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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.6/5)

 Week commencing: 12/02/2018

PLEASE NOTE:- Trail construction for the Heritage trail is underway which means that access around Fire Road 11 is restricted and lorry movements are likely.

Duty Manager contactable: 09:00 - 17:00

Site is open : 09:00 - 17:00*

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

High Lodge Information Point (HLIP) is open:    

Weekends and School Holidays - 09:00 - 17:00**

** 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 - Friday - 9:00 - 16:00

Weekends - 09:00 - 16:00

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 closed for the off peak season.

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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Please note the Sound Trail is closed due to essential harvesting in that area. Please follow all safety signage.

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.

The Zip line is closed but please be aware that we are in the process of replacing this so there will be machinery and work being undertaken in this area.  Please obey all signage and keep out of restricted areas.

Orienteering Course

Open - Please note posts 12 and 13 are currently not accessible.

Go Ape

TreeTop Junior and TreeTop Adventure are open.  Segways are back in action from the 23rd March. www.goape.co.uk                             

Outdoor Activities

Please bring CASH for on site additional attractions such as face painting, pony rides and archery. 

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 - 16:00 Monday to Friday (Last cycle hire 14:45*)

09:00 - 17:00 Weekends (Last cycle hire 15:45*)

*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 diversions

Beater (blue grade) - Approx 18km -


Shepherd (green grade) - Approx 8km

Open with a diversion

Shepherd Shortcut 


Pits (black grade) 


Pump track

Open for half term, please follow way markers from the cycle header board. THis will be closed again from 19th Feb-Mid March due to essential harvesting in that area. Please follow all safety signage.

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

Open with a diversion at the end via our Shepherd (Green) Cycle Trail.

Pine - (white) - approx 1.5k

CLOSED until mid March

Nature - (brown) - approx 1.5km


Running Trails


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

CLOSED until mid march

Wild Running Route-10km

Open with diversions.

There are now waymarkers on this route.



What do other visitors say?

Does the cafe allow dogs please?

Anonymous, 5/Feb/2018

No, pet dogs are not allowed inside the cafe. However there is plenty of seating outside on the patio area where you can enjoy refreshments with your dog.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Went to High Lodge with my 2 small grandchildren and I think it is good value for money, apart from the cafe. Had I known how expensive the food was I would have taken my own food. My 2 grandchildren are 2 and 4 and there was masses to keep them happy. Some of the attractions encourages them to be more adventurous in a safe environment. When you consider rides in city centre malls cost 2 for about 30 seconds or so, I don't think the parking too expensive. K

Happy Granny, 25/Aug/2017

wanted to come today for a short time but could not find how mutch it would cost so did not come. please put your car parking charges on your site

Anonymous, 12/Mar/2017

Car parking charges are shown as Site entry fees, payable for vehicles brought onto site. These are displayed in full in our Planning your visit section of the website.

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Last updated: 13th February 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:
30/10/2017 - 04/03/2018
Site:- 09:00 - 17:00*
Information Point:-
Weekdays term time
10:00 - 16:00**
Weekends and school holidays.
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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