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As my daughter is serious about a future career in musical theatre it was suggested to me that she might like to do her work experience at Potters Holiday Resort. The reason being that they have an excellent theatre company and a fantastic theatre and, if she could be put on the stage there it would be a wonderful experience. Also, I thought we might get another opinion as to whether she has what it takes!
As we don't live within daily travelling distance of Potters and my daughter, being under eighteen, needed an adult to accompany her I booked a two bedroom chalet for myself, my husband and my daughter. My aunt, cousin and her husband also came. They had holidayed here several times in the past.
When we first arrived, one Monday morning in September, I was a little worried when I realised, this being term time and an adults themed break, that the guests were predominantly over sixty. The theme was a bowls event as these often take place here and are televised. Potters has and these breaks are popular. I had been informed that a bowls tournament was to be held at this time. As the week went on we found that the guests and staff were extremely friendly and there was a lot to do so everyone had a great time.
My daughter was looked after by Rachel (great singer) on the entertainment's team and was involved in greeting guests, bingo, dancing etc. Mark Brewer, entertainments manager, heard her sing and was wonderful in his support of her and he changed her to evening entertainment so that she could help with sound for the shows and sing several times on the stage. The sound system, the band and the big screens and a hugely responsive audience made this a wonderful experience.
The best thing about Potters in my opinion is the evening entertainment. I have been to many holiday centres and never seen anything of this standard. The theatre company are truly professional and have had Kerry Ellis (from Wicked the West End musical and to be Nancy in Oliver) and Lee Mead (Joseph) working here. The standard is brilliant. They can sing, dance and act and Mark Brewer, Buzby and Richard Beare (Brotherlees fame) are hillarious.
Next best thing is the food which is of a very good quality. You are given a table for your stay which is much nicer than having to search for one. You can pre order wine and it will be waiting for you at meal times. The starter is served by your waiter for the week and then you can either choose your main course from the menu and it will be brought to you or you can go to the buffet section where there a variety of dishes are available. Some dishes are cooked while you wait, such as omelettes and you can choose your filling. A good selection of deserts are served by the waiter.
Our chalet was comfortable. We had a room with two single beds, fridge, television and tea making facilities,and a large radiator. This room had a door leading to a hallway with two doors one leading to a very well equipped hotel style bathroom. The other door led to a second bedroom with two single beds, radiator, television, radiator and large skylight with remote controlled blind. It was clean and comfortable.
Potters has a beauty salon which as well as styling hair does other treatments such as massage, manicures etc. My cousin was happy with her manicure.
There is a nice indoor swimming pool, bowling greens both inside and out, football pitches and indoor facilities for badminton, table tennis and more. There is even a bowling alley, although you have to pay extra for this.
I am told that during school holiday times there are excellent facilities for children and they have a burger bar at mealtimes. It is good that the entertainment for children lasts into the evening with them being taken for organised football, table tennis etc.
The centre is very clean throughout and the grounds are attractive and in good repair.
Potter's is set in pleasant grounds with lawns leading down to a decent sandy beach. There are steps to make access to the beach easy.
It is easy to travel from here to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. There are plenty of things to do and see in the surrounding areas of Norfolk and Suffolk, such as fairs, model villages, pets corners, a zoo and beaches. And of course the Norfolk Broads!
Overall we all had a great time and going to Potters has put me off going to other U.K. holiday centres, such as Pontins, as the standard is better than anywhere I've been to prior to this. However, it costs quite a lot more with child prices starting at age fifteen. There are bargains to be had but mainly in term time when the breaks are designed for adults. Children are usually accepted at these times but are not specifically catered for, as they are during school holidays.
I would recommend it here for any type of holiday but, as I stated, my reason for going was for my daughter's work experience and I can't stress enough how much the entertainment staff more than fulfilled our expectations. They were wonderful in the time, advice and encouragement they gave.
My thanks go to Mark Brewer, Richard Beare, Rachel, Buzby and all others on the entertainment and management team and the band, who played while she sang and publicly applauded her efforts. My daughter believes she had the best work experience ever!