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Established 1989

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Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club


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The Weekend Wanderers Metal Detecting Club runs days out for everyone interested in metal detecting.


We hire farmland mainly in the Home Counties of England including Berks, Bucks & Oxon, Herts & Hants, and beyond.




Since the club was formed back in 1989, membership has grown each year & we are now the largest detecting club in the UK.


The club enjoys a reputation for promoting a code of conduct and is regarded for encouraging members to record finds with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, the PAS.


The past 25 years have seen the recovery and conservation of thousands of finds that were over 300 years old.


Many of these finds have been treasure items and a few have been of national importance and are on display in county museums.



It was during the heatwave of 1976 that club founder Peter Welch first took up metal detecting.


Pete was working as a stable lad & exercise jockey at his parent's horse racing yard near Ascot. As the last of the horses had been worked, fed & watered, Pete was out on the farm with his C-Scope BFO detector. Searching around the ‘Big white house’ on the farm produced endless pre-decimal coins and occasional jewelry items. The house (now the posh De Vere hotel, Sunningdale Park!) was once owned by Lord Derby and proved to be a great hunting ground as it was derelict then.

Several years later, Pete joined the Thames Valley Search Society in Langley but soon realized that many detectorists when trying to find their own farmland to search often experienced difficulty obtaining permission. As Pete already had permission on the turf farms in Romney Marsh, he took his club there which ultimately gave him the idea of starting up the renowned Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club.

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Sarah runs the club with husband Pete.


You will see her at the gate first thing in the morning meeting & greeting you on your arrival.

Sarah is a keen and successful detectorist who always manages to find something special on most digs. Her favourite detectors ate the Minelab Equinox 800 and the XP Goldmax.

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