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Explore High Lodge Thetford Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

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.

Olly Murs Olly Murs - Forest Live 2017 Olly will be play Thetford Forest as part of Forest Live 2017. 2016 has been an incredible year which saw him celebrate his fourth successive No.1 Album ’24 Hrs’.  SOLD OUT

Normal bark stripping on felled stems of oak (quercus robur). Nagshead plantation, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. 28/04/1955.Hidden Heritage of High Lodge  Funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been awarded for a project to make a new trail in the forest which will link and interpret its landscape history, wildlife and forest management.

Gruffalo’s child in bedCome and find our Gruffalo's Child and meet the new additions! Find our Gruffalo's Child by following the Fir and Pine trails from outside the Information Point. She's by the Rabbit and new Tree House.


Run Forest RunRunning There are two running trails here at High Lodge – the 321 Run Forest Run course and the 10km Wild Running Route.


Tree House and Scout group WildPlay Come and find the awesome new Tree House and Climbing Forest in our biggest and most impressive play areas.


 Get fit and get points with BountsGet rewarded for exercising with Bounts Sometimes you need that extra motivation to pull on your trainers and get some exercise in the forest. Find out more about Bounts.


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. Get a taster here of the family trail.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior 

Enjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course (min height 1m). For more information and to book visit Go Ape.

Go Ape Forest Segway  

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Forest Segway.

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 0300 067 4400 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.

What do other visitors say?

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Visited yesterday to Go Ape, the ticket we got on arrival stated we entered the site at 09:06 when we entered around 11:15, when going to pay to leave it appears that charges are worked out manually and what we thought would be about 8 for 3-4hours turned into 11 pound. It all seemed very unorganised and guess work which as you can imagine after spending nearly 100 on an activity already is very disappointing.

Anonymous, 27/Nov/2016

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Please could you contact us at and we will happily resolve this.

Forestry Commission Response
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Is it OK to walk on the cycle trails at High Lodge? (Using common sense care and due consideration to cyclists).

J & S, 25/Nov/2016

Thank you for your comment, The FC managed areas within the High Lodge block are open access, however, we strongly advise for everyone’s safety that walkers/runners do not use the single track MTB trails at High Lodge. (Beater and Lime Burner, red graded trail). Walking and Cycle trail maps are available for purchase from the information Point at High Lodge.

Forestry Commission Response
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You asked me to contact you with registration numbers

23163:- EK07 OYZ & MT09 VDU

23164;- MW05 MXC & AO11 AGU

As I explained to you one is my son & wife other daughter & husband and depends whose car they go in but these are there registration numbers.


Thank you vey much for contacting us with your registration numbers. Two cars can be registered with each Discovery pass but only one of the two registered cars can be used at any one visit. Hope this helps.

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Last updated: 6th December 2016

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle wash
  • Dogs on lead
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • First aid
  • 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 until 28th February 2017
Site:- 09:00 - 17:00*.
Information Point:-
10:00 - 16:00**
09:00 - 17:00**
*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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