I’m getting married in… The Toorak Hotel

Several up Brides-to-be have decided to do just that, having visited the recent 2010 Wedding Fair at the Toorak Hotel, Torquay, Devon. The wedding fair showcased all that the venue has to offer for the big day, demonstrating just what makes the venue one of the top hotels in Devon. Along with its sister hotels the Carlton Hotel & Spa and Victoria Hotel, the Toorak is a licensed venue for wedding ceremonies and also has a range of function rooms to suit all occasions.

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Weddings at the Toorak Hotel, Torquay

One Stop Shop
It really was a one stop shop for the bride planning everything she needs to make her special day everything she hopes it to be. There were companies showing their wares – everything from Bridal wear, Lingerie and men’s hire to room decoration, cakes, stationery, chair covers, photography, cars, dance teachers (for that 1st dance), table decorations, and wedding planner – to name but a few. Live music was provided by Keedie Babb, locally renown opera singer and also by a ladies harmony group.

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Toorak hotel head chef Nick Coombes showcased ‘food ideas for your wedding breakfast’ and taster samples were very popular and well recieved.

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Perfect Partnership
Also supporting the event was Torre Abbey who the Toorak Hotel work very closely with. Torre Abbey is such a unique and picturesque venue at which to hold your wedding ceremony, with the Toorak Hotel ideally situated just opposite ready to host your reception. All in all a perfect partnership!

See further details on our website.

Entertainment at Torquay Leisure Hotels w/c 10th May

For those of you who are heading down to TLH this week, here’s a taste of some of the great entertainment happening at our UK family holiday hotels in Torquay.



3.00pm Quiz time in the Starlight Lounge, followed by
3.30pm Afternoon tea & biscuits


10.30am Kurling in the Starlight Lounge
11.15am Round the clock darts in the Med Bar
2.00pm Snooker tournament in Arena Games
4.00pm Line and Social Dancing with Chris Jackson


10.00am Aqua fun fitness in the Aztec Pool
10.30am Line dancing in Starlight Lounge11.15am Ten-pin bowling in Arena Games
2.00pm Pool tournament in Arena Games
4.00pm Line and social Dancing with Chris Jackson


10.30am Kurling competition in Starlight Lounge
11.15am Killer darts in the Med Bar
1.00pm Top Putt in Arena Games
2.00pm Tea dance in the Starlight Lounge


10.00am Aqua fun fitness in the Aztec Pool
11.30pm Air hockey competition in Starlight Lounge
1.30pm Target bowls in Starlight Lounge
2.00pm Tea dance in the Starlight Lounge



7.45pm Bingo sales in the DERWENT RECEPTION.
Sales close at 8.15pm, eyes down at 8.30pm


9.00pm Live music with our duo STREETWISE
10.00pm Cabaret showtime, our tribute “GET READY FOR MOTOWN” feat Tommy Starr & the Starlites
7.00pm CHRIS JACKSON, in the Riviera Lounge, Carlton Hotel, for all your line dancing fun


9.00pm Music for dancing with our resident DJ KB SOUNDS
10.00pm Cabaret show time with Torquay soprano KEEDIE
7.00pm Line dancing with CHRIS JACKSON in the Riviera Lounge, Carlton Hotel


9.00pm Live music with our duo STREETWISE
10.00pm Cabaret Showtime with The entertainment team also featuring STREETWISE in LET’S DANCE
8.30pm Music for dancing with DENNIS DUMONT in the Riviera lounge the Carlton hotel


9.00pm Music for dancing with our resident DJ KB SOUNDS
10.30pm It’s sing ‘a’ long time with your team & Kevin “Lets have a knees up”
8.30pm KARAOKE TIME in Alberts bar, come over and have a sing song

Is it better to go self catering in Torquay?

With summer fast approaching it’s time to sort out the Summer break and again this year more people will choose to stay in the UK for their family holidays, but if you have never tried a self-catering break before, how do you know if it is for you?

Self-catering in Torquay definitely offers flexibility to families who want to come and go and the Carlton and Victoria apartments at TLH Leisure Resort are rated 4 star in the Enjoy England Holiday Village scheme. They cater from 2-7 people and offer fully equipped and modern kitchens, lounges and on-site facilities to help with this.

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Spacious fully fitted kitchens

For the family on a budget you can get access of TLH’s great leisure and entertainment and have the extra space of a lounge and kitchen and separate bedrooms. Plus cooking for yourselves, you can eat and drink what you like, when you like!

Tips for self catering

  • Go on-line and order your shopping for your break to be delivered to the Apartment on the day you arrive. This will save precious holiday time and money as you can plan your meals and budget so you do not overspend. If you let reception know, we can even unpack it for you if you have not arrived.
  • Take packed lunches on day trips out as this will save money – we can provide these to take out for the day.
  • Do not over pack – just because you are going self catering remember we still provide fully equipped kitchens, bed linen, towels and a lot of home comforts, even ipod docking stations! Check with the hotels in Torquay before you travel.

Is self-catering for me?

Of course there are some downsides to self-catering, it obviously will involve a bit of effort in cooking and washing up and some families prefer to have all this done for them. If so then stick to hotel bedrooms where all your meals are cooked and served to you by our team, this is still by far the favourite option by most of our guests…it’s your holiday, why not let us do the hard work?!

However you can still book in for breakfast and evening meal if you decide you fancy a night off and don’t forget the Aztec Bistro is open every night over the summer.

In conclusion, only you know what suits you and your family best, but what ever you decide TLH has the right package and accommodation to suit all budgets this summer.

Check out our website for the best summer offers on self catering and bargain family holidayswww.tlh.co.uk

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Comfortable lounge-diners

Young Farmers in Torquay

As many of you will have undoubtedly heard we have had one of the best and busiest times a couple of weeks ago with Torquay being filled with roughly 4,000 Young Farmers coming down from all over England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland!

There were a lot of disputes about the Young Farmers coming down this year as they were on their final warning. However, myself and all other members of staff here at TLH have been singing their praises all weekend and still are now. I personally have had one of the best weekends of my life getting to know groups and individuals from Young Farmers; they were on their best behaviour all weekend with only a few harmless pranks on one another throughout the weekend.

As we all know these people love to drink and boy did they drink! They managed to close to other pubs due to lack of alcohol!! Albert’s on the other hand was on the ball as always and managed to keep supplying them with liquor in exchange for their amazing company and awesome atmosphere they supplied us with. 

All in all this weekend has been amazing and the team and myself can’t wait until the next time they come down!

Over the next month at Albert’s bar we will be continuing to bring you all the best live sport available on our 74” projector screen and 3 high quality 32” LCD HDTV’s this combined with our amazing, quality surround system you will think you were actually there! To top things off our happy hour between 5-7 Sunday through to Wednesday (we know it’s two hours but we want to make you really happy) and with our happy evening on Thursday, yes you read that correctly our happy EVENING, will keep you (and your wallets) happy all night! Just don’t blame us for the morning after!

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you all soon.�
Adam and the rest of the Albert’s gang.

Social Dancing with Confidence

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Help is now at hand with new dancing holidays from TLH Leisure Resort, Torquay. The group of 4 hotels, are well known in dancing circles and are offering something a bit different for anyone interested in learning basic Ballroom steps or brush up on their long dormant social dancing skills.

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John & Linda West

New hosts to TLH, former British Over 50′s Dance Champions John and Linda West, will take you through your paces at the Victoria Hotel with a series of  ‘Learn & Improve’ sessions throughout the day and there are social evenings to practice what you’ve learnt. There will also be a demonstration cabaret from the Latin Champion hosts to show you how it’s really done!

So before that next ‘do’ comes along, why not give this a try? The emphasis is firmly on fun and there’s lots else to see and do if your feet start to give up on you.

Call 01803 400500 for more details.