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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

Latest News (03/03/2015 11:41)

 Latest Concert Announcement at High Lodge Thetford Forest - Sam Smith (plus guests) will play on Friday 3 July 2015.

Tickets go on sale from 09:00 on Friday 6 March and will only be available online or by phone Tel: 03000 680400. Sam Smith tickets will not be available to buy at High Lodge Information Point.

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.

Superworm Trail at High Lodge

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012Our brand new Superworm trail will open on Friday 13th March 2015. You can buy your activity pack from High Lodge Information Point for £3.50, which contains an exclusive mini book, trail activity leaflet and stickers.  For more info visit

The Gruffalo is still waiting for you to find him in the dark wood near the play area.

Live Music

We are proud to announce that the incredible Sam Smith will perform a special East Anglian show as part of Forest Live, at High Lodge Thetford Forest on Friday 3 July 2015. Tickets go on sale from 09:00 on Friday 6 March and are only available from the Forestry Commission Box office tel: 03000 680400, or buy online at

Tom Odell – Forest Live 2015


Tom Odell has announced a very special tour of the nation's forests for 2015. This exceptionally talented artist will perform at High Lodge Thetford Forest on Sunday 5th July 2015. Tickets £34.50 (plus £3.45 booking fee) are available now. Buy tickets online or call the Box Office on 03000 680400. Alternatively tickets can be purchased from High Lodge Information Point.

   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

The revews on here probably give High Lodge a bad wrap - presumably because people only go to the trouble of writing a review when they've had a bad experience ;) I found it generally very good, we did the Gruffalo trail too and it worked pretty well, I don't think anything was missing. The little one loved the adventure playground. My only complaint really was the extortionate parking charges, but I guess you gotta pay for the upkeep somehow.

Kieran, 11/Feb/2015
1 Star 1 Star

As a disabled persons, high lodge isn't yet completely accessible from my experience. There is disabled parking with pathing which is good, and a sized cafe (no electric door) and disabled toilets -ground floor. There are several open pathways for a short rounded walk, but there seemed no pathed forest trail. The one mile trail was a dirt track, perhaps ok for mobility scooters but not for wheelchairs, at least not in winter. Hopefully money can be invested into making the forest accessible. Otherwise I did love the surrounding forest.

Anonymous, 18/Jan/2015

Thank you for your feedback which is always appreciated. We are currently in the process of submitting a Heritage Lottery Fund bid for an all ability Heritage Trail at High Lodge. This will improve our trail offer for those customers in wheelchairs although the bid will need to follow due process. High Lodge Information Point will be pleased to provide assistance, when requested.

Forestry Commission Response

I came to high lodge with my 2 daughter-in-laws and 3 grandchildren. We had a wonderful time. I do agree with a previous comment about the gruffalo trail being away from the actual gruffalo itself!! And I think it would also be a good idea to have actual animals to find with the clues?? The children absolutely loved it. We will be back

Janice Pitchford , 16/Nov/2014
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Postcode: IP27 0AF

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High Lodge Thetford Forest

01842 815434

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Opening Times:
February 2015 including March the 1st.
Site:- 09:00 - 17:00*.
Information Point:-10:00 - 17:00** Monday to Friday term time and 9:00 - 17:00 weekends.
*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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