Ideas for how to spend the perfect Valentine’s Day in South Norfolk

Thetford Forest. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Thetford Forest. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Next week is Valentine’s Day – and if you’re looking for romantic ways to spend the occasion this year, South Norfolk provides the perfect backdrop.

Diss Mere. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Diss Mere. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

But just in case you are short of ideas, here are some suggestions of things to do:

? Go Ape – there can perhaps be no better way of proving your trust for someone than leaping into the air from a 59ft platform at the Thetford Forest attraction. And to encourage those who might be a little nervous, there is a 20pc off offer during Valentine’s Day.

? Walk through Thetford Forest – it’s the perfect spot for a picturesque stroll through some of Norfolk’s most beautiful countryside.

? Dunston Hall – the Grade II Listed Building is a grand location for a perfect getaway. And the facility offers spa breaks as well.

Flamingo chicks at Banham Zoo. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Flamingo chicks at Banham Zoo. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

? Center Parcs – even if you live nearby Center Parcs is a great place to get away from it all, either to relax or try a range of family activities.

? Diss Mere – the stunning Diss Mere is an amazing place to sit and relax and maybe even enjoy some fish and chips from the nearby Diss Fish Kitchen.

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? Wymondham Abbey – the 500-year-old attraction is an amazing, historic place to visit and explore.

? Snetterton race track – for those who prefer a bit more of an adrenalin rush, you can go for a spin at the famous circuit at test days during Valentine’s week. However, you do need to be a Motor Sports Association licence holder.

? Dogs Trust Snetterton – for those who love cute animals, why not take a look around the dog rehoming centre? Those looking to please animal fans may even find one of the canines is the perfect Valentine’s gift…

? Banham Zoo – another one for animal lovers, you can see a wide range of creatures at the centre including monkeys, lemurs, cheetahs and lions.

? Meal out - from the Breckland Lodge at Attleborough to the Thomas Paine Hotel in Thetford and countless places in between, there are any number of plsaces to enjoy a romantic meal in South Norfolk.

? Peter Beales Roses – with Valentine’s Day falling on a weekday this year, you may not have time for a day out. If so, Peter Beales Roses in Attleborough could provide the perfect way for couples to say: “I love you.”