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Thetford Forest

Winter Opening Treetop Adventure open weekends throughout winter. 
Treetop Challenge closed from 9th December- 2nd February 2020.
Forest Segway closed from 2nd December - Spring 2020.

Where the Go Ape story first began in 2002 and now the one, two, three of forest fun with a Treetop Challenge, a Treetop Adventure and Forest Segways. This 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.

go ape adventures at thetford forest

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 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

  • 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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things to do in thetford

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, hire a BBQ 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.
  • Great day even though it was very windy

    M Worrall

  • Go Ape is always so much fun. Well organised, lots of variety, good value - and the sun was shining!

    S Holdsworth

  • Great time, my 12 yr old son loved it! 2hrs from start to finish. Enthusiastic instructor (Liam), who followed the group for safety reasons. Will be going again, as my boy has already asked to!

    david miles

  • We did this on Saturday afternoon with the kids (aged 10 and 7), we were the last ones of the day but the team very patient and fitted us in. The kids absolutely loved it. I was quite scared of the heights, but the instructors were brilliant, and extremely professional and encouraging. They could not have been more helpful. Highly recommended.

    Sarah Smith

  • 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

  • Had a great day with the family

    D Sidgwick

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