Torquay has some of the cleanest beaches in the UK – THAT’S OFFICIAL!

The Daily Mail and BBC websites have today reported that Torbay has some of the cleanest beaches in the UK with 4 blue flag awards and another 10 Quality Coast Awards for 2010. 

Another great reason to come to English Riviera. 

Read the articles in full via the links below -:

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Rock Pooling

Learn to paint with Lowrey

That’s Arnold of course and no connection to L S Lowry!!  Arnold recently hosted the first painting holiday to be held at the Toorak Hotel in Torquay in Devon.

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Arnold taking a class

The 3 day break was on the use acrylic paint and the programme featured demos by Arnold Lowrey himself and workshop sessions on some of the finer points of painting with acrylics. There were certainly some very impressive pictures produced by those taking part on the holiday and the feedback was excellent, all having a very good time as well as taking away some new skills that they can use for the future.

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Artists at Work!!

Arnold is a very respected artist and has written several books on acrylic and water colour painting.  To date he has sold 137,000 copies of his books and is well known in many countries, having won top prizes in some major exhibitions. So this holiday was a really a great chance to get some top tips and techniques.

If you have ever thought about a painting holiday, this is a beautiful location, with friendly company, some good food and wine, and a relaxed pace to the course which helps everyone get maximum enjoyment out of their break.

Arnold will be hosting a water colour course at the Toorak hotel Torquay in June and July. See our website for further details of these up and coming holidays.

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One of Arnold's paintings

Torquay comes alive in June

I have just had a look through the guide to events in June in Torquay. I was surprised about how much is going on and it is definitely the month where Torquay comes alive with outdoor events, long warm evenings, it is the ideal time for a short midweek or weekend break in Torquay. 

 The past few years the weather in June has been outstanding and is great for couples and families to get out and about before the high season starts in July. 

Also, you can get some great accommodation offers at TLH Leisure Resort. So have a look at our website for some great last minute special offers and have a look below at what is going on in the Bay. 

5 top things to do in June in Torquay

 The Geopark festival 2010 

The English Riviera was awarded Geopark status in 2007 for its unique geological formation. A whole week of events throughout the half term (29th Mayz – 6th June), ideal for families to see a side of Torquay they may not have experienced before. Great half term accommodation offers at

Occombe Beer Festival

beer Torquay comes alive in JuneNow in its 5th year the Occombe beer festival showcases a range of local ales, ciders and Pimms in the ideal setting of the local organic farm along with live music and food stalls. A great weekend event and just 10 minutes by car or taxi from TLH. Weekend accommodation offers for 2 or 3 nights available at

Pride Torquay 2010

Now in its second year the Torquay pride festival showcases a weekend celebration of events all over Torquay supporting diversity and positive attitudes towards the LGBT community. It will be a party weekend (11th – 13th June) on the English Riviera with a Pink Circus tent on Torre Abbey and many other events. Accommodation offers for this weekend now on our website

 Babbacombe Regatta

 A week-long festival (10th –20th June) takes place on Babbacombe Downs with stunning views across the Bay and the East Devon coastline. Events include live music, crafts, walks, bowls, the Babbacombe Corienthian Sailing Regatta, a charity ball, fish and chip day and the Babbacombe Fayre itself. Accomodation offers now on

Days out with Thomas

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Thomas the Tank Engine

I’m sure we all remember Thomas the Tank engine as a child? Well now is your chance to re-live your childhood and take a ride on Thomas along the South Devon steam railway track. (25th – 27th June) Accommodation offers for 2 or 3 nights weekends available at

This is a month where there is something for everyone in Torquay. Take a look at for more information about any of the above events.

Hope to see you all in June

The Red Sea, Torquay…and Ladies who Lunch

Fun and laughter was high on the agenda when the ‘Riviera Royals’ a Torquay chapter of the Red Hat Society (see their website) hosted the Southwest regional convention. Celebrating its 3rd anniversary 170 ladies of ‘a certain Age’ descended on the Toorak Hotel in Torquay, Devon.

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Quite a sight to behold
The ladies dressed in purple and sporting red hats of all shapes and sizes many “blinged up”, held their day long convention and lunch here in the English Riviera. (The uniform of Red hat and purple attire created a sea of red which flooded the platform at Toquay train station as the ladies disembarked upon arrival in the Bay.)

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“In the Red Hat Society, we throw most ‘rules’ to the wind, but we still remember our manners. When we gather in public, we believe in being courteous to each other and to those around us. After all, we are ladies and members of a group like no other” said a red hat spokeswoman.

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The ladies enjoyed the facilities of TLH Leisure resort, saw a demonstration on ‘how to titivate your hat’ and were entertained by a classical singer, before their presentation of prizes.

A fun and enjoyable day was had by all and their mission statement to encourage pursuit of Fun, Friendship, Freedom, Fulfillment and Fitness… was, well… fulfilled!

Have an event or function (however wacky!!!) and looking for the ideal venue? Then the Toorak hotel, Torquay is just the ticket. Contact us for details on this and other hotels in Torquay, or visit

Pigs might fly! Alberts Bar goes mad for Pig Racing…

…yes I said PIG RACING!
Possibly the funniest thing you have ever seen!!!
Alberts Bar, Belgrave Road, Torquay is playing host to a fab and funny pig racing night on Monday 7 June, 8.30pm, raising money for Rowcroft Hospice.

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Pig Racing pigs

Picture the scene…
…one pool table sized race course and a handful of fluffy pink, battery operated pigs! Yes battery operated pigs, (a little more convenient for racing in Alberts Bar than real ones, and a tad more fragrant and hygienic!). The atmosphere will be crackling with excitement as the starter gun sounds and the pigs trot their way down the track, from the start to the finish line as fast as their furry little legs will carry them.

Prize winning porkers
These little pink, potentially prize-winning piggies are the perfect excuse for a fun night out. You’re guaranteed to squeal with laughter when you experience the energy of our hilariously entertaining host Ady Byng of Byng’s Game Show Road Shows! Those of you who might have caught him previously at the Cider Press on a Wednesday I think will agree it’s certainly going to be a treat and an evening not to be missed.

Place your Bets
Cash and prizes to be won!
You can pre-sponsor a pig for only £2 for the chance to win some big and fantastic prizes (contact Alberts on 01803 400115 for a list of names and to sponsor) or back your favourite pig when you come along on the night and join in the fun and games of the Farm Yard Sprint and The Trotters Trophy! (Bets from only 50p.)

The big question is… who will make a pigs ear, and who will be tickled pink?
We have some great candidates cooked up for you…are Apple Sauce, Piggy Bank or Turbo Trotter your guys/gals or perhaps you prefer the sound of Pretty In Pink, Scratchings or Ground Hog? Whichever name catches your piggy little eyes there’s a corker porker awaiting your backing, come along and experience our Alberts Ascot, it promises to be a very fun evening!

Bowling News Round Up – Terri Kennard

The weeks do rattle round so quickly – it’s time for my next News Round Up on TLH Leisure Resort’ new blog site. This is a simple to use and easy to access site – so get bloggin’

But firstly, please meet our new TLH Bowling Agony Aunt -cunningly disguised as ‘Tell Terri’ I will do my very best to solve your problems or answer any question you may have, about bowling. For any other problems please go to Katie Boyle or Marjorie Proops.

On occasions I am asked varying of questions and told all sorts of stories about bowling or umpiring. The situations that people relate to me range from the bizarre to the down right hilarious. Some people want to know about the rules of play and some people think that I wrote the rules myself and just want to have a good moan.

Some scenarios are printable and some are not, but if you have had an ‘experience’ on the green, or around your club, please do tell, there are others who could do with a good laugh, or it could be some invaluable piece of bowling knowledge that will astound us all. Whatever it is, we would really like to hear from you. So get blogging and lets have some fun.

Banwell Bowls Club

The Banwell tour, lead by Fred Lewis, stayed at the Carlton Hotel and had a great weekend. They played at Belgrave BC and Newton Abbot for their 2 requested games. They were delighted with our arrangements for them and Fred Lewis, their organiser, said of the Carlton.

“We have just spent a most enjoyable week-end at your Hotel. Without exception my members have said that they would be more than happy to visit again. You are to be congratulated on the service and quality of all your staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you for helping to make our Bowling week-end so successful”

That is fine praise, (get it on Trip Advisor) and we thank Fred for his kind comments. We are looking forward to seeing them again in 2011 when they will repeat their tour.

Bracknell BC

It was a pleasure to see, once again, some of our regular bowlers in the shape of Bracknell BC, lead by Roger Medcalf. They travel to TLH with Dunwood’s Travel.

Roger says “We have a boat trip around the bay, been on a steam train ride and still find time to bowl. Torquay is full of things to do on a sunny day and even if you don’t want to venture too far there is always something going on on-site”

Dunwoods Bowling News Round Up – Terri KennardHere are some of the group learning to bowl with some experienced bowlers. They also learned to play Short Mat Bowls and were taught the rudiments of the games by Philomena Keen who is one of our green stewards.

With 2 short mats on the green we can give taster sessions to both disciplines. Of course our outdoor tours are away playing, but if rain stopped that game, the two mats could be rolled up in minutes to accommodate them all on the full arena.

Over the last weekend the Isle of Wight Ladies County Tour and Caer Glow BC came to us. They all enjoyed themselves tremendously. It was a pleasure to work with you all, and we are Dunwoods S Mat Bowling News Round Up – Terri Kennardpleased to say that Caer Glow will be coming back in 2011. County Tours are always a bit different with each President going to a new destination on their annual tour.

What sets TLH above the rest?

TLH has a dedicated bowls Sales and Co-ordinator team. Combined with the expertise of the Hotel Reservations Managers, it’s this close bond with our bowlers, and our bowling knowledge gained from years in the sport, that puts us head and shoulders above the rest. We acknowledge that every tour is unique and we understand that each and every tour has special requirements. We work with you to make sure that your tour is a great experience. We take a lot of the hard work from you, so that you, as a tour organiser, can sit back and enjoy your bowling and your time with us. All we ask you to do is to arrange your teams into rinks when you play.

If you want to talk to me about touring outdoors, or about your bowls holidays, please call me on 01803 400108, blog back to me, or email me at

Its never too late, and we are already being asked about availability for tours in 2012.

Well folks – that’s all for this week

Signing off: Terri Kennard – Looking forward to hearing from you. Get blogging.