Our gold panning championships will be taking place over the weekend of the 11th and 12th September at the Lead Mining Museum, Wanlockhead, Scotland. This is good news for the association and all involved, as it was May 2019 the last time we hosted our Champs.

There will be some changes to the way we are running the competition this year.

As this is not a bank holiday weekend, we have decided to only run the British Championships. All knock out heats will start at 1000 on the Saturday, with the finals being held on the Sunday Morning. This will allow us to finish early and be packed up and away just after lunch (fingers crossed).

We are not anticipating a huge turnout, so initially, we are only putting out 6 of the 10 troughs out for the competition. We will put out the additional troughs if needed depending on the final number of participants.

The Museum will be open from 0900 on Saturday and the kitchen will be selling breakfast butties for those who would like one.

Registration for the event will be take place inside the coffee shop from 0915.  Payment for the heats will be cash only.

The heats we will be running this year are :- Open (Mixed Men & Women), Veterans, Tri-pan, 3 person Team, Challenge, Juniors, Children’s and beginners.

New Panners are always welcome, so don’t worry if you have never tried Gold Panning or Competition Panning, as there will always be people there to help you out and show you the techniques. We are now running a Beginners category, allowing anyone who has not tried competition Panning before, to take part against other beginners and not have the added pressure of being stood next to a Pro. (Normally beginners would just enter the Open Category)

As this will be the first year running Beginners heat, we won’t have medals or a Trophy to present sorry, so I will be donating a Bag of Pay Dirt with 1 gram of Scottish gold in it for 1st Place and then 2 nuggets from Scotland, about 0.25 gram for 2nd and 3rd place.

The rules of the beginners are:-

  • Must not have competed in any Gold Panning competitions before. 
  • Must use a recognised gold pan I.e., Speed, Bateau or Klondike Flat bottomed style pan (Traditional Round Pan). 
  • Time allowed will be the same as the open. 15 Minutes
  • Gold the same as Open, 4-12 pieces

If you don’t have the required pans, then don’t worry, as we can help you out and lend you one for your heat.

A raffle will be held on the Saturday with various prices up for the taking. All prizes have been kindly donated by Individuals for the BGA and I would like to politely ask if anyone has any prizes they would like to donate for the raffle, then it will be much appreciated by all at the BGA.

As for Covid, we will be providing Hand sanitiser and ask for everyone to play their part in preventing the spread of Covid and other Germs during the weekend.

Camping and parking for caravans is available up in the top car park at the bowling green.


The weekend will not be a success with out the helping hands of others and If you can join us and help set up on the Friday 10th, then I can assure you that it will be greatly apricated.

On Saturday and Sunday, we will require assistance with Time keeping, adjudicating, bucket filling Etc.  We will announce what help is required and if we can all pull together like we have done in previous years, then competition will run smoothly and be another success.

Any help is greatly appreciated, and I will say thank you in advance.

If you are thinking of coming along and participating, if possible, can you email bganews@yahoo.com or fill in the contact page and let us know please, as this will give us a better understanding of numbers.

We look forward to seeing you all at the weekend for an enjoyable competition in one of the most unique hobbies available.


President BGA,

James Linnett


  • Open- £6 BGA Member & £8 Non BGA Member
  • Veterans- £6 BGA Member & £8 Non BGA Member
  • Tri-Pan- £6 BGA Member & £8 Non BGA Member
  • 3 Person Team- £9 (£3 Each)
  • Juniors- £5
  • Challenge- £7.50 (Cash prize for winner and runner up)
  • Beginners- £5
  • Children under 10- Free

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