UK based Metal Detecting Clubs

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Wessex Metal Detecting Association website : THE CONSERVATIVE CLUB at CHEAP STREET, NEWBURY. We meet at this very pleasant location on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 8.0pm. New members are always welcome both total beginners or fully experienced detectorists

South Bucks Metal Detecting Club. Dr.Andy Spragg. Treasurer & Membership Secretary Treetops, Pinewood Road. High Wycombe, Bucks. HP12 4DD

Magiovinivm Milton Keynes Metal Detecting Club website : membership is made up from both experienced and beginners to the hobby - they encourage newcomers and you will find their members friendly and willing to give advice to all. Monthly meetings are held on the second Sunday of every month a the Roman Centre, 1 Constantine Way, Bancroft Park, Milton Keynes. at 7-30 pm. Milton Keynes Searchers Metal Detecting Club website : Meet last Sunday of the month around 7.45pm in Milton Keynes Please see our website for more details. The membership fee is subject to change and will be increasing in February. Details TBC.


Phoenix Metal Detecting Club (Peterborough) Meetings held last Thursday of each month 7.30pm for 8pm at Peterborough Sports and Social Club Lincoln Road.

Cambridge and East Cambs Metal Detectors Club We meet on the first Wednesday of each month. Contact Derek Fitch, the Chairman. The club email address is

West Kirby Metal Detecting Club We Meet On The First Thursday Of Every Month At 8pm ,at West Cheshire Sailing Club situated on Coastal Drive New Brighton Wirral Contacts: Phil Moy (Chairman) Telehone No 0151 638 3450 Sarah Clarke (Secretary) Telephone No 0151 604 0492

Crewe and Nantwich Metal Detecting Society website : The club meets at the Wheatsheaf Hotel in Sandbach on the 4th Monday of the month at 8pm.We have 25 members.For full joining details email paul haslam at

Vale Royal Metal Detecting Society (Cheshire) website : We are a small club of some thirty or so members, whose interest is the hobby of metal detecting.We meet on the third Monday of the month at The Knights grange public house, Grange Lane Winsford Cheshire.


Cleveland Discoverers website : The club meets in Redcar Library at 7.30pm. on the second Monday of each month. Visitors are always welcome!

Kernow Search & Recovery Club Cornwall Meetings every last Tuesday of the month 7ish at Hayle rugby Club. Pretty laid back lot - anyone welcome to pop in and take look or join. Find of the month, Club land when available.

Co Durham
FREEDOMSEARCHERS MDC Freedomsearchers metal detecting club based in Darlington, County Durham A newly established club covering North Yorkshire and north east of england .We have two digs per week mainly on Thursdays and Sundays. We have a limit of 25 members which is now been reached - anyone wishing to apply for membership can email the club at and you will be notified by email as soon as a position arrises and will be kept on file . thanks THE MANAGMENT Gateshead Detecting Society Meetings held fortnightly on a thursday at the Gateshead Bowling Green Club. Outings every sunday. domino cards, anywhere between 4-6 rallies a year, auctions and of course find of the month.. Ring Terry on O191 2530567 or email

Tyneside Metal Detecting Association website : The club's meetings take place every two weeks at the Gateshead Bowling Green Club 10 Prince Consort Road Gateshead, on Monday nights at 7.30 pm. You are welcome to visit us, if you first contact the Secretary: Helga or the Chairman: Mel.

Quakers Acres Detecting Club was established in 2004 by several experienced metal detectorists who wished to create a club that encompassed a limited membership, and whose patrons were genuinely interested in the historical aspect of the hobby and whom all would agree to operate within a strict set of professional guidelines.The club itself is based in Darlington, County Durham, and meets locally on a fortnightly basis with actual "digs" more or less arranged once a week for club members only. contacts: Lee Todd Treasurer Colin Henderson

Kendal Detectors website : Kendal Detectors meets at 8PM on the last Thursday of each month, upstairs at the Cock and Dolphin pub in Kendal. If you are interested in Metal Detecting then you are very welcome to join us. For membership information please contact:

Chesterfield MDC Contact (for details): Andy Morris by e-mail at - ukdn forum name SQUONK Club meets on the first Monday of each month (second Monday if first co-incides with a Bank Holiday) at: The West End Hotel Westthorpe Rd Killamarsh Sheffield S21 1EU Club meetings are often attended by the local FLO and occasional speakers / finds experts. Club searches take place every 2-3 weeks. Club membership is limited to 30.


South Hams MDC Mike Long. 5 Coppice Wood Drive, Woolwell, Plymouth, Devon. PL6 7QN email

Torbay Metal Detecting Club website : The club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at The Butchers Arms, Abbotskerswell, South Devon at 8 pm. Prospective members are assured of a warm welcome at any of our meetings or alternatively at one of the club searches.

East Devon MDC Contact Nick Tucker 01395 232834 Monthly meetings at the Malsters Arms, Woodbury, Devon

Plymouth Detector Club We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 1930-2130 - venue is the British Railway Club, Mullet Road, Laira, Plymouth. Potential new members are always welcome at our club, come down and see what is going on and if you like what you see then simply join our ever expanding club

Weymouth and Portland Metal Detecting Club website : Meetings are held at 8:00 pm every third Monday of the month at Weymouth New Police Station, Radipole Lane (opposite Weymouth F.C.). Membership is open to all responsible detectorists, who must abide by all club rules. An annual fee of £13.00 is payable on joining the club. For further details please contact the following people: Club Chairman: Paul Rainford E-mail: Club Secretary: Mike Apps E-mail:

East Yorkshire
The Metal Detecting Society Cottingham East Riding NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME - For further details, please contact: Mr Barry Freeman of Cottingham Telephone: (01482) 843213

Bridlington metal detecting society Meets at 1930hrs, first Wednesday of every month at the Black Lion, Bridlington old town, all welcome

Essex Detector Society We meet on the third Monday each month at: Hockley Community Centre Westminster Drive Hockley Essex SS5 4XD 7:30pm (ish) to 10pm (ish) As of November 2007, we are getting very close to membership limit.

Brentwood and District MD Club Paul Shrubb, PRO, 21 Berry Close, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6UB meetings commence at 8pm on the 3rd Monday of every month at Pams Bar, The Essex Arms, Warley Hill, Brentwood, Essex (next to Brentwood Station) Anyone with an interest in our activities is welcome to come along to their first meeting as our guest before they commit themselves to joining up as a member.

East Coast Searchers Club website : The club meets a Mistley Football club. second Monday of each month.

Club secretary is: Glen (Ginger) Blake, Tele 01206 251802 Colchester And District Metal Detecting and Artefact Club website : Meet on the first Friday of every month at the Arena Colchester at 8.00pm. Club Secretary Maurice Rogers Tel 01206 734763 E- Mail website administrator Roy Charlton E-Mail

Taynton Metal Detecting Club website : Club Meetings are held every two months. We aim to have a minimum of one detecting outing a month. Prizes for Best Finds between meetings and a special annual prize. We now designate the first 3 people on the waiting list as 'Prospective Members' and they are allowed access to some club facilities ie: to digs for a small fee. Loads of details on the website, plus pictures of finds.

Herts and District Metal Detecting Society website : If you would like more information regards membership, please go to the membership page, where there is a simple form to submit to apply for details.

Isle Of Wight
Vectis Searchers Club (Isle of Wight)


Canterbury and District Searchers.(C.A.D.S) Chairman: Neil Allen. -

Folkestone Metal Detecting Club website : No longer a members club, just a few friends who have a search together now and then

Mid Kent Metal Detecting Club website : The Club meets every second Saturday of the month from 7.30pm. At: St. Nicholas Church Hall, Poplar Grove, Allington, Maidstone , Kent . We are a friendly club offering the benefits of regular monthly club meetings at which our members (who come from many areas all over Kent) benefit from information on club matters, (N.C.M.D) matters (both regionally and Nationally the club is affiliated to the National Council for Metal Detecting (N.C.M.D) and any members joining must be fully paid up members of this organisation which is at the forefront in protecting and fighting for the best interests of the hobby). The club also provide members with various other benefits including club rallies (where land is available), and during the course of the year Speakers who are invited to give talks on their specialist subject New members welcome Romney Marshland Metal Detecting Club website : currently our membership is 74 this being a mixture of Full, Associate and Honorary members.The Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at The Clubhouse, Marlie Farm Holiday Village, Dymchurch Road, New Romney, Kent.

Swale Metal Detecting Club We have, at present 32 members at all levels of ability and experience and we always welcome newcomers to join us in our fascinating hobby. Our catchment area is the Medway Towns which consist of: Rochester, Strood, Chatham and Rainham, but also include The Isle of Sheppey, and Sittingbourne. Most of our members are from the Medway Towns, although we meet in Sittingbourne, Kent.


Cotswold Heritage and Detecting Society website : Club meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each month (unless Bank Holiday) at the Exmouth Arms Public House, Bath Road, Cheltenham, Glos. Guests welcome on the night

Lune Valley MDC Website Lune Valley M.D.C meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at the Lansil Golf Course Clubhouse, Caton Road, Lancaster. The meetings start at approx 7.30pm and lasts until approx 10.30pm. Contact Information via our online submission form for membership info & club chairman.
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Meeting Events News Letter Raffles Finds of the Month Guest Speaker Rallies - Information Any other club business (twice yearly buffet)

Please come along to our meetings, enjoy friendly conversations with other members & discuss any detecting related issues, problems, hints n' tips,advice, how to clean & conserve your finds etc etc. Find out all the latest news about our hobby and how it might affect you in the future. A club is only as good as it's members and the effort that they put in. We need members like you !

West Lancs Metal Detecting Club website : Based in Blackpool and meets monthly at the St Annes Rd Working Mens Club in Blackpool on the last Thursday of every month. Anybody wishing to join our Club or wanting information about the Club please email or turn up at a meeting

South Lancs and Cheshire Metal Detecting Club website : We now meet at the ROAB 78 The High Street, Runcorn WA7 1JH Runcorn town centre on the 1st wednesday of the month New Members still welcome.

The SLC is reputed to be one of the oldest and one of the more successful Detecting Clubs in the UK, and with membership now hovering around the 80 mark, we are probably one of the largest clubs too.

Preston Metal Detecting Club website : Meetings: 3rd Monday of every month @ 8pm Meeting held at "Celebrations", (bowling club) Mornington Rd (off New Hall Lane) Preston

Hinckley Search Society The Hinckley Search Society meet on the first Tuesday of every month at Westfield Community Centre in Hinckley. Currently there is a waiting list to become a detecting member and nondetecting members will be given first priority when vacancies occur in the new year.

Lindum Searchers Metal Detecting Club No Meeting place, but digs take place every 2 to 3 weeks - web based so meetings will be sorted online or on the digs £12 / year membership Website: contact: Michael on 07986 680032

Wolds Historical Research Society Meet at the George Hotel Spilsby every third Tuesday of every month All things detecting including talks, detecting days etc. Relaxed atmosphere and good company. Prospective members welcome. Secretary - Kev Woodward (01507) 534005

Scunthorpe Metal Detecting Society Welcome to the "Scunthorpe Metal Detecting Society". We are a small friendly club with around 30 members. We meet every second Monday of the month at the Flixborough Inn in the middle of the village of the same name, at 7.30pm. Because of our close relationship with the North Lincolnshire Museum, where all our interesting finds are taken for recording under the "Portable Antiquities Scheme", we get several visits during the year from our F.L.O Lisa Staves and also Dr Kevin Leahy who present our members with some very interesting talks. We hold a raffle each month and also find of the month and every other week we hold a Sunday club dig and several club rallys in between. For further information please contact Ken Jacobs (Chairman) on 01724-734236 or

Stamford and Spalding Search Club website : If you are Interested in joining Stamford And Spalding Search Club E-mail: We hold a monthly meeting on the last Tuesday of the month at The Lady Anns Hotel. Our members represent a cross section of society. Many of our members have been detecting 15 years + . The Club has a maximum of 35 members.

Lincoln Historical Search Society. Meet at the Cherry Tree Pub in Cherry Willingham on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Contact Chairman Chris Jones on 01529 413905 or pm BobHoe on UKDN

Warsop Metal Detecting Society website : has a fixed membership of 40. The society holds general meetings on a monthly basis, we welcome everyone who actively wishes to share their interests of this fascinating hobby.

Ashfield Metal Detecting Club Website Membership held at 30 members Meet at the Rifle Volunteer Inn, Forest Road, Skegby, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts. NG17 3BL on

the first Monday every month unless this is a Bank Holiday, then the following Monday. email :

Phoenix Archaeology & Historic Group website : We are an amateur group who wish to investigate as much land as possible in the area around Banbury (Oxon) in order to map out the land usage and settlement from prehistoric times to the present day. We do this by document research, field walking to recover items such as flint or pottery and, wherever possible, we use Metal Detectors to recover buckles, buttons and coins ets which are dateable evidence. The items that are recovered are carefully cleaned, conserved and recorded. Objects of importance are then recorded with the Find's Liaison Officer for the area. This is all carried out in accordance with the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Finds are then preserved by members of the society or placed in a museum in accordance with the landowners wishes. All information is recorded by area or farm and a copy of the file passed to the landowner. All our members work within our constitution rules and our health and safety policy, copies of which are available. The society and members are all insured with the Federation of Independent Detectorists, and have public liability insurance up to £5,000,000. Our group also offers a free search and recovery service to members of the public and farmers. Our meetings are held every first Tuesday of the month at the Flowing Well Pub, Broughton Road, Banbury, Oxon and this includes talks and a chance to share information and discussion of finds.

The Scottish Searchers website : A new Scottish club started in September 2007 We have two FREE digs per month We don't have meetings as we know detectorists have busy life's so we have online meeting on our club forum. As a club we stick clearly to metal detecting as a fun pastime. Our members have years of experience in this hobby and have made some wonderful finds. to find out more please log on to our above or call Toddy Irvine on 01324876369 or e-mail We charge a yearly sub of £99 which has optional FID Members 15

The Ayrshire Research and Detecting Group The Ayrshire Research and Detecting Group was formed in 1980 and meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in Dreghorn Community Centre , near Irvine. The meetings are very informal and last approx. one hour. There is one outing per month , usually on the Sunday following the meeting. Outings range from beaches to parks and can be anywhere between Dundee and Carlisle. Usually two rallies are attended each year and these count towards the club championship which is held at the AGM in March. There is also a prize for the best site , best coin and artefact . The club has 15 members and costs £10 per year to join. There are no other fees to pay but members are encouraged to join the FID to obtain insurance. If anyone requires other information on the club or would like to join the secretary, Alan Leishman, can be contacted on 01294-466450 or

Highland Historical Search Society- Based Inverness My name is Len Pentecost-Ingram, you may have seen me often in Treasure Hunting or Searcher in an ad for cordless headphones standing near Loch-Ness . I have been running the Highland Historical Search Society since 1988. We are a fairly small club of around 25 and hold an evening meeting at Whites Electronics Inverness every other month, and have a club search once a month. We find much the same type of stuff as most clubs but far less amounts due to the low population in the past around these parts. We, also like many other clubs have been involved with "Two men in a trench" and "Time Team" and countless radio interviews/press features. Some of the highlights in the past for me have been working with archaeologists on an ironage site and finding a hoard . I caught the detecting "bug"way back in 87' and have never looked back I ,still always enjoy that exciting sense of the unknown every outing and so far have never got tired of this absolutely fascinating hobby. Len

Scottish Artefact Recovery Group website : Contact : Lesley Sleith Club Chairwoman, 01698-458340 email If you are interested in finding out about Metal Detecting or want to join, you would be most welcome to come to our Club meeting which takes place:- On the last Tuesday every month in the Bonnybridge Social Club in Bonnybridge Stirlingshire at 7.30 pm. The Club is an affiliated member of the NCMD and the Scottish NCMD Region. The Club consists of 40 members(2006) We have Club digs once a Month organised by our site officer. Club Syllabus in place showing all Club events and Speakers for the year, rules, contact

numbers. Monthly newsletter posted to all members.

The Scottish Detector Club website : is Scotland’s oldest established, founded in 1977. The SDC meets on the first Monday of every month at 7.30 within the Ex- Servicemen’s Club, 7 Smith Place off Leith Walk, Edinburgh. Everyone has a chance to air their views about the running of the club, and most of all, we have a lot of fun. Currently, there are 39 members, and our meetings are very informal. We try to arrange outings to farmland on Sundays whenever sites are available, usually in the Lothians and Borders areas, sometimes in Fife. We have also done a lot of work over the past 2 years in East Lothian carrying out survey work for archaeologists at the sites of the Battle of Pinkie (1547) and Prestonpans (1745). The site of the Cromwellian battle at Dunbar (1650) is also scheduled for survey this year – all interesting stuff! Some of our members have appeared on ‘Time Team’ and ‘Two Men In A Trench’, so we think we have a good track record! The club also makes a point of attending a few metal detecting rallies in Yorkshire in August/September each year, and this season’s finds have been impressive, ranging through Roman, Saxon and medieval coinage and artefacts. Membership runs from the A.G.M. in April until the end of March and currently costs £15 a year, £5 of this going towards NCMD membership and insurance. If you are interested in joining the SDC, you will be made very welcome. Contact the Club Secretary, Alastair Hacket at: Secretary - Alastair Hacket - telephone 0131 447 5167

Mercia & Marches Metal Detecting Club. Covers Shropshire and its borders including mid Wales. Based around Shrewsbury . Contact Mr Pete Jones email address:

Marches Metal Detectorists meetings held at Stretton Hall Hotel, Shrewsbury Rd, All Stretton. contact for any further details.

South Yorkshire
Doncaster Detector and Collectors Club website : If you want to get in touch with us please email Vanessa at

North Staffs Historical and Search Society website : Present membership in excess of 100. We meet at the Smallthorne Victory Club in Hanley Road, Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent on the second Monday of every month at 8-00pm.

Ipswich and District Detecting Club We meet the last Tuesday of every month at the Whitehouse Community Centre, Limerick Close, Ipswich at 7.30pm.

Camberley and Bagshot Metal Detecting Club The club has a limit of 40 members (now fully subscribed) who come from Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire. If you would like to be placed on the club waiting list, please email using the following link, including your phone number and address

Rhondda Artefacts & Research Enthusiasts Website : Rhondda Artefacts & Research Enthusiasts club are currently based at Ferndale Rugby Club, Rhondda Cynon Taff. We are a warm and friendly club. We hold meetings every fortnight (see club meetings on website) and we welcome any new members to join our club.

Wrexham Metal Detecting Club limited to a membership of 60 and are subject to a waiting list. We meet at the Community Centre, in Frances Avenue, Wrexham and start at 7:30 pm. You are welcome to come as a guest and chat to our long standing and experienced members, so why not come and visit us.

Wrexham Heritage Society This is a new club recently formed in Wrexham, Wales. Membership limited to 25. Contact Roy on 01978 352535 or Dave on 01691718878. Meet on the 1st Monday of the month at Little Acton community centre.

Swansea Metal Detecting Club website : Swansea and surrounding area is rich in history as is most of the countryside around the UK. By joining a club, you will share in the vast knowledge within the membership, pick up tips and receive help in identifiying some of those odd bits of metal you regularly find.For further information on our Club, when and where we meet and how to join, contact the Club Secretary

Cardiff Scan Club website : The club meets at 7.30pm every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Cathays Liberal Club, Cathays Terrace, Cardiff - new members are welcome

Gwynedd Recovery and Search Society website : We are centered in North West Wales but have members from as far away as Oswestry. Our main detecting areas are around Bangor and on the Isle of Anglesey but we like to travel to other areas when possible.

Pembrokeshire Prospectors Metal Detecting Club website : The Pembrokeshire Prospectors Society now meets at The Cricket Club, Dale Road, Haverfordwest on the first Thursday of the month at 8pm

The Historical Search Society (Mold) (North Wales) website : The original & best metal detecting club, which has been in existence since it's formation by 6 detecting enthusiasts in 1976 is based in the historical town of Mold, Flintshire, North Wales. U.K. We currently have around 80 members, both men and women. We meet on the second Friday in each month at St Mary's Church Hall, King Street, Mold. We try to arrange for speakers to give presentations whenever possible on appropriate subjects. A Find of the Month competition is held each month. Displays of members finds are also on show. Meetings start at 7.30pm for 8 and usually finish around 9.45 to 10.00 pm. Please feel free to visit us at any meeting without pressure or obligation, If you do visit please ask any member to be introduced to one of our committee members upon your arrival, you will be made most welcome. All our members are members of the National Council for Metal Detecting and are covered by Insurance for public liability for £5,000,000. To attend our club outings you must be a member of the National Council and so hold the required insurance cover. Our club Chair is George McKean. The Secretary is Anne Wilkes.

Long Compton Archaeology Group website : We are an amateur archaeology group which is part of the Compton District History Society. Our aim is to investigate as much land as possible in the area around Long Compton, Warwickshire in order to map out the land usage and settlement from prehistoric times to the present day.We do this by document research, excavations and field walking to recover items such as flint or pottery and, wherever possible, we use Metal Detectors to recover buckles, buttons and coins etc which are dateable evidence. The items that are recovered are carefully cleaned, conserved and recorded. Objects of importance are then recorded with the Find's Liaison Officer for the area. This is all carried out in accordance with the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Finds are then preserved by members of the society or placed in the village museum in accordance with the landowners wishes. All information is recorded by area or farm and a copy of the file passed to the landowner.All our members work within our constitution rules and our health and safety policy, copies of which are available to members. The society and members are all insured, including public liability Our plan for 2008 is to excavate a double winged Roman Villa and Medieval site. The group also offers a free search and recovery service to members of the public and farmers. Our meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month at Long, Compton Village Hall and this includes talks and a chance to share information and discussion of finds.

West Yorkshire
Wakefield District Relic Hunters website : we are a small detecting club, based in the Wakefield and Five Towns ( Pontefract, Featherstone, Normanton, Castleford and Knottingley) area of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Great Britain.We have a monthly meeting, usually the first Monday, to discuss finds, metal detecting issues and to generally have a good laugh. You can contact us via this email link for more information: Two Dales Metal Detecting Club Would be members of the Two Dales club go on a six month probationary period. During this period we ask you to attend three club meetings. The minimum time requirement to fullfil the Membership criteria is just three months, after which you can apply for full membership. We meet on the first Tuesday in the month at 7.30 pm in the " Old School Room" Addingham.

Redditch and District Historical Detection Society website : contact Frank Wiley, 21 Penn Manor, Finstall, BROMSGROVE, Worcs Secretary :- Mark Pugh Tags: metal detecting, metal detecting club, metal detecting rallies, metal detector, our past history, portable antiquities scheme, recording

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