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PUBLISHED: 09:50 13 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:50 13 November 2013

Cyclists trek through Thetford Forest  Picture: Denise Bradley

Cyclists trek through Thetford Forest Picture: Denise Bradley

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Thetford Forest – Perfect for cycling

Explore 40 miles of tracks among the trees in Thetford Forest by bike. Either bring your own, or you can hire bikes for all ages from the cycle centre Bike Art (01842 810090) at High Lodge. Whether you want to test yourself on more challenging mountain biking routes or take it easy on a gentler path, there is terrain for all levels of skill and fitness.

High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Brandon, IP27 0AS; 01842 815434.

Holt Country Park – Perfect for adventures

If your children love exploring, getting grubby and having an adventure in the woods, then Holt Country Park is the place for you. Just a short drive from Holt, the woodland is full of wildlife, with plenty of birds, creepy-crawlies and animals to spot. There is also a high viewing platform, sculptures and a play area. Follow a route or play among the trees. Why not lay a secret trail using sticks and stones giving clues to where you are, or play hide and seek in the undergrowth?

Holt Country Park, B1149, Holt; 01263 516001.

Sheringham Park – Perfect for wildlife

Owned by the National Trust, Sheringham Park is a perfect place for a family day out – especially for young wildlife explorers. Head to the visitor centre, which is open at weekends throughout November, and borrow a Tracker pack. Free to borrow, they come with binoculars, tree measuring equipment, bug pots, an activity booklet to fill in and lots more. Follow the different paths and climb the viewing towers for wonderful views across the canopy of treetops and out to the sea.

Visitor Centre, Sheringham Park, Upper Sheringham, NR26 8TL; 01263 820550.

Sandringham – Perfect for a royal occasion

The Sandringham Estate is famous as the much-loved country retreat of the Queen. Rich in history, the stately home is set in stunning gardens, heath and woodland that make up the Country Park which is open to the public throughout the year. Take a walk in the woods, admire the gardens and explore the museum and house to discover more about Norfolk’s royal heritage.

The Sandringham Estate, Sandringham, PE35 6EN; 01485 545400.

Fairhaven – Perfect for a watery wander

Follow the pathways through the woods to the beautiful broad at the magical Fairhaven Woodland and Water Gardens, near Great Yarmouth. With a network of watery dykes running through 131 acres of woodland, it is rich in wildlife and has a bird hide and information boards along the way – the perfect place to let your children get excited about nature. Make sure you don’t miss the King Oak – close to 1,000 years old. There is also a tearoom and visitor centre.

School Road, South Walsham, NR13 6DZ; 01603 270449.

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