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Posted on 22nd February 2016

The Ark Holiday Camp Dates Announced

The Ark team has devised an all-weather multi-activity holiday camp suitable for children between 5 and 12 years old.

With an emphasis on enjoyment and team building, The Ark activity camp will not only increase your child’s confidence, but also their overall fitness, coordination and balance.

Easter Camp - 28th March to 8th April

May Half Term Camp - 30th May to 3rd June

Summer Holiday Camp - 25th July to 31st August

October Half Term Camp - 24th October to 28th October

Posted on 1st February 2016

We Are Hiring

The Ark are looking for fun energetic individuals who are looking for part time work at the weekends and during school holidays in a busy family environment.

Hours are 09.30am-6.30pm (8.5 hour shift)

We pay over the minimum wage and have company benefits attached to the job offer

To apply please send a copy of your current CV to

Positions available for immediate start for the right candidate

Posted on 21st January 2016

The Ark and The Kitchen, Poole Park - Family fun and dining that doesn’t cost the earth

The Ark, and sister restaurant, The Kitchen in Poole Park, are going green with the installation of state-of-the-art solar electricity systems.

Following significant investment, the family-owned business has installed the renewable energy systems as part of an ongoing environmental strategy.

Supplied by local family run company NGPS Ltd, the new solar PV systems offer a ‘green’ alternative to energy generation and consumption. Designed to capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells, the solar panels convert sunlight into electricity, which is used to power appliances and lighting.

Richard de Lisle, Owner, said: “We are committed to enhancing our ‘green’ credentials and reducing our impact on the environment. Working with NGPS Ltd on this bespoke installation, we’re delighted to be able to harness the power of renewable technologies to achieve a more sustainable business operation. Nestled amongst the beautiful surroundings of Poole Park, it seems only fitting that our business adopts a sympathetic environmental approach; offering first-class family entertainment and dining that doesn’t cost the earth”.

Posted on 16th October 2015

The Ark, Poole Park wins at the Dorset Tourism Awards

The Ark, Poole Park has been awarded bronze in the Small Visitor Attraction category at the Dorset tourism awards 2015. 

Recognising Dorset’s top quality and most progressive tourism businesses, finalists in the annual Tourism Awards were subjected to a comprehensive three-stage judging process conducted by an independent panel of experts and tourism professionals to establish the very best of the region’s tourism businesses, from cafés, pubs and restaurants to hotels, events and visitor attractions.

Situated in the heart of Poole’s historic park, The Ark is one of Dorset’s leading family leisure attractions with real ice rink, soft play and café facilities. Offering an all-weather family fun day out, The Ark boasts a bespoke split-level soft play area, café with heated outside terrace and indoor ice rink. Open daily throughout the year (except Christmas Day) with easy, free parking, The Ark has become renowned for its legendary school holiday camps, children’s parties and special events since opening in December 2013.

Sarah de Lisle, Owner, said: “We are thrilled and honoured to once again receive this award, which recognises the incredible hard work and dedication of our team to deliver a truly excellent all-weather family fun day out, year-round. We pride ourselves on our facilities and service, and are continually evolving our business to ensure we offer a first-class experience for every visitor while establishing ourselves as the ultimate family destination in Poole. Set amid the beautiful surroundings of Poole Park, we enjoy an idyllic, unrivalled location and feel privileged to have this recognised for the second year running.

Unveiled at a glittering awards ceremony hosted at Bovington Tank Museum on 15th October 2015, The Dorset Tourism Awards is now in its fourth year and attracted 76 entries across 17 awards categories. For further information on the Dorset Tourism Awards, visit

Posted on 21st September 2015

Sparkling ready for autumn!

Here at The Ark, it’s out with the old and in with the new!

Autumn is the new spring, and as we head towards cooler days and cosy nights, we’re conducting a thorough deep-clean of our entire site to ensure we’re ready for the busy fun-packed season ahead. In addition to our daily cleaning of all play and café facilities, we’re undergoing a full site clean to ensure our soft play, real ice rink, café, kitchen, toilet and outside terrace areas are looking tip-top.

Half –term Come on down and enjoy the fun! There’s a host of activities with spook-tacular Halloween events, October half term holiday camp, and a spooky party on 31st October.

Why not visit our new sister café bar, The Kitchen, situated a stone’s throw across the water? With uninterrupted views, the stylish waterside café bar serves a delightful menu of simple, delicious food, seasonally inspired and locally-sourced where possible.

The Kitchen, Poole Park, Poole, Dorset BH15 2SF

Tel: 01202 742842

Open daily, 10am - 6pm

The Ark will remain open daily throughout our autumn deep clean.

The Ark, Poole Park, BH15 2SF

Tel: 01202 717197

Open 10am – 6pm 7 days a week*

*Except 25 Dec Closed, 26 Dec 10am – 4pm, 1 Jan 10am - 4pm

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