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Children having fun on the Giant Play Sculpture trail in Thetford forest. East Anglia FD 

Thetford Forest is a patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves providing the ideal setting for a great day out, and a welcome refuge for a rich variety of animal and plant life.

Many of our visitors are attracted by the peace and tranquility of Thetford Forest as well as the wide range of recreation facilities.

Live Music

SamSmith

The incredible Sam Smith has announced a very special East Anglian home show as part of Forest Live, the annual summer music series organised by the Forestry Commission at Thetford Forest on 3 July. Sam’s huge commercial success has also been reflected on the red carpet crowning his breakthrough into music’s top ranks in 2015 by winning four Grammy Awards and two Brit Awards.

Tickets are available online or call the Box Office on 03000 680400 from Friday 6 March at 9am.

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High Lodge

High Lodge Forest CentreEnjoy 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.

 

Thetford Forest

Family cyclingThere is something for everyone in the forest and the quieter sites provide a haven for wildlife - why not walk at Lynford around the Arboretum or lake. Visit the Desert Rats Memorial at High Ash or stroll through King's Forest.

Forest Plans

Forester Simon smith with New Forest design plans.Thetford Forest is a popular recreation destination with a high conservation value but it is also a busy working forest. Balancing the needs of people, wildlife and the local economy requires planning; take a look at our plans for the forest.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What's on

Forestry Commission Live Music
Forestry Commission Live Music 2015

When is it on

What do other visitors say?

Can you park before 5pm on 2nd July?

Sarah, 23/Jun/2015

You can park on site before 5pm but you may have to ask one of our team where to park if you are staying for our forestlive event.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi, we are coming to watch the script on the 2nd July, we have never visited the forest before. Can you please advise if the road to/from the event is pavemented and lit i.e. safe to walk when the concert finishes? Also, can you recommend any local taxi firms as our hotel is around 15 minutes away.

Thanks

Sam

Sam, 17/Jun/2015

Roads are rural and unlite so not suitable for walking. Details about taxis are on our website for the gigs location at forestry.gov.uk/music

Forestry Commission Response

Could you please let me know if any bus/train goes directly from Cambridge city Centre or from Bar Hill to Thetford forest?

I have checked googlemaps but could not get clear information.

I do not drive so the option of car is out. Taxi would be too expensive.

I am planning to visit the forest for half a day on 18th June

Deep, 23/Apr/2015

Trains from Cambridge to either Brandon or Thetford either side of the forest. Taxi from either to High Lodge.

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Forest drive
  • Horse riding
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Walking
  • Wildlife
  • Arboreta
  • Collection of Tree at Lynford Arboretum
  • Arts
  • Forest art at High Lodge, Thetford Forest.
  • Barbeque
  • Bookable at High Lodge, Thetford Forest.
  • Cafe
  • Run by business partner Churchill Catering Ltd.
  • Camping
  • At Little Lodge Farm close to High Lodge
  • Cycling Hire
  • From Bike Art
  • Cycle wash
  • At Bike Art
  • Dogs on lead
  • See out Dogs web pages
  • Fire
  • If you see a fire call 999 then inform the Forestry Commission
  • Hi-Rope
  • See Go Ape.
  • Information
  • The High Lodge, Information Point (HLIP) will answer any question you have while on site.
  • Prehistoric
  • Wareen Lodges at Rishbeth & Mildenhall Woods.
  • Orienteering
  • Maps can be purchased at Info Point at High Lodge Thetford Forest
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Site Entry Fee charged at High Lodge, Thetford Forest.
  • Segway
  • See Go Ape.
  • Visitor centre
  • Run by business partner Churchill Catering Ltd.
  • Toliets
  • All ability toilets and baby changing at High Lodge, Thetford Forest.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: TL815877
Postcode: IP27 0TJ

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Contact

East England Forest District Office

0300 067 4500
enquiries.eanglia@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Dawn to Dusk
Parking
Site Entry Fee charged at High Lodge, Thetford Forest.
Discovery Pass
Available for use at High Lodge, Thetford Forest for 55 a year.

Useful sites

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