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(and 50p for children) you can participate at a nationally important archeological dig in Colchester. Open 10am-4pm at Tarmac's Field, Maldon Rd, Stanway, Colchester on Bank Holiday Monday, only. Call 01206 541051 for more information.

pounds 84

per person, you can take a two-night break in a three-star French chateau overlooking the Seine. This price is based on Sept/Oct departures and includes return channel crossing, accommodation, and tickets to Monet's water gardens in nearby Giverny. Call Leisure Direction on 0181-324 4041.


you can get on your bike and cycle the Peak District. The cycle routes in the national park range from five to 47 miles, and the cost covers bike hire, repair kit, map, insurance, three nights' country house accommodation and all meals. The offer is based on a three-night minimum stay, and is available from 26 Oct. Call Countrywide on 0161-446 2226.

pounds 259

per person, you can spend two nights at a three-star hotel in Berlin, flying on British Regional Airlines direct from Manchester. Prices includes B&B and transfers. Call Crystal Cities on 0181-241 5040.

pounds 310

an entire family of four can spend two nights in luxury accommodation at Woodlands Park in Surrey, 45 minutes from London. This price includes B&B, plus entry to two from Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park or Legoland. Call Woodlands Park on 01372 843933.

pounds 458

several million gallons of beer can be yours with a two-night break during Munich's Oktoberfest. The price is per person and includes return scheduled flight, accommodation and breakfast. The festival starts on 20 Sept and runs for two weeks. For further details call Cresta Holidays on 0161-927 7000.

pounds 490

per person, two people can get the cheapest possible skiing holiday in Club Med's 1997/8 brochure, including a special two-for-one flight offer only available on certain dates. This price is all-inclusive. Call Club Med on 0171-225 1066.

pounds 529

you can fly return to the Western Australian city of Perth if you depart between now and October, and return between 1 and 21 November. For this, and for flights to other Australian cities, call Austravel on 0171-734 7755.

pounds 593

per person, two people can spend a week in a luxury beach-side hotel in hot Abu Dhabi. Facilities include seven restaurants, a choice of water sports and a health spa with giant aquamedic fitness pool. Offer available to end of September. Call Elite Vacations on 0181-864 4431.

pounds 661

you can spend a week in the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean. The local carnival "Pirates Week" takes place on Grand Cayman from 24 October to 2 November and Kuoni has one week breaks available then at this price. Call 01306 742222.

pounds 665

you can paint the Tuscan hills red with this seven-night water-colour painting holiday. Guests are encouraged to treat the farmhouse and swimming pool as home, drawing inspiration from surrounding olive groves. Local excursions and tuition are also included alongside food and accommodation. Departures are 20 and 27 Sept. Call Simply Tuscany on 0181-995 8277.


You can watch whales, sea otters and 200 foot ice glaciers on a nine- night fly-cruise of Alaska. The cruise takes in the Glacier Bay and islands between Seward in Alaska and Vancouver, with a helicopter view of the Juneau Icefield and a stroll on a glacier. This price includes return air fares, accommodation, meals, transfers and tax. Call 0171-800 2468.