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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

Latest News (24/02/2017 14:34)

Warning - Closure

The site is closed due to Storm Doris damage. We will be closely monitoring the situation and assessing any damage, re-opening the site when it is safe to do so. We will likely be closed until at least Tuesday.

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.

Clean Bandit Forest Live 2017

Clean Bandit formed in Cambridge in 2008, thier debut album ‘New Eyes’ included ‘Extraordinary’ (feat. Sharna Bass) and the smash hit ‘Rather Be’ (feat. Jess Glynne) a track that gave them industry recognition with a Grammy Award for ‘Best Dance’ recording.

Gruffalo Spotters

Gruffalo Spotters  From 6th March, follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details


Normal bark stripping on felled stems of oak (quercus robur). Nagshead plantation, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. 28/04/1955.Hidden Heritage of High Lodge  The Forestry Commission are in the process of submitting a round two bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a new trail in the forest which will link and interpret its landscape history, wildlife and forest management.

Gruffalo’s child in bedCome and find our Gruffalo's Child 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.


Run Forest RunRunning There are two running trails here at High Lodge – the 321 Run Forest Run course and the 10km Wild Running Route.


 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.


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

Had a gr8 day done the poacher trail 10 mile on bikes with the kids my youngest is only 4 years old they can't wait to go back so we the discovery pass great value

Tommy, 8/Jan/2017
3 Stars 3 Stars

We are annual pass holders and visit regularly. We love the location and with the pass there's no pressure to clock watch. We find something new to do every visit. My son is also a MBR and uses the red and black trails, so we really do get value for money. Today we have taken our 3 year old grand-daughter around the culture trail and in the park and she has really enjoyed it - would recommend the place to everyone.

However, I had cause last year to write about the catering and feel that very little has changed in the last 9 months. You really need to 'bang the drum' hard with your 3rd party catering company (I have managed catering companies for the last 20 years and know how bad they can be - in fact we moved back to in house eventually!) - they appear to be overstaffed yet underworked, as each time we visit there are 4 staff simply standing around. Today we were met with the sausage rolls were hot earlier, no offer to top up in the microwave for 30 seconds (this was at 12.15pm by the way, the rush started 10 minutes later) and the chips were only luke warm - in fact they tasted as though they had been in the server for 30 minutes or more on a low heat - the meal really was tepid and unpalatable. None of the dishes showed any sign of heat (bubbling etc...) and the staff had the attitude of take it or leave it (they didn't say as much, but there's no pride in what they are offering. If 4 staff standing around is designed to cope with the rush later in the lunchtime, then they could be doing more to ensure the food is better. The feedback I have seen previously was that Churchill were re-vamping the offering in 2016, well, they have moved the cutlery and salt and pepper to the other side and I think there was one more warm (I use that word loosely) dish on offer - but really its a poor show!

Its such a shame that High Lodge operates so efficiently, offers so much, is good value for money, but is let down so badly by its catering facility - please kick them into life for 2017

Richard Saul, 3/Jan/2017

Thank you for your feedback. We will pass on your comments to Churchill Catering who as you know provide the cafeteria on site and will also draw this to the attention of the High Lodge Site Manager.

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3 Stars 3 Stars

Visited today with two small

grandchildren and had chips for a quick lunch. At 2.50 per portion the were a very expensive waste. They were awful. I did complain but noons was really interested. I will revert to taking my own picnic in future


Anonymous, 28/Dec/2016

Thank you for your feedback we will pass on your comments to Churchill catering who run the cafe on site. If you wish to provide more details regarding your experience please e-mail the High Lodge feedback account at highlodgefeedback@≠

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Last updated: 25th February 2017

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle wash
  • Dogs on lead
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • First aid
  • 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 until 5/3/2017
Site:- 09:00 - 17:00*.
Information Point:-
10:00 - 16:00**
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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