Metal detecting holidays in England

with the Worlds most successful metal detecting club

Twinned with Midwest Historical Research Society USA


Training weeks


Come and maximise your time out there in the field and learn the ropes from proven professionals

Detecting breaks staying at one of our 4 Barn Hse for team building.

Possible 7 day training tours staying at any of the Barn house accommodation. These events are run by our Senior members

Both complete beginners and improvers are welcome



Want to try out the hobby of metal detecting but don't want to invest yet in an expensive machine ?

Want to learn the ropes from experts and get advice on all aspects of metal detecting ?

Want to improve your find rates ?

Then come for a full weeks detecting experience to see if it's for you. Pick from over 300 fields available to hunt.

You can select from 3 different types of ID machines like the Whites MXT or a top of the range Garett GT 2500 or Fisher Coinstrike. Headphones, diggers, finds pouch and batteries are supplied.


The week courses teach you all the basics and the more advanced techniques.

The training covers:

The British Treasure Act - the law relating to finds you might make - What is the definition of a hoard or treasure.

PAS - The department where your finds are recorded

Celtic Coin Index and Fitzmuseum for reporting and logging Celtic coins and Early Medieval coinage

All the fundamental rules of detecting - filling in holes and taking your trash off the land.

The detecting course starts right from the basics so you do not need any prior experience:

How to set up the machine

What to dig, how to dig. How not to not dig hot rocks and iron.

Pin pointing the target using the machine and use of a probe

Using the machine on test packages to learn the 'sounds' and what the meter tells you.

By now you are itching to get started so you are off and running with an expert on hand to answer any questions.

Lunchtime review and some more training on 'tricky' targets like Saxon silver, Celtic Qtr gold and tiny hammered silver.

Afternoon session to dusk.


If you are on the full week training courses then you will go into far more depth on the types of machines, finding tiny hammered, digging marginal signals etc. You will also learn how to read the land with pottery and hot spots, using the circling technique when you make a find etc.

The sites you use will be one or all of the 20 + we have available, with multiple fields i.e. one site with 15 fields you can use for the morning. After lunch you can stay on that site or move onto a fresh new site.

All finds are photographed and recorded and any treasures/hoards are reported by us to Colchester Museum under the Treasure Act. All ID's and export paperwork is included.

Weekly events

Start time and finish times are agreed by the team. You have your own mini bus so it is a go as you please type event.


Drop me a mail if you want more info



Colchestertreasurehunting exercises every care possible. We can assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity in connection with the hunts of any airplane, automobile, motor coach or any other conveyance used in carrying out this tour or for the acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangement of the tour. We cannot accept any responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay in air or other services, sickness, bad weather, strike, war, quarantine, acts of God or other causes beyond our control and reserve the right to make such alterations to the itinerary as may be deemed necessary for carrying out the tour. By forwarding the deposit, the passenger certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or any other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other passengers. Baggage is the owner's risk entirely. Tour participants understand the hazards of traveling by foot over rural terrain and plowed fields and accept the responsibility and risks of this activity. In consideration of and as part payment for the right to participate in such tour, the participant agrees to assume all of the above risks and agrees that such payment shall also constitute consent to all provisions contained herein. In addition, it is understood that Colchestertreasurehunting makes no guarantee, explicit or implied, as to the number or value of artifacts, coins or jewelry which the participant might recover, but will endeavor to provide the very best locations and sites available to them to insure the continued success of their hunts.

Important note: By sending a deposit you agree to the terms and conditions on this site, treasure Act and correct exporting of finds. NO find over 50 years old can be taken home without an approved export license. All transportation to and from sites, museum visits, trip to the shops are all free and not included in the price of your trip. You can be using multiple vehicles during your stay, taxi hire, private hire from the airport, saloon car to the museum and even the farmer can drive you around his land. No exchange of money for any trip must be made as they are all free. Giving any driver of any vehicle a tip other then a registered taxi can invalidate the insurance as it now becomes for hire and reward.