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Latest News (19/10/2017 08:20)

Customer Information

Please be aware that strong winds and unsettled conditions have been forecast for Saturday 21st October. You are advised to be mindful and cautious in wooded areas. Forestry Commission staff will continue to monitor the situation and take any necessary actions to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment. We will update this message throughout Friday and Saturday, as required.


 Enjoy 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.


Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Forest Live 2017Forest Live - Heaton & Abbott

Paul Heaton is one of the UK’s most successful songwriters with some 10 million album sales under his belt. He plays High Lodge with Jacqui Abbott on Saturday 9th June 2018

ForestForest Live Gary Barlow Live - Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow was the first artist to be announced for Forest Live 2018. He plays High Lodge, Thetford Forest on Friday 8th June 2018.

Gruffalo Spotters

Gruffalo Spotters  Find out what it's like to meet the Gruffalo in the deep dark wood on our new interactive trail. Watch him come to life with The Gruffalo Spotter augmented realilty app. Please download this free app before you visit. Watch the characters appear on your screen before taking a photo with them. Don't forget your wellies......some of our trails are muddy.  More details

Volunteers washing finds from a site investigation - FC collectionTrailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge  The Heritage Lottery Fund has generously awarded a grant to the Forestry Commission for a project to make a new trail into the forest. This project was launched in July and runs for two years. There are many exciting opportunities to be involved.


Halloween at High Lodge

Halloween pumpkins lantern.Join Wizard Timber and his woodland friends as they explore the forest in search of lost magic! Each story trail lasts 45 mins approx and is aimed at 4-8yr olds. Tickets £4.50 per child, available from High Lodge Indormation Point, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Book early as numbers are limited.

  • Thurs 26th October 2017 5pm or 6pm
  • Tues 31st October 2017 4.30pm or 5.30pm

High Lodge Cafe will be open for you to buy hot drinks or snacks before each story trail.

High Lodge Buggy Running Series

The first High Lodge Buggy Running Event was held on the 1st October 2017. A second event will be held at High Lodge on a Sunday in early December. Additional events will be held in 2018 with dates to be confirmed. This event is aimed at getting kids outdoors whilst parents can keep fit...therefore allowing everyone to be more active together. We will be using Oak Lodge for registration with the start and finish just a few metres away. Please visit for more details and to sign up. Site entry fee of £5 per car applies (Run token required for this rate to apply).

High Lodge Today 

For the latest site information and customer offers. Find details of the harvesting programme that is now underway on site.

Planning your visit

Site Entry fee information and facilities on site.

Trails for everyone

We have some beautiful walks for you to enjoy. Discover the wildlife, uncover the history and wander through the forest on one of our waymarked trails.

Amazing bike trails   

Explore Thetford Forest by bike. Wide, open trails for complete beginners as well as miles of flowing single track for more adventurous types. Get a taster here of the family trail.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior 

Enjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course (min height 1m). For more information and to book visit Go Ape.

Go Ape Forest Segway  

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Forest Segway.

Play and Learning

 Amazing play equipment and opportunities for learning.

Food and drink

The Café serves fresh, seasonal, hot and cold food and drinks throughout the year. It is open everyday, (excluding Christmas Day) - seasonal opening times apply. Call 01842 814042 for more info. The Pantry and Ice Cream Parlour may also be open during the holidays and peak times, subject to customer demand.

Events and activities

Plan your visit to coincide with our additional attractions being on site at weekends and school holidays, subject to customer demand. Call 0300 067 4400 to check.

Volunteering opportunities

Enjoy the forest, learn new skills and meet new people. Get stuck in and help make the forest a fantastic place for people and wildlife. We currently have a range of volunteering opportunities at High Lodge and in the wider Thetford Forest area.

What do other visitors say?

Hi There, thought I should mention Tick Bites and Lyme Disease.

I'm fairly certain my son got a tick bite and developed the tell tale Bulls Eye rash about 2 weeks after visting Thetford. He has now been prescribed the strong antibiotics required and should have no further complications. Always best the check out any bites that don't look like your normal mozzy bites.

Anonymous, 26/Jul/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Many thanks to the staff at High Lodge for assisting us when our dog, Ruby, was bitten by an adder on 15th July 2017. You helped us find a vet and gave us transport to our car. Because of you, we were able to get to the vets within the hour of the incident. Ruby was deteriorating fast so she needed the help quickly. She was bitten on the paw which has caused severe bruising all the way to the chest. She is in recovery so we are just hoping the swelling does not get much worse. Many thanks again for reacting so promptly.

Maria White, 16/Jul/2017

Thank you for your comments and our staff were pleased to help. We hope Ruby has now made a full recovery and will be able to visit High Lodge again soon.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

I came to do 'Look out' archery on June 10th 2017. I am disabled and in a wheelchair, when I got to the area for the archery I found that there was no access for me there without help, as there is a large tree trunk laying across the entrance, and wood chips in front of the area where you do the archery which made it very difficult for me to move about and position myself to be able to take part in the archery.

If this could be addressed it would be very helpful, I offer my help as a disabled person if you require any help in this matter.

Apart form this minor problem. I had a very enjoyable afternoon and will be coming again.

Robert Carty, 18/Jun/2017

Thank you for your feedback regarding disabled access for this attraction. I have forwarded your comments to the Ranger who liaises with attraction providers so this can be discussed further. We look forward to welcoming you to site again soon.

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Last updated: 19th October 2017

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Postcode: IP27 0AF

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High Lodge Thetford Forest

0300 067 4400

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Opening Times:
Site:- 09:00 - 18:00*.
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*Entrance gate closes 45 mins before this time.
** Information Point may be open beyond advertised opening times due to weather conditions and demand.
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