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

Opening hours

St Helen's Picnic Site offers 24 hour access, 365 days a year.

Please note that the toilet block is currently closed.

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How to find us

How to find us
St Helen's Picnic Site, Thetford Forest
Sat Nav Postcode: IP27 0TJ
By Car

Follow the signs for East England Forest District office, as you pass the office on the left carry over the bridge and the site is on you right (header signs in place).

OS Grid Ref
TL 820 880

52.4537166, 0.6858984

Parking and prices

There are no parking charges at St Helen's Picnic Site.

Coaches/Minibuses charges

 Coach parking is limited.

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 0

Try our easy access trails page to find accessible parking near you.

Facilities and access

Accessibility information is available from the local district office.

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

The perfect stop for a picnic and informative forest walk through a designated Forest Nature Reserve

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.

Along the valley, wetland areas of alder carr and fen, poplars, damp grazing meadows and reedbeds support a rich variety of plants, insects and birds. St Helen's picnic site, next to the river, is a good base from which to explore. An impressive display of snowdrops can be seen at Santon Downham in the early spring in the woodland opposite the village shop.

You are welcome to picnic here but please do not barbecue.

At a glance

  • 2 walking trails
  • Picnic area
  • Dogs welcome
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