Nudefest - Britain’s biggest Naturist Festival!
8th - 15th July 2019, Somerset
Nudefest returns to Somerset this summer and will welcome around 500 Naturists from across the UK and abroad. 2019 marks the 13th Nudefest and it grows bigger and better every year. For the third year running, Thorney Lakes Caravan and Camping Site, near Langport, Somerset is the venue.
The Thorney Lakes campsite becomes a Naturist resort for the duration and many newcomers to this wonderful world are expected to join those that have been enjoying clothes-free leisure time for decades.
Across the week, Nudefest guests can choose from a huge range of over 100 varied activities including exercise classes and workshops; sports tournaments, health and well-being sessions; arts and crafts; music including a daily choir meeting and a drum workshop; archery, rifle and clay pigeon shooting; dance classes; and body painting. We’ll also be visited by a local morris side and enjoy a bird of prey demonstration.
We’ll be taking our guests off the site too and making nude visits to Michelney Manor, The Cider Brandy Farm, the East Somerset Steam Railway, countryside walks and for a horse-drawn cart ride ending with a boat trip.
There is entertainment every evening with quizzes, karaoke, discos and live bands, fire walking, astronomy and a bat walk.
Local athletes are welcomed to complete with Nudefest guests in a 5K or 10K run that takes place on the Saturday morning. Bored of trudging the same old pavements? Come and run at Nudefest - and make sure you DO forget your kit. Please register at www.nudefest.co.uk.
Organiser Nigel Pinkstone said:
‘If you have never been to a naturist event consider coming along to Nudefest - it’s the highlight of the year for many of our guests. It’s impossible to describe the fun we have and the euphoric feeling that comes with being part of a like-minded community. Naturism is a growing activity in the UK with more and more people discovering how wonderful it is to spend time without their clothes. Come and join them - you won’t regret it!
A ‘Meet the Media’ session will be held on Tuesday 9th July at 10am and various guests will be on hand to chat and discuss naturism and the festival in general. Photography will be possible. Media people who wish to attend will be made welcome. Please let us know in advance if would like to come
Notes to Editors
• For any further information please contact organiser Nigel Pinkstone email@example.com
• 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. www.bn.org.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. www.bn.org.uk/campaigning/index
• Fact - in law, there is no offence of nudity. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 specifically excludes Naturism. Over the years the authorities have often ignored that and used other, irrelevant legislation to penalise law-abiding Naturists and it has caused problems. Recent, BN’s legal team convinced the Police about what the law actually says and persuaded them to implement better training. www.bn.org.uk/policing
• In Naturist places it soon becomes apparent to everyone that there is no such thing as a perfect body and that we are all normal. That’s truly liberating. And despite the perceptions, giggles and fear about being naked with others you don’t feel exposed, vulnerable, judged or stared at. It takes minutes for it to become completely normal.
• There’s more going on in the UK than people think. In the UK, there are over 100 sun clubs, swim clubs and holiday resorts and many beaches used regularly by Naturists. Events - big and small - happen across the nation, throughout the year. Membership of BN is around 9,000 people with many more being members of clubs affiliated to BN. 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 and Science proved it in 2017. We run the Great British Skinny Dip each year to raise awareness of the many health benefits of a nude lifestyle - and encourage people to give it a go
• 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.