Winter in Melbourne is in full swing, but for those socially inclined this doesn’t mean having to put away your dancing shoes just yet, thanks to some great events happening around Southbank in Melbourne.

If you’re looking for something family friendly to do during these school holidays then get yourself to Eureka Skydeck where they have installed a 40 metre long ice slide! Rug up and jump on the giant inflatable tubes; there are twin lanes so you can make it a race, and Ludlow Bar (situated right next door to the slide) will be open and serving hot drinks and great food to help warm you up.

#melbourneiceslide runs from July 1-16. Full details here

Oui oui, Bastille Day is coming up and you can celebrate with French inspired cocktails, beers, wines and light canapés at Melbourne’s highest vantage point, Eureka 89. Come and celebrate French culture whilst enjoying some of Melbourne’s most incredibly breathtaking views.

Friday 14 July. Get your tickets here

Whiskey drinkers unite! P.J.O’Brien’s hosts whiskey events every year – what better way to warm the cockles of your hearts. Tickets are limited and historically sell fast for these events where you get to learn from expert whiskey brand ambassadors whilst sipping on samples.

The Heart of Ireland Dinner, Wednesday 14 June
The Wild Atlantic Way Dinner, Wednesday 19 July

Book tickets/learn more here

If wining and dining is your thing then you must check out Ludlow’s upcoming Giant Steps & Yabby Lake Winter Wine Dinner ‘From the Valley to the Sea’, where you will discover more about Victoria’s best cool-climate wine regions. Two prominent producers and special guest speakers from the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula will guide you through their latest releases, while you enjoy a feast paired with wines from each.

Thursday 10 August. Tickets here

Also, there is exciting news at Southgate with the opening of the brand new BearBrass! Having been closed since the beginning of April due to a major facelift and expansion, it is great to hear that this Southbank institution will be reopening at the end of June.

So if you’re feeling the cold and would like some help warming up, make the trip to Southbank and take advantage of this winter wonderland.