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Thetford Forest, Suffolk

Where the Go Ape story first began in 2002 and continues to evolve with six adrenaline-filled forest adventures.

Treetop Challenge is our classic high ropes course for adults and older children over 1.4m tall, while Challenge Plus is our newest and most demanding high ropes course to date and is suitable for the bravest adventurers aged 10 and above.

Treetop Adventure and Treetop Adventure Plus are suitable for families, while Forest Segways are for those who want an adventure closer to the ground. 

So, gather your tribe and head down to Go Ape Thetford Forest at High Lodge for an adventure you'll never forget.

Go Ape Adventures at High Lodge Thetford Forest

things to do at High Lodge thetford

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 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

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  • Dogs welcome

  • Parking

  • Archery

  • Bike hire

  • Cycle trails

  • Picnic Area

  • BBQ 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.

Team Building Days at Go Ape Thetford

Bring your team together for an unforgettable outdoor team building day full of adventure in the forest.

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A group of colleagues celebrating on a team day at Go Ape Thetford Forest at High Lodge Thetford Forest

Stay Nearby with Forest Holidays

Just a 15 minute drive from Go Ape 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 near Go Ape Thetford Forest at High Lodge Thetford

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Sunlight bursting through the trees at Go Ape Thetford Forest at High Lodge Thetford Forest

Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award Winner

In 2024 Go Ape Thetford was awarded the Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award. Here's a recent review:

"My daughter and I went yesterday. All of the team were so encouraging and helpful. From the lady who initially served us and the guy that booked us in, to all of the team waiting for us before they could close. I want to say many thanks to Charlie, Lucy, and the guy who coached my daughter and I on the difficult parts of the course. You made our trip amazing and I am truly thankful. We both did something we didn’t think we could do thanks to all your encouragement. Thanks again."

Lucy P

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