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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

Posted on 21st September 2015

The Ark October Half Term Holiday Camp Monday 26th – Friday 30th October 2015 Inclusive

Monday 26th – Friday 30th October 2015 inclusive

Back to school? Not for long! Get set for the return of The Ark’s popular holiday camp. Following our successful summer camp series, we’re hosting a spook-tacular Halloween-themed holiday camp during October half term. Bursting with activities indoor and out from arts and crafts to games, sports and exploring The Ark’s soft play, ice rink facilities and more, we’ll keep the kids entertained whatever the weather.

Suitable for children aged 5 – 12 years and with an emphasis on enjoyment and team building, The Ark’s half term holiday camp is packed full of activities including:

Scary mask making
Potion making
Board games
Ice rink fun and games
Halloween pop-up card making
The Ark taste challenge
Trick or treat bag making
Quick cricket
Tri golf
T-shirt designing
Halloween face painting
Hunt the ghost challenge

But hurry! Places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Book now to avoid disappointment.

To find out more and book, call Rachael at The Ark on 01202 717197 or email agm@thearkpoolepark.

The Ark’s holiday camps are run by our fully qualified activities team who are committed to delivering a memorable experience for every child. Whilst the emphasis for your child is on fun, your child’s safety and wellbeing is paramount and first aiders are available at all times. All staff are Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checked. 

Posted on 19th August 2015

Do you have the edge? Sharpen your skates with us!

New! At The Ark, Poole Park

Do you have the edge? Sharpen your skates with us!

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our ice skate blade sharpening service – now available on site at The Ark, Poole Park.

Essential maintenance to keep your ice skates in tip top condition, sharper blades make for a better grip on the ice and more enjoyable skate!

Priced £5.00 per pair.

Simply bring your skates in and speak to one of our friendly ice rink staff. 

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