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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.

Winter Opening Hours

We are open on weekends and 7th/10th/17th December this winter (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day), so grab your coat, gloves and hat and join us for an adventure.

Christmas Opening Hours

Escape to the great outdoors this festive period. We are open on the following days over the Christmas holidays:
Monday 20th - Wednesday 22nd December
Monday 27th - Friday 31st December
Saturday 2nd January 

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:

  • After 15:30 on Saturdays in November and December
  • After 15:30 between 19th - 22nd December

Forest Segway: 17:00 onwards on Fridays and Saturdays in November.

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
  • My son had an excellent time; he has a disability and staff were reassuring, accommodating and understanding. Would recommend!

    Mr Jones

  • Brilliant day out and fun for all ages. Can’t wait to go back.

    Susan Hannaford

  • Such an amazing and fun day out... staff were really helpful and polite, we will be back!

    Laura Pope

  • Friendly staff, efficient, good value for money & great fun.

    Penelope

  • Staff were so friendly, a good day out!

    Clint Wright

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

    S Holdsworth