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Beat the Winter Blues

We’re well and truly into the snow-covered winter months of 2013. But instead of curling up on the sofa night after night, why not try to beat the winter blues with one of Travelzoo’s entertainment or experience deals?

If you’re after something a bit different to do on these wintry Friday nights, Merchant City Wines in Glasgow is offering Travelzoo subscribers a 2-hour Introduction to Wine-Tasting course for £15 (instead of the regular £44) -- you’ll be the toast of your friends with the hints and tips you’ll pick up and then pass on at dinner parties.

It’s a brilliant time to head to a show in the West End, as many venues offer cut-price tickets at the start of the year. And while theatre offers sometimes include a free drink or dinner, our deal from TheatrePeople.com goes one better: buy a top-price ticket from £48.50 and get a free stay in a London hotel -- a great treat to kick off 2013 with.

Treat the kids to a day out with “Madagascar Live”, a family-friendly arena show chock full of musical numbers, wild costumes, colourful sets and comedy. It’s based on the 2005 animated film, and now you can save 50% on the usual cost and grab a ticket to the Nottingham performance for just £10.

Most of us are in serious need of a pick-me-up as the snow keeps coming and the dark nights roll in – so one of our spa deals could be just the thing. The luxury 5-star Baglioni Hotel in Kensington has hosted celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Will Smith and Mariah Carey, and now you can follow in their footsteps with a 55-minute healing massage and 25-minute facial for £69 (worth £145).

Speaking of pick-me-ups, a cup of award-winning coffee is not to be sniffed at, and our deal from Sea Island Coffee gives you three packs of rare, top-notch blends to sample throughout the day. You can get your hands on this caffeine boost for £19.99 instead of the regular £45 -- the Jamaica Blue Mountain is a particular favourite here at Travelzoo and it picked up a gold star at the Great Taste Awards 2012.

For a day’s shopping with a little added luxury, visit Tom's Champagne Bar in Manchester city centre for afternoon tea. Two Travelzoo subscribers can get a glass of top-quality GH Mumm Cordon Rouge champagne, a trio of sandwiches, petits fours, scones and a selection of cakes, plus tea or coffee for £19 -- well worth venturing into the cold for!

So don’t let the winter months become full of boring television and frozen meals -- take a look at the other entertainment and local deals that Travelzoo has to brighten your new year with here.

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Tips by
Stephanie

Deal Expert, London
Thursday, 10 January 2013
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