We love hearing about your Potters break and making you the star of our blog. That’s why we contacted guest Danny Botterell after he posted a Facebook review about his recent family short break to find out more about his own memories of childhood breaks at Potters and bringing his own children to Potters for the first time…
Danny, how was your recent break at Potters?
We all loved it. It was my first time back at Potters in 18 years and it was great to return to the place where I have so many memories. We live in Essex so it isn’t far away and I came with my wife, and three girls, aged 5, 8 and 18 months, as I decided that they should experience a Potters break. Coming back so many years later with my own kids was just as exciting for me as it was for them.
What do you remember from your Potters breaks as a child yourself?
I used to come to Potters with my parents from the age of five, right up to the age of 15, and loved it, and coming back was wonderful. A lot was just as I remembered it, and the strangest of things brought back memories. Of course, lots has certainly changed over the years. The clean smell of the bungalows was just the same and it is a unique fragrance that I've never smelt anywhere other than Potters! Another smell that brought back memories was walking into the restaurant for our first meal of the break and it was just as I remembered. A lot of the major changes happened around the time I was 10 or 11 years old and I still remember how Potters used to be back then. The Atlas Theatre was known as the Cabaret Bar and was a low ceiling single level room with the band squeezed on the back of the stage. The dining room was also a single level room with all the tables in long rows. Then the Atlas Theatre and Garden restaurant were built, and WOW…they were huge in comparison. I also remember the old reception area, which was basically a bungalow, and the hotel was a gravel carpark with an outdoor bowls green and an adventure playground. I also remember when the Bowlers Bar rink and big Sports Hall was built, along with the TenPin bowling alley and phase one of the hotel. The Terrace Bar was called the Bamboo Bar back then, and the Gallery Lounge was the Garden Bar! Many happy days were spent in the old Garden Bar with all the entertainment for the kids and, of course, Digger the dog!
What did you want your own family to get out of a Potters break?
We wanted to spend some family time together and get away from normal working life. I knew Potters would be a great place for the kids to try new things and generally have fun!
What activities did your family enjoy at Potters?
They had a great time with the activities, dancing in the disco and with the whole Potters experience. The swimming pools were lovely and warm, and the food and entertainment was first class. Every staff member you came across was helpful and smiling. It was lovely to see the old faces of the entertainments team. Mark Brewer and Buzby were just the same as I remembered, and, will be pleased to know, didn't look like they had aged one bit! The full programme of activities for the whole family was excellent, and I especially enjoyed Champions Hour. However, as like previous years, Mark was the referee and, of course, the Potters team won! We were entertained in the evenings by Potters Theatre Company in the Atlas Theatre, and the production and performance was brilliant. We had a great time and we will be back soon.
Why should families choose a Potters break?
Potters is absolutely brilliant for the whole family, as there's always something going on for every age group. Equally, there's plenty of time and space if you just want to relax.
Any advice for other families visiting?
If any other families are thinking of booking a Potters break then do it! There really is something for everyone and all facilities are first class. Our family UK break was during Half Term and there were lots of opportunities for the kids to make friends, and everyone was fully entertained and occupied with the full programme of entertainment and activities taking place. The whole family absolutely loved the evening shows too, and Potters Theatre Company and the band are fantastic.
Can you sum up your recent Potters break in three words?
Quality family time.
You said that your own parents used to bring you as a child. Did you tell them about your recent break at Potters?
When I told Mum and Dad that I had booked a break at Potters with the kids, many memories came flooding back of the place from our own family holidays together. Mum and Dad have been back quite a few times over the years for various breaks, and the funniest thing was that our break was Monday to Friday and they were booked on a Friday to Sunday break the week before! We all love Potters and hope to be back soon.
We love hearing about your Potters breaks and really appreciate it when you find time to write us a review on Facebook and TripAdvisor. Thanks Danny and hopefully see you back at Potters soon!
Image caption: Danny as a boy at Potters (left image) and with his own family on a 2018 break at Potters (right image)