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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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Would I be able to get a chain saw and cut up deadfallen trees, and use the wood in my fireplace at my house to stay warm this winter?

terry kelley, 11/Sep/2016

Thank you for checking this out with us. Unfortunately you are not allowed to use a chainsaw to cut up fallen trees on the public forest estate. Thetford Forest is a Special Protection Area for wildlife and fallen dead wood is valuable habitat. Timber grown on the estate is harvested under strict guidelines and sold to sustainably manage the forest for all. Unmanaged chainsaw activity in the forest would also place other forest users at risk.

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Hi, I visited the forest for the day on Saturday and managed to lose my sunglasses, I was wondering if there is someone I could speak to to see if they have kindly been handed in?

Thank you

Amanda, 23/Aug/2016

We haven't had any sun glasses handed in I'm afraid.

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How much is it to just come to the forest

Anonymous, 23/Aug/2016

Thetford Forest has a number of picnic sites which are free to visit. On the left hand menu bar on the Thetford Forest page click on "Places to Visit in Thetford Forest". High Lodge Forest Centre is based in Thetford Forest and does require you to pay for parking. However, there's lots to do there with play equipment, bike trails and a café.

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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


OS Grid ref: TL815877
Postcode: IP27 0TJ

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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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