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“Life Outdoors. Thetford Forrest”

Thetford Forest Park
Ranked #315 of 907 things to do in East Anglia
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Owner description: Planted in the 1920s, this forest is home to a great variety of plants and animals.
Reviewed June 10, 2013

A wonderful place to visit for the whole family if they like the outdoors.A rustic playground is set in a clearing the children have great fun.You can hire bycycles to ride through the forrest, have picnics, walks to see what wild life you can find, and much more .There is also open air concerts in the summer,i have not been yet , but i hope to go this year.

Thank rita m
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

I don't know where the previous reviewer went, but it doesn't sound much like High Lodge to me. I was there last Sunday (10) of us and whilst the place was very busy, we had a great day. This s a fantastic facility in the middle of a large Forest. It's rustic and great fun for the kids and we all had a Hot Meal which was loverly and a couple of bottles of local brew Beer and we noticed all the Cakes were I indigestion free home made, so we took one home with us. No pleasing some people who are just born to man, take my word as a well traveled professional, High Lodge is a great day out ...

Thank Harry G
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

We visited High Lodge last weekend for the first time. Upon arrival, the car park seemed a bit of a 'free for all' and so we'd recommend making a firm mental note of where you park as it gets very busy.

First impressions were good although there didn't seem to be any maps available, however these should have been available from the 'Info. Point'. We therefore ambled about until we found some really cool wooden animals. Our son loved these, they really sparked his imagination. Finding the wooden spider was a challenge as it is in the opposite direction altogether!

We had lunch in 'The Cafe' and it's here that High Lodge let's itself down. We queued for a long time (and this was around 11:45am). There were no prices displayed for soft drinks, or on any baguettes or kids meals etc.. Plus all kids meal bags had half the contents missing and staff took too long to provide the missing items without apologising for the delay. Total cost was above average too, especially in view of the basic food you get (sausage baguette & bacon baguette). Therefore, I give the Cafe a thumbs down and we'll take a picnic in future. That said, try The Pantry (next door the The Cafe) if you just need a coffee and cake, we didn't and can't comment on it, but you might get served quicker.

As for the amenities, the toilets were cleanish, sinks were very dirty though. Again room for improvement.

I appreciate some might think the car park is expensive, but when you think of the amount of woodland the Forestry Commission have to manage and maintain and divide the overall cost between your party, we think it's a fair price albeit a little high.

Lack of 'exit' sign posting needs attention. The exit road takes you on a little detour and you exit much further down the road.

In summary, we'll definitely return. Lots for little, medium and big ones to see and do and some beautiful walks.

Thank April J
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We met one car who had done a u turn after obviously seeing the car parking charges of £2.10 per hour/£11 for the day! We gulped but thought we would go for it as we hadn't visited for a few years, (the car park was only £2.50 a day then!), so there might be more for your money now. There is a new information centre and a new block of loos and some other work in the process of being done. We went on a delightful 3 mile walk through the forest rather than a 1 or 6 mile one. Maps have to be bought! We noticed there were a few large play items for children to play on in the forest and a large play area by the entrance. So for children not bad value for money on a nice day as most indoor playareas charge over £3 per child. Do not like the paper cups used for serving hot drinks in, ok if you are taking them outside but not for sitting in the cafe. There is an option to pay £55 a year which would then entitle you to free parking which if you go at least once a month it would be worth it but if you are just going for a walk then park on the side of the forest in another location and do it for free!

1  Thank R P T
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Thetford Forest Park is a lovely place. It is excellent for children in the summer with the play areas. The forest also has a "go ape" which is great fun! The forest also has events on throughout the year including concerts and also the lit up forest. These can get very busy. The parking can be a bit expensive but it is worth it. You can buy food there or you could take a picnic with you. Many people take bikes with them as there are walking and bike trails set out. A Excellent and scenic place!

Thank Foodie L
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