Events & Things To Do

Posted on 11th May 2017

The Kitchen Pop-up Theatre - The History of Poole Maritime in Thirty Minutes Flat Show

…well, perhaps not all the history…just the tasty bits.

This romp through the maritime history of Poole is seen through the eyes of Galactic interplanetary visitors who resemble Steam Punk space travellers in search of a large Poole of water. It has lively join-in songs, comic interludes, true facts and some not-so-true revelations about the history of Poole and probably the worst jokes available this side of the Milky Way.

The Kitchen Community Pop-Up Theatre presents this show as a prelude to the launch of the main dinner theatre programme in September 2017. This show is written and produced by Idea Cabinet and is part of the Borough of Poole’s Maritime Festival. The 30-minute performance venues include:

Dates and Times

Wednesday 17th, May 3.00pm at The Kitchen, Poole Park 3pm 

Friday 19th May, 2.30pm at Seven Seas Festival, Baiter Park

Saturday 20th May, 1.00pm at The Kitchen, Poole Park 

Saturday 20th May, 5.00pm at The Taste of the South Food Festival, Poole Park

Sunday 21st May, 11.00am at Seven Seas Festival, Baiter Park

Sunday 21st May, 1.00pm at The Kitchen, Poole Park 


Further Information:

Idea Cabinet Limited: The production company behind The Kitchen Pop-Up Theatre was created by Mary Dale to “bring new and compelling storytelling to Dorset”. Their last project pulled together David Glass and AUB students in a site-specific event based on the movie ‘The Shining’ that sold out for 18 nights at The Chine Hotel. Idea Cabinet makes films, radio and theatrical storytelling happen through their extensive networks of professionals and contacts with our local Universities.

Director – Mary Dale

...has been an actress and director for over thirty-five years and has worked in theatre, television, radio, commercials and feature film. As a presenter, she has worked for ITV as a long-running presenter of schools’ programmes and factual entertainment shows and she has done over 30 commercials. She has written scripts for all ages, mostly being produced on television and in the theatre. She has taught undergraduates at Bournemouth University and directed many theatre productions.

Musical Composer & Director – Harry Skinner 

We are thrilled to announce that Harry Skinner, the inspiration and founder of The Producers has agreed to be our Director of Music. It was 25 years and thirteen albums ago that the Producers first appeared on the UK music scene and since then they have gigged their version of the blues in clubs, theatres and on major festival stages worldwide and they continue to do so.

Mary Dale, Founder of Idea Cabinet says:

“We are very pleased to bring together experienced musical theatre talent already living in the region to join with the extraordinary new talent emerging in Dorset to create a Community Pop-Up theatre experience at the stunning Kitchen restaurant in Poole Park and other venues during the Poole Maritime Festival. We have an exciting new story to tell, with some supportive sponsors and I am sure the public will like the new experience. If they do, then we’ll be back in September in our new Kitchen Theatre and at then Christmas with new shows for both families and the business community and we’re planning a New Dorset Writer’s Festival for this time next year.”

Posted on 9th March 2017

The Egg-stravaganza Continues In 2017 At The Ark, Poole Park.

Egg-citing news, Ark fans! Those of you who have enjoyed last years Egg-cellent egg hunt will be glad to know that it will be returning to the park this spring.

This egg-ceptional event will, of course, take place on Easter Sunday 16th April and once again there is a twist! Our very own ‘Easter’ bunny Sparkle, along with her mischievous sidekick Acorn, will be hosting and joining in the fun and games.

Here’s what you can egg-spect!

Make Your Own Easter Basket
Egg & Spoon Race
Egg Hunt
Golden Egg Competition.  Find the golden egg and win a Family Pass to Friday Club Night –soft play, ice skating and supper!
10% off entry*

Event Times

10.00am 1-6 year olds

10.30am 7-11 year olds

Tickets are limited and pre-booking is essential.

£5.00 per child.


*please present your Easter egg hunt ticket at soft play/ice rink reception to qualify.

Posted on 6th January 2017

New Weekly Activities For Under 5s at The Ark

Posted on 30th November 2016

Come and join us on Christmas Eve, Eve! as we host a family Christmas party to remember

Event Details:

When: 23rd December 2016

Time: 5-7pm

Event: Join in the fun and experience traditional party games, festive buffet and a special visit from Santa with a gift for every child.

Tickets are £12.50 per child and £7.50 per adult.

To find out more or to book please call 01202 717197 or e-mail:

Posted on 3rd November 2016

The Ark Poole Park Brings Its Cheeky Characters To Life - Help Name Them And Win A Golden Ticket!

The Ark in Poole Park is set to create more magical moments and active fun and games with the creation of two enchanting new costume characters. 

The Ark’s very own Rabbit and Squirrel will be brought to life in incredible detail with charismatic costumes and cheeky, dynamic characters to inspire and entertain. There’s just one thing missing – their names! Enter The Ark’s competition to name the characters and you could be in with a chance of winning one of two golden tickets valid for 12 months of fun and games in soft play and worth over £500 each. 

Rabbit is thoughtful and creative. She can be shy but on stage she’s a dancing legend and an amazing singer! She’s great at arts and crafts and loves sparkles. 

Squirrel is mischievous. Super active, he’s great at climbing. He loves to play jokes on Tux and is very often naughty! 

Tux is The Ark’s resident penguin super hero. He is smart, sporty, helpful and fun. He’s always ready to try new things and is very excited about the arrival of his friends. Tux was named by a competition winner as part of The Ark’s opening celebrations in December 2013. 

How to Enter: Simply visit or drop it into The Ark and complete an entry form. But hurry! Competition closes on 05.12.16. There are two golden ticket prizes; one for each winning character name. For full terms and conditions, visit

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