a variety of other interests such as ping pong, rock climbing, slacklining and parkour. Workshops are run regularly for skateboarding and parkour during the school holidays.…

Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival 2018

Music lovers are in for a veritable feast throughout the ten days of the Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival. International acts and local artists will converge on our port city in a program put together by Fremantle’s own music legend, the double Grammy award-winning Lucky Oceans, and fellow musician Donough O’Donovan. Headliners Martin Hayes and Declan O’Rourke both accepted invitations to perform because of the historical importance of the event - celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the last convict ship to Australia, the Hougoumont, carrying 62 Irish Fenians. Internationally renowned Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, one of the finest guitarists in traditional Irish music, are considered one of Irish music's most acclaimed duos of all time. Their adventurous, soulful interpretations of traditional tunes fittingly open the Festival at the John Curtin Auditorium on Friday 5 January. It’s a rare opportunity to hear traditional Irish music performed by masters of the genre. Aria award winner, songbird and folkloric explorer Kavisha Mazella returns home to support Hayes and Cahill in concert. Irish folk sensation Declan O’Rourke, will play songs from across his career in his two concert performances, including a selection from his latest album, ‘Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine’. He will pen a song in commemoration of the of the arrival of the military Fenians in 1868. There are plenty of quotes about Martin and Dennis for example:  "Martin Hayes is one of the best fiddlers on the planet. Dennis Cahill is a subtle guitar master. Put aside your notion of Irish music...and just listen." NPR. Declan is supported in his concert at the WA maritime Museum on 11 January by Fiona Rea whose songs are influenced by her Irish heritage and a lifelong love of music and its power to reach people. Rob Zielinski, supports Declan on 13 January at the John Curtin College of the Arts Theatre. Rob is a Perth based traditional Irish musician who will feature some lively jigs, reels, hornpipes, strathspeys and haunting slow airs. Singer Aminah Hughes returns home from Ireland to share with us a collection of enchanting songs, both new and old, written during her time there along with some of her favourite songs from the Emerald Isle.  Award winning poet and storyteller Jaya Penelope- a descendant of Fenian, James Kearney, transported to Fremantle in 1867 on board the Hougoumont joins Aminah in performance on 7 January at Kidogo Arthouse. The next day ‘The Last Convict Ship’, a selection of stories and songs by one of Perth’s leading experts on Australian Fenian history, renowned Irish musician Brendan Woods will be performed at the Hougoumont Hotel in Bannister Street. The Lucky Oceans and his Gaelic Gumbo Band will explore new creations mixing Irish and Louisiana sounds. Be the first to hear the world premiere of a band and repertoire made exclusively for the festival at Kidogo Arthouse on 12 January. Kidogo’s Kelp Bar will be running throughout the festival and will be home to spontaneous musical performances featuring Festival acts and local musicians. The closing event and street party ‘The Feast of The Wild Goose’ features entertainment by the Freo’s own Rogues, playing their very own brand of Pogues magic to celebrate the end of an incredible ten days of Irish music. Festival Program  

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Events and festivals

Fremantle has a legendary festival and events scene that stretches across the whole spectrum of music, arts, heritage, food and entertainment from the fantastic Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival and the biennial Sculptures @ Bathers. Plan your next visit to Fremantle by checking out what’s on in Freo today. And don’t forget to look at our eat and drink listings to find a great spot for dinner or a drink when you’re here.