Naturists are searching for a new venue for one of their biggest annual events due to its spectacular success to date resulting in it outgrowing the current location.
British Naturism's annual week-long 'Nudefest' event has been held for eight years in Cornwall, but numbers have grown so much that organisers are looking for a new venue. With hundreds of nude revellers attending each year, this event is one of the UK's major Naturist draws, and the week is filled with entertainments, workshops, activities and days out to visit local tourist attractions – nude at the destination. These have included a zoo, an aquarium, bowling alleys, beaches, museums, breweries and gardens including The Eden Project.
British Naturism’s Andrew Welch says "Nudefest has been a spectacular success. As with the many Naturist events we hold in the UK, venue owners always invite us back as we are a fun, polite and respectful crowd and they tell us we are a real pleasure to have. The growth in the popularity pf Naturist events in the UK means that a bigger venue is now necessary. It is clear that the buff pound' is now emerging as a significant market segment."
“With Naturism on the increase in the UK, businesses are waking up to the value of engaging with the Naturist community. With almost 4 million people in the UK describing themselves as Naturist or nudist, forward looking companies are keen to welcome us for visits to their attractions, and are invariably welcomed back time and time again. After all, we're just normal people - it's just that our dress code is a bit different!
Site owners who are interested in hosting Nudefest should be happy to allow unlimited nude use of their site and be able to accommodate tents, motorhomes and caravans. On site accommodation such as static vans or chalets for hire would be a bonus. Indoor facilities such as bar, restaurant and evening entertainment space is highly desirable. Nudefest is usually held in July, though other periods can be considered.
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British Naturism (BN) is the UK’s officially recognised Naturist organisation. It exists to support and unite Naturists around the UK and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, although its predecessors were in existence since the 1930s.
Amongst the aims of BN are to campaign for more places to be made available for Naturism and to protect Naturists against discrimination and Victorian attitudes to the human body. http://www.bn.org.uk/campaigning/index.
Fact - in law, there is no offence of nudity. Various pieces of legislation and common law are often mentioned in connection with Naturism but they are rarely relevant. See Crown Prosecution Service guidance on Naturism for details. There is inadequate protection against prejudice, misunderstanding of the law, and abuses of the law, and that can result in Naturists finding themselves in difficulties
In the UK, there are over 130 sun clubs, swim clubs and holiday resorts and many beaches used regularly by Naturists. Membership of BN is around 9,000 people with many more being members of clubs affiliated to BN. http://www.bn.org.uk/activities/placestogo.
Naturism is good for you! Naturists report improvements in well-being, stress, chronic illness, self-esteem and body image. It’s also a sensible choice of dress when the weather is warm. Naturists are normal people. The only difference between activities inside and outside of Naturism is the dress code.
It is a fallacy to believe that naked children are any more at risk in a Naturist environment. Unaccompanied children are not permitted in Naturist places and the community spirit that pervades ensures that a watchful eye is present. Despite the perception, there are far fewer problems in Naturism than in more “public” places where children and adults mix. Mindful of the need to be aware of child safeguarding issues, however, BN have a robust child safeguarding policy, code of practice, and a Child Safeguarding sub-committee that meets regularly and runs workshops on the subject, sometimes to groups from outside the Naturist world.
For the media, there is a dedicated “Media Centre” at http://www.bn.org.uk/media, which contains useful information for those wishing to write about Naturism or to feature this wonderful world in their publications or programmes.