St Helen's Picnic site

Visitor information

Explore this designated Forest Nature Reserve

St Helen's Picnic site is located next to the river and is a great base from which to explore.

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.

A Scheduled Monument

St Helen's Picnic site is a designated Scheduled Monument; find out what that means now and for the future on our important historic site page.

Visit safely

Throughout the year this site has various recreational events; please take note of any marshalls and safety signage. 

St Helen's Picnic site has now gone bin free. Please be a responsible visitor and take all litter away with you. 

To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into the forest.

At a glance

Please don't bring barbecues on site
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Dogs welcome
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Things to do

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at St Helen's Picnic site - all you need is good food and some company!

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