Friday 23rd - Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th - July, 2021
Tickets - Now on sale!
North of the Tyne Detecting is very excited to announce that we will be holding a weekend rally in July - Detectorcon!
We have a whopping 900 acres of previously undetected land, in a historically-rich area near Bellingham, Northumberland. There will be a marquee with traders, live evening entertainment, full licensed bar, food stands, fire-pit, prize raffle, onsite camping and more!
Full weekend tickets include camping and detecting Friday-to-Sunday. Day tickets are also available for Saturday and Sunday. There will only be a limited number of tickets available - so get yours before they run out!
This is an event not to be missed! Scroll down to find out more...
Unfortunately, we were not able to go ahead with Detectorcon 2020, due to the COVID-19 situation. For those of you that purchased tickets for 2020 - these will automatically transfer and be valid for Detectorcon 2021 instead.
If you wish to obtain a refund, this can be done via the Eventbrite website.
Detectorcon and COVID 19
North of the Tyne Detecting considers the safety of all its members and rally attendees to be a top priority. We will therefore be keeping a close eye on the latest COVID developments and Government legislation, and ensuring that we comply with all neccesary measures. We are hopeful that Detectorcon 2021 will go ahead, but we are living in unpredictable times! In the event of cancellation, refunds will be available and we will save the land until next year.
Location and land...
The rally land is close to Bellingham, in Northumberland - an area rich in history that has produced some great finds, including Bronze age, medieval and Roman. Located less than 10 miles from Hadrians Wall - this is truly a great area to be detecting!
The land itself boasts some fantastic features, including a Bastle, a Roman fort, a Roman farmstead, the remains of an old castle, medieval crop marks and stone ruins, and an Iron age settlement!
So far 4 hoards have been found within 1 mile of the rally site (Bronze age and Roman coins and jewellery).
There will be 900 acres of land to detect - including a mixture of pasture, ploughed and woodland. This is previously undetected land.
Our Useful Information page includes some further details about the location, including a map. More specific location information will be provided to ticket-holders a week before the event.
We will be burying a hoard of 100 pound coins somewhere on the land for a lucky detectorist to find!
Camping on site...
Full weekend tickets include the option to camp on site, and enjoy the evening entertainment.
You are welcome to camp on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Check-in on Friday opens at 2pm, and all attendees must be off-site by 11am on Monday morning.
Tents, caravans and campervans are all welcome.
We will have 2 camping areas: A quiet family area, which will have a 'no noise after 11 pm' policy; And a second area which can have music etc until midnight, after which chatting and quiet music is allowed if kept to low volumes.
Flushable toilets, water tankers and bottled drinking water will all be available. There will not be any electricity to plug in.
Food and drink...
There will lots of tastey food options available to keep you fuelled during the weekend, serving from breakfast, through-out the day and into the evening.
The Pizza Paddock will be serving a great choice of delicious pizzas, with generous toppings, all freshly cooked in a wood-fire oven.
Kielder Organic Meats will be serving a range of burgers, sausages, bacon rolls and many more tastey choices - all sourced from their own family-run farm.
There will also be a full licensed bar serving alcohol and soft-drinks from 12 noon until midnight.
The Crafty Gin Company will be serving up a great selections of beers, ciders, spirits and soft-drink favourites, all from their quirky rustic horsebox trailer - Rosie! They specialise in the finest gins and craft beers, and make a mean cocktail too.
You are also welcome to bring your own food and drinks to the site.
At night the marquee will be transformed into a fun social space, with tables and benches to relax and unwind after a long day digging.
There will also be a North of the Tyne Detecting fire-pit outside, with hay-bail seating all around.
We have some great live entertainment lined up for the Friday and Saturday nights, including a live band and DJ.
On Friday night we will be treated to a live performance from local Northumbrian band "Growing Robots"; featuring the truly talented Jason Vare (from "We steal flyers").
We will also be treated to more live music on Saturday night.
More information will be posted soon, so come back to find out more...
We will have a number of trade stands selling a range of detecting related products, in the marquee, through-out the day.
More details of the specific companies providing stalls will be added soon...
There will be a marquee with trade stalls in the day and evening entertainment at night.
24 hour first-aid assistance will be on site - thanks to the Northumberland Medical Services.
On-site camping available for all full weekend ticket holders. Tent, caravans and campervans are all welcome.
Water tanks will be provided for washing, and bottled drinking water will also be available.
On-site parking will be available.
There will be a prize raffle - more details to come.
Treasure Hunting magazine's Editor Julian Evan-Hart is going to be our official Event Photographer.
If you want your photo taken at any stage of the event just ask when you see him! As well as being out and about, Julian will also be found at the Treasure Hunting magazine trade stand, which will be present throughout the whole event.
In addition, if you would like to bring along any finds for Reader Finds or would like any of your finds from Detectorcon photographed - just ask Julian for details at the event.
We will create a large folder at the end of the event, to which you can all upload any photos you want. There will also be a page with all photos available.