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> Award-winning Irish travel company Tour America is celebrating California with prizes, offers and giveaways. Win a case of Californian wine by logging onto www.touramerica.ie and telling Tour America about your ideal mix of dinner guests, get free tickets to the Californian Academy of Science when you book one of the amazing deals on offer, or get a free week of car hire with a two-week Californian Fly Drive holiday.

Offers include: five nights in San Francisco from €659pps including flights, three-star hotel and all taxes and charges (Ref 357501) and San Francisco and Yosemite from €729pps including flights, seven nights' accommodation, fully inclusive car hire and all taxes and charges (Ref 357500).

For more information call 01 817 3500

or see www.touramerica.ie

> Benicassim Festival in Spain is a four-day music extravaganza from July 15. Make a true holiday of it and get three days' camping in before the festival and two after, plus a four-day festival ticket, all for €194. Valencia Airport is only 55 minutes away. Bands include Gorillaz, Kasabian, Prodigy, Lily Allen and Goldfrapp.

> Staycation this summer? No problem. Castlepalooza Festival in Tullamore from July 31 to August 1, with camping and festival tickets, costs €99pp for two days. The line-up includes Mercury Rev, Norman Jay and Fionn Regan. There is also a day spa, a magician and comedian, as well as workshops from dance to drumming.

For both Benicassim and Castlepalooza festival packages see Ireland's lastminute.com.