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

Thetford Forest is the UK's largest man made lowland forest with 18,730 hectares to explore.  It's patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves provide the ideal setting for a great day out, and a welcome refuge for a rich variety of animal and plant life.

The forest covers a huge area with many different places to visit offering a range attractions from the exciting outdoor play facilities at High Lodge, the history and heritage of Mildenhall Warren and Lynford Arboretum and the peace and tranquility of the walks around St Helen's.  Select Places to Visit in Thetford Forest from the side menu to find out more.

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What do other visitors say?

Is the cafe open during the week and would we have to pay to access the area where it is ?

Is there a forest information centre/ shop ?

Mrs cappucci, 31/Oct/2016

Check out the High Lodge webpage where they have a café and information point. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/highlodge High Lodge is a forest centre located in Thetford Forest with facilities, lots of play equipment and a café. If you go by car you will have to pay for parking.

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Is there any where which is enclosed to let my dog off in the forest?

Anonymous, 29/Oct/2016

We don't have any dedicated closed off areas for dogs however some of our restock sites (where young trees are planted) are fenced. These are most commonly found around Kings Forest.

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Hello, i was wondering if i can pick wild mushrooms for my personal use? Would be nice to find out what law states about that? Thank you

Andrew, 9/Oct/2016

At present you can pick mushrooms for personal use as an individual. Commercial businesses or groups of people picking large amounts of mushrooms are having an impact on the ecosystem of the forest and are not permitted. Please pick responsibly and make sure you know what you are picking is safe.

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Please email us at nicky.russell@forestry.gsi.gov.uk if you have an enquiry, a complaint or would like a personal reply to your comments.

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Last updated: 5th October 2016

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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

Nicky Russell

0300 067 4546
nicky.russell@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

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

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