Soft Play

The play centre caters for children from birth to 12 years old, with a 3 story play frame, small baby play corner and a sensory room with bubble tubes, lighting effects and sounds.

The play frame has plenty to keep you entertained, including a 4 way racing slide, zip wire swing, a spiral slide, a bouncy ‘trampoline’,  punch bags and plenty to climb!   Our soft play is designed to take adults too, so parents are free to join their children in play.  Please find the rules for the Play Centre by clicking here.


Accessibility is a key priority for the Ark with additional features to allow those with disabilities to enjoy the facilities. Find out more about our Accessibility here.

Admission Prices

Play is limited to 90 minutes during the school holidays and busy time periods.

Aged 0-11 Months:  £1

Aged 1-4 years –  £3.95

Aged 5-12 years – £4.95

Childminders – 10% discount on admissions.

SNAP – 20%  discount on admissions.


Opening hours: 

Mondays:  Private and community bookings

Tuesdays:  9:00am-3:00pm

Wednesdays: 9:00am-3:00pm

Thursdays:  9:00am-3:00pm

Fridays: 9:00am-3:00pm

Saturdays:  Private Parties

Sundays:  Private Parties

Sensory Room

The Ark Sensory Room provides a relaxing and fun place for children under 3 years old or children with special needs to come and play! Find out more about how we cater for babies and toddlers here.

Come along during our public opening hours, pay admission at the front desk and have not only access to the sensory room, but to the play frame and children’s toy corner! Our Sensory room is also available for private hire, see details below.


Private Hire
The sensory room can be privately hired out weekdays from 3:15 – 4:15pm.

  • 1 Hour – £15
  • 1/2 Hour – £10

Please call our booking line on 0191 4131339 to make your booking.

This is a one off cost for the room not per child. Private hire capacity is 6 children approximately. Children must be under the age of 3 or have special needs to use this room.

Sky Room

The sky-themed playroom means your children can have their head in the clouds and enjoy imaginary fun.

The Sky Room was a small-world area, a craft area, a construction/vehicle play area and a sensory/ story area. Let you children’s imagination run wild while you enjoy coffee and cake.


SNAP! (Special Needs Accesssible Play)


SNAP! Sessions are for children (and their siblings) with special needs and/or disabilities (parents / carers are responsible for their children at all times). They are held on alternate Thursday evenings (4:30-6:00pm) when the play centre is closed to the general public to provide a safe time for these children to play.

Children are welcome to play on the play frame, the sensory room and sensory or craft activities.
Drinks and snacks are available.
The sessions are facilitated by Ark staff and volunteers, most of whom have a background in special needs.
SNAP runs term time only.

SNAP! Admission prices:

  • Under 5s:  £3
  • Over 5 yrs:  £4

Keep in touch

0191 413 1339