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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.3/5)

Week commencing: 24/09/2018


Duty Manager contactable: 09:00 - 18:00

Site is Open 09:00 - 18:00*

(*entrance gate is locked 45 minutes before this time)

High Lodge Information Point (HLIP) is open:    

Weekdays - 09:00 - 17:00**

Weekends and School Holidays - 09:00 - 18:00**

** Please note the Information Point may be open beyond the advertised opening times subject to weather conditions and demand.

The Café, Pantry and Ice cream Parlour are managed by Churchill Catering Ltd.

The Cafe is open:-

Monday - Sunday - 09:00 - 17:00

Breakfast is served until 11:30 and Lunch 12:00 - 15:00

The Pantry is open:-

Weekends and school holidays - 11:00 - 16:00 (subject to demand)

The Ice Cream Parlour is open weekends and school holidays 12:00 - 17:00 (subject to demand)

Please visit http://churchillcatering.co.uk/ to view menus and for the Events and Functions offer.

Site Entry Fees

There is a site entry fee payable for all vehicles using the site. The barrier system uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition and you can pay at the Information Point or the pay stations.

You can pre-pay online for your site entry when staying all day and beat the queues; all day tickets are available for cars, mini buses and coaches.

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 CLOSED Friday 21st of September

There is lots of fun to be had in the Wildplay area.

The Highway Rat Activity Trail is open - get your activity pack from the Information Point priced at £3 each.


Orienteering Course


Go Ape

 TreeTop Adventure and Segways are open every day.


Outdoor Activities

We have additional attractions on site at weekends and school holidays(subject to weather and demand) some which only take cash payments:

Look Out Archery

Breck Treks Pony Rides

Fun Faces and Hair


Back to Wilderness and Battlefield Live are only onsite for bookings.

BBQ Hire

All High Lodge BBQs are now booked online. You can choose the location and size you require using the online calendar up to 3 months in advance. Disposable barbeques, portable cooking stoves and the like are not allowed, due to fire risks, and will be extinguished.

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Bike Art


Open every day - Monday to Sunday including Bank holidays


09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday (Last cycle hire 15:45*)

09:00 - 18:00 Weekends (Last cycle hire 16:45*)

*Bike hire may be restricted by daylight hours and weather conditions.

Please note that you will need to produce your photo driving licence to hire bikes or pay a significant deposit with admin charges applied.  To check availability or for more information please call 01842 810090.

Cycle trailsCyclist on a single track forest trail.


Diversion maps are available at the Information Point on site. Please follow any diversions and adhere to all signage. Thank you.

Lime Burner (red grade) - Approx 16km

Open with a diversion

Beater (blue grade) - Approx 18km -


Shepherd (green grade) - Approx 8km

Open, but only the shortcut option is available due to harvesting works.

Pits (black grade) 


Pump track


Poacher (blue grade) - Approx 8km - This trail is in the Brandon Block, west of the B1106.


There are waymarkers to Brandon Country Park from High Lodge, follow the start of the Beater & Lime Burner Trails, but turn off at the crossroads by the Gruffalo Child sculpture.


Walking trails

Beech - (pink) - approx 5km


Fir - (yellow) - approx 5km


Pine - (white) - approx 1.5k


Nature - (brown) - approx 1.5km


We have now opened a new section of the Nature Trail with new interactive interpretation panels along the whole route which help you to investigate the plants and animals here at High Lodge.

Running Trails


Run Forest Run-Our 1,2 & 3km running trail


Wild Running Route-10km





What do other visitors say?

Would you be displaying the football on outside screen if we reach the final on Sunday 15th july?

Anonymous, 9/Jul/2018

Apologies for the delayed response but unfortunately England didn't reach the Cup Final and we do not have a big outside screen at High Lodge.

Forestry Commission Response

Can we still use the Gruffalo trail app?

Anonymous, 2/Jul/2018

The Gruffalo trail was removed in October 2017 and the app relies on the AR markers which have also been removed. The Gruffalo sculptures can still be found on site if you are intending to visit.

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We will be visiting in April in our VW camper van ( same footprint as a car) please would you confirm the parking fee will be the same as a car. Thank you

Anonymous, 24/Mar/2018

Yes, I can confirm that the site entry fee will be the same for your VW camper van as a car. This is so long as it carries less than 9 passengers and therefore not classed as a minibus.I hope you have a great visit to site.

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Last updated: 25th September 2018

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle wash
  • Dogs on lead
  • Educational
  • First aid
  • Hi-Rope
  • Horse riding
  • Litter bin
  • 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:
09/09/2018 - 28/10/2017
Site:- 09:00 - 18:00*
Information Point:-
09:00 -17:00**
*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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