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May I Have This Dance?

Strictly Come Dancing at TLH Leisure Resort.

It’s coming up to that time of the year when the country becomes dancing mad and all talk turns to ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ as it returns to the screen this Autumn. We still have a couple of months until the live shows begin but already the gossip and news circulating about the show has erupted. Alesha Dixon has been replaced by Darcy Bussel, a former principle dancer of the Royal Ballet, Karen Hauer a dancer from Valencia has been confirmed as a new professional dancer and that’s not all! Even the Olympics has managed to have an effect, as rumours suggest that the show is not only trying to recruit Beth Tweddle, three times world gymnastics champion but also the cycling star Victoria Pendelton may be swapping her bike for some dancing shoes. It certainly looks like this series is aiming to get everyone involved. Other rumoured stars include, Danni Minogue, Chris Evans and Ronnie ‘O’ Sullivan.

Well you don’t have to be a celebrity to get involved as we can offer you a dance break that rivals Strictly.

It’s time to learn to dance.


The Victoria is hosting a 4 night dance break from Mon – 22/10/2012 to Fri – 26/10/2012, where you will be taught the basics of popular dances including the Foxtrot, Waltz and the fiery Tango – hosted by Pam Peters, who has recently celebrated her 30th English Riviera Dance Festival this year.

The four nights include dinner bed and breakfast, 2 mornings of tuition, dancing and tuition every evening and a wonderful ‘Black and White’ dress night with access to all facilities at TLH Leisure Resort. Whether you have no experience at all or just a little, this dance break is perfect to turn you into the next Brendon Cole or Flavia Cacace

With prices beginning from only £204 why not take a look at our website –www.tlh.co.uk /dancebreak or call us on 01803 400 500 for more information and bookings.


10 Good Reasons to Stay on the English Riviera

The English Riviera is not only renowned for its stunning scenery and award-winning beaches; there are so many fabulous
attractions to choose from in and around the bay. To make your holiday planning easier we have come up with our favourite attractions across the picturesque towns of Torquay, Babbacombe, Paignton and Brixham.  There’s something for everyone to discover around the bay from couples to family holidays.

Kids on the beach

Our top ten English Riviera attractions start in the waterside town of Torquay.

  • A popular Torquay attraction is Living Coast, a world-class aquatic visitor site, focusing on the conservation of coastal and marine life around the globe.
  • Not far from the centre are the prehistoric caves of Kents Cavern.  You can explore one of Britain’s oldest homes in the day or brave the ghost tours in the summer evenings.
  • For sea-lovers there are boat trips across the bay or further afield towards the picturesque town of Dartmouth. Greenway Ferry Pleasure Cruises have regular trips from Torquay to Brixham and day cruises to Agatha Christie’s home Greenway and historic Slapton Sands.
  • A mile from the cosmopolitan harbour side is Cockington, a beautiful 450 acre parkland and woodland. The court has a unique village, a manor house and is home to a variety of craft makers.

There are many more Torquay attractions including Torquay Museum displaying stunning costumes and props from some of the best sci-fi movies and a variety of family entertainment at Princess Theatre.

  • Babbacombe is home to the country’s largest model village. Babbacombe Model Village is a world of miniature marvels set in four acres of award-winning gardens.
  • A short walk away visit Bygones Victorian Museum and discover the Victorian street with various shops, post office and grocers. Offering three floors of nostalgic scenes, there is something for everyone.

Babbacombe and St Marychurch have more to offer with its breathtaking views, award-winning beaches, water sports hire, diving training centre and the 80 year old Cliff Railway.

Paignton is your traditional seaside resort with a great choice of beaches. This fun and friendly town has regular events on the green and amusements on the pier.

  • Paignton Zoo is one of our largest attractions on the bay with thousands of animals and plants to discover and a great day out for all the family.
  • The Dartmouth Steam Railway is a great way to take an authentic railway trip to Kingswear and starts in the town centre.

Other Paignton attractions include Splashdown@Quaywest, the largest water park in the country and popular with families. Paignton Pleasure Cruises also offer boat trips from the quaint Paignton harbour.

Brixham is a busy fishing town with award-winning beaches and stunning coastal walks and with a nature reserve nearby.

  • Berry Head is one of the dramatic sites of the English Riviera’s Global Geopark and offers spectacular views and Napoleonic fort remains.
  • On the port explore the world of Sir Francis Drake in this famous full sized replica of The Golden Hind.

Other Brixham attractions include the haunting Brixham Ghost Walk and Brixham Heritage Museum.  A few miles away discover the famous crime writer Agatha Christie’s home, Greenway part of the National Trust.

Greenway Ferry

Torquay is a fabulous base to discover the delights of the English Riviera and what better than staying in a Torquay hotel.  At TLH Leisure Resort we have got four distinct hotels to choose from to suit all tastes and budgets for your Torquay holiday. Why not come and find out for yourself!

Family Holidays – Overseas or UK in 2012?

Buckets & Spades Welcome!

Until now family holidays have always meant a week in the Med, lots of sun (and sun cream!) but this year with money not going quite as far we decided it might be an idea to have a look at holidaying at home.

Our needs were simple : a hotel with dinner (I am not cooking or cleaning on my holiday!); a pool and activity programme for an active 8 year old; a gym and somewhere to watch whatever sport was being shown; entertainment; lots to do and great weather!

It soon became apparent that a holiday at TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay would give us all of these including maybe the weather – the micro climate of the English Riviera allows palm trees to flourish so surely we would  get a bit of sun!

All those holiday companies like to claim that a holiday starts at the airport – well last year’s holiday started with a 3 hour delay which tested our 8 year old to the limit, followed by a 4 hour flight in a cramped plane trying to persuade him that kicking the seat in front was not the best way to pass the time. The start of this  years break was quite different – no luggage limit (other than hubby’s straining muscles as he lifted my case into the car – and yes I really did need all those shoes for a 4 night break!), a leisurely drive with a stop for lunch (planned for just the moment boredom was setting in!).

Outdoor swimming pool at TLH

Outdoor Pool at TLH

You know that feeling when you first arrive on holiday and you’ve got it right… as we explored our hotel we realised that this time we really had got it right. Two indoor and an outdoor pool meant swimming every day –I even got my time lying on a sunbed by the side of a pool (even if it was by the indoor pool!). A fantastic activity programme, Aztec Active,  which kept us laughing through out the day, an amazing gym and range of fitness classes which meant we didn’t feel too guilty when we tried ice cream with Devon Clotted cream. I have never stayed in a hotel that has it’s own ten pin bowling ally, games arena and soft play area but we certainly enjoyed all of these on this holiday.

Dinner was great with both husband and son enjoying everything on the menu – rather different to the reaction to the octopus starter last year!

Toby Lee Hound

I never realised that UK hotels offered entertainment like the ones abroad but that’s exactly what we got (without the translation into 5 languages!). The theme mascot, Toby Lee Hound, came out every evening and was secretly adored by my 8 year old even though he claimed he was too old to like that sort of thing!

Out and about in Torquay was amazing – we really couldn’t fit everything in. Talk about holiday memories… a day of bush craft with Essential Adventure, an encounter with a dinosaur at Dinosaur World, a game of football with the Captain of Torquay United (although that took place at TLH Leisure Resort believe it or not).

Did it rain? Well yes of course but do you know how much fun you can have on a beach in the rain? Wellies, rain coats, and an empty beach made for a fantastic game of football and the digging the biggest hole (“Dad – how much further until Austraila?!!) added up to some real family laughter!

So what was best – UK or Overseas? We had the best time in Devon, more to talk about than on any previous holiday, more memories to share and a lot more laughter to remember.

Staying at TLH Leisure Resort meant that we had all the benefits of an overseas resort with out the stress that travelling overseas can bring. With a free child place, and dinner included we paid less than a quarter of the money we paid for our holiday last year!

So for us, our family holiday in Torquay was definitely best. Let me know what you think….

TLH Short Mat Festival 2008

TLH Short Mat Festival 3 – 10th October 2008


Once again we have welcomed more than 350 incredibly keen Short Mat bowlers to the TLH Bowling Arena for the Autumn Short Mat Festival.  This was a real celebratory event as this is the 10th year of the festival and bowlers come from far and wide gathered to take part in Singles, Pairs Triples and Fours trophy and plate competitions – a real extravanganza!  After a welcome drink and a hearty dinner the ‘spoons’ competition and roll-ups started, ready for the main event in the morning – with several stalwarts even spending the weekend at TLH ‘practicing’ in the Weekend comp to give them an advantage (?!) in the Mid –week competitions.


We were particularly pleased to see Terry Batt and his crew finally arrive on Friday night as their car had blown up near Telegraph Hill on their way down from South Wales! The TLH minibus was duly despatched to collect them to make sure they wouldn’t lose valuable playing time, and then on Monday we dropped them off again ready for the AA to take them home – but only after they had collected medals and a their cash prize as Runners Up in the Pairs competition! Terry usually brings a much larger group with him but this year 10 of the regulars are playing in the Short Mat International Series in Northern Ireland in November so they couldn’t spare the time to come down to the English Riviera! We wish them luck and hope to see them in March.


So having generally agreed that a ‘Good time was had by all’ and judging by the number of re-bookings for next March as well as October, we can look forward to another great year in the world of Short Mat Bowls at TLH.  See you soon!