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Explore High Lodge Thetford Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

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.

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.


 The Company of Wolves - 21, 22 & 23/9/17 @ 7pm

Angela Carter's classic tale has been adapted by theatre company Burn the Curtain into a promenade adventure for runners and walkers. Join Burn the Curtain in the re-telling of this dark and mysterious modern classic.  

'SPECIAL THETFORD HIGH LODGE OFFER Buy 4 tickets, get the 5th free on all remaining tickets', Runners & Walkers we need you!

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Go Tri Duathlon - 21/10/17 @ 9am

Go Tri Duathlon is an event great for novice adults who want to take part in an exciting activity.

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The Duathlon is structured as a run, bike, run format (2km run, 6km bike, 2 km run). All sections will take part on waymarked forest trails with volunteers located at key points. Helmets must be worn by all participants. If you do not wear a helmet then you will be unable to take part in this event.

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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.

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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 September 2017

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  • Arts
  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle wash
  • Dogs on lead
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • First aid
  • Hi-Rope
  • Information
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Play area
  • Segway
  • Walking
  • Visitor centre
  • Toliets
  • One 24hr with baby changing facilities
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OS Grid ref: TL807864
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*.
Information Point:-
09:00 - 18:00**
09:00 - 18:00**
*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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