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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

  • 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.
  • Staff were so friendly, a good day out!

    Clint Wright

  • Something I never thought I could achieve but I did it and want to say a huge thanks to Josh for his encouragment

    Mrs Harcourt

  • Absolutely brilliant activity and it made a perfect birthday party

    Joanne White

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

    Mr M Dobbin

  • briliant. 2nd time i have been and its still as thrilling and amazing as the first. brilliant setup and day. thoroughly recommended

    adrian Bond

  • It was amazing. Loved it for my 13th birthday. Would do it all over again.

    Carol Brooks