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Thetford Forest, Suffolk

Where the Go Ape story first began in 2002 and continues to evolve with six adrenaline-filled forest adventures.

Treetop Challenge is our classic high ropes course for adults and older children over 1.4m tall, while Challenge Plus is our newest and most demanding high ropes course to date and is suitable for the bravest adventurers aged 10 and above.

Treetop Adventure and Treetop Adventure Plus are suitable for families, while Forest Segways are for those who want an adventure closer to the ground. 

So, gather your tribe and head down to Go Ape Thetford Forest at High Lodge for an adventure you'll never forget.

Go Ape Adventures at High Lodge Thetford Forest

things to do at High Lodge thetford

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

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  • 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.

Team Building Days at Go Ape Thetford

Bring your team together for an unforgettable outdoor team building day full of adventure in the forest.

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A group of colleagues celebrating on a team day at Go Ape Thetford Forest at High Lodge Thetford Forest

Stay Nearby with Forest Holidays

Just a 15 minute drive from Go Ape 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 near Go Ape Thetford Forest at High Lodge Thetford

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Sunlight bursting through the trees at Go Ape Thetford Forest at High Lodge Thetford Forest

Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award Winner

In 2023 Go Ape Thetford was awarded the Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award. Here's a recent review:

"We really enjoyed the Treetop Challenge would recommend it to others. Good fun for all the family. The instructors are very approachable and helpful."


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  • Go Ape high ropes course

    Great set-up. Booked on the phone as I had an expired voucher from a previous cancellation; no problems. Was busy but well organised. Staff were amazing at Thetford. Fun, engaged, and they were so good with all the kids. Was quiet when we finished and they let us do another turn round. Really run for the customer by a great team. It’s expensive, but great value.

    John Hewer

  • outdoor activities

    We went to the first of Sundown sessions this year I wasn't sure what to expect my kids have done indoor climbing before but I wanted to do something different. on arrival staff very helpful seamed genuinely happy to be there. we started just before the sun went down so the kids could see what was ahead of them as it got darker the woods are lite up in different colours it looks great. I had nothing to worry about the kids loved it best thing we have done in a long time great job go ape I can't recommend it enough


  • Go Ape high ropes course

    We visited Thetford forest go ape for the sundown session. My little boy became stuck and couldn’t move because he was frightened. Rowan climbed up and personally took him through the course and got him to the zip wire. Charlotte let him have 3 goes on the zip wire as this was the only obstacle he could do without being scared!! They were all amazing!! Thank you 😊

    Mrs Hannah Marshall

  • Go Ape high ropes course

    We had a great time today on the adventure course. Our son has autism and the staff were all really good with him and took time to explain things that they were doing with him. We did the first loop no problem but then he panicked and got stuck on the first part of the second loop ( I had my own fair share of wobbles and panics going round but it was great). Kingsley climbed up and helped him the rest of the way around, he was really helpful and understanding and our son had a great time and felt a lot more confident with Kingsleys help. Although quite pricey for a family of 4, we was lucky to have vouchers for Christmas that we used. But we would definitely go back again and highly recommend it.


  • outdoor activities

    My family of 5 enjoyed a wonderful day in the trees!

    Caroline Vlotman

  • outdoor activities

    We completed the Segway activity. Very good team. Equipment was well serviced and maintained. I felt safe and a good level for first time experience. We had to delay out start time due to traffic and the call centre were very helpful and booked us into the next slot straight away. I only with the price was a little less as to take a family of 4 for one hour is pricy.

    Joe M