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Filming & Photography

Taking photographs in a bluebell wood On the film set of  Children of Men  Young boy taking a photograph TV crew at a live music event at Thetford Forest

Thetford Forest & High Lodge are inspiring locations for photography and filming.

Visitors are welcome to take photographs without charge on the Thetford Forest estate and the grounds of the High Lodge for personal (non-commercial) or educational use.

However, we do have some guidelines for commercial photography and filming:

Large commercial photography projects, photo shoots and commercial filming requires a permit and possible filming fee. The permit, charges and terms and conditions for commercial photography can be obtained from the Communications Manager, via the Forestry Commission's East England Forest District office.

Press photographers, particularly those wishing to photograph special events and Forest Live concerts, must request permission via the Communications Manager ahead of their visit.

Independent photographers who are taking photographs for image banks, portfolios, small to medium scale commercial publications etc. do not need to apply for a permit, but must pay the site entry fee to access High Lodge (or access the site using a Discovery Pass on arrival).

If you are looking for images to illustrate a book, magazine, or project the Forestry Commission maintians a picture library for you to browse and request copies, however some pictures may be charged for.

For more information please contact the Communications Manager or call 03000 674500.

We ask that photographers respect the Forestry Commission estate at Thetford Forest, High Lodge and other visitors to our sites.

Last updated: 10th July 2018

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