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Posted on 27th November 2014

The Ark Christmas Grotto Is Now Open!

The Ark have created a one-off event and transformed Poole Park’s cricket pavilion into a magical winter log cabin, home to Father Christmas and his elves from 27th November to 24th December 2014. Funded by The Ark, the grotto is operating as a not-for-profit initiative, with all profits benefiting Fernheath Play, a local charity which provides specialist free play and short play breaks to fully able and disabled children.

Billed as an enchanting, quality, Christmas grotto experience, The Ark is aiming to put the magic back into Christmas for local youngsters. Children visiting the grotto will meet Father Christmas and his elves, receive a special Penguin soft toy and enjoy a supervised craft activity such as creating magical reindeer food.  

The Ark Christmas grotto: tickets cost £12 per child. Pre-booking is recommended.

For further information, visit www.thearkpoolepark.co.uk.

The Ark Grotto: www.thearkpoolepark.co.uk/christmasgrotto/

        

Posted on 27th November 2014

Father Christmas Visits Local Play Centre

Father Christmas made a special surprise visit to youngsters at the Fernheath Play Centre in Verney Road, Bournemouth on Tuesday, November 25th.

Santa was accompanied by Tux, the giant cuddly mascot penguin from The Ark in Poole Park, and handed out soft toys to the children. Fernheath Play provides specialist free play and short breaks for all children; regardless of their background or abilities.

Paddy Williamson from Fernheath Play said "We are thrilled to have been selected as The Ark’s chosen charity to benefit from their Christmas grotto this year. The children and staff at Fernheath Play were delighted to receive a special visit from Father Christmas ahead of the grand opening of the grotto this week. Together with the friendly Ark team and their resident penguin Tux, the children were treated to a magical afternoon of festive fun. We are so grateful for the support of individuals and local businesses like The Ark who allow us to continue offering invaluable support to able and disabled children across Dorset."  

After the event both Santa and Tux returned to Poole Park to greet the first visitors at the grand unveiling of their new Grotto.

Co-created by Eskimo Jo, who have developed Christmas events, for Selfridges and Westfield shopping centres, and Dorset-based entertainment agency Funnybone, the Grotto has transformed the park’s cricket pavilion in to a magical winter log cabin.

As part of the experience youngsters get to meet Father Christmas and his elves, receive a special plush penguin soft toy and enjoy a supervised festive-themed craft activity like creating magical reindeer food.

Funded by The Ark, the Grotto is a one-off event and operating as a not-for-profit initiative, with all proceeds going towards the Fernheath Play charity.

The Ark Christmas Grotto: tickets cost £12 per child. Pre-booking is advisable. 

For further information, visit www.thearkpoolepark.co.uk/christmasgrotto. The Ark, Poole Park, BH15 2SF.

  

Posted on 17th November 2014

Magical Grotto Set To Enchant Visitors To Poole Park

   

An all-new Christmas Grotto experience, which is being created by one of the UK’s leading events’ company, is set to open in Poole at the end of the month.

The Ark Christmas Grotto in Poole Park will become home from home for Santa Claus and his elves from November  27th all the way through until Christmas Eve.

Co-created by Eskimo Jo, who have developed Christmas events for Selfridges and Westfield Shopping Centres, and Dorset-based entertainment agency Funnybone, the Grotto will transform the park’s cricket pavilion in to a magical winter log cabin.

As part of the experience youngsters will meet Father Christmas and his elves, receive a special plush penguin soft toy and enjoy a supervised festive-themed craft activity like creating magical reindeer food.

Funded by The Ark, the one-off Grotto is operating as a not-for-profit initiative, with all proceeds going towards the local Fernheath Play charity which provides specialist free play and short breaks for all children; regardless of their background or abilities.

The Ark owner, Sarah de Lisle, said: “Since opening in December 2013 we have been committed to creating a first-class family entertainment hub in the heart of this beautiful park.

“To celebrate our first anniversary we wanted to do something truly special. We have enlisted the help and expertise of some of the country’s leading events’ and entertainments companies to create the Grotto.

“Our aim is for the Christmas Grotto to deliver a magical experience for children and adults to enjoy together, while raising much-needed funds for a deserving local charity,” she added.

Since opening, The Ark has become one of Poole’s most popular family destinations with its mix of high quality facilities including a bespoke soft play area, café, ice cream parlour and ice skating rink.

The Ark Christmas Grotto: tickets cost £12 per child. Pre-booking is advised.  For further information, visit thearkpoolepark.co.uk/christmasgrotto. The Ark, Poole Park, BH15 2SF.

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Posted on 27th October 2014

New Laser Tag Parties Launching November 2014 At The Ark, Poole Park

One, two, three, shoot! We are all fired up here at The Ark with the launch of our new laser tag parties, available from 17th November 2014.

Combining the thrill of laser tag with the fun and excitement of soft play, this game sees players navigate The Ark’s split level soft play area in the dark with a super lightweight laser gun. Perfect for older children aged seven years and over, laser tag is a dynamic game of adventure and suspense, making it the ultimate action-packed party!

Choose from team or solo games for groups of 12 children or more with exclusive use of the soft play area during game play. Laser birthday parties include a designated special gun for the birthday child with rapid fire function and a singing ‘Happy Birthday’ feature which will play before the first laser game starts. There are no uncomfortable heavy vests; simply hold the laser gun and shoot.

Laser party price: £16.50 per person, minimum of 12 children. Party includes three laser games plus standard party package.

All parties last for 90 minutes and include:

A dedicated Party Planner to help you book, organise and prepare for your party
A dedicated Party Host for the duration of your party
Exclusive use of a private party room
60 minutes for 3 x laser games and 30 minutes for food and present giving
A hot or cold food buffet
Party invites and thank you cards
Party bags for all players
Present for the party child

The Ark specialises in children’s birthday parties for groups of 12 or more, with a variety of entertaining themes suitable for tots to teens. For details of other party packages, click here.

To find out more, or to check availability, please call 01202 717197 or send us a message. 

Posted on 19th October 2014

The Ark Poole Park Wins ‘Small Visitor Attraction’ in the Dorset Tourism Awards 2014

The Ark won bronze in ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’, one of 46 trophies presented at a glittering awards ceremony on 16th October at The Tank Museum, Bovington. Following a rigorous three-stage judging process comprising initial scoring, a mystery shopper visit and final assessment by an independent judging panel, The Ark was shortlisted in one of 16 categories covering best accommodation, events, activity providers, pubs, places to eat and drink, and venues.

 

Sarah de Lisle, owner, said “We are thrilled and privileged to receive this award in our first year of trading. It’s a testament to the hard work and investment that went into creating The Ark and to the management and staff who continually deliver a first class experience for local and visiting families. We created The Ark with a vision of providing a welcoming, family-friendly destination with outstanding play facilities and great food and drink. This accolade recognises our significant achievements to date whilst firmly putting The Ark on the map as a key attraction and contributor to Poole’s economy, all year round.” 

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