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Things to do in Thetford Forest

A Day Trip Guide to Thetford forest and surrounding areas near Brandon and Hockwold


For those seeking a countryside escape, Hockwold Hall offers the epitome of pastoral tranquility merged with the regal elegance  of the Victorian estate. However, if Hockwold’s charms begin to lack the adventure you crave, there are a plethora of activities waiting just outside it’s walls. From the nature loving, adventure sport enthusiasts to the steadfast equestrian, the East-Anglian area is anything but lacking excitement.



The Cambridgeshire area, just outside of London, offers a range of fine dining experiences featuring an eclectic range of authentic cultural cuisine. For Italian, a universal favorite, we recommend Mondragone Italian and Taste of Italia. For the more eccentric Indian cuisine, Brandon Tandoori Indian is a local favorite, creating authentic and notably fresh fayre. Other notable businesses are Siam Sabb Mildenhall, Peach Bower Chinese, and Cheers. For after dinner drinks the Red Lion Pub is a must and a long-time local haunt.


Local Equestrian Centre

Just 20 miles west of Ely, the family run stables of Sedgeway Equestrian Centre offers guidance from astute, experienced trainers with quality horses. Listed as a “British Horse Society Approved Riding School,” the stables caters to all levels of riders. If you care to drive a bit further, the South Cambridgeshire Equestrian Centre is renowned for its services.


Into the Wilderness…

For meandering pathways and a vast diversity of wildlife to keep the avid birdwatcher at ease, nearby Elveden Forest has it all. We recommend Centre Parks — offering 400 acres of stunning pine woodland and interactive activities within its home base such as the “subtropical swimming paradise” within its renowned water park. Be sure to take a gander through the world-famous “Brecs” and marvel at the diversity of bird species that have made within the lowlands there for centuries.


A Day at the Spa

Aqua Sana Spa with nearby Country shop is conveniently located in the Elveden Forest area. After a rigorous day of hiking and bird watching in the Fens, enjoy a relaxing trip to this wildly popular retreat.


A hole in One

For a £25.00 day rate pass, the locally distinguished Feltwell Golf Club will satisfy undoubtedly satisfy your golfing appetition.  Feltwell Golf Club also holds an interesting history —  vacated by the RAF in 1963 to provide basic clubhouse changing and social facilities, the old RAF style is now being done away with to to herald the dawn of a new era at this progressive club.


Ready, Set, Fire

For the quirky, adventure sport loving souls, the two paintball centers in Kings Lynn are a must. Ministry of Paintball and Go Ballistic both offer comparable services for hours of paintball activity.



For the unconventional yet alluring draw of vintage antique shops, to the trendy mega-stores that Bury Saint Edmunds is a fundamental stop. Tantamount towns like Ely and Cambridge also boast the same appeal.


Written by Meghan E. Ingraham