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pounds 57

per person, you can spend three nights in a French castle in Normandy. This price is based on four sharing a studio in the converted Chateau de Pretreville and includes channel crossing for car and accommodation. For more information call EuroVillages on 01606 734400.

pounds 120

those still squealing with pig mania can relive the Tamworth pig drama with a two-day break along Malmesbury's Trotter Trail. The route starts at the abattoir where the little porkers escaped the chop, before moving on to the attractive old town with Norman abbey, and Whole Hog pub - serving Pigswill bitter. The price includes hotel accommodation with full English breakfast (local Wiltshire bacon and sausages), and entrance to the Westonbirt Arboretum. Call Compass Holidays on 01242 250642.

pounds 215

you can enjoy a stress free week's camping with the kids on the west Wales coast. Twelve ft fully equipped tents are provided, and to occupy both parents and children are activities such as land yachting, wave skiing, abseiling, canoeing, windsurfing, climbing. The price per person includes full board accommodation and all activities. Details from Acorn Activities on 01432 830083.

pounds 328

departing on 13 March, you can take a short break in the heart of Provence. The price is based two sharing a room in the Auberge de L'Orangerie, an 18th-century logis four miles south of Orange. This family run auberge is noted for its excellent regional cuisine, and the deal includes three nights half-board accommodation, return flights and car hire. Call Inntravel for more information on 01653 628826.

pounds 440

you can spend a salivatingly delicious Saturday and Sunday expanding your cooking knowledge and gorging on the resulting dishes with the "gastronomic foodie weekend". Washed down with some lovely bubbly at the tutored Champagne- tasting session, this weekend at the five-star Royal Garden Hotel includes two nights' accommodation with a full English breakfast, the seven-course Friday evening meal, culinary clinic, and champagne tasting. Contact the Royal Garden Hotel on 0171 937 8000.

pounds 450

the fearless among you can spend a day in accelerated freefall with an intensive course from Acorn Activities. Accompanied by two instructors participants will learn in just one day - the only place in the country where this is possible - to throw themselves out of a plane at 12,000 ft. Call Acorn Activities on 01432 830083.

pounds 927

flower enthusiasts can explore the hidden corners of northern Cyprus on a 15-day Wild Flowers Tour departing on 15 April. Guided by Dr Deryck Viney, author of "Flora of North Cyprus", this springtime tour takes in the island's unique flora including 20 different types of orchid. Prices include tours, return flights, transfers, and accommodation with selected meals provided. Call Cricketer Holidays on 01892 664242.

pounds 1,870

per couple, Valentine's weddings can be followed up with a luxury honeymoon package in the Alps. This week-long Bavarian break includes return flights, BMW car hire, sole use of the sauna/solarium, a candlelit dinner, horse and carriage ride, private moonlight boat trip with gourmet dinner on Lake Konigssee and hotel accommodation with breakfast. Call Moswin on 0116 271 9922.

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