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Explore Thetford Forest
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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.


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Forest Live 2016

Simply Red - Forest Live concerts 2016The definitive sound of 80s and 90s R’n’B, Simply Red have announced that they will perform at Thetford Forest on Sunday 3 July as part of Forest Live 2016. They will be playing material from their excellent new album ‘Big Love’ as well as their greatest hits.  

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 do other visitors say?

Hi there. My wife does an activity in her pushbike like sledging. Where her dog pulls her along. I am just wondering if this is something she can do at high lodge on the mountain bike trails. I can't find any info regarding this on your website. But just wanted to make sure.

Jack, 6/Oct/2015

This would be classified as a hazardous activity and is therefore not permissible at High Lodge on any of the trails or elsewhere without a formal permission. For further information please contact the Thetford Forest Ranger.

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It was awesome at thetford forest

Anonymous, 15/Sep/2015

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.

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Last updated: 11/25/2015

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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

0300 067 4500

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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