UK Field Trips

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

Please see below the following important information for Field Meetings


2018 Meetings

Sunday July 29th 2018

Wealden excursion

Leader: Pete Austen

This trip will be to one of the working pits in the Wealden Clay of south-east England.

The venue has now been confirmed as Smokejacks, just south of Walliswood (4 km southwest of Ockley), Surrey. The entrance is signed as Wienerberger Limited – Ewhurst Works.

Members: £5

Non Members: £10


Saturday September 8th & Sunday September 9th

Weekend trip: Lower Cretaceous of the Isle of Purbeck area and The Etches Collection.

Leader: Simon Penn

This two-day excursion will focus on the upper Jurassic and lower Cretaceous geology and palaeontology of the Isle of Purbeck. There will be a Saturday evening talk from Simon Penn in Swanage and a visit to Kimmeridge Bay and the Etches Collection museum on the Sunday. Attendees will be responsible for booking their own overnight accommodation. Transportation will be by shared private cars.

Members: £10

Non-Members: £15


Sunday 21st Oct 2018

Trips after Birmingham GA conference tbd

Details have still to be finalised, but there will be a choice to attend a number of field trips to areas around the West Midlands following the GA annual conference.


April 2019 – exact date tbc

Yorkshire Coast

Details have still to be finalised, but the intention of this trip is to coincide with the newly updated GA guide to the Yorkshire Coast.

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. Payments can be made on line by clicking the relevant box above. Alternatively 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 mobile 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 mobile 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.