10 Top Winter Activities, Whatever The Weather


Photo courtesy Herald Express
Photo courtesy Herald Express

If you think things go quiet in Torquay in January and February, then think again. Whilst we can’t guarantee the weather, we can suggest plenty of winter activities to keep you occupied during January and February, even if it rains. And since the recent opening of the new Kingskerswell Bypass between Newton Abbot and Torquay, getting around the area is much easier.

Great Entertainment at the Princess Theatre

Brendan cole in a night to remember
Photo courtesy Princess Theatre

If you enjoy the theatre, the Princess Theatre in Torquay has a varied line-up for January & February 2016 including:

  • 17 January – Circus of Horrors – this show stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and is now a West End and world-wide smash hit.
  • 3 February – Irish comedian Ed Byrne
  • 6 February – Legendary Rock n Roll legend Joe Brown
  • 7 February – Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole in “A Night To Remember”
  • 29 February – 5 March – Private Lives starring Tom Chambers

The Princess Theatre is close to Torquay harbour, within easy walking distance (6-8 minutes) of TLH Leisure Resort.

Cockington Court Craft Centre

Cockington Court

If you want to get out and about during your visit to Torquay, the English Riviera and surrounding area has more attractions than any other seaside resort in the UK!

Situated in the picturesque village of Cockington,  Cockington Court Craft Centre is just over a mile away from TLH Leisure Resort. You’ll find everything from glass blowers making richly-coloured giftware to artists creating distinctive sculptures, plus leather goods, ceramics, jewellery and art installations. Open daily (10.00am – 4.00pm until March) with free admission.

Kents Cavern

Kents cavern prehistoric caves
Kents Cavern

One of Europe’s top pre-historic Stone Age caves, Kents Cavern is an extensive labyrinth of spectacular and easily accessible caverns open daily all year. For thousands of years the cave was home to ancient humans, sheltering from extreme weather, making fires, shaping stone tools and hunting wild Ice Age predators. You will be taken back to these ancient times as you walk through the extensive labyrinth of caverns surrounded by spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations. Winter Opening hours are 10.100am – 4.30pm. 


Bygones museum torquay
Victorian Street Museum

Step back in time in this Victorian Museum featuring an exhibition street with period rooms. You’ll also see large Hornby railway layouts, medals and militaria and a World War 1 trench. Enjoy the 40s and 50s shopping arcade and a fascinating collection of memorabilia from P  & O. Open all year Bygones is in St Marychurch, just a couple of miles from TLH and easily accessible by bus or car.

House of Marbles

House of Marbles
Giant marble run

Based on the site of an historic pottery, the House of Marbles is a free attraction based in Bovey Tracey. There are 3 museums and a working glassworks, together with marble runs and an array of quality vintage and traditional toys and games. You can tour the site’s historic trail with museums of glass, games, marbles, and Bovey Pottery as well as listed kilns. Make sure you allow plenty of time for your visit as you can pass away several hours browsing around. Don’t worry, tasty lunches and delicious cream teas in the licensed restaurant will provide the necessary sustenance to keep you going!

Torquay’s Dinosaur World

Dinosaur world
Dinosaur world, Torquay

An exciting indoor exhibition for kids of all ages. At Dinosaur World there’s a host of scaled down and full size models set in realistic scenery with loads of exciting information. Imagine what life was like when these creatures roamed the earth! Walk through the dinosaur trail, practise being a Palaeontologist. Youngsters can sit on Tilly the Triceratops or wrestle with Daisy the ancient Deinosuchus. Winter opening times Tues, Wed, Sat, Sun, and daily during half term 16-21 Feb 2016.

Cathedral City of Exeter

exeter cathedral city
Exeter Cathedral

Exeter is a city full of history and heritage. Attractions include the Gothic St Peter’s Cathedral and the Roman City Wall, or explore under the city streets in Exeter’s Underground Passages. The Royal Albert Memorial Museum will take you on a voyage of discovery from pre-history to present day with exhibitions from all around the world.

Then there’s shopping. The compact city centre offers all of the top high street names including John Lewis and Debenhams, or fascinating boutique shops down the labyrinth of narrow streets just off the main High Street. With plenty of coffee bars and bistros providing adequate resting places!

Plymouth – Britain’s Ocean City

Plymouth Hoe

Slightly further afield but well worth a day out, Plymouth isthe largest port city on the south coast of England. The Royal William Yard is home to the largest collection of Grade 1 Listed naval buildings in Europe and is now a cultural hotspot for bars, restaurants and galleries. Plymouth Ho is the location for the iconic Smeaton’s Tower which became a blueprint for lighthouse construction.

Drake’s Circus is the hub of Plymouth’s shopping area, and provides under-cover access to a wide range of shops and boutiques.

Dartington Cider Press

For a spot of shopping and something a little different visit Dartington Cider Press Centre & Studio. This unique and high-quality retail centre sits on the edge of the Dartington Hall Estate, near Totnes. Browse around the craft centre and glass gallery and pick up some unusual gifts.

Things To Do At TLH Leisure Resort

And finally, if you just want to relax and stay put, you really don’t have to set foot outside the front door of Torquay’s  TLH Leisure Resort. With a full programme of daytime activities, nightly entertainment throughout the year and outstanding indoor leisure facilities there’s something for everyone. In fact, with so much on offer both here at TLH Leisure Resort and out and about around South Devon, one visit just won’t be enough.

Aztec Games - Indoor fun for all the family
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