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Explore High Lodge Thetford Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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

Stick Man gamesStick Man Games

Enjoy a summer of sport with the Stick Man Games! Race Stick Man at one of our sports day events, have fun in our activity arenas, or host your own games with an activity pack.

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.

Stick man activity packStick Man trail

Join Stick Man on his quest to the family tree. Pick up a Stick Man activity pack (£3) from the Information Point to help you complete activities along the way. Find out more.

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. 

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Thanks for looking after my bike and patching me up after a ridiculous spill on the lime burner berm section. Broken rip and lacerated eyebrow later, I'm on the mend and will be back asap. Thanks to Mark for taking the time to call me afterwards to check I was okay and to the lovely lady that got my bike for me on the Monday after the weekend. Cheers again.

Benedict Maher, 24/May/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

I took my 11 year old girl for her birthday to High Lodge and she couldn't wait to go on the segways and on the high ropes

Tracy Carlick, 23/May/2016

Great to read that you had a nice birthday at High Lodge. Thanks.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

We love coming to High Lodge for the number of activities for small children however, we were left somewhat disappointed today. We arrived at midday and headed for some lunch. There were no jacket potatoes available, only 3 baguettes and were told there were no sandwiches. There was poor information about what hot food was available at the counter and those serving were not forthcoming in what was on offer. Service with a smile (or even an acknowledgement) was definitely lacking !!!! Settling for a coffee and a piece of cake, we felt over 4 per slice was somewhat steep! Today's experience won't stop us from visiting again but next time we will definitely be bringing a picnic.

Anonymous, 19/May/2016

Thank you for your feedback regarding your visit to High Lodge and we are pleased to hear that you enjoy the activities. It is really disappointing to learn of your unsatisfactory visit to the Cafe, Churchill Catering are working hard to improve the service and food offer. We recommend talking to the catering manager on the day of your visit to get issues resolved quickly and effectively. The prices in the Cafe are in line with most other attractions where catering facilities are available. We are glad this experience won't stop you visiting and hope you will use the Cafe in the future if only for a ice cream.

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Last updated: 26th May 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 4th September 2016
Site:- 09:00 - 19:00*.
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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