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Thetford, High Lodge

(Suffolk)

Near Brandon

Winner of Suffolk Tourism Awards – Best Tourism Experience 2011

The original and still the best. Set in the heart of Britain’s largest lowland pine forest, our first ever course is centred around 30 miles of bike and walking trails from which to explore 50,000 acres of forest. And the mother of all our courses features our classic Tree Top Adventure, Forest Segways and Tree Top Junior.

Our Tree Top Adventure features a NEW Tarzan Swing, back-to-back black crossings (don’t worry, they’re optional!) and an Alpine zip (that goes from tree to tree). Now that’s worth shouting from the tree tops!

And the adventure does not need to stop there. You can get off the beaten track and enjoy our forest adventure with Go Ape Forest Segway - an epic experience with a down to earth twist.

And Thetford Forest is also home to our Tree Top Junior Adventure for Tiny Tarzans. Release your little monkeys onto a Go Ape course designed for them. No one loves adventure more than kids!

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Get out and about with us this season

For full details on dates and times simply 'check availability' and you'll see when Thetford is open.

Below is a snapshot of when our forest doors open.

We're open from February to November, but we close our forest doors during December and January (...it gets a little chilly and we like to maintain our adventures so they're all ready to go next year).

Open February Half Term (17th February - 21st February)

Weekends in March.

Open Daily Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Open Daily October Half Term (27th October - 31st October).

Open November Weekends.

Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Thetford, High Lodge.

  • Number of sections 5
  • Longest Zip Wire 140 metres
  • Longest Crossing 26 metres
  • Total Length 739 metres
  • Number of Crossings 36
  • Highest Point 12 metres

The Team at Thetford

The Address

Go Ape Thetford
High Lodge Forest Centre
Santon Downham
Brandon
Suffolk, IP27 0AF

You can select longitude/Latitude for accurate Sat-Nav directions: Type in our co-ordinates:  52.44607080,  0.65842870.

Get directions

By car

From the A11 take the B1107 towards Brandon, and follow signs to High Lodge Forest Centre.

Due to the rural nature of our locations, postcodes are not always accurate when using satellite navigation. Please always check the route before setting off, and cross reference with a map.

Please note that the following site entry charges apply at Thetford Forest:

From £2.10 for an hour - £11 max, mini bus is £20 and coaches are £30.


By train

The nearest station is Thetford. For more information visit National Rail

By bus

Brecks Bus service operates Mon to Fri between High Lodge, Brandon and Thetford.

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

Thetford Forest offers something for everyone.

There's miles of walking to be done, acres of trails to explore on a bike and then there's Go Ape Forest Segway.

Get off the beaten track and explore the forest on a segway with Go Ape Forest Segway.

The Friends of Thetford Forest are a great organisation that aim to increase knowledge, understanding and enjoyment at the forest.

Thetford Forest is cared for by the Forestry Commission.
From trails to sustainable timber, and concerts to conservation projects, the Forestry Commission looks after forests and woodlands, for everyone to enjoy. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk to find out more.

Staying Over

Need a place to crash?
Our friends below (excuse the pun) come highly recommended from the tree-tops...

The Thomas Paine Hotel. A boutique style hotel.

The Coach House Holiday Cottage. A stunning retreat in the Norfolk countryside.

Campsites and holiday parks near Thetford

Strattons Hotel

The Crown Hotel

Longacre Lodge - Escape to a luxury Log Cabin Hideaway situated in Thetford Forest.

Thetford Forest Camping and Caravanning Club

Romulus Cottage

Remus Cottage

White Lodge Farm Cottages

Feedback from Thetford, High Lodge

Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It’s always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla’s mouth (…and we’re proud to say it’s totally unedited!) And why not have a peek at what people are saying about us on Trip Advisor.

Rated 5 Bananas Teresa - Forest Segway, on 28 July 2014
We went as a group of 10 with mixed experiences of Segways. Those that have been before were a little impatient with the length of time it took to get onto the woodland courses, so thought that it might be a good idea that occasionally you have an intermediate/advanced users group? Everyone though thoroughly enjoyed the experience, which always flies by way too fast!
Rated 5 Bananas WENDY - Forest Segway, on 28 July 2014
LAST MINUTE IDEA BY MY HUSBAND TO TAKEUS AND OUR SON ON THE SEGWAYS, REALLY ENJOYED THE EXPERIANCE, WE HAD DONE IT BEFORE WHILST ON HOLIDAY, BUT OUR SON HADNT, HE HAD A GREAT TIME AND WE ALSO FOUND IT AS MUCH FUN AS WE HAD REMEMBERED, DESPITE MYSELF HAVING A TUMBLE . THE STAFF WE VERY EFFICENT AND WELCOMING AND DAN ESPECIALLY WAS BRILLIANT. WE WILL DEFINATELY BE GOING AGAIN.
Rated 5 Bananas Rob - Tree Top Junior, on 28 July 2014
A few delays on the course, and lots of people queuing just for the zip line meant we had to wait around up on the course, which was a shame.
Rated 5 Bananas Chris - Tree Top Adventure, on 28 July 2014
We went as a "Pitt" tribe with 2 adults plus one child on Tree Top and 2 adults plus one child on junior Adventure. We all had a great, sometimes challenging, time. A quick thank you to all the instructors who helped, especially Pallio(?) who helped a couple of Junior Adventurers
Rated 5 Bananas Lydia - Tree Top Junior, on 26 July 2014
Amazing customer service today! I took my niece and nephew on the tree top junior, within minutes my nephew was screaming and crying that he was too scared!! Your staff were outstanding, helping from the ground and then coming to join us up on the course. Even after all the coaxing he was still too upset to continue so your staff took him down and looked after him whilst I continued with my niece. I was so impressed with the friendliness and helpfulness of your staff especially on a very busy, hot Saturday! By the time I was down with my niece, a refund for my nephews place had already been arranged. Absolute top notch service - thank you so much!!! You turned what could have been a very stressful situation into a fun one! Would certainly recommend you guys to friends. Thank you! X
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Gorillas 18 years +
£32
Baboons 10 - 17 years
Over 1.4m
£24
TREE TOP ADVENTURE
Forest Segway Riders Over 10 Years
Over 7 Stone
£35
FOREST SEGWAY
Tiny Tarzans Over 1 metre Tall £17
TREE TOP JUNIOR

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