Potters is the ultimate family resort that specialises in family friendly breaks during the school holidays. Better still, it’s only located on the Norfolk coast between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, so it’s an easy trek and attracts many families from surrounding regions. Travel reviewer Laura Mason and her family check it out.
Potters features an expansive range of accommodation to suit different family sizes. For our family of five, we had an interconnecting Premier Room within the hotel. The rooms are astoundingly spacious, especially the bathroom, and clean albeit a tad dated in décor but that really isn’t an issue and something more of personal taste.
The rooms provide superb comfort alongside everything you need for one of their 4-night family breaks including a useful fridge, a lifesaver for parents needing a facility to store baby milk and food.
The schedule handed to me at check-in blew me away by just how much was on offer and included. Babies and pre-schoolers have plenty in terms of soft play fun, bouncy castles, play areas and an impressive rota of arts and crafts that we did twice daily. For once it’s nice to not to worry about all the mess and cleaning up!
Go-karts, swimming, bungee trampolines and quad bikes also scored a big thumbs up from the kids, while my husband hit the gym a couple of times, tried his hand at the golf coaching and rifle shooting that he really enjoyed. Meanwhile, I liked the keep fit schedule and joined in with the Zumba before sneaking in a cheeky visit to the Aphrodite spa (additional cost but very reasonably priced), to enjoy an indulgent massage by a lovely masseuse who not just massaged my overworked back but I enjoyed a lovely chat about the first hand perils of breastfeeding.
All meals are included in a Potters break so that means leaving the washing up to someone else and there’s no stressing about all the extras totting up. Families are given a table on the first evening, which is the same for the duration, a nice touch as meal times became a ritual and the waiters can build up a pleasant rapport with you.
My kids affectionately referred to waiter Paul as ‘our man!’ As he greeted and catered to our every whim with great consideration for washing seven-month old Marley’s bib and ensuring she had everything we needed to make mealtimes smooth and easy.
Be prepared to put on a few pounds during your stay! Breakfast is served buffet style, while lunch and dinner are three course menus with a wide selection of cold salads, a la carte dishes and buffet options such as carveries and curries. If you’re still up at midnight, I’d say it’s a bit more than a midnight snack and more of a feast as a fourth meal is served.
The overall standard of food was good. Wholesome pleasing meals are at the heart of the menu with plenty for fussy eaters, as well as those that enjoy traditional meals.
Potters has built a reputation for itself based on its first-class Potters Theatre Company. The entertainers have a knack that somehow manages to involve all visitors creating an inclusive environment that is warm, friendly and familial. Early evening we would head straight to the Terrace Bar for the children’s entertainment to enjoy the disco and fun party games before making our way to the Atlas Theatre where a short children’s interlude kicked off the night’s proceedings followed by the evening’s highlight, the main show.
Worthy of a place in London’s West End (and many performers have progressed from this stomping ground), the staff put on an impressive performance night after night. My personal highlight was the ‘Night at the Movies’, a faultless line up of family favourite songs accompanied with some exceptional dance routines. A close second was the Halloween spectacular done in outstanding style, with plenty of audience participation of course!
Rather unusually I have to give huge credit to the fantastic staff – everyone went above and beyond from the moment we checked in, and not just for me, but I really noticed my three year old embrace the environment and come out of his shell when talking to the staff and invited on to stage. Nothing was too much trouble and each and every guest was made to feel special, a priceless quality that truly made our stay.
What you need to know…
As well as family breaks, Potters Resort has various One Night Breaks featuring special guests, Weekend breaks and Midweek Leisure breaks throughout the year.
The four-night family Half Term Sports Coaching ShowBreak (2 adults, 2 children and 1 baby) cost £1,686.
For more information and to book, visit www.pottersholidays.com