Summary of playground fees 2013-14

After school and holiday session fees for school age children

Holiday registration

  • 1 child is £40
  • 2 children is £60
  • 3+ children is £90

– Covers most school holidays between July 2013 – June 2014.
– After Wednesday 24 July an additional 10% surcharge is applied.
– Includes entry during school holidays between 10am-noon and 2-5pm (except Christmas and our 2 maintenance weeks).
– Registered children can book into additional childcare provision outside these hours at £4 per hour per child – please ask for details
– Registered children get priority booking for special activities eg Eco Sessions (forest school)

 Afterschool registration

  • 1 child is £20 per term
  • 2 children is £30 per term
  • 3+ children is £45 per term

– Covers one term at a time (3 terms per year).
– Afterschool autumn registration fees are due by Friday 30th August 2013 – after this date an additional 10% surcharge is applied.
– Dates for spring and summer registration fees are to be advised.
– Includes entry daily after school between 3.45-6pm.
– Registered children may book onto our walkover service from Newark Hill school, which costs £2.50 per day and includes toast and tuck.

  • Illustration for families who wish to attend all year i.e. holidays plus 3 terms of afterschool
  • For 1 child you pay £40 and 3 x £20. This totals £100 (average of £2 per week).
  • For 2 children you pay £60 and 3 x £30. This totals £150 (average of £3 per week).
  • For 3+ children you pay £90 and 3 x £45. This totals £225 (average of £4.50 per week).


Visitors are welcomed during school holidays sessions 10am-noon and 2-5pm. Please call us before setting off as visitor numbers are restricted. You will be required to complete visitor’s paperwork before leaving your child with us. If you wish to access additional childcare you will need to be fully registered with us.

  • Visitor fees
  • 1 child is £4 for one session, or £7 for both morning and afternoon
  • 2 children is £6 for one session, or £10 for both morning and afternoon
  • 3+ children is £9 for one session, or £15 for both morning and afternoon

Children below school age

If you want to visit with a child aged 0-4…

Parent and toddler group

We welcome all under 4s and are based in the Eco Centre which has a snug indoor area in case of rain, plus access to the city farm. We charge £1 per adult and 50p per child to include refreshments.

During school term our parent and toddler group runs on Wednesdays 1-3pm, with the city farm open from 2pm

During the 2013 school summer holidays we will run every Wednesday between 2-4pm (so that older siblings can play in the adventure playground).

Adventure Playground general opening

Children below school age are welcome to visit the adventure playground and city farm during our general opening hours (Monday-Friday 3.45-6pm during term time, 10am-12pm and 2pm-5pm during holidays). Parents must supervise under 5s at all times and we do not charge for them but encourage you to make a donation. Please call us before setting off to avoid potential disappointment, as visitor numbers are restricted.

Preschool playgroups

Following our recent Outstanding rating by Ofsted, our preschool playgroups have a waiting list. Please contact us for details.

Thank you to our supporters

New Ark couldn’t get by without the huge amount of help we get from local families and organisations. Below is a small list of some of those who have helped us recently – a full thank you list is published in our annual report each September.

Summer Fete and history day

We raised £2437.31 at our Summer Fete and History Day. The list of helpers is HUGE and we are almost afraid to publish it for fear or missing anyone out, but here goes:
– Vivacity for funding our history boards, Laura Barnard who did a wonderful job of illustrating our history, and our first playworker Toby Wood who, in true New Ark style, got children to proudly unveil the boards for us.
– All of our hard-working staff who gave up their weekend to help fundraise, and were back at work on Monday bright and cheery as always!
– Every single parent and supporter who helped to organise the fete, be there on the day or clear up afterwards. Your input is truly valued no matter how large or small.
– The following businesses who donated goods or services for the day: John Lewis Distribution (freezer), Sainsbury’s Oxney Road (gardening materials for tombola), and all those who donated a raffle prize (the list of donators and prizes is here).

Repairs and Maintenance help

We regularly have help from local organisations who provide working parties to help us with a particular project. Some recent examples are:
– Princes Trust Peterborough – general gardening and sprucing up of all areas
– Ben Fallows Painting and Decorating Ltd – redecorating our main playroom including donating all paint
– BGL Group – helping to spruce up our farm and orchard area.

Fundraising for our City Farm

The City Farm is a key part of what we do at New Ark, providing children with numerous opportunities to learn about the world, take responsibility, or simply relax by being around the animals. Some of the organisations who help us fundraise for our farm include:
Peterborough Regional College – send regular working parties and support students in fundraising for us
Pets at Home – donate ex shop stock and support our fundraising

Race Night event

We raised £674.96 at our Race Night fundraiser in April 2013. Thank you to everyone who sponsored a race or donated a prize…
Race sponsors
Peterborough Regional College, Eastfield Road – 0845 872 8722
The Elm Tree Tavern, Garton End Road – 01733 358134
The Peacock Pub, London Road – 01733 345637
D J Wilson School of Motoring – 07970 182555
Keeping HR Simple – 01487 815720
Somersby House Tack Shop, Great Gidding – 01832 293426
Blue Bell Inn, Welland Road – 01733 554890
Tu Qian & Helen Si
Prizes donated by…
Syvitta from Odiz, Hill Close Shops
Parcs Restaurant, Peterborough Regional College
Revive Hair, Peterborough Regional College
Complementary Therapies Salon, Peterborough Regional College
Lakeside Superbowl, New Road
Sheila Thompson
Julia and Mike Greene


Summer Fete and History Day

Update – we raised £2437.31 at our fete and the history boards were well received. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the day. For a full list of raffle prize winners please scroll down to the bottom of this page…

Sunday 9th June 11am-3pm

Explore New Ark’s past at our fun-filled day. We’ll have lots of retro activities, including open-air cooking, homemade dens and classic outdoor games.

At 12pm we’ll unveil our new history boards, designed by local artist Laura Barnard and funded by Vivacity.

Also stalls, refreshments, a car boot sale, and old favourites such as adventurous play and the city farm.

Bring your friends and family—everyone welcome. Entry by silver donation

This event is supported by Vivacity Peterborough Arts

NB Please get in touch on 01733 340605 if you want a pitch on our car boot sale, or can volunteer with preparations or on the day.

summer fete poster new ark - Copy

Summer raffle

Update – list of winners in our Summer Raffle draw:
£100 vouchers donated by John Lewis – L. Smith
£60 New Ark voucher – R Agudo
2 lessons from D J Wilson Driving School – J Dunkley-Locke
Nene Valley Railway Family Pass – M Kemp
Tenpin Bowling voucher donated by Lakeside Superbowl – P Lanning
Cut and Blow Dry voucher donated by Headmasters Hairdressers – A Mountford
£25 Co-op Food Hamper donated byCo-operative Anglia Regional Society – W Wright
Afternoon tea at Andronicas – Ethan
£20 Ultimate Performance Voucher – C Griggs
Big Sky Family Day Pass – A Roberts
Activity/ Toddler World Voucher – S Bines
Skateboard – R Blakemore
Girl’s Roller Skates – H Durcam
Picnic Hamper with Accessories made by Sheila Thompson – R Blakemore
Shower Hamper made by Sheila Thompson – V Sargent
Bath Hamper made by Sheila Thompson – C Davitt
£10 M&S gift card – R Elliot
Teddy Bear from Co-operative Anglia Regional Society – T Moat
Bottle of White Wine donated by Julia and Mike Greene – M Spriggs
Bottle of Red Wine donated by Julia and Mike Greene – M Roberts
Bottle of Sparkling Perry – C Welch
Box of chocolates – Zoe

How to find New Ark

You will find New Ark behind the row of shops on Hill Close, at the junction of Reeves Way/Eastfield Road. It is close to Sainsbury’s Oxney Road store and Newark Hill School.
* Our Play Support Service building is at the top of the hill. It is the old scout hut known as St Michaels.
* The entrance to our main building (Preschool and Adventure Playground) is the other side of the green at the bottom of the hill.
* The Eco Centre and City Farm are through the gate to the right of our main building. Once inside the gate turn right to the Eco Centre, or left towards the farm. If the gate is locked please come to the main building.

On foot walk down the footpath to the left of Hill Close shops, past the garages and down the slope/steps. If walking from Parnwell or Sainsbury’s, cross the bridge over the parkway and the sliproad, then take the footpath on the left through trees.

Buses regularly run past us on Reeves Way/Eastfield Road including the Citi 8 (Cardea-Parnwell) and the Citi4 (City Centre – Eastfield – Welland) routes. Ask to get off at Hill Close shops.

Drivers, head for Reeves Way at its junction with Eastfield Road and you will see a row of shops (Hill Close). Park behind near the garages or on the street nearby.  If using a sat nav, our postcode is PE1 5LZ
* From Frank Perkins Parkway northbound, exit at juntion 7 and turn left at the top of the sliproad. Take the next left into Reeves Way.
* From the Eye parkway roundabout take the A15 Paston Parkway and immediately exit onto Welland Estate. Turn left into Belvoir Way, then right at the juntion into Eye Road. At the next junction turn right into Eastfield Road then left into Reeves Way.
* From the city centre, follow signs for Regional College/Eastfield which will bring you along Eastfield Road. Pass the college and cemetary on your left, and after Newark Hill School turn right into Reeves Way.