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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

 Week commencing: 20/02/2017


Duty Manager contactable: 09:00 - 17:00

Site is open: 09:00 - 17:00*

(*entrance gate is locked 45 minutes before this time)

High Lodge Information Point (HLIP) is open:    

Weekdays - 10:00 - 16:00  

Weekends and school holidays  - 09:00 - 17:00

Please note the Information Point may be open beyond the advertised opening times subject to weather conditions and demand.

The Café, Pantry and Ice cream Parlour are managed by Churchill Catering Ltd.

The Cafe is open:-

Weekdays - 10:00 - 16:00

Weekends and school holidays 09:00- 16:00

Breakfast is served until 11:30 and Lunch 12:00 - 15:00

The cafe toilets are currently closed for refurbishment, however the main toilet block behind High Lodge Information Point will be open during this time.

The Pantry is open:-

Weekends and school holidays - 11:00 - 16:00 (subject to demand)

The Ice Cream Parlour is closed during the winter and will reopen in 2017


Please visit http://churchillcatering.co.uk/ to view menus and for the Events and Functions offer.

Outdoor Activities

Please bring CASH for on site additional attractions such as face painting, pony rides and archery. Check the Attractions section on the web page for updates.

Site Entry Fees

There is a site entry fee payable for all vehicles using the site. There is one pay station available on site for cash payments only (NOT new £5 notes); cash and card payments are accepted at the Information Point.

You can pre-pay online for your site entry when staying all day and beat the queues; all day tickets are available for cars, mini buses and coaches.

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There is lots of fun to be had in the Wildplay area.

The Zip line is closed until further notice for safety reasons.

Unfortunately the Forwarder will be moving on after February half term. We have loved having it as part of our sculpture play trail and it will be sad to say goodbye. Why not upload your favourite memories of the forwarder to our Facebook page. 

Orienteering Course

Open - Maps £2 from High Lodge Information Point

Gruffalo Orienteering Course - Maps are available from High Lodge Information Point for £1.50.

BBQ Hire

All High Lodge BBQs are now booked online. You can choose the location and size you require using the online calendar up to 3 months in advance. Disposable barbeques, portable cooking stoves and the like are not allowed, due to fire risks, and will be extinguished.

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Bike Art

Open every day - Monday to Sunday including Bank holidays

Week days: 09:00 - 16:00 (Last cycle hire 14:45*)

Weekends and School holidays: 09:00 - 17:00 (Last cycle hire 15:00*)

Bike hire may be restricted by daylight hours and weather during winter months.

Please note that you will need to produce your photo driving licence to hire bikes or pay a significant deposit with admin charges applied.  To check availability or for more information please call 01842 810090.

*Subject to availability and conditions

Cycle trailsCyclist on a single track forest trail.

We do currently have harvesting operations on site. Place follow any diversions and adhere to all signage. Thank you.

Lime Burner (red grade) - Approx 16km

Open - with a diversion due to harvesting.

Please note that there is also mulching works taking place next to other parts of the trail. This is not affecting the route.

Beater (red grade) - Approx 18km

Open with diversions due to harvesting.  

Poacher (blue grade) - Approx 16km

Open - Two small diversions in place.

Shepherd (forest road and other grade) - Approx 8km

Open with a diversion due to harvesting.

Pits (black grade) 

All Open

Pump track


Please note the Pump Track is closed as it has been resurfaced and we are waiting for the engineer to come and inspect it before we can open it.

Walking trails

Beech - (pink) - approx 5km

Open with a diversion due to harvesting. Please note that the start and end of the Beech trail are particularly muddy at present due to the weather and shared usage of that section of trail.

Fir (yellow) - approx 5km


Pine (white) - approx 1.5km


Nature - (brown) - approx 1.5km


Running Trails

Run Forest Run-Our new 1,2 & 3km running trail


Wild Running Route-10km

Please note there are no waymarkers for this route, but a map is available to download by clicking on the link above.



What do other visitors say?

Are you open New Year's Day ? Just want to do a longggggg dog walk . Don't want any of the activities. Will there be anywhere to grab a coffee ?

Donna , 31/Dec/2016

Thank you for your enquiry, it is always advisable to look on our webpage for up to date information on opening times including the cafeteria.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

It would be good if you could show on your website if GoApe and Segway are closed out of season. We drove an hour and a half yesterday to meet up with some friends to enjoy a Christmas Segway only for the kids to end up very disappointed as it was closed! Our vouchers showed 31st Dec as valid until date so we (wrongly) assumed it would be open as I'd asked on our last visit in October if HL was open twixt Christmas and New Year and was told yes, but at no time did the information assistant mention that 2 of the main attractions at HL would both be closed!

Braziers, 28/Dec/2016

Thank you for your comments. Go Ape are a separate business that operates on site, and do advise that you book in advance so that you are not disappointed. If you follow the Go Ape links on our website it does advise that Go Ape are only open February to November. Unfortunately, you would need to take up the issue of the voucher expiry dates with Go Ape directly. We are sorry that you were disappointed that they were closed on your visit to the site but hope that you enjoyed the rest of the facilities available to you.

Forestry Commission Response

We enjoyed our recent visit to high lodge for our little mans birthday. We came to do the Stick man trail. This was good fun and enable but I will say slightly disappointing when the trail didn't end at 'the family tree' to actually find Stick man. Our little boy was a bit confused because he never actually found 'Stick Man' which we kind of thought was the point. The activities along the way we're good. The sculptures of the Gruffalo really good but to not end with a 'family Tree' to find 'Stick Man' left us slightly let down.

Perhaps you could look into building a better finish to the trail rather than a sign just saying 'you've finished'

Ross, 29/Oct/2016

Thank you for your feedback regarding the Stick Man Activity Trail. Due to the nature of Thetford Forest there are very few trees that lend themselves to being a 'family tree' but we do take on board that future trails may be improved by a feature finish. The Stick Man Trail will be open until the end of the year after which it will be replaced by something new.

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Last updated: 21st February 2017

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  • Arts
  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle wash
  • Dogs on lead
  • Educational
  • First aid
  • Hi-Rope
  • Horse riding
  • Litter bin
  • 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:
1/1/2017 - 5/3/2017
Site:- 09:00 - 17:00*
Information Point:-
Weekdays term time
10:00 - 16:00**
Weekends and school holidays.
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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