An alternative to a Butlins Big Weekend – Weekend with Friends at Potters Resort

For the last four years, the ladies in my family have been going to a Butlins Big weekend as a group to get away from it all. The problem is that we have started to get a bit bored. Whilst the evening entertainment is still lots of fun we find that during the day the place is deserted with nothing to do if you are not curled up in bed with a hangover. Now I understand that most of the people who go to these things more than likely are curled up in bed with a hangover but what about those of us who aren’t?  With this problem in mind, I made it my mission to find an alternative weekend away and seen as we love visiting Potters Resort as a family I thought it was about time we went to test out one of their Weekend with Friends breaks.


A few weeks ago I headed off to Great Yarmouth to the Potters Resort with Alice from LifeAsAlice to find out exactly what happens at a Potters Resort Weekend with Friends break. We were booked in on a two nights drinks inclusive break which meant that all drinks (apart from cocktails) were free from 6pm until the bars closed. Now when we have been to Potters Resort as a family I have always been impressed with the food and this break was no exception. We were once again treated to four meals a day all included in the price. From all you can eat carvery to a la carte table service the food was amazing and I definitely piled on a few pounds. Dinner was served with your choice of wine and was a great way to start the evening.

The evening entertainment varied each night with a theatre style production on the first evening followed by dancing and live singers before a DJ took us through to the small hours of the morning. The second evening was more of cabaret type show followed by a Take That tribute act. We headed into the other bar at this point where we found a great duo who were performing some brilliant music which got us up on our feet and dancing the night away. There was also bingo available earlier in the evening if you were so inclined. I was gutted as I was one number away from winning over £1000 but that is life.

The day times were anything but boring we tried our hands at Air Rifle shooting, Archery, indoor curling, racing pigs and a handful of quizzes. We didn’t even get a chance to do the other available activities such as Segway, Go Karting, giant swing, Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting or the climbing wall.

If you are the less adventurous type there were a variety of dance classes to try and lots of placed to just chill out with a paper and a cup of coffee. We didn’t even venture into the swimming pool where you could also find a sauna, steam room and a gym but instead took a lovely walk across the golf course to the beach area to help blow away the cobwebs (and remnants of a hangover).  Potters Resort had a great mix of people and just looking from one side of the dining hall to another we spotted a variety of groups there for a celebration and these included a large family group celebrating a 90th birthday and groups celebrating hen and stag parties. It didn’t matter what age you were or why you were at Potters Resorts the Weekend with Friends had something for everyone and although it felt a bit like stepping into a real-life version of Dirty Dancing we loved every single minute of it and I really can not recommend it enough.

A typical 2 night Weekend with Friends starts at £219 and a drinks inclusive 2 night Weekend with Friends starts at £289. Find out more by visiting

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