** Please see our latest statement about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting New Ark at https://www.newarkplay.co.uk/new-ark-update-3-august-2020/ **
Family visits during school holidays
During school holiday sessions we welcome occasional visits from families with children of all ages. Public sessions are Monday-Friday 10am-noon and 2-5pm, and entry is by donation with minimum £3. Parents must stay with and supervise their children at all times. Please note that family visitor numbers are restricted – to avoid potential disappointment please call us on 01733 340605 before you set off. You will find that mornings are often much quieter during school holidays.
Children visiting during school holidays
We also allow children to visit New Ark as an occasional one-off *without* their parents – this is aimed at families you are visiting the area, or who want their children to come to a few playworker-led sessions before deciding to register for our all day childcare. This facility is available between 10-12 and 2-5pm only and doesn’t include the lunchtime period.
You must telephone us in advance to book in as we have to ensure sufficient staffing – we recommend booking a week in advance.
Group visits – term time only
We welcome term time visits from groups of children e.g. schools, preschools, cubs/brownies, etc. You can call us for details on 01733 340605.
Birthday parties – weekends only
Our premises are available at weekends for a birthday celebration which is suitable for toddlers to young teens. Your guests can feed and groom the animals on our City Farm, take part in a treasure hunt in our woodland garden, and explore our traditional adventure playground. Plus exclusive use of our main room to have some party food and play games. Download our birthday parties leaflet for more information and look at the pricing details here