POTTY ABOUT POTTERS
It might be most famous for its bowls, but if you are looking for a fun-filled stress-free family weekend away, head to Potters Resort, says Rachel Buller
SPRAWLING ACROSS the cliff tops at Hopton on Sea, Potters Resort is famous across the land as the ultimate destination for bowls lovers everywhere.
Every January, it hosts the sport’s world championships, televised on the BBC, and throughout the year thousands of amateur players come and stay - but it is also a thriving holiday hotspot for families.
So with our two boys in tow, Zach, 12, and nine-year-old George, we checked in on a Potters family break.
Our bungalow plus rooms close to the sea were warm, clean and modern and had a connecting corridor which meant plenty of separate space for us and the kids.
Food is a big deal at Potters, and for every meal, it is a mixture of waitress service and buffet style eating, from traditional pub classics to Asian dishes, more refined dining to lighter salads and jacket potatoes.
For breakfast, smoked haddock, eggs Benedict and vegetarian choices are cooked to order or help yourself to never ending trays of bacon and sausages, baked beans and hash browns. Pastries, cheese, yogurts, fruit and cereals fill the tables and the pancakes are particularly appreciated by the boys, who have an extraordinary capacity to eat when it comes to breakfast. For those who can squeeze it in, there is also a midnight dish after the theatre show. The food is good, but the service is even better. You have the same table and waitress for your stay, and ours was fantastic. Small touches are so important and that excellent level of customer service is replicated throughout the resort. All of the activities are well managed and the staff are friendly, but firm, essential when you are corralling a gang of excitable children to carefully listen to rules, queue nicely and play fair, all while making it fun. This was achieved with aplomb.
We played badminton and table tennis, the boys did the army inflatable assault course, my eldest scaled the climbing wall, and my youngest joined in the fun-filled football tournament in the evening. We squeezed in three swims, crazy golf and plenty more. There were go karts, treasure hunts, games and lots of exciting activities for older children filling every space throughout the weekend. Joyously, there was also plenty of opportunity for my husband and I to sit with a cup of coffee or glass of wine while watching the children have fun – at a safe distance!
In the evening, the shows performed by the acclaimed Potters Theatre Company shouldn’t be missed. The state of the art theatre, rivalling many in the West End, attracts performers from all over the country with substantial pedigree. A two night stay meant two different shows, both of which were exceptional; song and dance extravaganzas, with a little bit of theatre and comedy thrown in.
If you thought Potters was just about bowls, think again. Their fantastic family breaks might be action packed, but you will leave feeling surprisingly relaxed if not a little larger in the waistband.
Rachel Buller and family were guests of Potters Resort, Hopton on Sea, NR31 9BX, 0333 3207 465, pottersholidays. com.
Family breaks start from £159 for children, from £269 for adults