During half term we took the kids for a 4 day break at Potters Resort in Norfolk.
I couldn’t fault the accommodation as it was ideal for us as a larger family and we couldn’t wait to get stuck into all the activities on offer.
Potters Resort is set in 65 acres of grounds on the Norfolk / Suffolk border in Hopton-on-Sea and after a long 5 hour drive it was the sea that we wanted to see first.
The beach was a mixture of sand and huge rocks that are part of a £10 million sea defence program to try and restore the beach after a massive storm surge in 2013 and the kids loved running amongst them and playing hide and seek.
Potters is packed full of things to do, however, some of the activities are bookable and you do have to make sure that you book them first thing in the morning (8.15am) for morning sessions or lunchtime (12.15pm) for afternoon sessions. Isaac loves archery and it was his favourite daily activity.
You are given a timetable when you arrive that lists the times and days of all the activities on offer so you can plan your day. For activities you don’t have to book in advance it is worth pointing out that you need to get there at least 15 minutes before they are due to close as we found out to our cost with the bungee trampolines, so we missed out, but the kids were happy doing the climbing wall instead.
The best thing about Potters is that it’s an all-inclusive resort so most of the activities are included free. We struggled to get Isaac and Eliza off the inflatable assault course.
They enjoyed their driving experiences on quad bikes, go karts and drift carts every evening.
For younger guests like Sebby and Eliza there wasn’t as much to do sadly. Most sporting activities started from age 7 which ruled Eliza and Sebby out, however, there was Bamboozles where they could do arts and crafts which Eliza especially enjoyed.
There was also the House of Play which is a small soft play area, but this was only open a couple of hours a day.
Without a shadow of a doubt it was the Bamboozles fun time that was the all time favourite part of the holiday which involved dancing, party games and general mad-cap activities every evening.
I have to admit that Hubby and I were disappointed at not being able to take part in some of the activities. We both really fancied a go on the segways, the go-carts and taking part in some of the sports, however, the resort does not offer any form of childcare – even for an hour, so we were stuck. It was very clear that Potters is the type of resort where you go with extended family as there were at least 3 generations of family at most tables every evening which is how people got around it.
Hubby did join Isaac and had a go on the sweeper though whilst we all cheered them on.
The evening entertainment started at 9.15 which was a little late for us but we did stay up on Saturday as the kids got to take part in a Halloween parade on the stage. Isaac was the only child dressed up as a Ghostbuster and the compere shouted “Who you gonna call” as he walked up on stage. The whole theatre erupted with “GHOSTBUSTERS!” which made his weekend!.
We stayed to watch their comedic magic show but left for the Halloween show itself as the kids were tired.
Potters is a beautiful resort run by people who really love their jobs, which shines through. It reminds me very much of Maplins from Hi-De-Hi which is in no way a bad thing. It was a lovely break away and we got to explore Great Yarmouth and visit Bewilderwood which is just 40 minutes away which I can highly recommend too.
Would we visit again? I would say, however, we would either wait until the younger ones are old enough to join in with the sporting activities or take extended family with us so we could join in the fun too.