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Explore Thetford Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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.

Business Opportunity

We are inviting Expressions of Interests from businesses to provide mobile catering at a number of our picnic areas or small forest car parks.  Visit the Forestry Commission Business Opportunities page for more information. 

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What's on

High Lodge Heritage Project Consultation
With development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we’re planning a new all-ability trail into Thetford Forest which will link and interpret its landscape history, wildlife and how the forest is managed for timber.

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What do other visitors say?

Are we able to have a family picnic at thetford forest

Casey , 22/Jun/2016

Yes, you're able to picnic in Thetford Forest. BBQs are NOT permit. High Lodge has static BBQs which you can hire.

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Is it possible to book a barbecue in advance?

Anna, 3/Jun/2016

The use of portable/disposable BBQ are not permitted on the Public Forest Estate in case of fire. You can book static BBQ units High Lodge.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

Lovely scenery lots of things to do great parks. Over priced food drink activities and parking, first time coming will be better prepared if visiting again!

Anonymous, 22/May/2016

Thank you for your feedback and we are glad you enjoyed visiting High Lodge. The site entry fee helps maintain the site, including the play area, over 50km of waymarked cycle trails, car parks, and allows us to sensitivly manage this unique landscape. Purchasing a Discovery Pass gives you site entry to High Lodge for a year and to get the most out of your visit it includes information about events and discounts on many of the activities on offer at High Lodge. Our onsite activities and concessions are always striving to provide value for money. The prices in the Cafe are in line with most other attractions where catering facilities are available.

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Last updated: 8th May 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


OS Grid ref: TL815877
Postcode: IP27 0TJ

Get directions


Nicky Russell

0300 067 4546

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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