The family and I have just spent the week at Potters Resort in Great Yarmouth. When Tired Mummy of Two told me about the resort and what to expect, the first thing she highlighted was hat we would be eating four meals a day. That's breakfast, lunch, dinner and a midnight snack (just in case you get a bit peckish after a few drinks). The missus also mentioned that Potters has a fantastic entertainer called Buzby Allen, who recently won the 2014 VisitEngland award for Tourism Superstar. The main reason we were invited to Potters Leisure Resort was to experience what Potters has to offer for younger families.
First off, getting from Manchester to Great Yarmouth was quite a journey (6 hours), but I didn't mind as I was really excited to experience a new holiday with my family. As we entered our room I was pleased to find an Xbox 360 in the girls' room. The bathroom had his and her sinks, which we quickly decided would best split as adult and kids sinks. The main living area was extremely spacious and contained a fridge, a two seater sofa, lots of wardrobe space and a balcony overlooking one of the many bowling greens.
For the duration of the holiday the girls would be receiving their entertainment from the Bamboozels club, a sort of 'Groovy Gang' where youngsters can burn lots of energy before the night's main event. The girls really enjoyed taking part in dance floor games such as musical bumps and 'horse and jockey'. At the end of each session it was guaranteed that all the kids came away with lots of sweets for taking part. During the day though our girls would usually be asking us to take them to play on the Panda Bus. Essentially a soft play area built within an old double decker bus. The Panda Bus was great for the younger kids as the older one would usually be playing on the inflatable assault course or riding the Segways.
The older kids (and I'm very jealous of what they could do) had the opportunity to sign up every morning for activities such as clay pigeon shooting, archery, football, golf, scuba diving, go karts, tennis, snooker, rock climbing, bowling, Call of Duty laser quest and many more. There was also a gaming zone situated within the bowling alley. Unfortunately I was only able to sample this little delight for a short time (the girls wanted to do something else rather than watch daddy play on FIFA). There was a number of smart TV's connected to Xbox 360 's playing most of the popular family friendly video games, such as FIFA 14, NBA 14, Forza Motor Sport. It was a good mix of games and Potters had also included wired headsets, so young guests can enjoy their game's sound without annoying others.
The best experience I've taken away from Potters is seeing both Elizabeth and Alison learn to hold their breath and swim under water. On our first day swimming Alison just happened to see another girl wearing goggles and decided she wanted a pair. Armed with her new aid she was quickly swimming under water pretending to be a shark. It wasn't too long till Elizabeth wanted her own pair of goggles (pink may I add) and before I knew it I had two little fishes swimming under water.