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    Still time to book for Blackpool…

    BN are back in Blackpool for a three-night leap-year break from 28th February, returning to The Headlands Hotel and The Colwyn. The hotels are either end of the same crescent, only a 250m walk away from each other in South Shore - right next to the world famous Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Saturday night sees us at the famous Sandcastle waterpark - no costumes required!

    Entertainment is based in The Headlands Hotel and will feature a good mix of lively entertainment, quizzes and more...

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    And to whet your appetite, here’s a report from last year…

    For 2019, BN had expanded the event to match its growing popularity by adding a second hotel (both hotels were exclusively Naturist use for the weekend). The main hotel was the Headlands and Young British Naturists (YBN) had The Colwyn. The short distance between the two allowed everyone to come and go between all the activities, or for a change of scenery from the bright tropical theme in the Headlands bar. A fun-packed weekend was certain with the annual visit to The Sandcastle waterpark, live entertainment and the perennial favourites of naked yoga, bareobics and body painting.

    The Colwyn had decided that Naturists must be always cold, so the heating matched the weekend theme: tropical! We found our rooms, turned off the heating, undressed, and joined the rest of YBN for dinner. A good group of us were present, including some friends of existing YBN members that had never been to a Naturist event. After dinner, we walked over to the Headlands. We played some pool and then sang along and danced to the live band.

    Saturday morning was filled with a long walk passing an obese disco ball, a railway junction that is not named after one of The Beatles, and the vast expanse of sand that is St Anne's beach (partly Naturist). Storm Freya was making her approach, so the wind meant that only the most diehard of us stripped off. We saw many Christmas trees that are used for restoring the sands after corrosion. After lunch in a Weatherspoon’s, the YBN decided it had done quite enough walking for one day and took the train back to Blackpool and later to the spa at The Sandcastle. Saturday evening finished with a buffet at The Headlands and a Totally Tropical Party featuring The Pancake Steel Band.

    Sunday started with naked yoga at the hotel but YBN spent the day at The Pleasure Beach. We spectated a serious game of nude bingo (oh, how I wanted to shout “two fat ladies”) and danced the night away with Kurtis Reid. Storm Freya blew us back to the Colwyn at a very late hour.

    Monday morning came with tearful farewells and excitement for the next events in YBN’s calendar. Some of us had arrived as total strangers to the group, but left as part of a growing Naturist community that is intentional about normalising social nudity in a way that overcomes things like physical appearance and personal sense of image. For a newcomer, or somebody that has yet to experience Naturism, it can be easy to dream up a distorted nightmare that exaggerates the reality. Just take the plunge, don’t worry about how your family and friends might perceive you and the notion that nudity is inherently dirty. Come and enjoy the ride – join the community, get involved and we’ll see you at our next event.

    Edited by Andrew Welch

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