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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. 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

High Lodge Forest Centre, Santon Downham Brandon, Suffolk, IP27 0AF

how to get here

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.
  • 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

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


  • Brilliant day on the tree top adventure, staff very helpful and supportive when the children struggled, can’t wait to go again ! Special thanks to the lady who rescued Toby at the very end, he found the last bridge too scary and I couldn’t go back as I had another child of mine behind me, she clicked her rope on and went and held his hand to help him across 😍

    Nikki Knights

  • Such a fantastic day, clear to see the instructors love what they do which made such a difference. Highly recommended

    Gemma Snelling, Marketing Manager

  • 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

  • Very well organised and good fun

    Sarah Woods

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