An experience of 'Go Ape' in Thetford Forest, Norfolk

The following photographs were taken on a visit to Go Ape in Thetford Forest, Norfolk:

Thetford Forest can be quite busy on a sunny suimmer day

Thetford Forest is a great recreational space for Go Ape, cycling, family picnics, walks in the wood. Participants in Go Ape don safety equipment prior to climbing the first tree and the first challenge.

Harnessed up and waiting to 'Go Ape'

We watched participants don safety harnesses and learn how to attach their safety wires to the overhead cables. We saw them having a great time navigating the obstacles, scrambling over rope bridges, and sliding down wires. 

Thrilling but safe 'Go Ape' aerial obstacle course in Thetford Forest, Norfolk


It's a wonderful day out for the whole family. We cannot wait to return and take younger members of the family with us to enjoy this thrilling experience.

Go Ape! Thetford - a summary of useful information for you 

  • 41 tree top challenges: zip slides, scramble nets and hanging rope bridges 
  •  Elements are graded according to level of difficulty 
  •  Family and friends can follow on the forest floor by foot 
  • > Allow 2.5 - 3 hours to complete the course 
  •  Min. age 10 yrs, min. height 1m 40cm, max. weight 130kg 
  • > Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult 
  •  One participating adult can supervise a maximum of two under 16yr olds plus an additional three 16 or 17yr olds
  •  No open toed sandals or slip on shoes, long hair must be tied back - be prepared to get grubby! Bring a spare set of clothes in wet weather. 
  • ROSPA approved 

Admission & Booking

Search online for Go Ape or call the booking and information line on 0870 444 5562

Go Ape! Thetford
High Lodge Visitor Centre
Off the B1107 between Thetford and Brandon
Tel: 0870 444 5562

You can also Go Ape! at the following locations: 

  •  Go Ape! Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire
  •  Go Ape! Grizedale Forest, Cumbria<
  •  Go Ape! Moors Valley, New Forest, Hampshire
  •  Go Ape! Bracknell Forest, Berkshire
Wonderful cycle trails through the forest   We hired bicycles from Bike Art (01842 810090 and 07818 417267) and cycled around the forest.  The sun shone, and it was just glorious. 
One of us hadn't cycled since she was ten and proved to her glee that the old adage is true - you never forget how to ride a bike.  
Big boys and their toys Thetford Forest proved to be full of interesting objects and allowed all of us, especially the men, to return to their childhood for a day. 
There are numerous astonishing  wooden sculptures with practical purposes that you unexpectedly encounter, and countless pretty walks.

Children will discover novel play equipment and learn about wildlife in enjoyable ways. In the process, everyone enjoys the walks and exercise without any conscious effort.  Thetford  Forest, in addition to beautiful woodland is a place a of  discovery and entertainment.

Cuckoo! Many climbing and play opportunites to discover
Information presented in amusing ways Play areas galore


The High Lodge visitor centre (shown in the background)  houses a cafe where you can purchase refreshments, light meals, and there is a gift shop. There are also picnic areas and tables.

I strongly recommend Thetford Forest as a fun destination for all ages, arrive early and prepared, to get the most out of your visit.


Self-catering accommodation in and around Thetford Forest, Breckland, Norfolk

Sleeps 4  near Thetford Forest,  1 double bedroom (5' bed) , 1 twin 


Charming cottage near Thetford Forest, Breckland, NorfolkOld School Cottage (4*) is an 18th century brick and flint cottage on the edge of Great Hockham, a quiet conservation village bordering Thetford Forest, close to the Norfolk/Suffolk/Cambridgeshire borders. It's about a 20 minute drive from the 'Go Ape' experience and the visitor centre.  Old School Cottage has been renovated to a very high standard and has a wealth of beams and other period features.

The cottage has a pretty, south-facing and enclosed 'cottage' garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. There is off-road parking for 2 cars.  Old School Cottage offers plenty of home comforts including a washing machine, tumble drier,electric cooker,fridge, microwave, dishwasher, colour TV, video recorder, CD player, payphone, cot high chair etc. There is also a vast range of tourist brochures, books, games and local videos. Linen (duvets), towels, electricity and oil fired central heating are included in the cost.  View details under Norfolk on left.

Contact: Click on the photograph for details of self catering neat Thetford Forest
Useful cottage and self-catering links for Thetford Forest area



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