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Five under £50, 6 Jan

Five of our favourite deals for £50 or less

Some things in life are certain. Water is wet, grass is green and January is miserable. There’s just no escaping it...or is there? This offer from the Sanook Spa is like a big cuddly blanket in driving wind and rain -- £44.50 per person for a luxurious afternoon package at their facility within London’s 5-star Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, just off Regent Street. That’s half the usual price, with afternoon tea, an hour-long massage or facial and full use of the facilities included. We’re feeling better already…

Another way of getting through the dark winter months is making sure you’ve got something to look forward to -- and if you grab this deal for a day at Doncaster Racecourse, you can pick from a selection of 2012 dates. The Premier Race Day package, just £69 for two people (£34.50) each instead of the usual £99, includes admission badges for the Premier Suite, race day programme, half a bottle of champagne and a car park pass for the day. All you have to bring is your own luck.

If that all sounds a little too, ahem, lowbrow for you, might we point you in the direction of culture-rich Madrid instead? easyJet currently has flights to the Spanish capital for £35, including taxes. These flights for January and early February travel are 20-40% cheaper than fares with the same airline from mid-February onwards.

We’ll stick our necks out, here. If you’re reading this, we reckon there’s a better-than-even chance you’ve got a passing interest in travel. And if you’re into travel, it’s likely that you’ve been known to wield a camera from time to time -- with mixed results if you’re anything like us. Now, we’re not suggesting this half-day portrait photography course will transform you into the next David Bailey, but it will certainly elevate the standard of your snapping to new heights. During four hours of intensive tuition at Ray Lowe Studios in Cheshunt, you’ll learn lighting techniques, essential Photoshop skills and, crucially, how to use all those other settings on your camera apart from “auto”. All that for £35, a staggering 87% off the usual price.

To finish off, how about a deal for ultra-cheap travel between London and East Anglia? There’s only one answer to that question. National Express has just released 140,000 train seats between the capital and a range of destinations (or indeed vice versa) for £5, each way. This deal is valid for off-peak travel and saves 40% on usual prices.

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Deal Expert, London
Friday, 6 January 2012
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