A group of people in a park

High Lodge, Thetford Forest

August 6, 2016

One of the places I have been meaning to take the children back to in what feels like forever is High Lodge in Thetford Forest. Last time we ventured over there was when the Gruffalo trail welcomed a the Gruffalo sculpture and it was a rather wet day. Two years have passed and whilst Tigger has been back with the school I hadn’t managed to head back.

Last weekend, however, with the weather looking bright we packed up a picnic and headed over to High Lodge. Since our move earlier this year we are much closer to Thetford Forest with it being just a 40 minute drive away – so now I have no excuse not to go more frequently.

A group of people in a park

As we arrived the car park was quite busy, but being a beautiful day I could understand why everyone wanted to make the most of it. We parked the car and headed over to the main green opposite the information point with our picnic. We’d arranged to meet up with some family to make it a fun-filled family day out.

As we sat and ate our picnic, Roo spotted the signs for GoApe and was a little disheartened when I said that we weren’t going to be going on it today (must look into this for next time). So lovely to sit down on one of the picnic benches and enjoy a family picnic before we headed off into the forest. The large green has a selection of picnic benches as well as some BBQ sites which you are able to hire from High Lodge. It was mouth-watering to smell the BBQ food whilst we sat and tucked into our sandwiches.

A large tree in a forest

After finishing our lunch we grabbed a map from the information point and opted to take a stroll around the Sculpture Trail. We the children leading the way we headed off into the forest. I had Piglet in her Silver Cross Wayfarer, which handled the bumps and tree roots quite well and she seemed quite happy looking at all the different trees and plants etc as we walked by.

A small child sitting on a motorcycle

On the map the first sculpture was a  giant pink spider, which when you find it turns out not to be pink – cue grumpiness from the children that the map is wrong and why isn’t the spider painted pink. First world problems when you are nine and five.

A person standing in front of a building, with High Lodge

With a climb around the sculpture exploring the different sections the children were eager to head off and explore the rest of the trail. This is where it all goes wrong, children and map reading do not mix and thankfully we were keeping an eye out for signposts so we could at least attempt to stay on track.

A man smiling for the camera, with High Lodge

After coming across the play park in the middle of the trail we opted to switch on to the sound trail as we could hear the different sounds drifting through the forest. Whilst the children were loving the interactive features of the sound trail. From dashing cymbals, ringing the bells and jumping on the sound pillows. It was Piglet who I think loved it the most, her face lit up as the different sounds were made and you could just see that she was keen to get involved.

Somehow we managed to miss the Gruffalo sculpture along the way, however, we managed to find it on the way back to the green. Next time we head over we’ll have to make sure to complete the Gruffalo trail as Tigger was most disappointed not have seen the mouse, owl, fox and snake.

A statue of a person holding a baby


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

  • Coombe Mill August 6, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    What a fab time for all of you, it’s always a shame when you don’t manage to visit somewhere you love going as regularly as you’d like isn’t it? The kids look like they had a marvelous time exploring the different trails, it’s great that there’s so much to see and do there. I bet you can’t wait to get back and enjoy some more family adventures, maybe even with a BBQ thrown in too!

    Thank you for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

  • Rachel August 7, 2016 at 5:33 am

    It looks like a great day out – the sound trail sounds absolutely brilliant! #countykids

  • Laura, The Seasonal Child August 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    This looks like so much fun, might have to look into having a visit. I love the idea of the sound trail!

  • Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope) August 8, 2016 at 3:20 am

    That really looks like a perfect day for going out! I am so interested in the sound trail! My son loves music and I can only imagine how awesome this trail would be for him! #countrykids

  • Steph August 9, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Lovely photos, looks like a fun trip out 🙂 The sound trail sounds great, I would love to try it with my own children and it is always good to see a Gruffalo! #countrykids

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) August 10, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I love the sound of the different trails – the sound trail sounds like a lot of fun. Glad you managed to find the Gruffalo as well and looks like it was a fun day out 🙂 #CountryKids

  • Pinkoddy August 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    But it must be nice to explore different parts. We tried the Sculpture trail at ours this time and didn’t have much luck. I like the idea of a sound trail.

  • Sian - The Mama Story August 12, 2016 at 8:53 am

    What a great day! I’ve been meaning to get back to our nearest ‘Gruffalo woods’ but don’t think we will manage it this summer. You have to be 8 I think for Go Ape.

  • Sarah (Mumx3x) August 12, 2016 at 11:16 am

    High Lodge sounds like a fantastic place and it certainly sounds like a great day was had! My son went to GoApe on a school trip and had a fantastic time so I think he would recommend it! Lovely photos and post. #CountryKids

  • Debbie September 8, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    How could the pink spider not be pink?!!? I used to drive through Thetford Forest all the time (admittedly with work and pre-children) but I can imagine the wonder of it to little ones. You’ll have to do another post if you do get back for Go Ape, we have one near us and CM is desperate to go. Sounds like a fab day- and the Gruffalo does trump all the others everytime.

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