Welcome to the online home of the Ark @ Crawcrook.  The Ark is a church, a soft play centre, and a café in the village of Crawcrook.  The Ark opened its doors in May 2013, and offers a party venue, soft play, a quality café, and a safe space for children and adults to explore the faith.

Replacing the Robert Young Memorial Church on the main road through Crawcrook (Ryton, Tyne and Wear), the Ark @ Crawcrook is an exciting new venture by the Methodist Church in the area.

The Ark is a not for Profit Church Centre, with the aim of being part of the local community! The Play Centre/ Sensory room is open to the public during the week Tuesday to Friday: 9:00-3:00 pm, Mondays we are closed to the public to accommodate our Community session which is available for private bookings. On weekends the Ark can be hired out for private parties. Where possible the Ark supports local businesses and charities and maintains an ethos of social and environmental responsibility. The Ark also supports vulnerable members of the community, by providing SNAP Play sessions (Special Needs Accessible Play) for families to enjoy and volunteering opportunities for adults with learning difficulties. We hope to expand our capacity in this area and continue to meet the needs of the community.

News & Events

  • Kim Hinchcliffe

    Isla absolutely loves Messy Play. We’ve been coming since she was really little (great way to introduce her to new textures) and now she’s nearly 2! I love that there is a new theme every week and so much effort and thought goes into it. The staff are really enthusiastic too!

    Kim Hinchcliffe

  • Sonia Fradgley

    SNAP (Special Needs Accessible Play) is a wonderful, friendly setting for those of us with children with special needs. It is a great opportunity for your child, with special needs, and their siblings to enjoy some ‘non-judgement’ time on the play frame whilst you enjoy a cuppa and a chat with other parents/carers, sharing experience and making new friends

    Sonia Fradgley

  • Holly

    Messy Play is our favorite group of the week! Charlie absolutely loves Thursdays. Great value for money and a really well thought through group with a different theme each week.


  • Laura Ferguson

    “I loved taking my 5 month old son to the Ark – he enjoyed the colours, lights and toys in the sensory room which was circus themed on that particular day.  I can’t wait until he is old enough for the play frame!
    We had a delicious lunch in the conservatory served by the warm and welcoming staff.  We look forward to our next visit.”

    Laura Ferguson

  • S.M Hucker

    “Imogen’s Christening party was a wonderful event celebrated by family and friends in the sight of God.  Many thanks for making it such a memorable and special event we will treasure forever.”

    S.M Hucker

Keep in touch

0191 413 1339