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We hold regular weekend digs - and all members are welcome to attend.
Details of all upcoming digs can be found on our Events Facebook page.
North of the Tyne Detecting
Friday 23rd - Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th - July, 2021
Tickets - SOLD OUT!
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.
TICKETS HAVE NOW SOLD OUT (none available on gate)
Postcode and further info will be emailed to all ticket holders in the week before the event.
You will need your eventbrite ticket to enter the rally!
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 camp and 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 over 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 in the 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 12pm (noon), and all attendees must be off-site by 11am on Monday morning.
Tents, caravans and campervans are all welcome.
Toilets, water bowsers and bottled drinking water will all be available. There will not be any electricity to plug in.
food and drink
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.
You will have your pick of fresh meats, burgers, sandwiches, and many more delicious choices.
Bowers butchers will also have a selection of raw meats available for attendees to purchase and cook on their own BBQs at the campsite.
Rutherfords will be bringing their fab fully licensed bar - serving alcohol and soft-drinks throughout the day and night.
Loaded up with chilled beers, lagers, pale ale and ciders on draft and in bottles, gin dispensed through a microscope and the best range of spirits you can summon up, garnishes and plenty of ice.
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, to sit around under the stars with a pint.
We have some great live entertainment lined up for the Friday and Saturday nights, including live bands 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").
On Saturday night The Cosmics will keep us entertained with plenty of toe-tapping classics.
We will have a number of trade stands selling a range of detecting related products in the marquee, through-out the day.
So whether you are after some new gear to add to your detecting armoury, or you need to pick up a forgotten item - our traders will have you covered! There will be everything from finds boxes, field gear and cleaning tools, to detectors, coils, spades and magazine subscriptions!
There will be coin and artefact dealers - offering a great opportunity to add some items to your collection.
DNW Auctions will also be on hand to help if you have any finds you are considering putting into auction.
If you have items that you would like identifying and valuing - then bring them along too!
There will be a marquee with trade stalls in the day and evening entertainment at night.
On-site camping available for all full weekend ticket holders. Tent, caravans and campervans are all welcome.
Water bowsers will be provided for washing, and bottled drinking water will also be available.
On-site parking will be available.
There will be toilets and hand sanitising stations.
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.
Unfortunately Julian has had to pull out of attending the rally.
(We will still be taking photos throughout the event.)
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