A lot of grandparents bring along their grandchildren on family breaks at Potters, which is wonderful to see! Journalist Terry Redhead recently came to stay with his family on a multi-generational break and has kindly let us use his review, which first appeared in Let’s Talk magazine July 2019 issue. Over to you Terry…
We all lead such busy lives that quality time together with family and friends is a precious commodity. So it was a wonderful opportunity for my wife Jayne and I to stay at Potters Resort on one of its very popular family breaks with our son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons, Joseph (11) and Arthur (almost 2).
Able to drive to the resort within an hour, it was a perfect destination for us to relax (I use the word loosely) for four days and three nights over the recent Bank Holiday weekend. I had been warned that trainers and sporting outfits would be a necessity as there would be nonstop action for an ‘active’ granddad so that he could be thrashed at all sorts of games by son and grandsons alike! So it proved. There was pitch and putt golf, crazy golf, badminton, wall climbing, table tennis, an assault course, archery, laser clay shooting, go karts, quad bikes, segways, bowls, snooker and darts. And then even more. I could have attempted pilates, salsa and zumba. I could have practiced being a cheer leader! I even played bingo.
For any youngster aged from about five to 13 it was what I would have considered, at that age, as heaven. I would have been on the go trying everything every minute of every day of my stay. And many were doing just that. I didn’t climb the wall, I didn’t try the rodeo bull and I didn’t drive the go karts. But I had a go at most of the other action, and there was even time for one afternoon to be spent in the Palms swimming complex.
Shattered and exhausted but wonderfully well-fed, I was then able to amble off every evening into the Atlas Theatre to enjoy the entertainment provided by the Potters Theatre Company, truly top-class singers and dancers putting together lengthy shows seamlessly held together by the presenting skills of Mark Brewer and his team.
I guess the philosophy behind the family breaks is quite simple. Mum and dad (and granny and grandad) need to be in excellent accommodation, be well fed, watered and entertained. But even then youngsters could still make a pleasant and relaxing break a little more testing if they were not able to go about non-stop games, sport, competitions and action. And at Potters they can do that from the final spoon of breakfast cereal at around 8.30am up until going to dinner at 6.30pm… stopping of course, for a 12.30pm lunchtime refill. It is as simple as that and all carried out on safety conscious premises with friendly, well trained and attentive staff. Perhaps it is because Potters appears to have all bases covered and has somehow managed to cover the age spectrum from babies to grandparents, that the family breaks are always extremely well booked.
All you have to do, whatever your age and physical limitations, is join in, throw off your inhibitions and be perfectly happy to make a fool of yourself for the benefit of your family. One question still bothers me though. How could Jayne come within a whisker of hitting a golf ball into the North Sea when the target was in the opposite direction?