UK Field Meetings

The Geologists’ Association organizes a number of day-long and weekend field meetings.

To download the latest GA Circular with details of forthcoming field trips and diary events of our local and affiliated geological societies, please click here.

If you would like further information on any of the events below, please contact Sarah Stafford at the GA Office on 020 7434 9298 or by e-mail:

You can now pay for your place on the field trips online by clicking the relevant link below.

Please note non-GA members pay an additional £5 for each trip.

2017 Meetings

THE QUATERNARY OF LINCOLNSHIRE (joint meeting with the Yorkshire Geological Society)
Leader: Peter Worsley
Sunday June 18

This excursion will examine and discuss recent developments in understanding the pattern of glaciation in central Lincolnshire. In particular the evidence for a glacial event or events between the classical Anglian and the Devensian will be considered. A traverse starting close to Stamford will end just west of Louth and en route a number of key Quaternary geological sites will be visited.

Equipment:  Some walking over rough ground will be involved. Stout footwear is recommended together with suitable clothing. 

Cost & booking: Numbers may be limited. We are considering hiring a minibus and the attendance fee will be set later. Register with Sarah to confirm your place.

Please book your place using the links below:

Members - £5

Non Members - £10

London’s Theatreland & Trafalgar Square – EVENING BUILDING STONES WALK
Leader: Ruth Siddall
Tuesday 20 June - 6pm

This walk will look at the history of London’s Theatreland and Trafalgar Square through the building stones used. It will also reveal some aspects of London’s geology, discovered through the excavations for new buildings.

Please book your place using the links below:

Members and Non Members - £5


Saturday 24 June

This trip will provide the opportunity to explore the geology and fossils of Peterborough, spending the morning in Peterborough City Centre and the afternoon approximately 5 miles east of Peterborough at Kings Dyke Brick Pit.  The day will start at Peterborough Museum (10 for 10:15am) with a one hour tour of the museum and the chance to see the rich collection of large marine vertebrates from the Oxford Clay of the local area.  The party will then take a 5 minute walk to Peterborough’s spectacular cathedral and enjoy an internal tour, focussing on the building stone from which it is constructed, including a wide range of locally sourced Middle Jurassic limestone, as well as various ‘marble’ from across the UK and Europe.  The afternoon will be spent at Kings Dyke Brick Pit near Whittlesey, where there will be an opportunity to see Oxford Clay in situ., collect a range of fossils from a managed collecting area and to learn about brick making.

Equipment: Sensible field gear with wellies being a good idea if it is wet for the afternoon visit.

Cost and booking: £10 to include admission to the cathedral.  Numbers limited to approximately 20.  Peterborough Museum and Cathedral are close to the railway station so it is possible to do this trip by rail.  If you are considering this option and would need a lift in the afternoon to and from the brick pit please let Sarah know. 

Cost (including entrance to Cathedral):

£10 for Members

£15 for Non Members


Leader: John Copes
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October (low spring tides at lunchtime).

Centre Torquay or Paignton (full of hotels and B&Bs).

Geology: Marine Devonian, Variscan structures and post-Variscan cover.

More details to follow.

£10 for Members

£20 for Non Members



Leader: Peter Austen and Ed Jarzembowski



Leader: Eddie Bailey

Date TBC

We will be looking through windows in the Triassic and Glacial overburdens into the late Neo-Proterozoic exposed in Bardon Hill Quarry, Leicestershire. As well as the andesites and volcaniclastics we will also see the Triassic unconformity and study the glacial deposits being revealed in the extension area.

It is unlikely indeed probably impossible that we will find any Ediacara fossils but we will see the rocks being laid down at the time. Depending on time we may take the group to Charnwood forest to the actual location of the discovery of Charnia masoni and Charniodiscus.

Equipment: You must have a hard, hat hi-vis jacket and appropriate footwear.

Please note the following important information for Field Meetings:

BOOKING. You must book through the GA office to confirm attendance. Meeting times and locations will be confirmed on booking. These are not normally advertised in advance, as there have been problems with members turning up without booking or paying and maximum numbers being exceeded. Field meetings are open to non-members although attendance by non-members is subject to a £5 surcharge on top of the normal administration fee. Some meetings may have restrictions on age (especially for under 16s) or be physically demanding. If you are uncertain, please ask.

PAYMENTS for day and weekend meetings must be made before attending any field meeting. Cheques should be made out to Geologists' Association Field Meetings. If making multiple bookings, please enclose a separate cheque for each meeting unless you have first confirmed that there are places available. A stamped addressed envelope is appreciated. Please give a contact telephone number and, if possible, an email address and provide the names of any other persons that you are including in your booking. Please also provide and emergency contact name and telephone number at the time of booking.

PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE for field meetings is provided but personal accident cover remains the responsibility of the participant. Further details are available upon request from the GA office.

SAFETY is taken very seriously. Should you be unsure about either the risks involved or your ability to participate, you must seek advice from the GA office before booking. Please make sure that you study the risk assessment prepared for all GA field meetings and that you have all the safety equipment specified. You must decalre, at the time of booking, any disabilities or medical conditions that may affect your ability to safely attend a field meeting. You may be asked to provide further information on any prescription drugs etc. that you may use whilst attending a field meeting. In order to ensure the safety of all participants, the GA reserves the right to limit or refuse attendance at field meetings.

EMERGENCY CONTACT: If you are lost or late for the start of a meeting, an emergency contact is available during UK field meetings by calling the GA mobile phone (07724 133290). The mobile phone will only be switched on just before and during field meetings. For routine enquiries please call the GA office on the usual number.

The GA's FIELDWORK CODE is widely recognized as a standard for advice and guidance in the field. The code can be obtained free of charge, and is available for distribution.