Events & Things To Do

Posted on 11th April 2016

The Ark Will Be Closed From 3pm On Saturday 16th April Due To Camp Bestival - Space Camp Tour!

The Ark Will Be Closed From 3pm On Saturday 16th April Due To Camp Bestival - Space Camp Tour!

Tickets are still available from Camp Bestival

Posted on 5th April 2016

Coffee Taster Week 11th – 17th April 2016

Calling all coffee connoisseurs!

We’re excited to be trialling a delightful new speciality coffee for one week this April.

Join us at The Kitchen and The Ark to sample this exclusive single estate bean coffee, specially selected for its distinctive rich smooth flavour.

Supplied by local organic coffee roastery, Beanpress, which produces the finest quality single origin coffee in Dorset, this special new bean is grown by members of Fairtrade co-operative CECANOR, the members of which are supported by Cafe Femenino Foundation, a charity that enhances the lives of women and families in coffee-producing communities throughout the world.

Freshly roasted and full of flavour, our new coffee is organic, ethical and simply divine. Don’t just take our word for it – come on down and taste it for yourself!

Available from 11th to 17th April* 2016 at The Ark and The Kitchen, Poole Park.

*While stocks last.

Posted on 22nd February 2016

Easter Sunday Egg Hunt

Join us for an egg-cellent Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, with a twist! Poor Tux, our resident penguin, was feeling very left out with all the talk of Easter bunnies and chicks, so we’ve included him as a special guest in our egg hunt!

10.00am for children aged 18mths to 6yrs

10.30am for children aged 7-11yrs

Tickets £4.50 per child and must be booked in advance as places are limited.  


To Book

Places are limited and pre-booking is essential. For further information and to book, contact Kieran at The Ark on 01202 717197 or


Posted on 22nd February 2016

Join us for a cracking good time!

Easter Holiday Camp 28th March - 8th April

Visit The Ark this Easter for a host of egg-cellent events! We’ll be running our popular all-weather multi-activity holiday camp. Suitable for children aged 5-12 years old, activities include the legendary Ark taste challenge, arts and crafts, ice skating, sports activities, soft play and more, all run by our fully qualified staff.  


Our fully qualified activities team is committed to delivering a memorable experience for every child. Whilst the emphasis for your child is on fun, your child’s safety and well-being is paramount and first aiders are available at all times. Each member of the team is Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checked.



Full day £25.00

Half Day £11.50


To Book

Hurry! Places are limited and must be booked in advance.

To find out more and book, call Kieran at The Ark on 01202 717197 or email

Posted on 18th November 2015

Meet Father Christmas at The Ark on Christmas Eve!

Ho, Ho, Ho!  Come and join us this Christmas Eve as we host a day full of sparkle and festive cheer.

The Ark is set to transform its real ice rink into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas Eve and is expecting a special visitor from the North Pole.

Dorset’s multi-award winning family leisure attraction will be filled with sparkle and festive cheer from late November and this Christmas Eve the ice rink will see youngsters visit an ice wonderland, full of sparkling lights, festive music and falling snow. Our costume characters Tux, Olaf and Elsa, will all be there to welcome and skate with visitors on the indoor real ice rink followed by an individual visit to Father Christmas.

Each young guest will receive a gift to take home.

Tickets should be booked in advance as places are limited, so hurry!  To find out more or to book please call 01202 717197.

Event Details:

When: 24th December 2015 

Time: (on the hour) 10am, 11am, 12 midday, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm

  • Join in the fun and experience the thrill of skating on real ice…in the warm* and dry!  As long as you are 2 years old or more you can skate but all 2-7 year olds must be accompanied by an adult on skates. 
  • Each young guest will have an individual visit with Father Christmas and receive a gift to take home.

  • Tickets £10 per child to include grotto, gift, ice skating and skate hire and £5.95 per accompanying (skating) adult.  

To find out more or to book please call 01202 717197 

Additional Information:

Please be aware for health and safety reasons an adult on skates must accompany all children up to and including 7 years of age on the ice.

Only one adult skater is permitted per child ticket on Christmas Eve.

Up to 14 fun skate penguins/Bobby seals are available for hire on a first come basis from the skate hire counter for £3.00 each. (Please note these are not meant as a skate aid but simply for fun).

* The Ark is heated. Please note the ice rink has to be kept at a suitable temperature for the ice, appropriate clothing should be worn.

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