Zumbathon… “What’s that?!” I hear you say…

People taking part in ZumbathonWe were the first in South Devon to hold Zumba® classes when we opened our Aztec Studio last November! Since then it has caught on at other gyms and Zumba® is fast becoming recognised as the latest Latin dance inspired fun work-out and trust me - it’s a lot of fun!!!

So Zumbathon… I was recently asked to co- host a three hour Zumbathon in aid of the Adoption Awareness charity. The event was held at Torbay Leisure Centre and was hosted by Paul Harrison (Paignton’s legend of fitness classes!). Starting at 2pm on a hot Saturday afternoon we Zumbered through till 5pm. Paul kicked off the event by introducing costumes, props, funky dance moves and of course a splash of comedy! Zumba® instructor Alexandra (based in Totnes) then followed with some impressive belly wiggling! I was the last instructor to host and luckily managed to keep everyone going in the heat. I did some of my favourite tracks which I personally choreographed – mixing up hip hop, salsa, pop and Asian influences.

Zoe, Zumba instructor at Aztec Studio, TorquayThe day was a huge success and managed to raise over £1000!!! Well done and a massive thank you to all who took part and supported me! The event was such a success it is now going to be an annual event - back next year! I hope to see some new faces then!

For more pictures and videos join me at Zumba-Torbay Zoe.

Come along and try a Zumba® class at the Aztec Studio, TLH Leisure Resort, we have some great deals on at the moment!!

Studio Co-ordinator

Calendar Girls at Toorak Hotel

Well known faces were staying at the Toorak Hotel Torquay in July when some of the “Calendar Girls” part of the sell out stage show, used the Toorak Hotel, part of TLH Leisure Resort as their base for the week long production at Torquay’s Princess Theatre

Sue Holderness, (Marlene from Only fools and Horses) and Elizabeth Bennett ( Heartbeat, The Bill) enjoyed the facilities of TLH and particularly commented on the friendliness and hospitality of the staff “which makes doing a long stage tour a bit easier”.

Calendar Girls played to sell out houses all week and was a tremendous success.

The tour continues and it’s worth checking out upcoming venues as it’s a show not to be missed.

Sue is pictured with Toorak Hotel Manager Nigel Beck who commented “ we seem to be a popular choice for those appearing at the Princess Theatre and it was great having Sue and Elizabeth stay for the week. They were certainly our Miss July!”


Great Value Family Holidays in Torquay

TLH For familiesTake one unique leisure resort with a choice of 4 hotels or self-catering apartments; add a huge selection of indoor and outdoor leisure facilities; add daily kids clubs and teenage activities to the mix; top with a variety of evening entertainment to suit all tastes – and what have you got – the perfect recipe for a great family holiday.

TLH Leisure Resort has something to suit the most discerning of families, and with some excellent Summer prices it won’t burn a hole in your pocket. For best value Summer breaks choose either the three night Summer Party Weekends or four night Summer Sunshine midweeks. 

Three nights dinner, bed and breakfast for a family of four staying at the popular 2 star Derwent Hotel will cost around £45o at the height of the season – that’s based on two adults and two kids aged 6-10 sharing a family room for 4 people. There are even greater savings if you can get away in July, and kids under 5 stay free all year round when sharing with Mum & Dad. If you’d rather your teenagers shared their own twin room, then ask about adjacent rooms to your own double or twin – when 2 teens will cost just £25pppn. For best rates and to find out availability call the friendly reservations team on 01803 400 500, or book online.

Family funFor a really great deal there’s a late Summer break before the kids go back to school (30 August - 2 September) when kids under 10 sharing with Mum & Dad will stay absolutely FREE!

Throughout the whole of the Summer there is a packed programme of entertainment available, with up to five venues a night to choose from 23 July onwards, including

From relaxing time out to fun time together, there really is something for everyone at TLH Leisure Resort.

Cameras, Action…..at TLH Leisure Resort

Outdoor swimming poolWe’ve thought about it before, but we finally took the plunge and have gone ahead with a TLH Leisure Resort TV advertising campaign for this summer. On a sunny (thanks goodness!) Tuesday last week, the cameras started rolling and although it was a very long day, it was both an exciting and rewarding one.

Our task was to film a 30 second commercial in a day, which equated to almost 12 hours work! Hard to believe, I know, but it is amazing how much is involved. I had worked on photo shoots and some of our early video filming before, but this was a real eye opener. Starting with how many crew turned up. I now know why those lists of credits go on and on at the end of films – what with the director, assistant director, creative director, sound engineer, lighting, gaffer (I’d always wondered what a gaffer does – they sort out all the electrics and lighting).

The brief to our advertising agency was to come up with an exciting advert to entice families to stay at TLH Leisure Resort for their holiday this summer. Not easy to do in 30 seconds when we have soooo much to offer here! Some things had to give and we finally decided that we should focus on our leisure and entertainment facilities, which the whole family can enjoy.

The actual filming followed a previously agreed storyboard, as closely as possible. This becomes the bible for the day as each shot is set up as planned. This in itself took some time to get right, with painstaking attention to detail. You can see for yourself what went on behind the scenes with our ‘fly on the wall’ video footage. YouTube Preview Image

Finally, the director called, ‘it’s a wrap’ (yes they really do say that!) and by 7.30pm that evening it was all over. Now it was to the editing suite asap for some fine tuning. We’re really pleased with the end result and very soon you will be able to see a version on our website.

Those of you living in the ITV West and ITV Central television areas will get to see the advert for yourselves form 12th July – tell us what you think!

Hotel outdoor pool re-opened after a facelift!

Outdoor swimming poolThis week in Torquay the weather has been beautiful, so it is great news that the outdoor pool at TLH Leisure Resort has now re-opened. Over the Winter the “Changing Rooms” team have been in and given the pool a facelift (and a bit of Botox).

With guest safety high on our list of our priorities, the pool has been updated to comply with new EU swimming pool regulations and work carried out  includes new tiling and new steps in the shallow end. Also the paving around the pool area has been replaced and updated giving the area a new fresh look ready for the Summer season. Make sure you join us for the outdoor BBQ’s, fun days and alfresco nights this summer.

Lets get physical!

In the words of Olivia Newton John “Lets get Physical”…..This year we are launching aqua aerobics for all the family,  4 times a week in the outdoor pool with Zoe and Tanya, so all TLH guests can feel free to over-indulge with the great food knowing they can work it off the next morning. Don’t worry if it all sounds a bit to strenuous, it is going to be fun! We are not talking full on energetic workout, more Mad Lizzie on TV-AM (for those who remember!).

Aqua aerobics by the outdoor pool

Also this Summer the girls will be working out in the new fitness studio with Zumba  classes and Strike (body combat) classes. These sessions are free to TLH guests, no experience necessary, so why not come along and give it a try in the air-conditioned comfort of our Aztec Studio.

Take a look at our website for full entertainment programme details.

Summer Bowls Tours

TLH Leisure Resort is situated in the heart of the English Riviera and is the ideal location to base a summer bowling tour.

Our 4 hotels, the 2* Derwent and Victoria, and the 3* Carlton and Toorak are set about 200 yards from the seafront and beautiful promenade.

Each hotel has its own style and character, from the period elegance of the Victoria Hotel to the bright and lively atmosphere of the Derwent.

The Carlton hotel is known for being warm and friendly, and the Toorak’s attentive service makes you feel very special indeed.

Torquay promenadeBowling on the English Riviera
With 18 greens within a 6 mile radius you don’t have to go far to enjoy the sport of Kings. All the greens are either set in picturesque parks, by the sea or within the grounds of grand old country houses. We really are spoilt in Torbay when it comes to bowling.

You may have read in previous blogs about the cream teas and cakes that are often served to touring sides. Well you can look forward to some really good treatment at our local clubs, who all have bars. It’s nice to socialise with the home team after the game. You can indulge in a glass of wine, why not? You won’t be driving anywhere.

All Inclusive Bowls Tours at TLH
TLH offers an all-inclusive package for tours, which will include accommodation (dinner, bed and breakfast), return transport, local transport and rink fees.
This package is very popular with our touring sides as it alleviates the problems of a strange coach trying to find our bowls greens and saves on a lot of organisation for our tour leaders.
The Coach Company that we use is Abbots Coach Travel. They are a local family owned business who have 49 seater coaches and one of 50 seats.

Abbots CoachesAbbots are fully conversant with all the greens in the area and the TLH bowls team can vouch for the comfort and cleanliness of all their coaches.
Visit their website at: www.abbotcoach.com to see more about the service that they can offer your tour. If you want to take a day trip out, speak to the team at Abbots, they specialise in this sort of package.

Non Inclusive Tours
If you have your own coach for return and local transport, that’s fine, we can still arrange your games and pay your rink fees, it’s no trouble at all.

We work closely with our local fixture secretaries and club captains to ensure that your stay is the very best it can be, not just at TLH but at the host clubs as well.

Bucks FizzBucks Fizz or Wine Reception
As you will have read above that we are very versatile and can usually accommodate most requests especially when it comes to the extra little things that you may want to add to your tour if it is a President’s, County, Centenary or other celebratory occasion.

How about a Bucks Fizz Reception on one of our sunny patio’s?

So – if you are thinking about a summer tour, let TLH Leisure Resort in the heart the English Riviera, be the destination for your group. It’s the place to be for bowling. Just give me a call on 01803 400108, I’m here to help you

That’s all folks

Bowling Sales Executive
Starting to tan nicely in all this sun