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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.7/5)

 Week commencing: 17/10/2016


Duty Manager contactable: 09:00 - 18:00

Site is open: 09:00 - 18:00* Monday to Sunday.

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

High Lodge Information Point (HLIP) is open:    

Daily - 09:00 - 18:00

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:-

Monday - Sunday - 09:00 - 16.30

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

The Pantry is open:-

Weekends and school holidays - 12:00 - 17:00 (subject to demand)

The Ice Cream Parlour is open:-

Weekends and school holidays - 12:00 - 17:00 (subject to demand)

Please visit 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 2016

There is a site entry fee payable for all vehicles using the site. 

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 sand pit Digger is currently closed; we are hoping to get this re-opened as soon as possible. The Zip line is closed until further notice.

Orienteering Course


We now also have our Gruffalo Orienteering Course on site - Maps are available from High Lodge Information Point for £1.50.

BBQ Hire

Please note that all BBQ's are now fully booked on weekends and Bank Holidays until the middle of September, however some weekdays are still available. To book a BBQ please call on 0300 067 4400. Disposable barbeques, portable cooking stoves and the like are not allowed, due to fire risks, and will be extinguished. 

Bike Art

Open every day - Monday to Sunday including Bank holidays

Week days: 09:00 - 17:00 (Last cycle hire 15:45*)

Weekends and School holidays: 09:00 - 18:00 (Last cycle hire 16:45*)

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.

Please note there are harvesting operations taking place in the forest. Please ensure you stay on the waymarked trails, follow all diversions and obey any safety signage. Diversions are detailed below. Please visit the information point for diverted route details.

Lime Burner (red grade) - Approx 16km


Beater (red grade) - Approx 18km


Poacher (blue grade) - Approx 16km

Open - Two small diversions in place.

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


Pits (black grade) 


Pump track


Please note the Pump Track will be closed from 31st October for realignment works.

Walking trails

Beech - (pink) - approx 5km


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?

1 Star 1 Star

Ive noticed your open day is the 21st July, schools dont break up until Thursday.

Louise Cator, 18/Jul/2016

Thank you for your comment, we are aware many schools in the local area are on holiday on this date it is unfortunate yours is not one of them. You are welcome to visit after school as some attractions will still be available. We will be holding mini events throughout the school holidays so please keep an eye on our web page or follow us on Facebook for further information.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Fantastic, kids love it,

Sam, 31/Mar/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Absolutely one of the best days out you could possibly have! Loads to do for the kids, lots of exploring and excellent outdoor fun. There is sometimes horse riding archery, wall climbing and face painting in the holidays. There is nature trails leading to play areas, tree climbing and segways. It can be as expensive or as inexpensive as you make it but I definitely would not say it's a rip off. Everything is reasonably priced but there is plenty to do for free. My kids have never got bored there! You can also take dogs which for us just completes a whole family day out. I would highly recommend excellent value for money and kids always excited to go! Thank you high lodge!

Sarah, 7/Aug/2015
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Last updated: 22nd October 2016

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle wash
  • Dogs on lead
  • Educational
  • First aid
  • Forest drive
  • 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:
4th September-31st October
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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