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Explore High Lodge Thetford Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.7/5)

Enjoy a forest adventure at High Lodge Thetford Forest. Unwind with beautiful forest trails or try the excitement of our bike trails, Go Ape and adventure play

Stickman Trail

Stick Man illustrationHooray, our Stick Man trail has now launched! Join Stick Man on his quest to the family tree. Pick up a special Stick Man activity pack (£3) from High Lodge Information Point to help you complete fun activities along the way. Find out more at 



 Gruffalo's Child        

Gruffalo’s child in bedGruffalo's Child is over towards the Rabbit and new Tree House. You can find her by following the Fir and Pine trails from outside the Information Point.



Tree House and Scout group Come and find the awesome new Tree House and Climbing Forest in one of the Forestry Commission’s biggest and most impressive play areas.

    Pump Track

Pump trail open poster

Our cycle volunteer group TIMBER and the Forestry Commission are proud to announce our new pump track is now open. This cycling facility incorporates a closed loop of rolling features and tightly bermed corners.


High Lodge Today 

For the latest site information and customer offers. Find details of the harvesting programme that is now underway on site.

Planning your visit

Site Entry fee information and facilities on site.

Trails for everyone

We have some beautiful walks for you to enjoy. Discover the wildlife, uncover the history and wander through the forest on one of our waymarked trails.

Amazing bike trails   

Explore Thetford Forest by bike. Wide, open trails for complete beginners as well as miles of flowing single track for more adventurous types.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway. Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

Play and Learning

 Amazing play equipment and opportunities for learning.

Food and drink

The Café serves fresh, seasonal, hot and cold food and drinks throughout the year. It is open everyday, (excluding Christmas Day) - seasonal opening times apply. Call 01842 814042 for more info. The Pantry and Ice Cream Parlour may also be open during the holidays and peak times, subject to customer demand.

Events and activities

Plan your visit to coincide with our additional attractions being on site at weekends and school holidays, subject to customer demand. Call 01842 815434 to check.

Volunteering opportunities

Enjoy the forest, learn new skills and meet new people. Get stuck in and help make the forest a fantastic place for people and wildlife. We currently have a range of volunteering opportunities at High Lodge and in the wider Thetford Forest area.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees (including an adventure for Tiny Tarzans) or explore the forest on an all-terrain segway.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Just moved to the area and took my family to High lodge at the weekend. What a great place so much to do - the kids loved it. Would definitely recommend it for a good value family day out

Dave, 2/Feb/2016
3 Stars 3 Stars

Excellent play areas and musical activities on the short trail. Stick Man trail is OK but really just a few signs plus the activities in the pack - would be nice to have some carvings like the others around from previous events. However, the cafe is a letdown. Overpriced, and apparently understaffed today so there were no trays, a shortage of crockery, and very slow service. The food could be so much more imaginative than the current sea of beige (macaroni cheese with chips?!).

Katie, 31/Dec/2015
3 Stars 3 Stars

The restaurant despeately needs a facelift in every department. The food quality could easily be improved for no increase in cost, the staff need more customer service training - come to work and enjoy the job, after all who gets to work in such superb surroundings. The seating area inside needs brightening up and making feel fresher, again a low budget expense. A few changes and the restaurant could draw far more revenue - does anyone capture information about it's usage at certain times of day - it's always sold out of popular items well before the end of lunch. We have visited 5 times in the last 2 months and each time, no exceptions, the customer in front or behind was unable to purchase what they wanted and at least 2 families walked out.

Would also help if the reception staff could speak better english - we have had a problem on two occasions trying to purchase packs and competition leaflets - we gave up on both occasions. Sorry to moan, but these little things spoil what is a fantastic place to visit. We will continue to visit as it's such a good day out and feel the entrance fee is good for what is available - shame about the customer services please try and turn the park from a good place to visit into a great place to visit - create a mission statement and get the staff to deliver it!

Peter Wates, 3/Dec/2015

Thank you for the feedback regarding the catering offer at High Lodge. We're in discussion with our catering provider and currently they're refurbishing the cafe to improve customer flow, seating and they are reviewing menu options too. I hope your next visit will see an improvement.

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Last updated: 9th February 2016

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle wash
  • Dogs on lead
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • First aid
  • Forest drive
  • Hi-Rope
  • Information
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Play area
  • Segway
  • Walking
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets
  • One 24hr with baby changing facilities
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OS Grid ref: TL807864
Postcode: IP27 0AF

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High Lodge Thetford Forest

0300 067 4400

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Now to 28th Feb 2016
Site:- 09:00 - 17:00*.
Information Point:-
10:00 - 16:00** Mon-Fri
09:00 - 17:00** Sat/Sun & Holidays
*Entrance gate closes 45 mins before this time.
** Information Point may be open beyond advertised opening times due to weather conditions and demand.
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