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Weekend Wanderers direction signs are usually in place no earlier than 8.30 am on the morning of a dig. The signs are designed to be easily seen from a distance and stand out against foliage especially in the autumn.

The slats on our signs are 2’ long and have a Weekend Wanderers logo on the header board to avoid confusion with others signs put up for cycle events, film location or car boots etc.

WEEKEND WANDERERS DIRECTIONS SIGNS

  • JAN

    JANUARY

    SUN 08

    NO DIG

    SUN 15

    Too wet for parking.

    SAT 21

    120 or more acres of winter crops close to Stagsden in Bedfordshire. Dig confirmed

    THU 26

    Confirmed as going ahead, our first mid-week dig of the year! Manor Farm, Wendover Dean, Bucks.

    SUN 29

    DIG CANCELLED

  • FEB

    FEBRUARY

    FEB 04

    Crawley in Hampshire. Dig confirmed.

    FEB 09

    Crawley in Hampshire. Dig confirmed on the village side at Crawley.

    FEB 16

    Crawley in Hampshire opposite the village pond, adjacent to the village. Dig confirmed.

    FEB 19

    Stagsden in Bedfordshire. The dig is going ahead as planned.

    FEB 25

    Stone near Aylesbury. Confirmed for this Saturday.

  • MAR

    MARCH

    MAR 05

    Wendover Dean at Manor Farm, pasture and cultivated land. The dig is going ahead as planned.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • APRIL

    APRIL

    SAT 01

    DIG CONFIRMED FOR SATURDAY APRIL 1ST AT CRAWLEY, HANTS, ROLLED FIELDS.

    FRI 14

    DAY ONE, EASTER RALLY AT WICKEN, DEANSHANGER AND BEACHAMPTON

    SAT 15

    DAY TWO, EASTER RALLY AT WICKEN, DEANSHANGER AND BEACHAMPTON

    SUN 16

    DAY THREE, EASTER RALLY AT WICKEN, DEANSHANGER AND BEACHAMPTON

     

     

  • MAY/JUN

    MAY & JUNE

     

    *N.B. The crops are well up by now and grass is long so digs are less frequent in May & June

     JUN 04

    SUNDAY, JUNE 4th. Approximately 80-acres of stubble and cultivated land, Ropley Dean. Confirmed.

    JUNE

    NO DIGS FOR THE REST OF JUNE AS CROPS ARE TOO HIGH

    JULY

    DIGS TO START UP ON A REGULAR BASIS MID JULY HOPEFULLY

     

     

  • JUL

    JULY

    SUN 16

    ROPLEY SOKE - THE ROMAN GRAVE FIELD BEHIND THE COW SHED. THE DIG IS CONFIRMED.

    SUN 23

    ROPLEY SOKE ON CULTIVATED BARLEY STUBBLE. CONFIRMED

    THU 27

     

    SAT 29

     

    SUN 30

    NEW FARM! BETWEEN KINGS SOMBORNE & HURSLEY. POSTPONED

  • AUG

    AUGUST

    THU 3

    ROPLEY GRAVE FIELD 130-ACRES CULTIVATED. CONFIRMED

    SAT 5

    ROPLEY STREET OPPOSITE CHEQUERS 150 ACRES STUBBLE. CUTTING NOW. CONFIRMED

    SUN 6

    100 ACRES OF STUBBLE, WOODEATON, OXFORDSHIRE. CONFIRMED

    THU 10

    ROPLEY MANOR HOUSE FIELD IS CUT. CONFIRMED. SUNSHINE FORECAST ALL DAY!

    SAT 12

    ROPLEY TUMULUS FIELD AND MANOR HOUSE FIELD, CONFIRMED

    SUN 13

    DIG POSTPONED DUE TO LACK OF PARKING  AT NEWTON LONGVILLE

    THU 17

    BEHIND THE MANOR HOUSE AT ROPLEY, DIG CONFIRMED

    SAT 19

    THE LONG A31 FIELD AT ROPLEY, DIG CONFIRMED

    SUN 20

    NEW UNDETECTED LAND - NEWTON LONGVILLE IN BUCKS - DIG CONFIRMED

  • SEP

    SEPTEMBER

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • OCT

    OCTOBER

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • NOV

    NOVEMBER

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • DEC

    DECEMBER

    SUN 17

    THE WEEKEND WANDERERS SPECIAL XMAS  DIG, POSSIBLY  NEAR STEEPLE ASTON in OXON

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

The CALENDAR is at the bottom of this page

CALENDAR 2017

      TAKE NOTE!  Although there may seem to be no entries appearing on the calendar below, the calendar is a work in progress and we have a very busy year ahead!  Each week, the calendar is updated sometimes only a few days before a Thursday or weekend day, as and when farmland becomes available. Please check here on a weekly basis for dig news, especially on Wednesdays and Fridays for news of digs on Thursdays and weekends..
       

DIRECTIONS FOR THURSDAY & SATURDAY

POST CODE: SO24 0DF

You will find our signs just off the A31 between Four Marks and Alresford.

The dig commences at 9.30am and continues until dusk but we lock the gate at 6pm. You can park outside the gate at Ropley and continue digging thereafter.

NO SMOKING ON THE STUBBLE

STARTS 9.30, GATE CLOSES AT 6.00PM
 

Visit this page regularly for the latest news of when and where our next dig is.

Updated 16-08-2017

THURSDAY 17 AUGUST

BEHIND THE MANOR HOUSE AT ROPLEY

HAMPSHIRE

Good news for three great digs this week! THURSDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY!

THURSDAY ~ BEHIND THE MANOR HOUSE AT ROPLEY

Short notice but as this field has only just been cut we can at last get onto the field directly behind the Manor house at Ropley. Last year was notable for 12th century and Norman coin finds and artefacts on what was a steady productive field all day. As we can park on this field, we can also nip over the lane onto the stubble turnips on the grave field too but most will certainly set their sights on the Manor house field. We lock this gate at 6.00pm so if you wish to stay and dig later then you must park your car outside by the farm sheds. The dig starts at 9.00am. See below for Saturday and Sunday’s special dig.

 

DIRECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

POST CODE: MK17 0EQ

Our signs will be found at Bottle Dump Roundabout on the A421  Whaddon Road intersection. The signs will be up no earlier than 8.30am. In the interests of safety on the highway, please do not arrive earlier as we will be busy putting signs up to the field so do not stop and talk to us on the roadside!

Check this page on Saturday if the weather turn wet to see if still on as rain will affect parking

SATURDAY 19 AUGUST

THE A31, LONG FIELD AT ROPLEY

HAMPSHIRE

SATURDAY 19TH ~ THE LONG A31 FIELD AT ROPLEY

The vast long field alongside the A31 is now ready for digging. Many of you have been looking forward to a return to the sprawling acres situated between the Watercress steam railway line and the A31. Hot spots are opposite the white building on the A31 and also in front of the railway crossing plus just inside the gateway down y the trees. Finds on this field have dated from a superb triple ringed gold hair ornament from the Bronze Age to Celtic and Roman finds plus of course, the usual smattering of medieval coins and artefacts throughout the field. The stubble will be about the same as recent Ropley digs but all the fields were properly ploughed & subsoiled last autumn.

We lock this gate at 6.00pm so if you wish to stay and dig later then you must park your car outside the gates. The dig starts at 9.00am. See below for Sunday’s special dig.

 

SUNDAY 20 AUGUST

NEWTON LONGVILLE

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

SUNDAY 20 AUGUST ~ NEW UNDETECTED LAND AT NEWTON LONGVILLE IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Following multiple trips to check out suitable parking, we have finally got this dig off the ground! As far as we are aware, this ground has yet to be searched with detectors with the current owner. Our landowner here acquired this land fairly recently and this land was drilled with oilseed rape last year and was out of bounds. That crop has been harvested and the land cultivated and is pretty flat and even with short volunteer rape coming through. We will be searching the largest block of land on the same side of the road from Newton Longville to Whaddon, probably doing two of the fields here. I’m uncertain where the boundary ends so may have to pop in orange out of bounds marker flags as the boundaries look open in places. N.B. The ground has not been tried and tested so we have no idea what to expect here.

The field is gated so we start the dig at 9.30 but do not arrive until 8.30am as we have to get the signs in place.

PARKING: There is a long grass strip wide enough to drive down but parking just on the cultivated land which the landowner now says it is ok to do. Please avoid driving on the soil as much as possible. Please lift share to keep the number of cars down and leave your vans at home if you have and alternative vehicle.