METAL DETECTING CLUBS & GROUPS Within the UK - Updated 2020
Interested in joining a metal detecting club or Group ? Metal detecting on your own can be fun but enjoying the hobby among a group of like minded people sharing knowledge, expertise and generally sharing the experience can be so much better fun.
Below is a comprehensive list of metal detecting clubs in the UK arranged in alphabetical order.
BOURNEMOUTH METAL DETECTING CLUB
Club was founded in 2011 by a group of metal detecting enthusiasts who wanted to share their past time with others and share the history they discover.
Website - Bournemouth Metal Detecting Club
BRENTWOOD METAL DETECTING CLUB BMDC
meet on every third Monday of the month at a venue just outside Brentwood. The club currently has 110 members and always welcomes new additions comprises of med and woman. Founded back in the early 1970’s the BMDC has a long history and a great place to learn about the hobby of metal detecting.
Website - Brentwood Metal Detecting Club
BLAYDON SEARCH AND RECOVERY ASSOCIATION
Blaydon search and recovery association Founded in 1998, friendly and honest metal detecting club based in the north east of England Gateshead Tyne and wear.
Website - Blaydon Search and Recovery Association
CAMBRIDGESHIRE AREA METAL DETECTING CLUB (CAMDC)
was formed in early 2018. From humble beginnings in a pub garden, we now have a private meeting room, en suite facilities and a private bar in a comfortable pub in Stapleford, South Cambridgeshire. We are primarily an MDF-based club with a private forum on here, we do not currently have any club land, but we have had one club dig and a couple of members occasionally detect together. We meet formally on the second Monday of the month. You don't need to be from South Cambs... we have members from Luton, East Beds and North Essex. For more information contact wessexlad via PM at the MDF forum.
COTSWOLD HERITAGE AND DETECTING SOCIETY
Cotswold Heritage and Detecting Society hold their club meetings on the second Wednesday of the month. A Society dedicated to the promotion of the conscientious use of metal detectors for both enjoyment and historical research.
Website - Cotswold Heritage & Detecting Society
CENTRAL SEARCHERS METAL DETECTING CLUB
Central Searchers have a dig every weekend making them one of the most active UK metal detecting clubs. Membership costs £15 and is well worth the small investment, especially if you are free at the weekend. For more information head over to their website where you can find out where and when their next dig is.
Website - Central Searchers
CARDIFF SCAN METAL DETECTING CLUB
Cardiff Scan Club is a thriving community resource for those interested in metal detecting as a hobby. The club boasts a healthy membership and has many advantages for members: Club sites where members are welcome to detect, regular club rallies at different venues, regular monthly club meetings
Website - Cardiff Scan Metal Detecting Club
CAMBRIDGE METAL DETECTING CLUB
a group of 3(family and friends), who have a passion for uncovering history and artefacts. We have been doing it in our spare time for some time now and have found many interesting items. We have decided to start a club and hope to get more people involved and hunting for lost history.
Website - Cambridge Metal Detecting Club
DERBY ARTEFACTS RECOVERY CLUB [DARC]
The club was founded in 1973. Membership is capped at 70. A dig is arranged every month bar January, and monthly competitions are held for best find. The club's previous web-site, derbymetaldetecting.co.uk has been closed.
Website - Derby Artefacts Recovery Club
DUNELME METAL DETECTING CLUB
This club was formed in 1995 by a small group of detectorists. The club holds meetings every Wednesday at the Eldon Arms Hotel, Ferryhill Station, County Durham DL17 0AW. All members must hold a valid NCMD Insurance card.
Website - Dunelme Metal Detecting Club
DEDHAM VALE DETECTORISTS
Known as the “DVD” for short the Dedham Vale detectorists was formed in 2015. This group hold their meeting on the third Thursday of the month atthe Royal British Legion Club, Straight Road, Boxted, Colchester, CO4 5QT.
Website - Dedham Vale Detectorists
DEREHAM & DISTICT METAL DETECTING CLUB
Group of over 50 members from around Norfolk. The club meets once a month in Mattishall, Norfolk and has monthly awards at their meetings.
Website - Dereham & District Metal Detecting Club
DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY METAL DETECTING CLUB
Est 2019, friendly group who try to arrange monthly group digs. club email. email@example.com
Facebook Group - Dumfries & Galloway Metal Detecting Club
DARTFORD METAL DETECTING CLUB
Club meets on the second Monday of the month, except if there is a bank holiday in which case the meting will be the following Monday. The club is currently full and there is a waiting list in operation.
Website - Dartford Metal Detecting Club
EAST COAST SEARCHERS METAL DETECTING CLUB
Club based on the East Anglian and Essex border. The club holds their meetings at the Brantham Social Club in Brantham on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.00pm.
Website - East Coast Searchers Metal Detecting Club
GWENT DETECTING CLUB
One of the biggest Welsh metal detecting clubs boasting over 150 active members. The club holds their monthly meeting on the 1st Tuesday of every month at the R.A.F.A Club, Greenhill Rd, Cwmbran, Gwent, NP44 3DQ.
Website - Gwent Detecting Club
ISCA METAL DETECTING CLUB ( Exeter )
**Sorry but the Club is currently FULL with a healthy waiting list**(July 2020) Ours is a small club of just 30 members, founded in 2013 and meeting once a month at The Black Horse, Old Honiton Road, Clyst Honiton, Exeter, EX5 2AN. In addition to the social meeting we also organise two Sunday digs per month. We are an active club with many levels of experience within our ranks. Meetings are informal with a raffle to raise money for club funds. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org but be advised there will be a wait of at least 12-18 months before we have any space for new members.
ISLE OF WIGHT METAL DETECTING CLUB
Currently not accepting new members. However, you can contact them on their website for any enquiries with regards to future acceptance.
Website - Isle of Wight Metal Detecting Club
IPSWICH & DISTRICT METAL DETECTING CLUB
Ipswich and District Detector club was founded by Jeff Short in the early 1970’s. Jeff used to own Jeff’s Detector Shop in “The Walk” Ipswich and is an avid detectorist. The club hold their meetings at the Rosary Conservative Club, 172 Bramford Road, Ipswich IP1 4AB. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month and start at 19:30pm.
Website - Ipswich & District Metal Detecting Club
KENDAL & DISTRICT METAL DETECTING CLUB
This club is a member of the National Council for Metal Detecting, North West Region. Affiliated to the Council for Physical Recreation, recognised by the National farmers Union and the CLA as the voice of responsible detecting (NCMD) Members live in North Lancashire, North and South Lakeland, West Cumbria, Whitely Bay, Aberdeen, Alston and Staffordshire.
Website - Kendal & District Metal Detecting Club
LOUGHBOROUGH COIN & SEARCH SOCIETY
(Est 1968) Club was first formed in 1968 as an Numismatics (Coin Collecting) Club, over the years as detectors became commercially available the metal detecting part of the Society acquired land for the members to detect on freely, depending on crops & farm rules If you would like to become a member of the club then please use the contact us page or click on the become a member page to fill out an application form. Membership is currently full for 2020, please fill out an application to be added to our waiting list and for invites to our open digs. Club meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month where we have guest speakers attending. Loughborough Coin and Search Society is a non profit organisation, our events funds go to our selected charities.
Website - Loughborough Coin & Search Society
MID DEVON SEARCHERS
Club We are a friendly club with great land Please get in touch for membership enquiries.
MID CORNWALL HISTORY HUNTERS
MCHH is a group of 30 detectorists and was formed in 2003. The club hold fortnightly digs and meet once a month to compare finds. Meetings are on the 3rd Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Lanivet Leisure Centre. This club has had a handful of big finds and welcome non members at their meetings
Website - Mid Cornwall History Hunters
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE ARTEFACT RECOVERY CLUB
N.A.R.C meet monthly and the club holds a lot of rallies and presentations. Unfortunately they are not currently accepting new members. However, if you are a keen metal detecting enthusiast and live local I would recommend attending one of their presentations.
Website - Northamptonshire Artefact Recovery Club
PASTFINDER METAL DETECTING CLUB
We are a small, friendly club based in the Southampton area. Founded in 2010 we hold regular monthly club meetings where finds are compared and club topics discussed. We have had some excellent finds over the past year on our farm permissions and are always on the lookout for new land.
PM IJammer at the MDF Forum
SOLENT METAL DETECTING CLUB
The Solent Metal Detecting Club was formed by a group of metal detecting enthusiasts who meet once a month. These meetings are largely informal. A raffle is held during each meeting to help with club funding. We arrange occasional talks by visiting speakers on a variety of subjects.
Website - Solent Metal Detecting Club
SOUTH DEVON MDC
Please email Fishermansam@hotmail.co.uk to apply for a place. Members must have valid NCMD or FID insurance.
Website - South Devon MDC
ST. EDMUNDS SEARCHERS
Our club was founded in 2011 and meets every month in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Our county FLO always attends meetings and collects finds for recording, always returning finds the following month. We are a small group with a common interest in history and metal detecting. We encourage members of all experiences to show all their finds and we also add interest with a monthly finds competition. The club is currently fully subscribed and we are not accepting further names onto the waiting list until further notice.
ST NEOTS & DISTRICT ARTEFACTS CLUB
The SNADAC meet every other Tuesday at The Hyde Park public house in New Street, Saint Neots, at 8pm. This club has a long history and have even helped the police on a number of occasions.
Website - St Neots & District Artefacts Club
SLC METAL DETECTING CLUB
Founded in 1978 by Brian Cross the South Lancashire and Cheshire metal detecting club is one of the oldest clubs and most successful clubs. Members meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at St Micahel’s Parish Church and run from 8pm until 11pm. For more information about this club go to their website they are a busy club with regular digs.
Website - SLC Metal Detecting Club
SCUNTHORPE METAL DETECTING SOCIETY
Scunthorpe Metal detecting club holds their meetings at 7.30pm on the second Monday of every month at the Foxhills Club, DN15 8LQ. Currently they are not accepting any new members as they are at full capacity. This will be reviewed in the near future so its always worth contacting them if you live in the area.
Website - Scunthorpe Metal Detecting Society
SWALE SEARCH AND RECOVERY CLUB
Started in 1974 and formerly known as the Isle of Sheppey Metal Detecting Society, the Swale Search and Recovery Club hold their meeting on the first and third Thursday of the month. Meetings are held at The Hastings Arms in Gillingham. For more details visit their website.
Website - Swale Search and Recovery
SURREY SEARCHERS METAL DETECTING CLUB
Surrey Searchers Metal Detecting Club is based in Wallington. This is a very active club and they travel all over the UK on digs.
Website - Surrey Searchers Metal Detecting Club
SCOTTISH DETECTOR CLUB
Established in 1977 the SDC is the oldest metal detecting club in Scotland. The club meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 7.30pm in Conference Room 2, Wester Hailes Education Centre, 5 Murrayburn Drive, Edinburgh. EH14 2SU. They have regular club digs in the Lothians, Borders and Fife.
Website - Scottish Detector Club
SWANSEA METAL DETECTING CLUB
Club meetings are held fortnightly on Wednesdays, at the Coopers Arms, Neath Road, Swansea SA6 8JU. The SMDC has managed to gain permission from the local council to detect on some council land.
Website - Swansea Metal Detecting Club
SOUTH WEST SEARCHERS
Southwest Searchers Based in Plymouth, meeting every third Wednesday of the month at 8pm at The Railway Club, Mullet Road, Laira, Plymouth PL3 6TD. NCMD Affiliated, regular digs all year, currently 70 members. We are always on the lookout for new members who are able to attend regularly and get involved. Membership secretary John Warn.
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TWO DALES METAL DETECTING CLUB
Club founded back in May 1993 to attract metal detectorists that reside in an area of Yorkshire known as Wharfedale and Airedale. Attract detectorists from the Pendle district of Lancaster. Meetings take place on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm in the " Old School Room" Addingham.
Website - Two Dales Metal Detecting Club
TAW & TORRIDGE METAL DETECTING CLUB
Taw & Torridge Metal Detecting Club currently has about 35 members that are drawn from the Taw & Torridge areas of North Devon. Please contact our secretary, Julie, at
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TORBAY METAL DETECTORS CLUB
Torbay Metal Detectors Club meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 8.00 pm at, Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Road, Marldon, Paignton, TQ3 1NN to discuss recent digs and finds. The club holds monthly coin and artifact competitions and do regular digs all over Devon.
Website - Torbay Metal Detecting Club
TAYNTON METAL DETECTING CLUB
Club is based at the village of Taynton in Gloucestershire, England. The overriding interest of club members is recovering, recording and displaying our past.
Website - Taynton Metal Detecting Club
WYVERN HISTORICAL AND DETECTING SOCIETY
Friendly club based in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. holding Monthly Competitions for members who attend their meetings.
Website - Wyvern Historical and Detecting Society
WESTON HISTORICAL RESEARCH AND DETECTING ASSOCIATION
Friendly club of metal detectorists dedicated to finding lost history and recording finds to increase historical knowledge. Meet every 2nd Tuesday of every month (unless a bank holiday) in the Clevedon area.
Website - Weston Historical Research and Detecting Association
WESSEX METAL DETECTING CLUB
Wessex Metal Detecting club holds meetings on the 1st and 3rd of every month at the Conservative Club in Newbury. They welcome visitors to all meetings and they regularly go detecting in the surrounding counties. This club also hosts charity events and have raised money for a number of charities.
Website - Wessex Metal Detecting Club
WEYMOUTH & PORTLAND METAL DETECTING CLUB
Weymouth & Portland Metal Detecting Club hold their meetings on the third Monday of the month with contributions from guest speakers. Formed in 1990 and with 70 members.
Website - Weymouth & Portland Metal Detecting Club
Weekend Wanderers was established in 1990 and is one of the largest metal detecting clubs in the UK. The club regularly hires farmland for its members to detect on in Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
Website - Weekend Wanderers
WEST KENT DETECTOR CLUB
West Kent Detector Club was formed in late 1978 and they detect on farms every two weeks in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Meetings are held Browns School, Chelsfield, Kent BR6 7PH on the third Friday of the month. The club regularly assists the West Kent Archaeological Society on archaeological digs.
Website - West Kent Detector Club
WYVERN HISTORICAL AND METAL DETECTING SOCIETY Wyvern Metal Detecting Society is located in Swindon, Wiltshire. The club has access to numerous locations that are reserved for their members only. In addition they are constantly looking to add more locations.
Website - Wyvern Historical and Metal Detecting Society
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