Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open every day except Christmas Day. 

Please note that last entry is at 6pm.



Opening hours 9am - 7pm
Bike Art 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4pm
Information point 10am - 7pm
Opening hours 9am - 7pm
Bike Art 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4pm
Information point 10am - 7pm
Opening hours 9am - 7pm
Bike Art 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4pm
Information point 10am - 7pm
Opening hours 9am - 7pm
Bike Art 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4pm
Information point 10am - 7pm
Opening hours 9am - 7pm
Bike Art 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4pm
Information point 10am - 7pm


Opening hours 9am - 7pm
Bike Art 9am - 6pm
Cafe 9am - 5pm
Information point 9am - 7pm
Opening hours 9am - 7pm
Bike Art 9am - 6pm
Cafe 9am - 5pm
Information point 9am - 7pm

How to find us

How to find us
Thetford Forest, Brandon
Sat Nav Postcode: IP27 0AF
By Car

Find us off the B1107 between Brandon and Thetford, just off the A11.

OS Grid Ref
TL 807 864

52.4344514, 0.6632409

Parking and prices

Day visitors to High Lodge can pre-pay a discounted rate online (full day visit only). Pre-payment must be made at least 24hrs before your visit and can be made up to seven days in advance. Tickets are limited and available on a first to book basis.

Pre-pay for parking

Card payments only for car parking, membership and activity packs/maps on site. 

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Early bird exit before 11am £4.00
Up to 1 hour £3.00
Up to 2 hours £6.00
Up to 3 hours £9.00
Up to 4 hours £12.00
All day £15.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses - £26.00 fixed fee

Coaches - £48.00 fixed fee

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer


Drop Off or Pick up fee - £3

Number of accessible parking spaces: 12
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Pay on foot system

Facilities and access

We no longer take cash at High Lodge. Please see below for details of our facilities.

On site BBQ hire is available but you cannot bring a BBQ on to site.  

Play area (s)Open - check play area pages for updates
Walking TrailsOpen
Cycling TrailsOpen
Car ParkOpen
Go ApeOpen
Bike Art cycle hire 


Orienteering Open

The toilets will be closed for cleaning between 1:30pm to 2pm, during this time please use the Cafe toilets.


For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:


Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Bird hide
Cycle hire
Dogs allowed
Easy access trail
Information point
Picnic area
Play Area
Ranger's Office
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire
Visitor Centre
Wildlife hide

Contact details

Play, run, climb or cycle your way round High Lodge in Thetford Forest and experience nature at its finest

Every corner of High Lodge has something just waiting to be discovered, the more you walk around the forest, the more you’ll find.

With play areas dotted around the forest, beautiful trails winding through rich wilderness and thrilling mountain biking opportunities, you’ll be itching to return!

The Heritage Trail at High Lodge, built with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the forest.

Food and drink

high lodge cafe

High Lodge cafe

Open 7 days a week, serving hot food and drink. 10% discount and monthly offers for High Lodge members

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at one of our beautiful barbecue stands, just bring along good food and company!

High Lodge has eight barbecues available for you to book. Choose either a small barbecue catering up to 12 people or a large barbecue ideal for about 20 people. The barbecues are yours to use all day (from 11.00am until 1 hour before site closure) and are bookable up to 30 days in advance. Disposable and portable barbecues are not allowed.

Barbecue hire prices are £18 for a small barbecue or £30 for a large barbecue off peak season. Peak pricing applies to weekends and school holiday dates between March and September of £26 for a small barbecue and £38 for a large barbecue.

Don't forget to bring your own charcoal and tools!

Please note that there is no vehicular access to any barbecues but you can park close to numbers 3 to 8.

In order to protect this special landscape from the risk of fire please follow our guidance

You are welcome to hire our barbecues, but to prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any other barbecues into this forest Never leave the barbecue unattended Make sure that all rubbish is taken away with you The collection of wood from the forest is not permitted, please do not use it to add fuel to your barbecue Open fires are not allowed  Full terms and conditions apply 

A popular activity in the heart of the High Lodge site which opened in April. It features 18 forest themed holes between the trees next to the main green.  

The activity is bookable online (Crazy Golf In Suffolk | High Lodge Adventure Golf) or pay and play on the day - please bring cash if you wish to pay on the day. 

We recommend securing your slot by booking in advance on busy days to avoid disappointment 


Open weekends and school holidays (10am-5pm, with last entry on the course at 4pm)



Release your inner Robin Hood with the ultimate archery experience at High Lodge Thetford.

Lookout Archery provides a complete archery experience from beginners to competition archers. We offer have-a-go, one hour lessons, group bookings, birthday parties, corporate, school visits and family days out.

Archery will be onsite weekends and during school holidays through out the year. Midweek term time is available upon request. Booking is recommended due to the popularity of this activity and to avoid disappointment. 

For more information on booking your archery experience please call 07729 402009 or visit their website

Find out more

This course is an introduction to the world of bushcraft, survival and wilderness Living.

You’ll gain a good understanding of the basic skills required to help you survive in the wilderness, but it will be down to you to practice.

Holders of valid Membership are entitled to an additional 15% discount for individual bookings or 20% discount for two or more people on selected weekend courses at High Lodge. Your membership number must be verified as current before the booking is confirmed. Call to discuss on 07833 182180.

For details on a variety of courses, visit Back to Wilderness.

Nearby forests

Santon Downham

Whether you are seeking a quiet stroll or wish to take in the natural beauty of the local area, Santon Downham is an idyllic part of Suffolk.

Much of the land here originally belonged to the Santon Downham estate, which was at one time owned by Charles Sloane (later Lord Cadogan).

Snowdrops in the forest

The Little Ouse Valley between Brandon and Thetford has been designated a Forest Nature Reserve by Forestry England in recognition of its importance to wildlife.

Sunrise in a conifer forest

A patchwork of pines, heathland and broadleaves provide the ideal setting for a great day out, and a welcome refuge for a rich variety of animal and plant life.

18,730 hectares to explore

The forest covers a huge area with many different places to visit, offering a range attractions from the exciting outdoor play facilities at High Lodge to the history and heritage of Mildenhall Warren and Lynford Arboretum and the peace and tranquility of the walks around Santon Downham.

Sun bathing

The magnificent beeches lining the A134 at this site provide the setting for one of the most attractive picnic spots within the forest.

The splendour of the beech canopy affords an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

An open area next to the car park gives opportunities for those wishing to picnic or play during their stay. Here, heather and grasses add a splash of colour and interest for insects such as butterflies and bees, reminiscent of the former Breckland heaths.

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