Family & Dog Friendly Activities

The Forest

Step out of the campsite and into the forest; it’s truly on our doorstep and has so much to offer. A mixture of pines, heathland and broad leaf managed by the Forestry Commission, and there for you to enjoy. Take a relaxing walk, it’s so peaceful and the nature is good for the soul. Or in contrast explore with the children, it’s an adventure playground for them. A picnic will make it even more memorable. From the trees to fungi and wild flowers or the deer to squirrels, rabbits, there are an abundance of things to discover.

Knettishall Heath

(5 miles) Owned by Suffolk Wildlife Trust, this is a gem of a place. Set off on marked trails or just wander by the river, across the beautiful heathland and through the woods – Both dogs and children will love it as well, especially with a chance for the children to paddle and the dogs to swim. Add to your day by taking a picnic with you. On site toilets provide relief.…

St Georges Distillery

(4 ½ miles) St Georges is the only whiskey distillery in England and it’s on our doorstep. They have a distillery tour that takes 1 hour or another that includes tasting that takes 2 hours. Sounds like an interesting tasting.

The Kitchen at St Georges Distillery

Set in the grounds of St George’s Distillery, home to The English Whisky Co. The Kitchen is a relaxing and comfortable environment for you to enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch or simply coffee and cake. In addition to our restaurant is an outside seating on the terrace to enjoy those warm summer days. And if you’re visiting ‘The Kitchen’, why not make time to take a tour at the distillery or a walk down to the river.

High Lodge

Enjoy a forest adventure at High Lodge in Thetford Forest. Go for a walk along beautiful forest trails, explore the forest by bike, have an adventure in wild play areas or see the forest from the canopy with Go Ape. The new Heritage Trail is open at High Lodge, built with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the forest!

Middle Harling Riding School

(2 miles) A highly recommended riding school that offers you the chance to ride in the forest. A well-equipped indoor arena is also available. Hats and boots can be loaned.…

Hall Farm Horse Sanctuary

(7 miles) World Horse Welfare is a leading international horse charity dedicated to the caring of horses. Hall Farm is the largest of the charity’s four Centres and can house up to 120 horses. There is lots to see and do plus a café to recharge in. The gift shop offers a chance to solve those present problems. I’m sure Gran would love a rubber with the picture of a horse on it. Entrance to the Centre is free.

Swallow Aquatics

(4 ½ miles) Not only is it Norfolk’s largest aquatics accessory centre, but they have a truly amazing collection of fish and reptiles on display. So even if you’re not looking bits and pieces for your pond, it’s a free aquarium that can be enjoyed by all the family. They have an in shop café and an adjacent garden centre.


Thetford Golf Club

(9 miles) Founded in 1912, Thetford Golf Club is set in the Forest amongst the pine, oak and birch trees. There is an abundance of scented gorse, broom, heather and wildlife that greets those who venture too far from the fairways!  With its spectacular tree lined fairways this superb free draining course is reputed to be one of the finest and most challenging courses in East Anglia.