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Children’s Parties & Groups

The best birthday party venue around

Call us about our special July offer.  To find out more, or to check availability, please call 01202 717197 or send us a message.

What’s the best way to celebrate that special occasion? With a themed birthday party at The Ark! We guarantee it will be a party to remember.

At The Ark we love children’s parties and our family-friendly facilities provide the perfect environment for you, your party guests and their parents to really enjoy themselves. Our qualified staff are on hand from start to finish, ensuring the experience is hassle-free for you and truly entertaining for your guests.

Parties can be tailored to suit your specific requirements, and we have a range of great value packages to choose from for parties of 12 or more children.

Birthday packages

We have a variety of entertaining party themes to suit boys and girls from tots to teens. Other party themes can be accommodated and can be discussed with your Party Planner.

Laser Tag 

Combining the thrill of laser tag with the excitement of soft play, this game is a total blast! Have fun with a laser gun as you navigate through the darkness - can you handle the suspense? Age 7+


Inspired by the enchanting hit Disney film, our Frozen-themed party lets you experience the magic and adventure of soft play or ice skating.

Pirates & Princesses

Welcome aboard our Pirate Ship Adventure as your Captain takes you on a journey of fun games and activities followed by our famous The Ark Treasure Hunt.


Come dressed as your favourite superhero in this action-packed, cartoon-themed adventure. Who will triumph in the ultimate Superhero Challenge?

Disco Diva

Glitz, glamour and disco lights! This dance-based party will have you all competing for the Dancefloor Diva Award!

Just Play

Forget the dressing up and just play!

Party Tots

A parent and child-based party with games and free play for children aged one to four years. Can you complete the toddler assault course or be the last one standing in Musical Spots?

Ice Skating 

Time to slip and slide to the latest tunes with your friends.  Try the ice limbo or score a goal playing ice hockey! (depending on skating abilities)

Skate & Play

High energy is the name of the game in this double-bubble party!  Who will be crowned king or queen of The Ark?  Ice skating and soft play games are combined for the ultimate party fun!

VIP Parties

Let us close the doors and give you and your guests exclusive VIP access to The Ark. You can choose any of our party themes or we’ll create one especially for you!


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 your chosen activity and 30 minutes for food and present giving
  • A hot or cold food buffet
  • Party invites and thank you cards
  • Party bags for all children
  • Present for the party child

Party extras

Make your party even more special with:

  • Face Painting
  • Pass the Parcel
  • Themed Piñatas
  • Party Cakes
  • Adult Party Food Platters

All birthday party bookings must pay for the minimum of 12 children at the time of booking. All bookings made one month prior to the date of the party must be paid in full. Cancellations made within one month of the party will be non-refundable.


Frequently asked questions

Can I book a birthday party online?

At The Ark we want to guarantee you have a birthday party to remember so we don't offer online bookings. By speaking to you direct we can answer all your questions, and make sure we create the ultimate birthday party for the birthday child and friends!

Please call 01202 717197.

Will there be a host for my party?

Your party will be welcomed by a member of The Ark team who will be your Party Host for the whole time spent in the birthday room.

How far in advance do birthday parties need to be booked?

Our birthday parties are very popular and the birthday rooms get reserved quickly.

To avoid disappointment we recommend you reserve the special date you want, by booking at least six weeks in advance.

How long can we stay?

Although use of the party rooms is for a limited time, you can stay at The Ark for as long as you like.

We advise arriving on time due to the popularity of our birthday parties. Our party rooms are often reserved each hour, so sadly we cannot allocate you extra time if you are late.

Can I re-enter the Soft Play/Ice Rink multiple times a day?

Unfortunately, there are no in and out re-admission privileges at The Ark.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

We do not allow anything other than baby food/milk, however we do have a great café at The Ark with a variety of food and snacks to choose from.

What is your cancellation period?

All bookings cancelled within 30 days of the party date will be non-refundable. 

Booking or more questions?

To check availability or ask a question please call us now on 01202 717197.

*Please note adults must be accompanied by a child aged 0-11 years.



We welcome groups and can accommodate anything from school classes to corporate events.

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