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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!

Watch video. See what our customers are saying.

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 Christine - Tree Top Adventure, on 1 October 2014
My "tribe" were all a bit nervous given our age, however being a determined bunch we just went for it. Jack the member of staff who gave us our brief was friendly, informative and helpful. Loved every minute of it and the aches and pains are a reminder of the fun we had. The best bit for me was diving into the net the worst bit was climbing the net! Would definitely recommend it to all relevant ages, we will be back to celebrate our 80th birthdays!
Rated 5 Bananas Nicole - Tree Top Adventure, on 30 September 2014
Great day out, good customer service, staff were chatty and friendly. Would definitely recommend to friends
Rated 5 Bananas John - Forest Segway, on 29 September 2014
Instructor (Nikita) was very good - clear, concise, cheerful - as were her colleagues too. Reception staff were courteous and efficient. Trails were well marked and maintained. Machine was easy to manage and fun to ride.
Rated 5 Bananas Gill - Tree Top Adventure, on 29 September 2014
Fantastic from start to finish! A very friendly and professional briefing and a great experience which we thoroughly enjoyed. Kids desperate to come back! My only suggestion would be that it would be great to have someone taking a photo as you finish the course. We had left our phones at the cabin for safe keeping (a great thing to be able to do btw!) but this meant we didn't get any photos of us doing the course which we would have liked, as it was my daughters birthday treat. Other than that can't fault it, a brilliant day out for kids and grown ups alike!
Rated 5 Bananas andrew - Tree Top Adventure, Tree Top Junior, on 29 September 2014
a great day out for the whole family,(and the dog), worth every penny!
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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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