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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.6/5)

Latest News (22/10/2014 12:54)

Visit the High Lodge Cafe for Halloween half term fun on Fri 31st October 2.30-3.30pm. The Cafe will be scarily decorated and there's spooky food available. Activities will include face painting, lucky dip and a children's entertainer. Make sure you come in costume for the Best Dressed Monster competition. Free entry - small charge payable for some activities.

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.

Gruffalo’s Child Trails Gruffalo's child Trail at High Lodge

Our self led Gruffalo trail has now closed but the Gruffalo is still waiting for you to find him at High Lodge. Our new self led Gruffalo's child trail opened on 3rd October 2014. You can buy your activity pack from High Lodge Information Point for £2. For more info visit You can also watch the Gruffalo's Big Day Out.

Multi-user trail survey

So that everyone can enjoy the forest, we are planning a well surfaced multi-user trail which will explore archaelogy, wildlife and trees. We need your views to help us shape this project.

Log onto our online survey or ask at High Lodge Information Point for a paper copy.

   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, opportunities for learning and how to join our team of volunteers.

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

Came for the first time today loved it, bought yearly entrance ticket will be back!!

The Willats family, 24/Aug/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

What a great time we had with the kids. The only thing to mar our visit was the constant drone of a generator throughout the day. It was being used to inflate a slide in the centre of the main picnic and open play area. We were not the only people to comment on it that day. Such a shame and not particularly environmentally friendly. Come on Forestry Commission you can do better than that.

Alan Chapman, 8/Aug/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Great family day out lots to do plenty of fun to be had fantastic play equipment and the gruffallo is brilliant !

J Harrison, 30/Jul/2014
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Last updated: 10/22/2014

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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

01842 815434

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
September - October 2014
Site:- 09:00 - 18:00*.
Information Point:-09:00 - 18:00** Week days, weekends and school holidays.
*Entrance gate closes 45 mins before this time.
** Information Point may be open longer than advertised opening times due to weather conditions and demand.
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