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Posted on 14th June 2015

The Ark Summer Camp Is Back!

School’s Out for Summer! But don’t worry, The Ark is here to help!

Our legendary school holiday camp returns this summer with a fantastic range of boredom-busting activities designed to keep children aged 5-12 years old happy during the holidays.

Devised by The Ark’s resident entertainment team, our all-weather multi-activity holiday camps provide a safe and stimulating environment for children to laugh and learn. Activities include ice skating, arts and crafts, sports activities, soft play and much more – indoors and out – all run by our fully qualified staff.

Join us for a full (£25.00) or half day (£11.50), but hurry - places are limited and must be booked in advance. 

To book, call 01202 717197

Posted on 14th June 2015

Poole Festival of Running Pictures

Did you enjoy the Poole Festival of Running? The sun was shining and Poole Park was full of runners and their supporters. Here's a selection of pictures from the day but please tag yourself and friends if you're featured. Congratulations to everybody that took part and if you're looking for your next challenge, it's the Poole Race for Life on June the 21st!

Posted on 29th May 2015

Work Starts On The Kitchen in Poole Park.

Construction, has started on a £400k project to transform Poole Park with the refurbishment of a spectacular new waterside restaurant and ice-cream parlour.

‘The Kitchen,’ which occupies the former ‘Boat Shed’ site on the edge of the boating lake, will provide a stylish new venue to eat, drink and relax, with stunning panoramic views across the water.  The work, due for completion in July 2015 will see Greendale completely refurbish the interior of the building with a new bar area and kitchen layout, with new entrance canopy and landscaping to the surrounding outdoor area, enabling visitors to enjoy alfresco dining.

A new ice cream parlour, ‘Scoops,’ situated alongside ‘The Kitchen’ will be serving a range of ice creams, waffles, sundaes, milkshakes, teas and coffees.

The ambitious project is the second major development in the park for Poole husband and wife team, Richard and Sarah de Lisle, who also own award winning family attraction, The Ark, which opened in 2013 and recently won a Poole and Dorset Tourism Award.

Sarah de Lisle said: “For us Poole Park is a magical place with its idyllic setting, family appeal and outstanding natural beauty, so when the opportunity came up to also acquire the Boat Shed we were both really excited.

“Our aim is to create a warm, friendly and above-all welcoming atmosphere where people of all ages can meet up and enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed, stylish environment.

“There will be lots of indoor and outdoor seating areas and new landscaped spaces to make the most of the truly spectacular waterfront location. We’re also going to have an open-plan kitchen area so people can watch the chefs at work,” she added.

Poole based Chartered Building Company, Greendale director, Rob Hooker, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed main contractors on this fast track project to transform and refurbish the current buildings and external areas.  It is in a beautiful location and Greendale look forward to working with our clients and architects DMWA on this project.”

Posted on 26th May 2015

Meet Ben: the ten-year-old figure skater with Olympic ambitions - Bournemouth Echo

Ben Gregory from Hamworthy has been in skates since he was five years old. But, over the past year, he has discovered a flair for figure skating. Now he is sponsored by The Ark in Poole, where he trains several times a week.   

Ben was recently featured in the Bournemouth Echo, read the article here

Posted on 27th April 2015

Congratulations To Ben Who Came 2nd In The Basingstoke Coaches Cup!

The results are in and Ben managed to secure 2nd place in the 2015 Basingstoke Coaches Cup! Ben skates for the freestyle team BXFIST. (Bournemouth Xtreme Freestyle Ice Skating Team)... If you would like to see Ben in action, you can usually find him on The Ark's Ice Rink.  Congratulations Ben!  


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