SOMERSET MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKENDER

Bratton Seymour - Near Wincanton
​​​​​​​26 and 27 May 2018

 

Location and Dig Site

100 to 150 acres of rolled & seeded fresh cut grass - NEW LAND (1 mile away from their previous weekender in this area).

Metal Detectives now have 100 to 150 acres of new land to detect for this weekender, they have arranged with the landowner to visit completely new undetected fields close to village of Bratton Seymour around a mile away from most of 2017's fields in a beautiful valley which stretches down toward the stream. There are stunning views from the very top of the site across the valley.

When we previously visited this farm for the 1st time, we all had very high hopes for this site, and it's very close proximity to Wincanton and the known and recorded sites and archaeology in the area are abundant. Over the weekend we discovered that a few of the fields were quiet but there were also areas where finds were more prolific, and a few little hot spots where roman brooches and coins were founds and recorded, there were also a few hammered coins from some of the fields and a fair few Georgian and Victorian finds.

Camping is on site in a pasture field located close to some of our search fields. 

Arrival time on Friday for campers is 3pm. There may be Friday evening detecting, TBC nearer the event.

Dig Price and Camping

Arrival can be after 3pm on Friday if you are camping on site (PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 3PM).

Detecting tickets for members are:
 
£50 for MDG & LP members for the weekender (plus £2.50 paypal fee)
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=HBZBXJQSKDF3J
(MEMBERSHIP CARDS MUST BE SHOWN ON ARRIVAL OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE CHARGED THE ADDITIONAL AMOUNT TO COVER THE NON-MEMBER RATE)

£55 for non-member for the weekender (plus £2.50 paypal fee)
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=W9YPW63Y3BTEU

(We may also make a very limited number of 1 day spaces available for the dig on Sunday, this will be confirmed nearer the time if we can do it).
 
Basic camping on site available for Friday and Saturday nights - PAYMENT ON ARRIVAL.

£6 camping per person per night (Children £3 per night).

Portable toilets will be provided for the weekend in the camping area.

Please note there is NO running water and NO showers as the camping is being arranged by the Metal Detectives in a field on the farm - so please be prepared to slum it for the 2 days!

We may arrange a catering van to serve some breakfasts and lunches - TBC nearer to the event.

Please also remember that all weekend events are 'pay in advance'. This is due to the work and commitment it takes to set them up, we need to confirm the attendance, and pay the landowner and suppliers.
Event Schedule 
 

If you are camping on site you can arrive any time after 3pm on Friday 25th May.

Friday 25th May - ARRIVAL - EVENING DETECTING IF AVAILABLE - 4PM-7PM.

Saturday 26th May - 1ST FULL DAY DETECTING

Sunday 27th May - 2ND FULL DAY DETECTING & DEPARTURE

The schedule of dig days will look something like the below: (To be confirmed nearer to the event)

Day One - Saturday 26th May
9:00 – Arrival (We will arrange a meeting place at the site where we will meet with everyone)

9:20 – Dig Briefing (Please ensure you have arrived by this time to hear the dig briefing and everyone will be given a printed map of the site)

9:30 - Dig start time

14:00 – 17:00 – Mark photographing and recording finds for ‘finds report’

19:00 till late – The Metal Detectives Evening Social - local pub :)

Day End

Day Two - Sunday 27th May

9.00am - Arrival

9:20 – Dig Briefing Update on finds etc (Please ensure you have arrived by this time to hear the dig briefing and everyone will be given a printed map of the site)

9:30am – Dig start time

14:00 – 17:00 – Mark photographing and recording finds for ‘finds report’

17:00 – Dig day Finish (Please ensure you pack up all your belongings and camping gear)

17:30 – Please ensure you have left the premises by this time

The times and info above is subject to change and we will inform you all nearer to the event if any changes do occur.

Confirm your attendance

THIS IS A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE EVENT - PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKET AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND. ONCE TICKETS ARE SOLD THE LINK TO PAY WILL CLOSE.

If you are interested in attending this 2 day dig please follow the instructions above to purchase your detecting ticket/s.

At the moment priority is for people attending the entire event - if there are spaces available after this then tickets will be sold for Sunday single day.

Please be sure to read our terms of advance payment (on our terms and conditions website page) for more details on our 2-3 day events before making payment. All dig events are subject to change.

The digs will only ever be cancelled if they fall under our Extreme Weather Procedure. (Please click on this link to view this information).