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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 a Treetop Challenge, a Treetop Adventure 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.

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 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 course and lots of fun but it’s the staff who really make Thetford Forest Go Ape an amazing place! Whilst my two older children went round I sat and watched several occasions where the staff were supporting younger kids, building their confidence, praising them for how well they did and even going up to rescue a few! They amazed me and would recommend This Go Ape because of them!

    Jo P

  • The facilities and instructors were great. The only downside is when you get stuck behind a child who freezes which slows you down. The instructors do clock watch and let you go through again but when you know you could have got a lot more out of it.

    Rachel Matthews

  • 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

  • Brilliant fun - big kids and smaller kids loved it - very exhilarating and reassuringly safe.

    Mr M Dobbin

  • The course at Thetford was incredible - it can be challenging but there’s usually an easier option for those who don’t want to attempt the more daring things, such as the Tarzan Swing. It’s also great that the trainers stay with you for the beginning, and then set you free into the trees to tackle the course at your own pace. The staff were all very friendly, patient and polite with ‘difficult’ customers, and even remembered our names to give us a certificate at the end! We did Go Ape during a very cold/rainy day, but it just made it more fun! We also stayed to have a yummy lunch after in the cafe! Definitely worth a visit.

    Megan And Jack

  • One of the hardest physical activities I have ever done! But I did it & feel very proud of myself. My Husband & boys all absolutely LOVED it! The staff were all so friendly & safety is definitely their first priority. Brilliant day out. Only two things I can fault - would be helpful to have a few of the rangers out amongst the course at all times for any questions while going round. And also I’d have loved a ranger at the end to cheer participants on when they reach the final zip wire!! I was first to finish in our group of 4 & had no one there at the end!