By purchasing your ticket from Detectival and attending the Detectival event/s you agree to the below terms and conditions:


Abide by The Metal Detectorists Code of Conduct.

Abide by The Countryside Code.

Fill any holes you dig ensuring you leave the area in as good as, or better than found condition.

Remove all unwanted metal objects found and place in the buckets around the site for proper disposal.

All detectorists must carry a finds pouch/bag to collect all their metal finds during the dig day/s.

All detectorists must use headphones while detecting on digs.

Ensure that all personal rubbish is removed from the dig-site and properly disposed of in the site rubbish bins provided.

Respect the land and the landowner’s wishes. Close any gates you open, do not disturb livestock or wildlife, stay within any marked areas and do not trespass onto any land for which permission has not been granted.

Abide by all the landowner’s requests for dig events, including closing and locking gates, specifics on dig event parking and any other requests that might occur.

Read all event related emails in their entirety with regards to attending events and event information. All emails are there to provide attendees with information on the events and other important matters.

If a detectorist has confirmed to attendee the event and then cannot attend they must inform the dig organisers in writing, by email as soon as possible.

Always be courteous to other attendees and people in the local community.

Dogs are allowed on site with written permission by the event organisers, please email for more information.

Any attendee found to be acting illegally or inappropriately will be removed from the event and reported to the local authorities.


There will be designated smoking area’s on site, smoking WILL NOT be permitted in any temporary structures, including the event marquees.

Finds recording

Report any finds to the ‘Finds Recording Team’ on site in order that they may be photographed, recorded and researched.


The event organisers have public liability event insurance as a legal requirement, however, all dig attendees must still be members of either JUST DETECT, or NCMD (National Council for Metal Detecting), or FID (The Federation of Independent Detectorists) or AMDS. This is to make sure all everyone has the correct insurance while detecting at our events. Please make sure you renew your JUST DETECT, NCMD, FID or AMDS membership when it expires. The event organisers cannot be held responsible for any detectorist that does not have insurance, the detectorist will be fully liable for their own insurance and actions.

Health and Safety

Health and safety is an important part of the metal detecting event, attendees should report anything that may affect the health and safety of other dig attendees to the event organisers promptly. There are first aiders on site at all events that are trained in emergency first aid and resuscitation. Please report all accidents and incidents to the first aider tent promptly. In the event of an emergency situation please call the emergency services on 999 immediately for professional help.

Report all ammunition found to the dig organisers in order that the item(s) can be reported to the correct authorities for proper disposal. It is illegal to possess fire arms, including live ammunition unless you hold the appropriate Fire Arms Certificate and penalties are severe. Please do not touch or move anything fire arms or ammunition related if you are unsure.

Hoards and The Treasure Act

In the event of a hoard discovery on our events.
1. A hoard is defined as two or more gold or silver coins at least 300 years old found in close proximity

2. A hoard is defined as artefacts with precious metal content of less than 10% and at least 300 years old, that are found confined or in close proximity

3. A hoard is also defined as ten or more coins found in close proximity with a precious metal content of less than 10% and at least 300 years old. The organisers have a Hoard Plan in place that instructs all attendees that if the situation arises where a hoard is discovered the dig the organisers must be informed immediately and all current hoard discovery guidelines will then be followed. The area will be cordoned off by organisers and other detectorists must leave the proximity, there is no exception to this rule.

The landowner and FLOs (Finds liaison Officers) in attendance will be informed. Attendees will comply with the Treasure Act legislation and will not intervene with a potential hoard. Any other discovered items by any other members within a 15 metre radius must be handed in to the FLO for investigation, details of these item(s) and their finders will be recorded to ensure equality and fairness. The initial discoverer(s) of the hoard will retain all rights along with the landowner.

Attendees must never detect on Ancient Monuments, Scheduled Monuments and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). Under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 it is a criminal offence.

We do not tolerate night-hawking. Any attendee found or reported to be night-hawking will be liable for their actions which WILL result in prosecution.

Any attendee found to be acting illegally or inappropriately will be removed from the event and reported to the local authorities.

Should your find(s) come under the Treasure Act, then you must report your find(s) to the coroner within 14 days of the item(s) being found. This is a legal requirement. We will provide assistance with the proper procedure if required. All Treasure items are divided between the finder and lander.

Any finds discovered on dig sites arranged through Detectival that are of considerable value (£2,000 or more) are to be fairly and equally divided between the finder and the landowner (50/50 share). Please remember that by law landowners own all non-treasure finds, they only give the finder permission to search. Although we do have agreements in place with landowners that finders may retain the majority of finds this does not invalidate the law. Attendees agree that we may pass on attendee contact details to the landowner in the event that the landowner requests access to any item(s) found on their land. Any items declared treasure under the Treasure Act are automatically put through the process and will have the proceeds divided equally and fairly between the landowner and the finder.

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, and the PAS will help any attendees who need to acquire a licence. please read and download the UK export rules and regulations in accordance with the current Treasure Act. Treasure Act Link Export Licences Do I Need One ?….Yes if you reside or live outside of the UK and find treasure in the UK, you will need an export licence, Export Licence information More Export Licence Information

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 will be reported to the local authorities.

Terms of Advance Payment

All attendees accept responsibility for their own event costs, this includes the choice of advance payments to any third parties.

The organisers cannot be held liable for any payments made by the attendee to any third parties, including camping at another camp-site, bed & breakfast, hotel or any other costs that may occur, this is the attendee’s personal choice.

Cancellation by us:

Detectival reserves the right to modify the programme of any event up to the day of the event. If unforeseen circumstances cause Detectival to cancel an event, we shall inform you as soon as possible and offer you a refund or a ticket date transfer. Booking-fees are non-refundable.

Cancellation by you:

If you wish to cancel a booking please note the following cancellation conditions:
4 months or more prior to the event – 100% refund minus any booking fees
2-4 months prior to the event – 50% refund minus any booking fees
0-2 months prior to the event – no refund

If you need to cancel within the 0-2 month period, tickets are non-transferable as they are purchased in the attendee’s name, however, we may be able to re-sell your ticket to another customer (only if the event attendee capacity is full), please contact us by email and we will get back to you to let you know if this is possible. No refunds for no shows.

Spectators / non-detectorists / under 16

Family spectators / non-detecting guests are welcome to attend the event with a paying attendee – up to one adult guest and up to three children (0-16 years old) per paying attendee.

Guests are not permitted to detect unless they have also purchased a ticket.

Detectorists under 16 years old are also welcome at no extra charge, one child detectorist per paying adult attendee.

Family Booking

Adults / Parents are responsible for their child / guest attendees, please ensure they are safe and are well behaved.


Dig sites, locations and conditions are subject to change at any time without prior notification to attendees, we will always do our best to inform attendees of changes made as soon as we are aware of them.

All dig attendees must pay for the dig ticket in advance, we do not accept dig ticket payments on the day. Camping can be purchased on the day at the Check-In Tent, as long as there is still camping spaces available.

Landowners reserve the rights to terminate a dig day or event at any time during the event, funds are non-refundable.

By purchasing a ticket you agree that you have read and understood these Terms and Conditions herewith and have declared that you will abide by these rules at all times in their entirety.

If an attendee is caught breaking any of our terms and conditions they will be asked to leave and not attend any of our future events.

Please be aware that in line with current legal regulations every attendee is required to read the Terms and Conditions and must abide by them at all times when in attendance at an event. By attending a Detectival event attendees confirm that they have read and understood these Terms and Conditions and will abide by them at all times whilst in attendance at an event.

These terms are subject to change.

Detectival are not owned by any associated manufacturers but do have their permission to use their logos for advertising purposes. Associated manufacturers/event sponsors have no monetary interest and accept no liability for these events.