Great UK deals for today

Breathe in fresh country-side air, or stroll through England's green and pleasant hills with this low-down on great holidays at home this year.

Paint and play

Everyone's an artist, or so they say, but at JoeDaisy's professional art studio in Oxfordshire, you can really show off those Picasso talents or dazzle with a Matisse still-life. Accommodation is based in the hamlet of Mapledurham, in a Grade II listed building. Book now and save £60 on the course (which lasts two days), two nights stay on a b&b basis - all for £290. Easel peasey! (0118 9483155; www.joedaisy.co.uk/weekends.html)

Lord of the Manor

Gather a group of friends and family together and visit Woodlands Manor, in the town of Bude in Cornwall and enjoy grandiose accommodation complete with an old-fashioned Aga oven, heated indoor pool and games area. The Manor sleeps twelve and can be booked with Classic Cottages for £1,781 (or £149/person), which means you save £763. Bookings are for groups arriving on July 10; booking on July 17 for a slightly smaller saving. (01326 555 555; www.classic.co.uk)


You can save up to 20% off any room within the four-star Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel, which is now having its summer sale, by booking with Ebookers.com. You will be located near to Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and other boutique shopping venues as well as the great night-life that this city has to offer. This offer, which includes rooms for £71.20/night, is available until September 13.

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