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New Year's Resolutions

“New Year, New Me!”

Yes, it’s that time of year when we all make a New Year resolution that we just know we’re not going to keep!  So why do we do it?  I guess we all hope we can make a better version of ourselves.

With the Old Year going out, and a New Year coming in, it seems like a natural time to make improvements and changes in one’s life. So we asked our Glenton employees what their resolution will be for 2019.  Half the staff resolved to stop making resolutions! (Clearly they don’t believe in making change to improve themselves!)

This year’s top 3 resolutions are:

  • Attend gym
  • Lose weight
  • Be more organised – both a home and at work

Whilst many had general resolutions, our very own Lindsey decided to improve our environment by resolving to “cut down on my use of plastics by making more of a conscious effort when doing my weekly shop to not buy fruit and vegetables that are already pre-packed in single use plastic and also to try and recycle more household waste”.  

Congratulations to Lindsey for her environmentally friendly decision! New Year resolutions may not be for all but it’s definitely a good way to start making changes!

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Terrific Torquay

GLENTON Sales Assistant, Jill Speers has enjoyed twenty-fve GLENTON holidays visiting must see places such as the Isle of Wight, Newquay, Bournemouth, Eastbourne, Llandudno, Liverpool and York...to name but a few! Recently Jill went on our tour to Torquay along with her Mum, Julie – here’s how they got on in divine Devon...

Torquay has to be my favourite UK destination. From the palm trees along the front to the stunning views across the bay – you could be anywhere in world. We stayed at the Victoria Hotel which was lovely – easily one of my favourites of all the GLENTON hotels we have stayed in – which is quite a few over the last nine years! The Victoria is part of a complex of four hotels and guests are welcome to use facilities in any of them. Torquay seafront is a ten minute stroll and the resort land train, as well as several bus services stop right outside the hotel.

We decided to visit a few tourist attractions in and around Torquay. My Mum had been to Torquay as a child and visited Kent’s Cavern, an underground labyrinth of caves, and decided she would  like to return.We took the bus from Torquay town centre up to the caves at the top of the cliff. It was a fascinating tour as our guide took us back 2.5 million years to show us how the caves were formed. We were surrounded by 400 million-year-old rocks and stalagmites of all shapes, sizes and colours. Then we were shown a variety of bones and teeth from Ice Age animals and taken in to the bears den where we got to experience the famous Kent’s Cavern blackout. The guide switched off his torch and any lights in the cave so you were in complete darkness! Although there were a few steep sections to walk through, I would defnitely recommend this attraction. After a bite to eat at the Cavern Café, we headed to Babbacombe model village – a miniature size world of over 400 buildings, shops and famous landmarks. It was wonderful to visit this popular attraction and see how much work has been put in to its creation. From little touches like miniature animals at the zoo and model people sunbathing at the beach to a huge fre breathing dragon in a castle battle scene – a defnite must see for all ages.

Next day the sun was shining so we took a boat trip across the bay to Brixham – a quaint little fshing village full of tourist shops and cafés as well as a charming market right on the seafront packed with stalls selling locally produced food and crafts. We watched the antics of children fishing from the pier as we enjoyed coffee & cake in one of the many harbour cafés. Later it was time to board the ferry back to our superb hotel in Torquay in time for dinner.

Dawlish & Teignmouth

Dawlish is famous for ‘The Brook’ running through the centre of town and we were delighted to catch a glimpse of the black swans on this river which have been the town’s emblem for over 40 years. We wandered around the variety of shops before a quick bite to eat in one of the many pleasant cafés. We moved on to Teignmouth where we were dropped off on the seafront with miles of sandy beaches and promenade so a walk in the warm sunshine was the obvious frst thing to do. The high street was calling next, with lovely Georgian style buildings and a range of typical high street names and tourist shops. We couldn’t leave Teignmouth without a visit to the historic Victorian Pier. Unfortunately part of the pier was closed due to storm damage, but we did have a go in the amusements before joining the coach back to our hotel.

Dartmouth River Cruise

The highlight of our week! We joined the Cardiff Castle boat at Totnes for our ninety minute sail along the River Dart listening to hilarious and informative commentary from our Skipper. We passed several notable sites including Sir Walter Raleigh’s Boat house, the Britannia Royal Naval College and Agatha Christie’s estate. We spotted lots of wildlife including seals and a variety of birds as well as some Navy students doing training exercises. We both thoroughly enjoyed this trip.

Exeter

A city steeped in Roman history, we loved having a wander around looking at the beautiful architecture and seeing the Gothic St Peter’s Cathedral which you can view from various places throughout the heart of this metropolis. It was delightful to experience how the older part of the city with cobbled streets and independent shops has retained Exeter’s history and blends seamlessly with the much more modern high street

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Glenton Holidays has been crowned as the 'BEST BOOKING AGENT 2018' in the Scottish Outdoor Leisure awards

We want to thank everyone that voted for us in the Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards. It has been a pleasure serving all our customer in 2018 and look forward to what 2019 has to bring.

Why Glenton should win...

Here at Glenton we are firmly committed to ensuring our customers have the best holiday experience possible.  We strongly believe we are only as good as our last holiday. Once a week, we scrutinise every tour questionnaire, discuss clients’ suggestions and address any issues raised. We show transparency by featuring holiday ratings from previous guests in our brochure.

Glenton has the perfect getaway for everyone with our range of brands. Customers can choose a traditional coach tour or indulge in a holiday with miles more style aboard a Glenton Select vehicle. Our popular GOOD COMPANIONS hosted holidays are exclusively for mature solo travellers so they can relax or explore in the company of like-minded folk with no annoying single room supplements. We offer a wide-ranging ocean cruise programme and competitively priced air holidays all departing from local ports and airports. We arrange getaways for clubs so friends can travel together.  Add on our popular home pickup service, extensive choice of coach joining points, onboard welcome pack full of goodies and total peace of mind with ABTA and ATOL protection and you can see why Glenton is the tour operator that goes the extra mile so our customers have the time of their lives. We are also particularly proud of our Loyalty Club which has attracted over two thousand members since its launch in January 2017. Customers who join our Loyalty Club for just £25 per year benefit from free holiday insurance on all Glenton holidays both in the UK and abroad, saving them £££s on high street travel policies. They also get 10% off our day trips and receive a regular newsletter with exclusive holiday offers. Glenton also presents the chance to win prizes by entering competitions via our Facebook page. Indeed, we ran a ‘Freebie Friday’ competition throughout the month of July, giving away a wide range of goodies including an eight day continental river cruise.

 

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Recommend a friend

Did you know about Glenton’s popular Recommend a Friend? This fantastic offer rewards you with a £10 holiday voucher for every new customer you recommend who then travels with us. We will also offer a £10 discount on your friends’ frst Glenton holiday – all they have to do is call us on 08000 24 24 24 or pop into our shop and provide your details at the time of booking. So why not tell all your friends about the many benefts of choosing Glenton for a fun-flled, great value getaway? After all, that’s what friends are for!

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People who holiday by coach love to travel but want to bypass the hassle of planning routes, booking hotels and fnding tickets for attractions along with the stress of wrong turns and honking horns as you get lost on unfamiliar roads. Aboard a touring coach there’s no worrying about speed cameras, you don’t have the problem of finding a parking space and you don’t have to shell out for the exorbitant cost of flling your car’s tank. Coach travel is very much in vogue these days and you may well have watched the popular Channel 4 series, Coach Trip and realised this is the life for you. Coaching is a greener, safer, more economic and enjoyable way to travel – especially in times of concerns about fossil fuel usage. A recent nationwide poll by the Coach tourism Association showed that 92% of coach travellers said they will continue to book coach tours whilst 40% of people who have yet to try a coach holiday said they were eager to give it a go.

Coaching presents the opportunity to discover off the beaten track places both in the Uk and abroad that air travellers often miss out on. explore ancient castles, sink your toes into a secluded sandy beach, visit iconic cities, stroll through history in medieval towns, admire the flowers in leafy countryside or be awestruck by glorious cathedrals and natural wonders.
You can even experience several thrilling destinations on one amazing tour. for example, on one of
GLENTON’S continental tours you can pack Venice, Verona and lovely lake Garda into an irresistible getaway.

Coach travel has come a long way since bygone days of bone-rattling buses with no facilities and the dubious pleasure of sharing a room with a stranger! new coaches cost upwards of £250,000 so nowadays, you step aboard a state-ofthe-art vehicle with comfortable seats, generous leg room, climate control and panoramic windows as well as an onboard restroom should nature call. Itineraries are carefully designed to make the most of your holiday time and some coaches like GLENTON and GLENTON PALMER’S Select range feature onboard satellite navigation on screen so you can follow the route and know where you are at any given time. In addition, your vantage point above the hedgerows and other traffc means you have the best view of the passing scenery. GLENTON and GLENTON PALMER even provide an onboard welcome pack with refreshments and travel items to make your journey even more relaxing.

Then there’s the convenience of joining your holiday locally with pickups in locations across Scotland, the north east of england and Yorkshire, saving you both time and money. even better, some of our getaways include a Door to Door* service so your holiday starts from your own home.

Coaches also take you right to your hotel, avoiding the additional expense of taxis from an airport or train station. What’s more, GLENTON and GLENTON PALMER’s buying power mean we pass on great deals so you stay in excellent hotels and visit landmark attractions for a fraction of the price an independent traveller would pay. Hotels are carefully chosen by our products team and range from family-owned seaside ‘home from homes’ to four star properties by well established chains with superb leisure facilities. All in all, coach holidays offer outstanding value for your holiday pound. travelling with like-minded people who bid you a friendly good morning, chat about the day’s events over dinner and soon become friends is another huge tick on the coach holiday checklist. As is knowing everything is taken care of leaving you free to relax and take in the sights.

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