Cinema, dining and shopping – there’s something for all the family.
With the Easter break fast approaching I was delighted when the intu Potteries team asked if we would like to work together. Showcasing local attractions is something I am really passionate about especially one that has evolved to be so family friendly over the years. With the addition of the The Hive at intu and let’s not forget Cineworld it really is a great place to spend the day as a family. What more could you want – shopping, a cinema trip and a great choice of family friendly restaurants?
What does intu Potteries have to offer?
As a retail outlet intu Potteries is home to over 80 shops, 6 restaurants and a 9 screen cinema. It’s the perfect spot to spend a day with the family during the Easter break or even on a weekend. As it’s mostly indoors you don’t need to worry about the weather and if you visit on a Sunday the parking fee is fixed to £1.50. The shopping centre has seen new shops arrive lately with the addition of The Entertainer – your little ones won’t be disappointed. On the day we visited there was a work station set up offering fun games for little ones to get involved in which George loved. Do check the intu website for any special events that will be happening on the day you plan to visit.
And let’s not forget the cinema – we watched Dumbo, what a great film. As local cinema’s go it is very reasonably priced (£24.80 for a family ticket of 4) and still has that new feel about it too. The cinema also offers reduced prices during the school holidays so do take a look as the prices are as low as £2.50.
When can you visit?
With the exception of some public bank holidays the centre is open from 9am most days however do check the website for the day you are travelling. Some restaurants are also open at 9am with a few opening at midday. I think the flexibility in the restaurant opening hours is great for families. We often head out for brunch or a late lunch rather than eating in the evenings. I don’t know about you but I do find eating out around lunch a little easier, and often the restaurants are quieter.
Where to eat as a family?
The restaurants in The Hive are all fresh and offer something different for families – so much choice for little ones as well as fun elements too like we had at Chiquito’s. We have previously eaten at Pizza Express and Nando’s but on this occasion we thought we’d tried something new. As a family of 3 our food bill came to £38 which didn’t include drinks although I can recommend the Gin! George went for the large children’s menu option which was great value for money at £7.99 – I love that they have a smaller and larger option for little ones. Mr H and I went for Fajitas and a Chimichanga. So tasty. We’ve actually never eaten in this restaurant before but as we enjoy eating Mexican food at home we thought we’d try it. Also, I had heard that you can wear a Sombrero too which definitely made for some fun family photos. We loved the vibe of the restaurant, the service was fast – I mean super fast and the staff were really helpful. The food was great.
And that was our family day out at intu Potteries. Thank you for the team for hosting us, we really enjoyed our visit and would highly recommend this as a fun family friendly spot. Cinema, dining and shopping – Something for everyone. I’d love to know how you found it if you visit over the Easter break, do let me know in the comments.
Looks fab! We will need to try Chiquito.
I’ve never eaten here before but we loved the food and had so much fun with the hats.
We’ve never been up to the Potteries despite it being not too far away – we tend to head over to Telford instead for the shopping centre, restaurants and cinema as the husband’s parents live there, but perhaps we’ll give intu Potteries a try. Looks like you had a really fun day there! I can’t wait to see Dumbo – I loved the cartoon Disney version as a kid!
You haven’t? Actually its so much better than it was with the addition of the HIVE and the market underneath the shops is great too