New Singles Holiday in Torquay Devon

the banks of the river datrFor those of you looking to get away with company, we are running a new solo holiday for single travellers.   This singles holiday is a walking break based at our Toorak Hotel, part of  TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay, on the English Riviera.  Daily walks take in some of the South Devon Coast Path with its spectacular scenery, the walking is definitely social and at a pace to suit all levels of walkers. Continue reading

Recession Beating Wedding at TLH Leisure Resort Torquay

Don’t spend your house deposit on your wedding – we’ll give it to you for FREE!

With no let up in the big squeeze, prospective bride and grooms everywhere will be looking at ways to save money, whilst still having the wedding of their dreams. Sounds too good to be true? Torquay hotel group, TLH Leisure Resort, don’t think so.

They are offering a free wedding reception package, when accommodation is booked at one of their hotels. General Manager of the Carlton Hotel & Spa, Lee Hammett says, “there are lots of cases these days when wedding guests come from far and wide to the couple’s special day. Families are more spread out now so many more wedding guests need accommodation.”

The inclusive wedding package allows the couple to offer a number of bedrooms at a good rate to their guests, on the understanding that if they sell rooms to a minimum of 30 people, almost all of their wedding reception, including the sit-down meal, is absolutely free.

One couple have already taken the Carlton Hotel & Spa up on the offer and are getting married this July. Amy Prottey says, “this is such a lovely way to get married. We’re really looking forward to spending a whole weekend away with friends and family, celebrating this special occasion together. The Carlton Hotel staff have been great helping with the preparations – we just can’t wait for July.”

TLH Leisure Resort hopes the recession beating wedding will be a big hit with couples who may prefer to spend their wedding fund on their honeymoon or maybe a house deposit. As Lee Hammett goes on to add, “it’s a win-win offer – the bridal couple save on their wedding costs and we sell our bedrooms.”

For more details on how you can have your wedding for free, please contact Jocelyn Smith at the Carlton Hotel & Spa, Torquay on 01803 400300 or email

Lisa Ackerley joining South West Trainers Forum

On 12th May I am hosting the first CIEH South West Trainers Forum of 2011 at the Carlton Hotel. These forums are for all CIEH registered trainers and are an ideal opportunity to network with fellow trainers and find out information about CIEH qualifications and other food hygiene or health & safety topics.

As part of the forum I am required to arrange for a speaker to come along to do a presentation on something topical, such as new legislation or other important aspects of hygiene and safety training. On the off chance I contacted Dr Lisa Ackerley, who has worked with the BBC on numerous occasions. You may recognise her from her work with Rogue Restaurants, The Secret Tourist and Watchdog! Anyway, I thought I would send her an
e-mail and see if she would be willing to come down to Torquay and present to the group. Imagine my surprise and delight when she agreed to come along.

So, on Thursday 12th May I will be delighted to welcome Lisa to the Carlton Hotel and I’m really looking forward to her presentation and getting lots of useful advice and information from her! All you CIEH registered trainers out there who haven’t already put your name down for the forum, please e-mail me at to secure your place. It promises to be a really interesting afternoon!!


Dancing in Torquay at the English Riviera Dance Festival

For all lovers of dance, whether you just can’t keep off the dance floor, or you simply enjoy watching the spectacle, the annual English Riviera Dance Festival is a must.

Unless you’ve been living on the moon, you can’t have escaped the ongoing craze for all things dance related. It started with ‘Strictly’ a few years ago, but now we have ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, followed by ‘Dance with the Stars’ and ‘Got to Dance’. Dancing is even extended to the ice rink with ‘Dancing on Ice’. There is seemingly no end to our appetite to watch professionals and amateurs alike get their dancing shoes on.

And where better to indulge your love of dance than in Torquay on the English Riviera? Even a recent well-known insurance company advert made reference to Torquay as a dance holiday destination – it’s where the characters are off to for a dancing break!

So the English Riviera Dance Festival (ERDF), now in its 29th year, is in the very best place!

The great thing about the ERDF is that it is available to everyone. The June extravaganza, organised and hosted by dance impresario Philip Wylie, of Holiday and Dance, has wide-ranging appeal. The invitation to join this unique dance holiday is extended to learners, improving dancers, experienced social dancers, up to medallists or competition dancers and, of course, simply spectators. Ballroom dancing, Latin American and some Sequence are included in the programme. You’ll be able to see dance champions in cabaret, take part in dancing sessions morning, afternoon and evening, join in with learn and improve workshops, or master-classes for the more experienced.

Based at the popular dance venue, the Victoria Hotel in Torquay, the extensive dance programme is given some extra sparkle and glamour with two gala evenings at Torquay Town Hall, plus the added excitement of the Sunday competition session. A full programme of events is available online, or you can call TLH Leisure Resort on 01803 400500.

And if all the dancing gets too much, you can revive your tired tootsies in the luxury Aztec Spa, with a Luxury pedicure – 70 minutes of complete bliss. Or go the whole hog and try an Elemis Complete Spa Ritual for total top-to-toe pampering. As part of TLH Leisure Resort, this luxury spa is right on your doorstep and just perfect for a spot of ‘me-time’.

So dust down your sequins, get those dancing shoes on and come and join the English Riviera Dance Festival at the Victoria Hotel, Torquay between 3 – 10 June 2011.

Management Training from TLH

TLH Leisure Resort,Torquay, are offering a selection of their award winning management development training programmes to outside companies.

TLH won a UK National Training Award in November 2010, hold Investors in People and were the Large Employer of the Year and the Overall Winner in this years’ South Devon Skills Awards.

The courses on offer are:-

Supervisory Skills – Wednesday 11th May 2011

Leadership and Motivation – Wednesday 25th May 2011

Appraisal Skills – Wednesday 8th June 2011

All are full day courses and cost £75, or book all 3 sessions for £200

The trainers will be TLH’s Personnel and Development Manager, Gary Brenton and Training Officer, Jenny Shipton.

To book or for more information contact Gary Brenton on 01803 400132 or email or Jenny Shipton on 01803 400135 or email

Kettlercise is a first at the Aztec Studio

The Aztec Studio  Torquay, was one of the first places to offer the now popular Zumba and it seems they now have another first – Kettlercise.

Those fitness fans amongst you may already know all about kettlebells and how they can be used in a fitness programme, combining cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training.

If you’re new to the concept, a kettlebell is a cast iron weight, resembling a cannonball with a handle. It originated in Russia and has been used by Russian and Eastern European athletes for may years as an excellent all round way to get fit. Its centre of mass is different to that of an ordinary dumbbell and this allows it to be swung in a range of movements, engaging the core muscles and building strength and endurance.

Kettlercise is an exercise class developed by kettlebell expert Guy Noble, of Kettlercise UK, to make the most of using kettlebells. It is an amazingly effective workout consisting of a series of routines to music to cover all the key muscle groups.

Local fitness instructor, Deanie Rogers is a fully qualified Kettlercise Instructor and believes she is one of the first, if not the first, to offer a class of this kind in Torquay. Having tried the class myself I can vouch for its effectiveness. Its not for the faint-hearted, which is why it is important to make sure you go to a properly qualified instructor. You can take things at your own pace though and Deanie keeps a close eye on everyone to ensure they are using the correct techniques.

If you’re bored of aerobics or fancy a class to supplement your gym workouts, then Kettlercise is definitely worth a try – you’ll be hooked before you know it!

Call the Aztec Studio to book. 01803 400190. Classes are currently Friday mornings and Thursday evenings.

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