Come down to our Winter Festival and join the fun!

This year New Ark is excited to bring you a very special event in our fundraising calendar. 

You can explore our fabulous adventure playground and Eco garden, visit the farm, play games, win prizes, eat pizza and Indian snacks, drink hot chocolate and toast marshmallows!


You can also meet Santa!! (Book your places now – £4 each)


New Ark needs you! Can you help to make this event a success?  We need raffle prizes, plus chocolates and bottles for the tombola, and cakes and biscuits to sell. 

We’re still working hard to keep all of our children, parents, visitors and our team safe so we’re offering outdoor activities and following the most up to date Government advice for minimising the risk of infection. 


Hope to see you there!

We’re rated Good by ofsted

You can view our most recent inspection report here

please read our latest statement about how covid-19 is affecting us

We believe in the child’s right to play. Play is the child’s natural way of learning about the world, themselves and other people. Children need play opportunities that encourage exploration, adventure and enterprise. Having enough time and space for play increases children’s health and happiness. Play makes life more interesting and fun!

At New Ark children can enjoy all kinds of play, safely under adult supervision, indoors and out, all year round.

Adventure Playground

Many of the structures in our traditional adventure playground are handmade on site, using traditional building materials and discarded industrial parts. Children can explore risk in a controlled environment, supervised by professional playworkers who know when to let children work things out for themselves and when to help out. Children get heaps of exercise, fresh air, contact with the natural world and all the benefits of play!

City Farm

Here children and their families can get to know farm birds, animals and small pets. Children can sponsor and name an animal at birth and can take eggs home from the farm birds. A trained worker helps them to care for the creatures. Families are encouraged to volunteer for feeding and caring duties outside normal opening hours. New Ark is the only City Farm in the Eastern Counties.

Eco Centre

With its woodland area, sensory garden and small orchard, children can observe the life cycles of wild creatures. They also learn to appreciate the colours, shapes and scents of plants. The area contains both purpose-built and loose natural play structures, which are generally suitable for younger children.

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Holiday/Term Dates

Autumn Term:

3 September – 23 October 2020
2 November – 18 December 2020

Spring Term:

4 January – 12 February 2021
22 February – 26 March 2021

Summer Term

12 April -28 May 2021
7 June – 22 July 2021

At New Ark we learn how to manage risk
We dont mind getting messy
We value our world