Explore Thetford Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.1/5)

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


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
Mildenhall Warren Lodge & Rex Graham Open Day
Mildenhall Warren Lodge & Rex Graham Open Day 2015

When is it on

What do other visitors say?

thankyou for sorting out my Discovery Pass query. You were prompt and helpful.

Diana Brooks Smith, 21/Jan/2015

Visited high lodge on the 27 th December for a walk and coffee, on leaving we spotted a white deer on the driveway while leaving , never seen one before and have spent many hours in the forest so must be rare, would be nice to know if anyone else has seen this too

Nigel stocks, 30/Dec/2014
3 Stars 3 Stars

Mountain Biker. Used both 'red' mountain bike trails. At the time, they were both partly closed due to logging (fair enough). Both actually quite easy IMHO with no unavoidable technical bits so good for a mixed ability family. 'The Beast' section of Lime Burner was entertaining. Parking over-priced. 6.30 for 1.3 hr ride. Sherwood Pines in Notts is 4 for whole days and challenging tracks for cyclists.

Phil Miles, 7/Dec/2014
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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


OS Grid ref: TL815877
Postcode: IP27 0TJ

Get directions


East England Forest District Office

01842 810271

Opening & Parking

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

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