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Explore High Lodge Thetford Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.1/5)

Enjoy a forest adventure at High Lodge Thetford Forest. Unwind with beautiful forest trails or try the excitement of our bike trails, Go Ape and adventure play.

Clean Bandit Forest Live 2017

Clean Bandit formed in Cambridge in 2008, thier debut album ‘New Eyes’ included ‘Extraordinary’ (feat. Sharna Bass) and the smash hit ‘Rather Be’ (feat. Jess Glynne) a track that gave them industry recognition with a Grammy Award for ‘Best Dance’ recording.

Gruffalo Spotters

Gruffalo Spotters  Find out what it's like to meet the Gruffalo in the deep dark wood on our new interactive trail. Watch him come to life with The Gruffalo Spotter augmented realilty app. Please download this free app before you visit. Watch the characters appear on your screen before taking a photo with them. Don't forget your wellies......some of our trails are muddy.  More details

Normal bark stripping on felled stems of oak (quercus robur). Nagshead plantation, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. 28/04/1955.Hidden Heritage of High Lodge  The Forestry Commission are in the process of submitting a round two bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a new trail in the forest which will link and interpret its landscape history, wildlife and forest management.

Gruffalo’s child in bedCome and find our Gruffalo's Child and meet the new additions! Find our Gruffalo's Child by following the Fir and Pine trails from outside the Information Point. She's by the Rabbit and new Tree House.


Run Forest RunRunning There are two running trails here at High Lodge – the 321 Run Forest Run course and the 10km Wild Running Route.


 Get fit and get points with BountsGet rewarded for exercising with Bounts Sometimes you need that extra motivation to pull on your trainers and get some exercise in the forest. Find out more about Bounts.


High Lodge Today 

For the latest site information and customer offers. Find details of the harvesting programme that is now underway on site.

Planning your visit

Site Entry fee information and facilities on site.

Trails for everyone

We have some beautiful walks for you to enjoy. Discover the wildlife, uncover the history and wander through the forest on one of our waymarked trails.

Amazing bike trails   

Explore Thetford Forest by bike. Wide, open trails for complete beginners as well as miles of flowing single track for more adventurous types. Get a taster here of the family trail.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior 

Enjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course (min height 1m). For more information and to book visit Go Ape.

Go Ape Forest Segway  

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book visit Go Ape Forest Segway.

Play and Learning

 Amazing play equipment and opportunities for learning.

Food and drink

The Café serves fresh, seasonal, hot and cold food and drinks throughout the year. It is open everyday, (excluding Christmas Day) - seasonal opening times apply. Call 01842 814042 for more info. The Pantry and Ice Cream Parlour may also be open during the holidays and peak times, subject to customer demand.

Events and activities

Plan your visit to coincide with our additional attractions being on site at weekends and school holidays, subject to customer demand. Call 0300 067 4400 to check.

Volunteering opportunities

Enjoy the forest, learn new skills and meet new people. Get stuck in and help make the forest a fantastic place for people and wildlife. We currently have a range of volunteering opportunities at High Lodge and in the wider Thetford Forest area.

What do other visitors say?

This is the second email to you about your closing time I took my Grandaughter and the young disabled boy she looks after to High Lodge Brandon last week dropped them off at 1.00 pm. The signs on entering the area said this site closes at 5.00pm nothing to say the gates will be locked at 4.15 so on arriving at 4.45 with no way of getting in or contacting anyone inside. Grandaughter had no phone signal due to area we were in eventually contacted High Lodge and they sent a Forestry Van who thankfully picked them up and brought them to the exit gate. Also people that just drop off and pick people up should be catered for by having someone at the entrance gate to let them through to pick the people up. But the main I would hope for is some signs put up informing people the gates are locked 45 minutes before the site closes not everyone looks on the internet to check everything. Thank you

alan blair, 20/Feb/2017

Thank you for your feedback. There can be a delay in your comments being published. We offer our apologies for your return stressful visit to site and pleased that our staff were able to help. There is a large banner with the closing time which also states the gates are locked 45 mins before this time. This information is also displayed in other signage at the entrance.

Forestry Commission Response

Obnoxious staff at Bike Art - never coming back!

Anonymous, 19/Feb/2017

Thank you for your feedback and hope that you will feel able to return to High Lodge to enjoy the varied attractions. Bike Art is a partner business on site and will be made aware of your comments.

Forestry Commission Response
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I dropped my Grandaughter and the boy she cares for at High Lodge Brandon at 1pm today on the entrance gate it said these gates will be locked at 5pm ( no mention of locking them at 4.15 ) so came back at 4.45 to find the gates locked Grandaughter had no phone signal no answer on ringing High Lodge, quite stressed by then eventually someone answered the phone I explained my problem and the Lady was very helpful and sent a van to let me in luckily I had described my Grandaughter and her charge to the Lady the man in the van spotted them and brought them to the gate which I was very grateful for but do believe this could have been avoided with better signage thanks

Anonymous, 17/Feb/2017
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Last updated: 15th March 2017

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What's Here?

  • Arts
  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Cycling Hire
  • Cycle wash
  • Dogs on lead
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • First aid
  • Hi-Rope
  • Information
  • 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:
Site:- 09:00 - 18:00*.
Information Point:-
09:00 - 17:00**
09:00 - 18:00**
*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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