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Thetford Forest

Where the Go Ape story first began in 2002 and now the one, two, three of forest fun with Treetop ChallengeTreetop Adventure, Treetop Adventure Plus and Forest Segways. Thetford Forest is a great course for holding a surprise party or event.

Cleverly designed in a horseshoe shape, the fun unfurls as you navigate your way along the treetop crossings. The dual course nature of this forest location and the new slackline crossing means you can dial up the challenge or keep it sure but steady.

Sundown Sessions are back

Sundown Sessions are returning this October half term to Go Ape Thetford. Discover more here.

go ape adventures at thetford forest

Sundown Sessions at go ape thetford

You can swing through the trees on Treetop Adventure, Treetop Adventure Plus or zoom across the forest floor on our Forest Segway’s this October half term at Go Ape Thetford. Tackle mega-high platforms in the darkness or feel the speed of a zip wire as the sun goes down. With minimal lighting, these sense heightening experiences really do add a new level of excitement into the mix. After all, everybody knows that when the sun goes down the real fun begins…

What and when can I book?

Treetop Adventure and Treetop Adventure Plus: 17:15 onwards between Monday 25th and Sunday 31st October

Forest Segway: 17:00 onwards between Wednesday 27th and Sunday 31st October

How do I book?

1. Click the ‘book now’ button at the top of your screen.
2. Choose your preferred location and chosen activity 
3. Select your date and time, Sundown Sessions usually start after 5pm, but times can vary by site.
4. From here, follow the usual check-out process, but be quick as spaces are limited!

here's where it all began!

The long, windy drive deep into the centre of the forest sets the scene for this Go Ape location. Tall trees and dense forest provide an ever-changing seasonal backdrop and if you come in summer, the Rhododendrons are a striking sight.

This stunning location in Thetford Forest has loads to offer for both the thrill seekers and the ‘need to get the family out and about seekers’. If you’re one of the former and enjoy going off the beaten bike track then head for the bike trails – there’s one which is described as having ‘severe, challenging and extremely difficult features!’

There are also a number of other cycling routes more suited to family riding, plus running and orienteering routes.

You can perfect your aim by giving Lookout Archery a go, or take things back to basics on a bushcraft survival course (Back to Wilderness).

Children get a big look in at Thetford which is famous for its free adventurous play facilities – there are giant swings, pyramids, a treehouse and they can bang out music of their own making on the Sound Trail.

Location Overview

  • Corporate Events More info

  • School Trips More info

  • Dogs welcome

  • Parking

  • Archery

  • Bike hire

  • Cycle trails

  • Picnic Area

  • Food and drink

  • Kids play area

  • Walking routes

  • Winter Opening

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

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know before you go

  • Wear sensible clothes for adventure.
  • Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.
  • Gloves are a good idea. Either bring a pair or you can buy them at the cabin on the day.

make a day of it

  • Bring a picnic or grab a bite to eat at the café.

  • Hire some bikes and head out on one of the cycle trails
  • Put the families map reading skills to test on the Gruffalo Orienteering trail.

Stay Nearby with Forest Holidays

Just a 15 minute drive from Go Ape Thetford and High Lodge, you can hunker down in the heart of the wilderness in Thorpe Forest Holiday’s cabins. Tucked away in a leafy corner, deep in the countryside beside the River Thet, you’ll stay within striking distance of unspoilt wildlife havens and of course, the epic Norfolk coastline.

Sleep under the stars in a cosy cabin that feels like home. With underfloor heating, log burners, incredible views and even your own outdoor hot tub, this is a holiday that you aren't likely to forget.

 

Forest Holidays cabin at Thorpe
  • Decent amount of time taken for the price. No-one trying to rush you along either. We had a good 3 hours taking our time, only downside is the price of parking.

    chris haughton

  • Very well organised and good fun

    Sarah Woods

  • Brilliant day on the tree top adventure, staff very helpful and supportive when the children struggled, can’t wait to go again ! Special thanks to the lady who rescued Toby at the very end, he found the last bridge too scary and I couldn’t go back as I had another child of mine behind me, she clicked her rope on and went and held his hand to help him across 😍

    Nikki Knights

  • Staff very friendly and helpful. They saw the look of terror on my face, asked if I was ok and pointed out the next exit point for me. But decided to carry on with brave face for my children. We were only doing the junior one and that was plenty high enough!!

    H Burrows

  • A excellent time was had with lots of laughs

    Helen Hever

  • My 6 year old and a friend went up on their own, safely briefed and totally supported. They loved it while we stood at the bottom and cheered!

    Lucy