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Explore High Lodge Thetford Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

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.

Clean Bandit Forest Live 2017

Clean Bandit formed in Cambridge in 2008, thier debut album ‘New Eyes’ included ‘Extraordinary’ (feat. Sharna Bass) and the smash hit ‘Rather Be’ (feat. Jess Glynne) a track that gave them industry recognition with a Grammy Award for ‘Best Dance’ recording.

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 collection Trailing 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 which will link & interpret its landscape history, wildlife and forest managment.


Gruffalo’s child in bedCome and find our Gruffalo's Child and meet the new additions! Find our Gruffalo's Child by following the Fir and Pine trails from outside the Information Point. She's by the Rabbit and new Tree House.


Run Forest RunRunning There are two running trails here at High Lodge – the 321 Run Forest Run course and the 10km Wild Running Route.



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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Visited Oak Lodge with U3A yesterday, had a lovely lady giving us a talk about history of forest, how it started, maintenance ongoing work etc very good interesting, she also took us for a walk in forest pointing out different things that she had been talking about, she made it so interesting. But paying for parking was a wake up call, bearing in mind we are all persioners and on limited budget paying out almost 7 for 3 hours was a huge amount out of my days money, so while I would have liked to stay for lunch just not affordable.

Spoilt what had been a very enjoyable visit

Anonymous, 17/May/2017

Thank you for your feedback. We believe that our costs to visit High Lodge offer exceptional value for money. Site Entry fees are vital in helping us achieve a sustainable business.The Forestry Commission Site Entry fees supports areas across the whole site from the road in and out, maintenance, cycle trails, car parks, play equipment, picnic benches, upkeep of toilets and first aid provision.

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3 Stars 3 Stars

Visited the park on a bank holiday weekend as we had booked Go Ape. We left in good time however ended up being late anyway as it took 15 minutes to park! Never seen it so busy in my life.

Go Ape itself was extremely fun and the staff were polite and helpful.

Car parking charges on the other hand are barbaric! 11 for a days parking? Our day ended up being more expensive than we had hoped. That was also without visiting the cafe, as it was too damn busy to actually sit down anywhere and enjoy a coffee.

My advice to anyone visiting - be sure to go on the quieter days.

Kirsty, 10/May/2017

Thank you for your feedback. We have been experiencing high visitor numbers on Bank Holiday weekends so now have additional car parking resource on site at peak times.

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1 Star 1 Star

While visiting your site yesterday with my family I was rather disturbed to see a painter appear to kick a dog and shout at the owner for no apparent reason

This ruined an otherwise pleasant day

Peter Ellis, 5/May/2017

Thank you for reporting this incident which will be passed onto the High Lodge Manager. Visitor Services Assistants and the Duty Manager are available at High Lodge Information Point.

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Last updated: 23rd June 2017

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What's Here?

  • 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

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Site:- 09:00 - 19:00*.
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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