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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to pay to visit High Lodge?

The cost of running High Lodge is considerable.  The contribution customers make helps us to build and maintain the facilities, which in turn allows us to provide walking and cycling trails, play equipment, to recycle the refuse, stage concerts and provide education visits for schools.

Currently, the Pay-On-Foot barrier system, is the most cost effective way of raising income to support the site.   Strictly speaking customers are required to pay to access the site by vehicle (see terms and conditions).  

Accessing the site by cycle, foot or motorcycle is free.

What do I get for my money?

  • Access to over 50 pieces of play equipment
  • 10 miles of walking trails
  • All ability facilities
  • Ranger service – first aid/lost children etc
  • Access to 10,000 Ha of ‘free to roam’ Forest
  • Use of the Forest Drive to access the site
  • 24hr toilets
  • 35 miles of cycle trails
  • Picnic facilities
  • Car Parks
  • Orienteering trail
  • Access to Bike Art, Go-Ape!, Go Forest Segways!, Battlefield Live and other temporary additional attractions at peak times of the year.

I’m happy to pay to visit High Lodge but I don’t think the Forestry Commission puts enough money into facilities?

The annual cost of running High Lodge is nearly £2 million. All of the facilities and services on offer are expensive to install, run and maintain. For example, the landscaping improvements in and around the Information Point and Cafe cost in the region of £470,000 in 2013.

Why do you not offer concessions for blue badge holders?

We believe that the current tariff already provides outstanding value for money for all. 

Are there any cheaper ways to visit High Lodge?

Yes, for example visiting High Lodge Thetford Forest by CAR using a Discovery Pass can cost you less than £1.24 per visit, if you visit the site on a weekly basis.

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Do I need to know the vehicle registration for all my cars?

Yes. You will need to know the correct registration number of the vehicle you use to visit High Lodge to pay for your site entry. If you have or wish to buy an annual Discovery Pass you can have 2 vehicles registered, you can only use one of the vehicles in any single visit. 

Where do I pay?

You can pay at the paystations on site or at High Lodge Information Point with either cash or card. There are no payment facilities in the car parks or at the exit.

As a Discovery Pass holder, can I change my vehicle registration details?

You can change your registration details by logging on to your Discovery Pass online account. Changes must be made by midnight on the day before your visit to allow time for the system to update.

Can I pre pay my site entry?

Yes. You can pay for all day site entry (£12.50) in advance online or at the Information Point when you arrive, this saves time and queuing at the end of your visit and you get a free site map. You will need to know your vehicle registration when pre paying for site entry. 


Tell us what you think about our services and  facilities.     
Please fill out a comment card, which is available from the High Lodge Information Point.

For more information please visit or High Lodge Information Point.



Last updated: 10th July 2018

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