Latest Bowling News from TLH Leisure Resort – the South West’s Number 1 bowling venue

Hi – Terri here – Bowling Sales Executive with my regular Blog on what is happening at TLH, our bowls holidays and what is happening to me! I love this strange sport that we play and it never fails to give me a laugh. If you have read any of my other blogs, you’ll understand. Please feel free to blog back to me – I would welcome your feedback.

England President brings her annual tour to TLH

Irene Godfrey the EIBA Ladies President brought her tour to the Carlton Hotel in March. Irene says ‘It was a lovely tour and I couldn’t have been treated better. Everyone worked so hard to ensure that it was a huge success, and it was’

Pictured below is Irene with her tourists during a visit to the Babbacombe Model Village, whose owner Simon Wills made a £150 donation to Irene’s chosen charity – the Simon Paul Foundation who supply equipment to assist disabled people to lead a normal life.

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Irene Godfrey & her tour at Babbacombe Model Village

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Irene Godfrey practising at Babbacombe Model Village

Why don’t you bring a tour to Torquay in Devon  – our indoor arena is second to none, and there are some excellent outdoor greens in and around Torbay. For further information on touring call me Terri Kennard on 01803 400108


This mixed competition was my brainchild. It was designed to compliment the amalgamation of the two indoor associations as well as compliment the other two National Top Club competitions that TLH sponsors.

Consultations with the EIBA started in 2008, and the competition was introduced into the 2009/10 National Bowling Calendar. 102 teams entered and TLH hosted the finals, which saw the last 8 play in a straight knockout to the winners.

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Swale celebrating their Top Club victory

Torquay United IBC were runners up – that’s me on the extreme right!

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Torquay United - Top Club runners up

Easter Bowls Festival

The Easter Festival is a great little tournament. It’s competitive, but it is very enjoyable. I was delighted to see that Wiltshire Youth had entered 3 teams – these youngsters are coached at Westlecot IBC in Swindon and they are a credit to their coach. Their behaviour and etiquette on the green is exemplary.

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Me (on the right) with the young Wiltshire bowlers.

Coming up soon: News on the Toorak Pairs results, Short Mat Festival and our Special Disabled Bowling Weekend.

That’s all for now folks

Terri Kennard

Please feel free to blog back to me – I would welcome your comments.
For more information on this competition or any bowls holidays at TLH, give me a call on 01803 400108

Zumba® Weekend in Torquay

Zumba® break hits TLH!  Why not come along and join in the brand new Latin dance fitness sensation. Yes, that’s right here at the 3 star Carlton Hotel in Torquay, part of TLH Leisure Resort, we are holding our own Zumba® weekend! This will include classes with our own in-house Zumba® qualified instructors as well as instructors around the South West. Also a last night Zumba® party with drinks reception, buffet and of course playing out all those Zumba® classics to get up and do your thing!

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Zoe showing some Zumba moves

This weekend includes two nights dinner, bed and breakfast staying at the Carlton hotel. The weekend is designed for everyone from beginners up to experienced Zumba® people. The weekend also includes access to the full TLH facilities, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools and the fabulous Aztec Spa. A fantastic addition to your holidays in Devon!

Fancy some fun? Then come along for a fun filled party weekend on Friday 25th June 2010.  Places are selling fast so don’t miss out – call us now on 01803 400500.

Look forward to seeing you there – Zoe! (PS Why not join my Facebook Zumba Page)
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Get more from your business trip to Torquay in Devon

Get more from your business accommodation in Torquay in Devon - don’t sell out to the budget hotels!!

You can do better and so you should, For the same money as the budget hotels you can actually get more for your money and a better experience, so here’s the deal……..

The 3 star Toorak Hotel,   part at TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay offers you service, yes we treat you like an individual and we do remember you if you come back!

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You will see smiling faces from the staff that are happy they work for us!

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You get a nice room and a big breakfast if that’s what you want but plenty of choice for those healthy options!

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You don’t have to eat out – if you want decent food as you can have a real treat inhouse!

You can use our Aztec Gym free of charge or our 25m indoor pool

And yes …. we have a pub,  so if you like the football you don’t have to watch the Champions League or World Cup on your own in the bedroom – come and join us and enjoy the action in our onsite pub

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Oh yes and of course we have Wifi, early calls, early breakfast and fast check out to get you on your way

You really can enjoy your business stay away with us – so if you need a business, corporate hotel in Torquay Devon give us a call on 01803 400500. Rooms from only £49.00 per night including breakfast


Easter on the English Riviera

TLH Leisure Resort, set in sunny Torquay, offers a bigger and better choice of breaks than ever before!

Set in the heart of Torquay, this family-owned hotel and leisure complex offers a choice of 2 and 3 star hotel accommodation and self-catering apartments combined with an excellent range of indoor leisure facilities.

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And with the Easter holidays looming on the horizon, there’s so much going on at TLH, it’s a great place to get away for the family holidays.

Something for Mum and Dad

The Aztec Club has luxury indoor pools, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and a fully equipped gym. The Aztec Spa offers therapies from spa specialists Elemis – so Mum can get some of the holiday pampering she deserves with a relaxing spa break

Something for the children

Arena Games offers 10,000 square feet of fun and games with snooker, pool, and 10 pin bowling as well as the ‘techno’ Top Putt and a Wii Fit – and the large TVscreen in Albert’s Bar ensures no-one misses any football!

Zoe and the Entertainment Team run daily kids clubs – the Toby Club for 3-10’s is a great favourite and TeenZone 10+ provides teenagers with an escape from Mum & Dad.

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Unwind and relax in the evenings

With nightly entertainment and dancing on offer, and special family entertainment in the Starlight Lounge, you’ll never be lost for something to do.

What’s happening in Torquay this Easter

Attractions in the surrounding area are numerous with the penguins at Living Coasts, pre-historic Kents Cavern which is part of the newly acclaimed Geopark and Agatha Christie’s home Greenway. But there are also some events just for Easter that are sure to entertain the family, here are a fewof those events:

Occombe Farm – 11th April

Enjoy “Easter Treats” at Occombe Farm on the 11th April where you can make a delicious chocolate nest filled with yummy Easter eggs.

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The Laughter Party

Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 16th February to 28th April inclusive
A brilliant night out at the Babbacombe Theatre is not to be missed with a superb new show for 2010.

“We have fabulous lighting, great music, stunning costumes with feathers masks and… loads to make you laugh out loud!”

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Check out The Laughter Party when you’re in Torquay this Easter.

Easter Hockey Festival – mid-April

Nearby Teignmouth and Dawlish will be hosting an Easter hockey festival, which will also be on in Torbay. If you’re a sports fan be sure to check it out.

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Torbay Hockey Festival

Paignton Zoo

An absolute must at any time of the year is a visit to Paignton Zoo to see Tonda the baby giraffe who was born in February.

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If you have never been to Paignton Zoo before you will be able to see Tigers, Elephants, Rhinocerous, Camels, Lions, Orang Utan amongst others. The Zoo at Paignton offers a fantastic day out for all the family.

Torquay really is the place for the perfect bargain family holiday.

There are some great accommodation bargains to be had this Easter, so don’t miss out – call the TLH Team on 01803 400500 – ask about discounts for local attractions too!

We’re serious about your food safety.

What do you get if you mix 2 head chefs, 2 sous chefs, a chef de partie, a second chef and a restaurant manager together with a food hygiene qualified trainer? The Level 3 Award in Supervising Food Safety in Catering, that’s what!

We take training very seriously here at TLH Leisure Resort to make sure we provide the very best levels of service for our guests both “on-stage” and “off-stage”. To this end in January seven members of our kitchen and restaurant management teams attended this 3-day course, which is a Chartered Institute of Environmental Health course for all managers within food handling areas. It covers everything they need to know about supervising food safety in their departments, thus ensuring that everyone takes all the practical measures involved in keeping food safe to eat and wholesome through all stages of handling.

I ran this course in-house and as it was the first time I had run it myself I was a little bit nervous. Well I shouldn’t have been! All 7 of the team were fantastic through the course and participated well and got involved. The culmination was to sit a 2-hour 60-question exam. If they scored 40 – 50 out of 60 they would get a pass and if they scored 51 or more they would get a merit. How would they do??

Well, the exam papers were sent away for marking on the 22 January and since then I, and them, have been nervously awaiting the results. Today the certificates came in and I am so pleased to be able to announce that they all achieved a merit grade! This is fantastic news, so a huge well done to Darryl Patrick (Restaurant Manager at the Carlton Hotel), Will Harborne (Sous Chef at the Toorak Hotel), Rob Hockridge (Junior Sous Chef at the Toorak Hotel), Andy Johnston (Head Chef at the Derwent Hotel), Dave Clifford (Head Chef at the Victoria Hotel) Patrick Stuchbury (Senior Chef de Partie at the Carlton Hotel) and John Kelly (Second Chef at the Victoria Hotel). I suppose now I will have to get you all the bottle of wine I promised!! The picture shows them all proudly showing off their certificates!

If you are interested in a career here at TLH Leisure Resort then take a look at our website to see the latest job vacancies on-line, or give us a call on 01803 400132.

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Well done to the team for their achievement!

Murder on the English Riviera

The scene is set for a delightfully devious celebration of crime and thriller writing on the English Riviera, as some of the country’s most scheming criminal minds descend on South Devon’s beautiful bay. Over four days the festival will host talks from eminent authors, murder mystery plays and crime writing workshops, in the birthplace of the greatest selling crime writer of all time, Dame Agatha Christie.

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This year’s “Sleuths! English Riviera Festival of Crime and Thriller Writing ” takes place 20 – 24 April with a full programme of events guraranteed to tantalise and tease.

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One of the highlights of the week takes place on the Wednesday evening when amateur sleuths will love unravelling the Murder in the Abbey. This murder mystery event begins with welcome drinks and an eerie tour of historic Torre Abbey where a crime is sure to be committed. It’s then over to the nearby Toorak Hotel for dinner in the company of Murder Made to Measure when your team can attempt to finger the fugitive and solve the crime. Whodunnit? Will you be the one to unravel the dastardly plot!

This event in the Torquay calendar is not to be missed at just £35 per person. Call 01803 400400 to reserve your place on the investigation team and enjoy another excellent addition to our holidays in Devon.