British Naturism (BN) are delighted to announce that as part of Nudefest, their big summer event, they are hosting a Naturist evening at the Eden Project. It is not a “first” as 600 people visited - as nature intended - in 2007. It was in fact was the starting point for Nudefest, an event that has run each summer since and grown to a full week with hundreds of people attending from all across the UK.
BN’s Commercial Manager, Andrew Welch, said
“This is yet another brilliant opportunity for Naturists (and those who are Naturist-curious) to enjoy the freedom of being without clothes in a high-profile, well-known venue. Anyone who has visited on a non-naturist day and spent time in the tropical biome will know that it can get pretty hot and may appreciate the chance to wander around without their clothes.
“We’ll also be revisiting Newquay Zoo, Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium and Adrenalin Quarry at Menheniot, plus a new trip to Skinner's Brewery, Truro during Nudefest which is held at Newperran Holiday Park (www.newperran.co.uk) The days and nights at the park will be packed with activities and entertainment.
“It’s turning into a landmark year for BN. We have hundreds of new members, an expanded event schedule, a more dynamic and active youth group, a new website, a successful first National Convention, progress with our Three Year Plan, our new Central London swim, and The Great British Skinny Dip to pick out a few. A MORI-IPSOS survey we commissioned in late 2011 shows that there are nearly 4 million Naturists in the UK. Mainstream? I think so! See The State of the Nation article for all the great things happening.
Return to Eden takes place on Sunday 10 June 2012 from 7.00pm – 11.30pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance. All the details, including how to book tickets for Eden can be found at www.nudefest.co.uk.
Media attendance at Nudefest, the Eden Project and other events is welcomed. Please contact us in advance.
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BN Commercial Manager
Andrew Welch 01753 481527
Notes for Editors
British Naturism (BN) is the UK’s officially recognised naturist organisation. It exists to support and unite naturists around the UK and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014, although its predecessors were in existence since the 1930s.
A survey conducted in the autumn of 2011 by Ipsos Mori shows that there are 3.7 million naturists in the UK
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.
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 not relevant.
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 10,500 people with many more being members of clubs affiliated to BN.
YBN (Young British Naturists) has a membership of young men and women between the ages of 18 and 30 who get together at clubs and beaches many weekends. They represent the UK at the International Naturist Federation (INF) Youth Rally held annually
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