Become a Metal Detectives Member

We arrange digs for metal detectorists who are looking for somewhere to go and the chance to spend the day with a friendly and sociable group of like-minded people. Our metal detecting group has been running since early 2011 and we have been organising small, friendly digs located around the south of England which have proven to be very successful.

We run digs throughout the year and we limit our dig attendee numbers to avoid over-crowding. This has resulted in a lot of positive feedback from our current members who prefer the smaller groups with more regular digs available and the personal approach we employ during our digs.

You may wonder how we keep our digs smaller with the increasing number of detectorists joining our group - well the digs work on the basis that everyone is invited to every dig site and it is first come first serve, but if you miss out you will be given first refusal at the next dig in that area. There is lots of land out there and it is our priority to share the land with all responsible detectorists. We also hold regular digs to ensure that all our members have the opportunity to visit sites.

Our digs are normally held on Sundays, but we occasionally run Saturday digs and mid-week digs too. We also hold weekend detecting events and rallies.

We know many landowners who have granted us permission to detect on their land and as they provide us with excellent testimonials we are gaining new land to detect on a regular basis.

The Membership fee for one year is £30. The membership renewal date is 1st May. New members can join at any point during the year and they will pay for the remaining months of that membership year.


Please complete the application form below to apply for The Metal Detectives membership.

Once you have completed this form, please click on the 'submit' button below to send us your application.

  • You will receive an email to your registered account asking you to click on a link to verify the email address, if you do not verify the account your application will go no further.
  • Once verified an administrator will receive your application and verify your account or if necessary contact you for payment details.
  • Failure to verify you email at the beginning will slow down your registration (please check you spam folder if you don't receive email confirmation within 30 minutes)

The Membership fee is £30 annually (2019-2020). After you have completed this form we will contact you via email to inform you of whether you have been successful and arrange your membership payment. You will receive your membership card and you will be able to login to the website once your details and payment have been received. If you have any questions regarding your membership or exactly what you are entitled to please use the 'contact us' page or email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please make sure you read our Terms and Conditions of membership before you submit your application form.

The Metal Detectives Group members database is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act 1998. No information provided will be passed on to any third parties.

We are currently receiving a high number of applications to join the group. We regret that due to this high number of emails we are unable to respond to our joining applications for confirmation, but you will receive an email invite when a space is available. 

Sometimes our email responses will go into your junk mail folder so please do check your junk/spam folder for our joining email so you don't miss your invite.

Thank you.


The Metal Detectives offer various discounts on digs and rallies.

  • Under 16s are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
  • Guests (Non-detecting friends/family) are free to attend digs/rallies. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for inviting guests on digs/rallies.

If you believe you are entitled to a discount on your tickets please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The discount will be applied when purchasing your dig/rally ticket.

(Discounts are subject to being a member of The Metal Detectives and you must apply for your discount by contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Membership is set at a standard fee of £30 for all, as discount can only be applied to events).

Revised 2020

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