Gillian Thornton

Freelance writer / photographer / copywriter

Trained as bilingual PA at Institut Francais, London. Freelance journalist since 1980; majored in travel since 1998. Specialise in France and UK but also cover wider Europe and occasional long haul. Writing regularly for five weekly women’s mags, various UK Francophile mags, and two cross-Channel ferry customer mags, plus Tourism translations French to English and brochure copy in English. Winner of Best Art & Culture Feature at the French Travel Media Awards 2018. Love walking holidays and the outdoors, but also city breaks, river and ocean cruising, and heritage visits. Every destination presents something worth writing about!

Travel Categories: Cruising, History, Literary Travel, Over-50s Travel, Walking, Hiking & Trekking

Regions: England, France, Italy, Mediterranean

Recent articles

Watching the social media posts pile up from this year’s wonderful BGTW AGM in Charleston, I have to admit to a twinge of regret. I should have been there with them, but this year, I’m here at home instead of … ..more
Despite being just 19 minutes by train from London-St Pancras, the buzzing market town of St Albans is one of southeast England’s best kept secrets, writes Gillian Thornton. It was certainly a revelation to the group of BGTW members who … ..more
It was a welcome return in August to Greenwich for our Summer Party which this year took place in the spacious surroundings of the Stockwell Street Gallery, temporary home to the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition (TPOTY), writes Gillian … ..more
BGTW stalwart Gillian Thornton recounts a close encounter with a bore that’s anything but………. Snatches of Tony Bennett wafted through my brain as I dropped my trusty trainers over the balcony into the random heap below. Tony left his heart … ..more
Gillian Thornton reports on a Guild tour of Blenheim Palace:  As thank you presents go, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire ranks up there with the very best. A gift to military commander John Churchill by a grateful Queen Anne, this 18th … ..more
Traditional horsepower is alive and well at Wimpole Home Farm. Gillian Thornton takes the reins for a day. ‘Now who’d like to be first with the hoofpick?’ Head Horseperson Emma looks at her four cadets for volunteers. We all hold back, not wanting to … ..more
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