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Explore High Lodge Thetford Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

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.

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The Script Forest Live 2017Dublin's finest, The Script, announce dates for 2018 as part of Forest Live. They will be performing at High Lodge on Thursday 7 June 2018. Tickets £42.50 (plus £4.75 booking fee) are on sale from the Forestry Commission box office tel: 03000 680400 or buy online at 


Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Forest Live 2017Forest Live - Heaton & Abbott

Paul Heaton is one of the UK’s most successful songwriters with some 10 million album sales under his belt. He plays High Lodge with Jacqui Abbott on Saturday 9th June 2018. Tickets £33.50 (plus £3.85 booking fee) are on sale from the Forestry Commission box office tel: 03000 680400 or buy online at

Volunteers washing finds from a site investigation - FC collectionTrailing the Hidden Heritage of High Lodge  The Heritage Lottery Fund has generously awarded a grant to the Forestry Commission for a project to make a new trail into the forest. This project was launched in July and runs for two years. There are many exciting opportunities to be involved.



The Hunting of the Snark

The classic Lewis Carroll poem, The Hunting of the Snark, will be brought to life in the forest by innovative theatre company, Burn the Curtain. Download the Snarkhunter app to follow the original story, then come along to the forests for the exciting promenade theatre show in Thetford, Norfolk on 11th, 12th & 13th October.

Go Tri Duathlon

High Lodge is happy to announce the return of the Go Tri Duathlon which will take place on Saturday 19th May 2018. The event is great for novice ADULTS (16+) who want to take part in an exciting activity with the Duathlon structured as a run, bike, run format (2km run, 6km bike, 2km run). There will be a participant fee of £7.50 which does not include site entry. Tickets on sale from Tuesday 27th March.
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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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Good place for the kids to let off steam 😉... but the prices you have to pay for a drink are extortionate and as for the carpark ! 7.50 for two and a half hours... won't be visiting any time soon.

Jacinda Westhorpe, 6/May/2018

quick you allow dogs into the cafe?

ian, 29/Apr/2018

A dog that aid a person who has a disability e.g. a guide dog, are allowed into the Café. All other dogs are welcome to sit with their owners on the large patio in front of the High Lodge Café.

Forestry Commission Response

Love going but the cafe is ridiculously expensive which is a real shame

Anonymous, 25/Mar/2018
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Last updated: 22nd May 2018

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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:
26/03/2018 - 09/09/2018
Site:- 09:00 - 19:00*.
Information Point:-
Weekdays 09:00 - 18:00**
Weekends and school holidays
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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