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 5pm.



Opening hours 9am - 6pm
Bike Art 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4pm
Information point 10am - 6pm
Opening hours 9am - 6pm
Bike Art 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4pm
Information point 10am - 6pm
Opening hours 9am - 6pm
Bike Art 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4pm
Information point 10am - 6pm
Opening hours 9am - 6pm
Bike Art 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4pm
Information point 10am - 6pm
Opening hours 9am - 6pm
Bike Art 9am - 5pm
Cafe 10am - 4pm
Information point 10am - 6pm


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

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 Visitor Centre, Thetford Forest can pre-pay in advance online for a full day visit up to seven days in advance, tickets are limited and available on a first to book basis.

Pre-pay for parking

We no longer take cash at High Lodge, so you will need card payments for car parking, membership and activity packs/maps.

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Early bird exit before 11am £3.00
Up to 1 hour £2.00
Up to 2 hours £5.00
Up to 3 hours £8.00
Up to 4 hours £10.00
All day £12.50

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Minibuses - £26.00 fixed fee

Coaches - £44.00 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 - £2

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 1pm 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

Activities at High Lodge

BBQ Alice Holt Family
Barbecues and picnics at High Lodge
Adventure golf hole 8 at High Lodge
Adventure Golf at High Lodge
Archery bow
Archery at High Lodge
Back to Wilderness at High Lodge
Back to Wilderness at High Lodge
group of ladies on mountain bikes in a forest
Breeze into the Forest at High Lodge
children enjoying play areas in the forest
Children's play area at High Lodge
mountain biker on downhill trail
Cycling and mountain biking trails at High Lodge
Old bearded man in a green woolly hat and female child playing disc golf
Disc Golf at High Lodge
Couple with dog walking away through a forest clearing
Fir trail at High Lodge
People on bikes ready at start line
Fitness and wellbeing activities at High Lodge
Forest Holidays cabin in the forest on a sunny day
Forest Holidays at Thorpe Forest, Harling Woods
Group doing yoga among the trees in the forest
Forest yoga at High Lodge
Go ape forest segway high lodge
Go Ape Forest Segway at High Lodge
Child flying through the woods on a zip wire
Go Ape Tree Top Adventure at High Lodge
Go ape tree top adventure high lodge
Go Ape Tree Top Challenge at High Lodge
Gruffalo orienteering activity pack on the grass
Gruffalo Orienteering at High Lodge
Giant Gruffalo Sculpture in the Forest
Gruffalo Sculpture at High Lodge
Trail runners in the forest
Guided trail runs at High Lodge
Couple walking along trail with sun shining through trees
Heritage Trail at High Lodge
Family walking on a woodland trail
Nature trail at High Lodge
Group of three people walking past a tree
Orienteering at High Lodge
Family enjoying a woodland trail
Pine trail at High Lodge
Girl in winter coat crouched down next to a Superworm pannel with a bee on
Superworm trail at High Lodge, Thetford
Child jumping on trampoline
Thurston Leisure at High Lodge
walkers enjoying a walk through nature in autumn
Walking trails at High Lodge

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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