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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
  • Great place lots to do and friendly staff thanks

    Geraldine

  • 4 star because some people were very slow and making it less enjoyable for us maybe if you get them more confident on lower equipment, apart from that everything was amazing: the staff were polite, zipline was brilliant everything was great. Written by 10,12 and 14 year old children

    Craven-family

  • Fantastic day at go ape with friends and family. Kids aged 6&9 loved it! Adults aged 35 &43 loved it as much! Highly recommend.

    Emma Bowler

  • Really good fun. Challenging but that's what we wanted. Instructors were lovely too. Even though it was raining and freezing cold we still had a fantastic time.

    Kate Cox

  • Great place will definitely return.

    Melanie Funge

  • After initial glitch in the computer system (the payment went through, but booking didn’t exsist), we had great time. Our instructor, Hannah, was very good. My two sons, especially the younger one, enjoyed totally!

    OGNYAN IVANOV