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

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.

Rick Astley Forest Live concerts 2017Rick Astley for Forest Live 2017 Rick and his band have a fantastic live show which will have everyone (including the trees!) up and dancing to all the classic hits as well as acclaimed new material from the number one album ‘50’. 

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

Come 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 RunRun Forest Run

Your private gym, the forest. We’ve built a series of introductory running 3,2,1 km routes, and worked with a personal trainer to offer you a free email & video programme to get you running in the forest.

Wild RunningWild Running

Want to escape the streets and run somewhere a little more free? Download the route maps, and check out the new Wild Running routes.

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.


Try Pump Track

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. 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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I am a regular visitor to high lodge with my 2 year old grandson, we have your discovery pass which is great value, I am always amazed that when we visit we find something new that we hadn't come across on previous visits! On our last visit you had an open day which was brilliant but on the downside the service in the shop where I purchased an ice cream was awful the worst service I've received in a long time. There were 3 staff members at the coffee machine as I stood by the till, I had to ask if the till was open, they looked at me one young lady came to the till said "a 1" I handed her the money she handed me the change, that was my customer service experience, this was on your open day, bad enough service any day but I take it the open day was meant to impress, sadly that was the experience I took away from our visit. The 5 star rating is for the great activities and play areas, the shop experience wouldn't get any stars , sorry

Anonymous, 3/Aug/2016

It’s wonderful to hear that you are a regular visitor to High Lodge and you enjoy all the site has to offer. It is unfortunate to hear that you experienced poor customer service when purchasing an ice cream – your comments have been passed to the manger at Churchill Catering who will endeavour to make sure this is an isolated incident. We look forward to seeing you and your family at High Lodge again soon.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Had a great time today riding the mtb teaks !

Dave, 31/Jul/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars


My name is Jenny and I am a member of the PTA of Bunwell Primary School in South Norfolk (Registered Charity No: 1036496).

We are holding a summer fun event on Tuesday 5th July to raise funds for our fab little school and I was writing to ask if you would be able to donate either a prize or a voucher for our grand raffle?

If you need an official letter on our headed notepaper, I would be more than happy to pop one in the post to you, just let me know.

Thank you so much in advance,

Kindest regards,

Jenny Whitnell

On behalf of Bunwell Primary PTA

Jenny Whitnell, 9/Jun/2016

Hello, Yes it would be helpful if you could send in a written request on headed paper to the feedeback account at Thankyou.

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Last updated: 17th October 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 31st October 2016
Site:- 09:00 - 18:00*.
Information Point:-
09:00 - 18:00**
09:00 - 18:00**
*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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