Find the Impossible Gift This Christmas at intu Potteries **




We were recently invited to head to intu Potteries located in Stoke-on-Trent to meet up with Santa and see what activities have been arranged at the mall leading up to Christmas. We as a family love heading to intu Potteries as they have always been family oriented and often organise various activities during school term holidays for the kids.  If you are a parent of young kids, you know how difficult shopping can be especially if they are between the ages of 2 and 5. Children often need breaks and some space to ensure they are allowed to have some fun and a quick play (to avoid tantrums and fatigue) before they continue shopping with mum and dad happily.  This festive season, intu Potteries again have come up with a brilliant idea to get kids involved by organising festive-themed activities such as writing a letter to Santa, meeting Santa, taking selfies at the Reindeer Sleigh, and even playing with snow all located on the Middle Mall.

intu Potteries has everything you need under its roof and is a one-stop centre as it offers delicious cafés and restaurants, cinema and big named brand shops to get your loved ones their Christmas gifts.  If you are struggling to get a present, then why not get them an intu Gift Card.  The gift card will allow them to shop at over 70 shops and restaurants and let them get the gift that they really want! Whatmore, if the gift card is purchased in November or December, both parties (the person buying the card and the person receiving it) will receive a film worth £5.49 each (whilst stocks last). How wonderful is that? 

Hope you enjoy reading the blog to find our about the festive activities. As you can see from the photos, we certainly had a fabulous time!


Let it snow
This year intu Potteries have created a festive display on the middle mall for little ones and their families to have a little fun and experience the magic of Christmas.  Kids and those young at heart can have a bit of fun by playing with the magical festive snowfall which takes place every half an hour from 10am to 7pm, everyday until Christmas eve. As you can see above, my little girl totally enjoyed the snow and loved playing with it. It just breaks up the hectic routine of shopping especially if you shop with the little ones and you can take a break while they have a nice place around the display area.


Here comes Santa
If you are heading to the mall on weekends or the week before Christmas, remember to look out for Santa who will be making his rounds and greeting children! This would also be a good opportunity for mums and dads or grandparents and their little ones to take photos with Santa, his elves and join him in ringing his bell.  So make sure your kids have their wish lists ready. Both my kids had a lovely time meeting Santa and telling him that they have been good.


Post your letter to Santa
Why not get your kids to write a letter to Santa and post it in his post box located in the festive display on the middle mall (before Wednesday 19 December) and your kids will receive a reply from Santa as well as a free ‘Santa Stop Here’ sign (whilst stocks last). We were told that intu’s team will fly it off to the North Pole super quick, so Santa’s little helpers can get cracking with the pressies. Our kids were totally excited to meet Santa and they also rote a letter to him and surprise, surprise…in less than a week both of their letters arrived! They were totally excited when they read the letter and have stuck the ‘Santa Stop Here’ sign on their bedroom window.  


Selfie sleigh
If you like us, love to take selfies..then why not take some festive themed selfies in the reindeer sleigh at the festive area outside River Island on the middle mall.  You can use this opportunity to take some fun instagrammable photos to be shared on your social networking sites such as FacebookTwitter or Instagram tagging @intuPotteries to win yourself a £100 intu Gift Card (terms and conditions apply).


Where is intu Potteries?
Quadrant Rd
Tel: 01782 220302


What are their opening hours?

The mall’s opening hours are from :

Mon to Wed – 9am to 7pm
Thu – 9am to 9pm
Fri – 9am to 7pm
Sat – 9am to 6pm
Sun – 10.30am to 4.30pm

Please check intu potteries’ website to check out their exact opening hours as it may differ. Do note that Cineworld and other dining outlets may operate much later.




About intu

intu owns and manages some of the best shopping centres, in some of the strongest locations, in the UK and Spain.  Their UK portfolio is made up of 17 centres, including eight of the top 20, and in Spain, they own three of the country’s top 10 centres.  They are passionate about creating compelling experiences, in centre and online, that make their customers smile and help their retailers flourish. They attract over 400 million customer visits and over 25 million website visits a year offering a multichannel approach that truly supports retail strategies. In 2017, they launched the UK’s first tailor-made promotional services model to help brands as they look to optimise their portfolio or expand their UK coverage. Their strategic focus on prime, high-footfall flagship destinations, combined with the strength and popularity of their brand, means that intu offers enhanced footfall, dwell time and loyalty. This helps our retailers flourish, driving occupancy and income growth. They are committed to their local communities, with their centres supporting over 120,000 jobs (representing about 3 per cent of the total UK retail workforce), and to operating with environmental responsibility. They have already met or exceeded a significant number of our 2020 environmental targets.


Photo Credit: Thank you to intu Potteries / Mark Scott for the photos


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* This is a collaborative post. All opinions are our own.



  1. Alexandra
    November 23, 2018 / 12:20 am

    Great photos – this looks like such a fun time. I would love to attend this with my family 🙂 Perfect way to get into the holiday spirit!

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 23, 2018 / 7:52 am

      Absolutely, shop, take some festive selfies on the sleigh and waiting for the snow, eat, write letter to Santa, shop some more and then end with meeting Santa!

  2. November 23, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    That is so so cool, I would love to shop there! And your photos are awesome, you guys are having so much fun. Love it! Chad

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 25, 2018 / 9:00 am

      Thank you Chad, yes it is a good place to head to. The photos were taken by a professional photographer.

  3. November 23, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    wonderful! It is so festive and it is definitely a great idea for upcoming holidays. I just love Christmas!

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 25, 2018 / 8:58 am

      Yes we do as well and our kids even more

  4. November 23, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    That place looks like a feast for the holiday senses for sure. Did they have a snow machine in there, or was that a filter on your camera? Looks like a blast!

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 25, 2018 / 8:57 am

      That was a snow machine Mike, it comes on every half hour on the selected dates, so it was great as kids just decided to run around and have fun with it

  5. November 23, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    I’m sorry we don’t have Santas to take selfies with in the shopping malls in Slovenia or Croatia. This would be so much fun! I’m glad you enjoyed. 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 25, 2018 / 8:58 am

      Yes you would love it if you had it there too, otherwise please come to Stoke-on-Trent to enjoy this

  6. November 23, 2018 / 11:57 pm

    we make a point to take a picture with Santa every year. you guys look like you had a lot of fun!

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 25, 2018 / 8:56 am

      Yes we did thank you, it was such a fun day out x

  7. November 24, 2018 / 12:44 am

    Looks like you guys had a great time! And love that there are so many different shops and things to do, that selfie sleigh is fabulous!

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 25, 2018 / 8:56 am

      It is, a fabulous idea indeed

  8. November 24, 2018 / 8:21 am

    How festive! Posts like this are really starting to get me in the Christmas mood and I definitely need to find Santa for a selfie!
    C x

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 25, 2018 / 8:56 am

      Yes you need to and there is snow, reindeers and Santa’s helpers (Elfs) here too for the perfect selfie photo

  9. November 24, 2018 / 9:32 am

    Looks like a fun day out with the kids, we are loving that festive days out keep popping up

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 25, 2018 / 8:54 am

      Its great when you can get things done and keep the kids entertained at the same time

  10. November 24, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    What lovely festive pics. Some great events here, love the post a letter to Santa one!

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 25, 2018 / 8:53 am

      Thank you, yes our kids were so excited when they received a letter from Santa saying they were good x

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 25, 2018 / 8:53 am

      Absolutely! And not forgetting some clothes for the festivities too

  11. November 25, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    I love how so many places and shopping centres always make such an effort at this time of year – looks fab

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 25, 2018 / 7:24 pm

      Absolutely and intu Potteries always does make an effort.

  12. November 25, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    Your photo’s are beautiful I really like the effort intu Potteries go to with the decorations. Everything looks rather magical! x

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 26, 2018 / 7:44 am

      Thank you Karen, yes it was a rather magical experience and when you are a kid, that little effort counts

  13. Danielle
    November 26, 2018 / 1:29 am

    How fun is this? Plus your photos are so amazing!! I can’t wait to do something like this with my kids.

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 26, 2018 / 7:42 am

      It was totally fun Danielle!! The photos were taken by a professional photog as well, so we are lucky

  14. November 26, 2018 / 11:28 am

    Aw what a lovely family festive day out. Looks like you had a fab time xx

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 26, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      Yes we did Melanie, thank you for stopping by

  15. November 26, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    Oh this looks like such a fun and festive event! Definitely a great place to head with the family and get into the Christmas spirit!

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 27, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Yes definitely Sarah! Its nice when places like intu organises activities such as this for the whole family

  16. Sam Jeffery
    November 27, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    Oh wow it looks like you guys had such an incredible time!

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 27, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      Yes we did thank you x

  17. Fatima
    November 27, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    I love the intu malls but haven’t been to this one, not sure how far it is from my house but I love the decor and the Christmas vibes

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 27, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      Yes its fantastic, and so far they have received such good response from the people of Stoke-on-Trent

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