Fremantle Heritage Festival at YHA

Be at Fremantle Prison YHA for a craft and clothing exhibition, join in a yarn bombing session and learn how to swing dance!

A city full of rich colonial, nautical and convict history, Fremantle will have a nostalgic feeling running through it from 26 May - 5 June 2017 when the Fremantle Heritage Festival comes back for its 25th year.

The history and location of Fremantle Prison YHA is what makes the property so appealing to travellers, and after such a successful appearance at last year's Heritage Festival, Fremantle Prison YHA will be back with a completely new event showcasing the unique history of the prison and the city of Fremantle.


Fremantle Christmas

Step back in time with a vintage art themed exhibition on the 27th of May, running from 11am-5pm highlighting the importance of women in Western Australia and their impact on social trends and society. On display will be original handicrafts created by the female inmates of the prison. Peruse beautifully create table cloths and doilies alongside a separate exhibition featuring vintage handmade clothing from the early 1930's all the way to the 1980's, along with dress and handicraft patterns.


If you're around later in the day and feeling craft, drop in on their Crafternoon event where you can yarn bomb (aka knit a LOT) until your heart's content. What you'll create will most likely end up on the trees, poles and bike racks of Fremantle, and much like the female inmates of Fremantle Prison, you'll be embedding a social trend - yarn bombing - on the city.


For those who love to be active and get their groove on, Perth Swing Dance Academy (SDA) will be running a beginners swing dance class, so frock up cool cats and learn how to swing and jive on the lawns of Fremantle Prison YHA. For those who don't have the urge to boogie, SDA will also be putting on a performance so you can enjoy the magic of dance from your seat.


Fremantle Heritage Festival 1_credit Perth Swing Dance Academy 
Photo: Perth Swing Dance Academy


A Lindy Hoppers' only social dance for all Lindy Hoppers and hostel guests from 7 - 11pm. This is a ticketed event (no ticket required for hostel guests), so if you're not staying at the hostel and interested in attending, make sure you pre-buy your tickets from SDA via their classes or direct message on Facebook. All proceeds from the event will be going to Starick, an organisation dedicated to providing support and services to victims of domestic violence. So support a great cause while dancing the night away and get an amazing work out too!


Fremantle Heritage Festival 2_credit Perth Swing Dance Academy
Photo: Perth Swing Dance Academy 


Make sure you're staying at Fremantle Prison YHA on the 27th of May to to experience the rich history and fun activities that the hostel will be running for the Fremantle Heritage Festival. Stick around in Fremantle a little longer to see how the rest of the city will be celebrating its history with our great Pay 6, Stay 7 deal. Pay for 6 nights and get an extra night free!


So what are you waiting for? Book your bed at Fremantle Prison YHA today.

YHA members save $$$

Save at least 10% off accommodation at YHA hostels around Australia plus enjoy member rates at 4,000 YHA/HI hostels worldwide. There's also discounts on tours, transport, travel gear and more!