Skydiving Staff

On Saturday 6th November, a group of TLH staff are getting together to raise money for Rowcroft Hospice (Reg. 282723). Rowcroft Hospice, the Torbay and South Devon Hospice, believes that everyone facing a life-limiting illness should have access to the highest quality care, tailored to their needs and aimed at giving the best possible quality of life. Rowcroft’s specialist services include Hospice at Home, community team, lymphoedema clinic and in-patient ward. Care is provided at the hospice and wherever it is required in the wider community; in residential and nursing homes; community hospitals; in people’s homes; even in local prisons. At Rowcroft a patient’s mental, social, psychological and emotional needs are considered, alongside the traditional medical approaches we use to treat the physical effects of their illness. They also strive to meet the needs of their loved ones. Every year they care for over 1000 people, relying on donations to do so.

TLH Staff sky divingWe are going to be doing a sponsored skydive at Dunkerswell Airfield near Honiton in Devon where we will freefall for up to 2 miles before the parachute opens for our glide to land. We are hoping to raise a minimum of £2000 for the charity so any support that you can give is greatly appreciated.   Taking part in the jump will be myself, Darryl Patrick (Restaurant Manager at the Carlton Hotel), Steph Brooke (Assistant Manager at the Derwent Hotel), Ryan Rogers (Head Chef at the Aztec Bistro) and Adam West (Albert’s Bar). If you would like to come along on the day to support us that would be great!
Please go to to see our fundraising page and sponsor us online.   Thank you for your support.   Jenny Shipton

Torquay becomes part of new South West marine conservation area.

English Riviera GeoparkIt’s official – Torbay and Lyme Bay have become a new marine conservation area created off the Devon coast.  Torbay,  or the English Riviera,  made up of Paignton, Brixham and Torquay in Devon, becomes an even more special place to visit this Autumn, having become one of  four new marine conservation areas created off the South West coast to protect the sea’s environment. Apart from Torbay, they are Prawle Point to Plymouth Sound, Eddystone and Lizard Point, and Land’s End and Cape Bank.

The sites will protect habitats including reefs, sea caves and sandbanks where marine life thrives. Newly protected areas will include sand banks that act as nursery ground for many commercial fish species, also supporting sand eels. These in turn are a food source for seabirds and mammals such as seals. This move comes about to help the seas recover.

Torbay was awarded GeoPark (Geological Park) status in 2007 and is one of only seven GeoParks in the United Kingdom. There are only fifty-three GeoParks worldwide. Parts of the coastline and cliffs date back over 375 million years and these are looked after by the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. 

View from Babbacombe Downs

Thatcher Rock, Hope’s Nose and Meadfoot areas of Torquay are made up of Devonian limestone and just along the coast the Babbacombe and Oddicombe cliffs date back some 300 million years. In Paignton, Roundham Head and Hollicombe Head are great examples where the exposed cliffs and rocks can be easily seen. The Goodrington part of the coast dates back over 280 million years and just along from Goodrington Sands is the Saltern Cove Local Nature Reserve.

There is so much to discover around the South Devon coast and Autumn is a perfect time to be getting close to the natural beauty that the area has to offer.  Take a look at the You Tube video clip below and you’ll see that this really is a special place to experience. The Toorak Hotel in Torquay part of TLH Leisure Resort is a perfect base for an Autumn break – see our website for special offers.

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New member joins the Entertainment Team

Hi guys,

New team member, Wendy

Just popping in to update you on some fabulous news about the team here at TLH Leisure Resort – we have a new team member, Wendy Reynolds who hales from the Wirral in Chester, near Liverpool. Wendy joins us as a dancer to take the place of Gemma.

She has many years experience in this type of business having been working for many years with companies such as Haven Holidays, Warner Holidays, Park Dean Park Resorts and many many more. Wendy is a fab dancer and you will see her in our TLH team shows very very soon, as we are busily rehearsing her into them. She is an excellent presenter too and has been an entertainment manager herself for many years, but has decided to get back on the stage to perform rather organising others…. that’s still my job! It’s really nice to have some new blood on the team and the rest of the guys are very keen and excited to both work and learn from Wendy and vice versa. So welcome to the team, Wendy bird!

Well that’s it from me for now; Summer is nearly over –  just another week left and then it’s back to normal, and I guess I had better start rehearsals for our new Christmas show……got any ideas???????

Byeee Z xx

PS: Don’t forget to get in touch with us and let us know what you thought of our new show.

TLH Entertainments Team bring Broadway to Torquay with their show’s premier

Hi guys!

Well what a cracking Summer, the weather was gorgeous for the early part, our guests are fab and it’s great to see our Summer regulars back again: Emily C & parents, Zinger, Acid David, Andrew & Ria and of course Shrek and Donkey & kids!

Well we premiered our new show this year ‘Big on Broadway’ and what a fab show it is, I couldn’t have asked any more of my talented team with every single one of them singing and dancing. We finished to raptuous applause and a standing ovation.

Zoe B and I came up with the idea in the Spring and it was a good 2 months in the planning by the time we’d got together the music, choreography and costumes… people are already asking how I am going to top it next year. (I think I had better start my show writing now!) However, the next production, already in progress will be the Xmas one “Arrrrgh!!!” and it’s only August!

Well we hope you have a great Summer everyone and hope to see you all again soon.

…oh  and we have some changes happening in the team too, we welcome back Karma and also Wendy. Watch this space.

Bye for now

We Love Elemis

Elemis Spa TreatmentsHere at Aztec Spa in Torquay we have just had a meeting with the Sales Team at Elemis who came down to show the Aztec Spa Team and me the new and exciting products and treatments they will be launching over the next 12 months. We cannot say too much, but the word WOW springs to mind.

After the meeting sat around talking and the team said how great Elemis is and how excited we are about the brand. I have never seen a team of therapists so thrilled about new products and they are 100% behind these outstanding products. The new Christmas gift boxes and retail products are great value – more about them when they are launched in September.

It’s all in the science!

Elemis is a British skincare brand that is very exclusive and the only one that is scientifically proven to work. If you don’t believe me, then next time you are watching adverts for beauty products that make claims like ” 97% of people agreed” look for the small print which will probably say something like “tested on 100 women.” Who are these women? How scientific can someone’s personal opinion be.

On the other hand, before any Elemis product goes on sale or is used in treatments it goes through rigorous scientific testing in a laboratory, so when Elemis make claims like ” Improves skin elasticity by 47%” This is a scientific fact, not an opinion.

Aztec Spa in Torquay is proud to be associated with Elemis and we believe it is the best skincare brand on the market. Don’t accept cheaper alternatives; treat yourself to the real thing. Aztec Spa is open everyday from 9am till late. Check out our website for the latest offers, spa breaks and a full treatment programme, or to book call 01803 400190.

Red Arrows and Fireworks in Torquay next week!!!

The Red Arrows

Yes, we’ll all be looking skywards next week for two real treats that have become an annual event and part of the annual Torbay week. This coincides with Torbay Royal Regatta, a fixture on the English Riviera social calendar for nearly two centuries

On Monday 23 August we have the spectacular firework display and on Wednesday 25 August at 6.00pm we have the awesome display by the RAF Red Arrows who never fail to impress, amaze, thrill and lots of other adjectives as well!! If you’ve seen them before I know you’ll agree and I’m sure, like me, you still want to see them again and again. You also get a second chance to see the Red Arrows on Friday 27 August as part of the Dartmouth Royal Regatta just along the coast. Seeing the Hawks flying in formation above the River Dart, you can be looking down on the planes as they pass up the valley – quite an incredible sight.

So, if you still have not decided where you are going to take the family for a Summer break, head west to Torquay in Devon to the Toorak Hotel part of TLH Leisure Resort as we have lots to offer. A range of family accommodation and an array of leisure facilities, children’s programmes for all ages, a choice of nightly entertainment and lots more besides have a look at our website at And we’ve got some great last minute special offers in August with Kids under 10 staying FREE from 30 August – 2 September. Put the kids out of their misery and take them away for a break, you’ll enjoy it too!!