FAQs

FAQs2022-02-17T11:29:24+00:00
When do we get the address for the event?2022-06-20T12:52:22+01:00

The address, postcode and what3words details for the event will be emailed out the week before the event. Please check your junk mail in case you haven’t received it in your inbox. Directional signs will be up from this postcode to help you find the location.

What does the camping price include?2022-06-20T12:53:07+01:00

Camping is basic and includes on site portable toilets and non-drinking water bowsers. It does not include showers, and there are no electric hook ups.

Camping information:

Camping is in a field and is very basic, there are no luxuries, if possible bring your own drinking water, bottled water will be on sale during the weekend from caterers. Bowsers will be available on site for campers, this is not drinking water. There are no showers, and there are no electric hook ups.

All campers need to be off site by 11:00am Monday 12th Sept at the latest.

A pasture area has been set aside for camping and caravans / campers etc, if you are camping please bring along a blow up mattress or camp-bed as the ground can be stony and uneven in places.

Please arrive at the camping together if you want your camping pitches to be together. Marshals will not be leaving gaps when directing you and your vehicle to your camping pitch.

Due to limited space only 1 car is able to go with the camp pitch. This is likely to be the car with the tent in. All other cars can be parked in the ‘Day Parking’ car park, which is a short walk from the camping area.

Once you have parked your vehicle in the camping area, it must stay there until you are leaving the rally, unless you have special permission. We do not want vehicles driving around the camp site, this is for safety purposes. If you are driving about the site there is a strict 5mph limit, please also put on your hazard lights while driving in the campsite zone.

If you do wish to see the local area, please park your car in the ‘Day car parking area’ while at the rally

What happens on arrival?2022-06-20T13:03:40+01:00

The earliest arrival time is 2.00pm on Friday 9th Sept. You are able to attend the Check-In marquee and collect your wristbands Friday from 2.00pm to 8.00pm. After this time you will have to collect wristbands the following morning from the Check-In marquee but you can still get access to the site by showing any security or marshals on the gate your ticket/s and some photo ID. No site access after 11pm, gates are shut till the next morning 7am.

On Saturday 10th Sept the Check-In tent opens at 7.00am. The detecting start time on Saturday is 9:00am. If you are detecting the entire weekend but your accommodation is off site you are welcome to Check-In on the Friday to get your wristbands and avoid the Saturday morning rush/queues. Detecting start time Sunday 9:00am.

All attendees must be packed up and off site by 11.00am on the Monday 12th Sept.

I’ve booked a ticket, how do I get access to the event?2022-06-20T12:53:53+01:00

Please bring your tickets with you (either printed or on an electronic device) and all other necessary paperwork, we will not accept payment on the gate so if you do not have a ticket please do not travel to the rally, security will not let you in.
No ticket – no entry.

What time is detecting available?2022-06-20T12:54:17+01:00

Detecting is available Saturday 9:00am till 6.30pm and Sunday 9:00am till 6.00pm.

(No detecting Friday or Monday, and no detecting during the night. Anyone breaking this simple rule will be banned from Detectival immediately).

Is there first aid at the event?2022-06-20T12:54:36+01:00

Yes, there is a first aid area in the check-in tent for minor injuries and illnesses. The First Aiders contact number will be given to you on arrival with the site map. In the event of any emergency please call 999 immediately.

Can I bring children with me?2022-06-20T12:54:57+01:00

If you’ve added children guests to your booking you may bring them. Children must be with an adult at all times, the management cannot accept liability for injury or be responsible for their safety. Farms and fields are full of hidden dangers such as slurry pits, barbed wire, livestock and moving vehicles etc.

What happens if it’s raining during the event?2022-06-20T12:55:18+01:00

The UK weather is very unpredictable, please ensure the towing eye for your vehicle is placed under the passenger seat of your vehicle, you may need to be towed in or out of the parking area. If your towing eye is not ready others will be towed before you. Please bring a tow rope and a 4 x 4 if you own one. Track mats will be in place if necessary. Please bring suitable clothing for all weather conditions.

What shall I use to dig holes at the event?2022-06-20T12:55:49+01:00

In the UK we use spades to dig targets, DO NOT bring picks as it disturbs the ground to much. We are very strict about soil disturbance and hole filling so please abide by our rules.

FILL YOUR HOLES – IF YOU DIG IT, FILL IT!

ONLY SPADES TO BE USED, NO PICKAXES AND NO MATTOCKS!

ANYONE NOT DIGGING AND FILLING HOLES THIS WAY WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE.

Do I need to bring headphones?2022-06-20T12:56:09+01:00

Yes, everyone who intends to metal detect must use headphones (unless you wear hearing aids). If you do not wear headphones and you do not use hearing aids, you will not be allowed to dig.

Do I need to bring a finds pouch?2022-06-20T12:56:30+01:00

Yes, everyone who detects must have suitable pockets or pouches big enough to carry rubbish to the designated areas. Leaving rubbish on the surface will get you dismissed from the rally and sent home, so please don’t spoil your weekend over a silly mistake. There will be scrap buckets available around the site.

Where do we dispose of metal rubbish?2022-06-20T12:56:48+01:00

There are various scrap buckets around the site, please dispose of all unwanted metal rubbish in these.

Can I record my finds at the event?2022-06-20T12:57:15+01:00

As usual we are hoping to have a finds recording team at the event. Please record your finds with the finds recording team and FLOs on site in the finds recording marquee.

International detectorists and Export Licences

Any objects found on a dig by an attendee from outside of the UK that are of certain cultural definitions, so more than 50 years of age and valued above specified financial thresholds, must be declared to the Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Office (FLO) and the object/s will require an individual licence for export out of the UK whether on a permanent or temporary basis. These licences are available from the arts council. More information is available on the links in our Terms and Conditions.

The organisers accept no responsibility whatsoever for finds which are not properly and legally declared, and any person attending an event who acts outside of the legal requirements will not be permitted to attend any future events and may be reported to the local authorities.

Can I charge my metal detector at the event?2022-06-20T12:57:41+01:00

Some of the traders may have charging facilities but this is not guaranteed, therefore please bring spare batteries, power packs, and/or a portable charger for your detector if you have it, including charging leads and coil clip etc. Any detectors or property left charging is at the owner’s own risk.

If you are visiting from overseas and staying in a hotel remember to bring a UK plug adapter to charge your machine.

How do I pay at the trade stands and catering stands?2022-06-20T12:58:00+01:00

Bring cards/cash with you to purchase supplies, and food and drink.

Is there drinking water and power on site?2022-06-20T12:58:19+01:00

If you are camping please bring drinking water with you. Bottled water will be on sale by the caterers, but there are no fresh water drinking taps on site. Bring a quiet generator if you require power, no generators or music after 11pm.

Is there a charity raffle running this year?2022-06-20T12:58:46+01:00

We will be running a charity raffle at September Detectival 2022 with some amazing metal detectors up for grabs!

First Draw – Saturday @ 5:00PM

Second Draw – Sunday @ 3:00PM

If you are lucky enough to win please collect your prize when announced.

Anyone not at the draw can collect their prizes from the check-in tent later.

How much are the charity raffle tickets?2022-06-20T12:59:06+01:00

They are £5 each and they are available to purchase using cash from the check in tent at the event.

What charity are you raising funds for this year?2022-06-20T12:59:42+01:00

A wonderful charity called ‘Sport in Mind’ – https://www.sportinmind.org/

Where is the Detectival location for September’s event?2022-06-20T13:01:05+01:00

The nearest place to the Detectival site is Weston Colville. (The exact location will be emailed to attendees the week before the event).

For those looking to book accommodation for the Detectival weekend in September here are a list of the closest towns with plenty of places to stay and their approx distance and travel time to the September Detectival event site.

Cambridge to dig site – 20 miles (35 mins)

Haverhill to dig Site – 8 miles away (10 mins)

Newmarket to dig Site – 12 miles (20 mins)

Sudbury to dig site – 18 miles (35 mins)

Linton to dig site – 12 miles (15 mins)

Bury St Edmunds to dig Site – 18 miles (28 mins)

If I am camping can I bring a caravan or camper van?2022-02-15T16:22:17+00:00

Yes the camping price covers whatever you choose to sleep in. The camping is per person so please make sure you select a guest if you are bringing one and they are camping with you.

Can I enter the site without purchasing a ticket to have look around the trade stalls?2022-02-15T16:22:51+00:00

Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to people wishing to visit trade stalls. This is due to the difficultly in being able to manage attendees entering and leaving the site. Part of the ticket price also covers the facilities to be able to arrange the trade show.

Can I purchase a one-day ticket, I can only see two-day tickets on the ticket website?2022-02-15T16:23:27+00:00

Unfortunately we are not able to sell single day tickets. This is due to the difficultly in being able to manage attendees entering and leaving the site when required.

I forgot to book camping, can I pay for this at the event?2022-03-23T22:24:20+00:00

If there is still camping pitches available and you require one please email info@detectival.com to add camping to your existing booking.

Why haven’t I received my tickets?2022-02-15T16:24:30+00:00

They may have arrived in your junk folder. If they are not there, please email us – info@detectival.com

What time do we have to leave site?2022-03-23T22:24:51+00:00

The latest you can leave site is 11am on Monday 12th September 2022.

What time can I arrive on site?2022-03-23T22:25:12+00:00

The earliest time you can arrive is 2pm on Friday 9th September 2022.

What dates is the event running?2022-03-23T22:25:26+00:00

Arrival is after 2pm Friday 9th September. Detecting days are Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2022.

Where is September Detectival being held?2022-03-23T22:25:59+00:00

The event is being held near Weston Colville on the Cambridgeshire / Suffolk border.

Can I sleep in my car?2022-02-15T16:27:35+00:00

Yes you can, you still need to pay for camping as you are staying on site.

Can I bring a non-detecting guest?2022-02-15T16:28:04+00:00

Yes, you can add a non-detecting guest when you book your ticket. Non-detecting guests cost £6 (inc. VAT). If camping on site, the guest camping cost of an adult (£21 inc. VAT) will be added when you book your detecting ticket and add your non-detecting guest.

Can my child detect?2022-03-26T22:08:50+00:00

Yes children under 16 can detect and are free to attend with a full paying adult (this excludes camping cost which is £10.50 per child).

Can I bring my dog?2022-02-15T16:29:05+00:00

Yes you are allowed to bring your dog. As per the estates request – dogs must be well-behaved and dogs must be kept on a lead. Any dog mess must be picked up and placed into a bin on site. Do not put dog poo bags down the portable toilets as they block them. If there are any livestock / horses in any of the fields dogs MUST NOT be taken into those fields. Any dogs breaking these rules will be asked to leave along with the owner.

Why is VAT added?2022-02-15T16:30:01+00:00

VAT is value-added tax. When a company is VAT registered, this tax is added onto a product.

Do I need to camp on site for all 3 nights?2022-02-15T16:30:33+00:00

No you can stay for as many nights as you wish, the camping price is a fixed-rate for the entire event regardless of how many nights you stay on site.

What does camping cost?2022-02-15T16:31:03+00:00

Camping is £17.50 per adult (inc. VAT is £21) and is £8.75 per child (inc. VAT is £10.50).

Camping is for 3 nights – Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The camping price is a fixed-rate, regardless of how many nights you camp on site.

What does a ticket cost?2022-02-15T16:31:32+00:00

A full 2 day detecting ticket per person is £65 (inc. VAT is £78) plus a £3 non-refundable booking fee.

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