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Explore High Lodge Thetford Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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.



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?

1 Star 1 Star

No internet signal sat at table foot was missing making table unstable my son moved his chair and it tipped hot chochilate all over him burning his hand stomach and my hand told cafe people basically didn't want to know told me to go to other cafe I asked for manager she came and apologised but never offered him another drink until my mum asked she did give my son cold packs for his burns

Susan Pickett, 14/Apr/2017

Thank you for your feedback and High Lodge Café is run by Churchill Catering which is a partner business on the High Lodge site. Your experience will be discussed with their management team.

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1 Star 1 Star

The staff at Bike Art are the most obnoxious, rude, unhelpful people and their prices are ludicrous - we will never return their and warn others to avoid falling foul of there "service"!

The Cafe staff were not much better and started cleaning floors and stacking chairs on tables whilst we ate almost an hour before closing. They even locked the door so we had to ask to leave, 15 minutes before closing time - again, we will never visit here again either.

Go Ape was "ok" but again, staff were less than bothered with any requests out of the norm. Chaos and lots of waiting time.

For a day out, what with the highest priced parking I have ever known, it certainly tested our patience but our boys seemed to enjoy their day so that was a saving grace.

Anonymous, 9/Apr/2017

Thank you for your feedback and High Lodge Café is run by Churchill Catering which is a partner business on the High Lodge site. Bike Art and Go Ape are also partner businesses on site. Your comments will be followed up with their respective management teams.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

I think you need to have a word with the staff that run Bike Art. If you have a quick look across Google Reviews or Trip Advisor type sites, let alone the cycling interest groups, Bike Art's customer service has built up an infamous reputation for rude staff and shoddy bike service. Having a captive market means there is no choice for bike hire, which is where the Forestry Commission should step in. Much of the negative experiences cyclists have at Thetford comes from interaction with Bike Art. It is so bad that regular cyclists like myself prepare ourselves for the rude abuse that is part of the hire or servicing experience at Bike Art. Is this the kind of reputation you want High Lodge to have? Please - do something about this. They are also ruining the perception of the cycling community for those coming in to it. The owner(s) clearly think their behaviour is normal - they wouldn't last a few weeks in places like Cambridge.

Matt Polaine, 8/Apr/2017

Thank you for your feedback. Bike Art is a partner business on the High Lodge site. Your comments will be discussed with their management team.

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Last updated: 11th April 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


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 - 19:00*.
Information Point:-
09:00 - 18:00**
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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