Metal Detecting: What’s the Big Deal?

If you had to choose one hobby to do for the rest of your life, what would it be? Out of the thousands of hobbies and activities out there, metal detecting is starting to grow in popularity - and for good reason. People are starting to discover the joy of picking up a detector, getting into the great outdoors, and searching for buried treasure. Let's take a look at just a few of the things that make metal detecting the great activity that it is, and why it is becoming so popular.


More than anything else, metal detecting provides the intrepid explorer with a sharp adrenaline rush. The very moment your detector starts to sound off, the blood starts pumping and anticipation builds as you wait to discover what you have found. With even the smallest of objects, there is a possibility of uncovering something that has been concealed for centuries. This excitement is what brings people back again and again, along with the mystery of what might be uncovered!

Getting Outdoors.

The joy of metal detecting can provide a fantastic motivation to get up, get out there and start exercising - it gives you something to do other than just walking! What better way to get in your steps than to do it in the great outdoors, walking in the fields, detector in hand - you will have your attention focused and can forget the troubles of the world for a moment or two.

Discover New Places.

Metal detecting will take you to new places. Once you have explored and detected around your home and the local area, you will want to get out further afield. This brings with it the opportunity to travel to places that you may not have been to before, allowing you to broaden your horizons and make new memories. And it’s not only the places, but the people too. Meeting new people with a similar passion - be it through forums, meetups or events - who you can share the joys of detecting with, make the hobby even more worthwhile.

It gives back.

Through metal detecting, you are not making the effort for no reward. There is plenty that the activity gives back to you too. It’s not everyday that you will come across a large bounty or something particularly rare, but when you do, you may just find treasures that are irreplaceable or even saleable. So whether you simply gather your discoveries for your own collection, or you choose to sell them on - metal detecting sure has a lot to give.


With each new discovery comes a new opportunity to learn. Detectorists will often want to know the worth of their discovery, either doing their own research, or reaching out to others who are in the know. The activity is therefore a great avenue for learning and endless discovery. Depending on the age of a find, there is much about history to be discovered too, with some uncovered artifacts even proving invaluable to local researchers and historians.

A great family activity.

This activity is not one that has to be done alone. It is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to get together, getting outdoors to enjoy quality time. Kids will enjoy the endless adventure as they become specialised treasure hunters - keeping them busy with plenty of exercise. And adults of course will thoroughly enjoy it too. Whether you bring along your children or get together with friends, metal detecting will prove to be a great bonding experience.

Get out there!

If you’ve never tried metal detecting before, we hope we have provided you with a few reasons to try it. You never know what you might find and you are sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. So, what are you waiting for? Get detecting!