Events & Things To Do

17th October 7pm - Ladies Pamper Night 

26th October 5pm - Family Fright Night at The Ark in Poole Park

27th & 28th October 1.30pm - Live music with Daivd Mein 

24th & 25th November 1.30pm - Live music with David Mein

November & December - Christmas Party Nights available 

Posted on 21st November 2017

Poole Hospital Charity Elf Dash - Sunday 10th December at 11am, Poole Park

The Ark and The Kitchen are proudly supporting Poole Hospital Charity’s Elf Dash event in Poole Park with the sale of a special character cookie.

From 1st December, specially designed – and deliciously homemade - festive cookies will be on sale and for each cookie sold, a donation will be made to Poole Hospital Charity. We will also be donating a fabulous raffle prize so grab your tickets now to be in with a chance of winning!

Poole Hospital Charity’s Elf Dash is a 3k fancy dress walk around picturesque Poole Park. Entry is priced £7.50 for adults and £5 for children (dogs are free!) and includes a mince pie, drink, elf hat and medal. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed, so go on … release your inner elf!

For further information and to purchase raffle tickets, visit or call Poole Hospital Charity on 01202 448449

Why not visit us at The Ark or The Kitchen after (or before if you’re an early elf!) for a play, skate or delicious bite to eat?

Don’t forget Santa’s Workshop is open throughout December at The Ark – offering children the chance to meet Santa’s little helpers and the big man himself, while enjoying tons of festive family fun. Must be pre-booked in advance, selected dates and times apply. For further details and to book, click here

Posted on 4th September 2017

Afternoon Tea In Aid Of Macmillan - World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 29th September

Be one of the first to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at The Kitchen, Poole Park and help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

To celebrate the launch of Afternoon Tea at The Kitchen next month we are hosting a charity event to coincide with Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 29th September, between 2.00 - 5.00pm

Scones with Clotted Cream and Dorset Jam

Finger Sandwiches

Sweet Treats

Tickets are £15.00 per person and profit from the event will be donated to the charity.  

To book your place please email: or call 01202 742842

From 2nd October Join Us Monday - Saturday For A Great English Tradition!

From Monday 2nd October we’ll be serving delightfully decadent, delicious afternoon teas! Enjoy two fresh scones with lashings of Dorset jam and clotted cream, accompanied by a mouth-watering selection of finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and Dorset tea, all for £15 per person

Why not add some bubbles for the ultimate treat, priced £6 for a glass-sized mini bottle of prosecco 

To book your place please email: or call 01202 742842

Posted on 2nd June 2017

Poole Festival Of Running 3rd - 4th June 2017

Take part in Poole’s biggest running event!

The weekend includes five kids’ races, a 5k charity race and our flagship 10K road race, a 1 mile time trial, along with family entertainment and live music for a festival atmosphere!  [link will open in new window]

The festival starts on Saturday as 5pm with the 5k, followed at 7pm by a 2k time trial. It starts and finishes in the marquee and the live band starts as soon as the champion has been crowned. Bar until late... 

The Sunday starts with Tux and his friends at 9am with the minithons* for 14 and under, folllowed by the 10k at 10:30am. There is also a alternative duathlon (run kayak run) in the early afternoon. 

Sign up is opens on West Field at 2pm on Saturday 3rd June.  *All children who run recieve a free goodie bag.

Also lots of stalls (including the Running Free expo), and food outlets.

Posted on 7th May 2017

The Kitchen Pop-up Theatre - The History of Poole Maritime in Thirty Minutes Flat Show

…well, perhaps not all the history…just the tasty bits.

This romp through the maritime history of Poole is seen through the eyes of Galactic interplanetary visitors who resemble Steam Punk space travellers in search of a large Poole of water. It has lively join-in songs, comic interludes, true facts and some not-so-true revelations about the history of Poole and probably the worst jokes available this side of the Milky Way.

The Kitchen Community Pop-Up Theatre presents this show as a prelude to the launch of the main dinner theatre programme in September 2017. This show is written and produced by Idea Cabinet and is part of the Borough of Poole’s Maritime Festival. The 30-minute performance venues include:

Dates and Times

Wednesday 17th, May 3.00pm at The Kitchen, Poole Park 3pm 

Friday 19th May, 2.30pm at Seven Seas Festival, Baiter Park

Saturday 20th May, 1.00pm at The Kitchen, Poole Park 

Saturday 20th May, 5.00pm at The Taste of the South Food Festival, Poole Park

Sunday 21st May, 11.00am at Seven Seas Festival, Baiter Park

Sunday 21st May, 1.00pm at The Kitchen, Poole Park 



Further Information:

Idea Cabinet Limited: The production company behind The Kitchen Pop-Up Theatre was created by Mary Dale to “bring new and compelling storytelling to Dorset”. Their last project pulled together David Glass and AUB students in a site-specific event based on the movie ‘The Shining’ that sold out for 18 nights at The Chine Hotel. Idea Cabinet makes films, radio and theatrical storytelling happen through their extensive networks of professionals and contacts with our local Universities.

Director – Mary Dale

...has been an actress and director for over thirty-five years and has worked in theatre, television, radio, commercials and feature film. As a presenter, she has worked for ITV as a long-running presenter of schools’ programmes and factual entertainment shows and she has done over 30 commercials. She has written scripts for all ages, mostly being produced on television and in the theatre. She has taught undergraduates at Bournemouth University and directed many theatre productions.

Musical Composer & Director – Harry Skinner 

We are thrilled to announce that Harry Skinner, the inspiration and founder of The Producers has agreed to be our Director of Music. It was 25 years and thirteen albums ago that the Producers first appeared on the UK music scene and since then they have gigged their version of the blues in clubs, theatres and on major festival stages worldwide and they continue to do so.

Mary Dale, Founder of Idea Cabinet says:

“We are very pleased to bring together experienced musical theatre talent already living in the region to join with the extraordinary new talent emerging in Dorset to create a Community Pop-Up theatre experience at the stunning Kitchen restaurant in Poole Park and other venues during the Poole Maritime Festival. We have an exciting new story to tell, with some supportive sponsors and I am sure the public will like the new experience. If they do, then we’ll be back in September in our new Kitchen Theatre and at then Christmas with new shows for both families and the business community and we’re planning a New Dorset Writer’s Festival for this time next year.”


Production sponsors


Posted on 28th February 2017

The Kitchen, Poole Park Special Mothering Sunday Roast On 26th March 2017

Treat your mum at The Kitchen this Mothering Sunday - we’re serving up a very special Mother’s day roast; with a choice of three meats and all the trimmings, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Our succulent roasts are irresistible and the perfect feast for a special occasion.

Join us for a mouthwatering lunch amid beautiful surroundings – our idyllic location offers breathtaking views across Poole Park.

Don’t delay, book now – as tables are limited!

To make a reservation, please contact us on 01202 742842.

12pm, 2pm and 4pm sittings available.