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(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.6/5)

 Week commencing: 20/11/2017

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:    

Monday - Friday - 10:00 - 16:00**

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 - 10:00 - 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.

Outdoor Activities

Please bring CASH for on site additional attractions such as face painting, pony rides and archery. Check the Attractions section on the web page for updates.

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 there are 4 pay stations available. All 4 take card payments including contactless and two of the machines take cash payments as well.

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

The Zip line is closed until further notice for safety reasons.

The Gruffalo Spotters Trail has now finished and has been removed.  

The Activity net has been repaired and has been re-opened.    

Orienteering Course

Open - Maps £2 from High Lodge Information Point.

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.

BBQs 1 and 5 have been removed for repair and are unavailable at present.  It is expected they will be back in use for the middle of December for any keen winter BBQ enthusiasts!

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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. Place follow any diversions and adhere to all signage. Thank you.

Lime Burner (red grade) - Approx 16km

Open with diversions

PLEASE NOTE:- Trail construction for the Heritage trail begins on Monday 9th October. Access to Fire Road 11 will be restricted and works vehicles/lorrys will be using FR11 for access and crossing sections from The Beast and THE down HILL. please take care, follow all signage and instruction.


Beater (blue grade) - Approx 18km - please note the change in grading as this trail was previously red. 

Open with a diversion at the end

Shepherd (green grade) - Approx 8km

Please note waymarkers have been changed from a green arrow on a white background to a white arrow on a green background. 

Shepherd Shortcut - Open

Pits (black grade) 

Pump track


Poacher (blue grade) - Approx 8km - This trail is in the Brandon Block, west of the B1106. You can still find it from the centre of High Lodge - just follow the waymarkers to Brandon Country Park.

Open - shortcut available

Walking trails

Beech - (pink) - approx 5km


Fir (yellow) - approx 5km


Pine (white) - approx 1.5km


Nature - (brown) - approx 1.5km


Running Trails


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


Wild Running Route-10km


There are now waymarkers on this route.



What do other visitors say?

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.

Forestry Commission Response

Are you open New Year's Day ? Just want to do a longggggg dog walk . Don't want any of the activities. Will there be anywhere to grab a coffee ?

Donna , 31/Dec/2016

Thank you for your enquiry, it is always advisable to look on our webpage for up to date information on opening times including the cafeteria.

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Last updated: 23rd November 2017

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  • 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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