PRESS RELEASE FROM BRITISH NATURISM
Naturists are celebrating as a swimming pool in Cumbria has decided to hold regular costume free swimming sessions.
Wigton Baths recently took part in the Great British Skinny Dip - a national campaign to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of naked swimming. They were so impressed with the success of the event that they decided to organise events in their own right, in what is seen as a real coup for Naturists. Most Naturist swims across the UK are run by clubs as private hires, or are held at dedicated Naturist sites.
Elaine Hudson from the Wigton Baths Trust said
‘This is the second year that we have taken part in the Great British Skinny Dip, and we've been really impressed by the turnout, and by the obvious fun that the participants had. We're always looking to broaden the range of events we hold, so when we were approached by the Great British Skinny Dip we were delighted to get involved. Afterwards, it seemed sensible to cater for that growing market and host our own costume-free sessions.
Ron O’Hare from British Naturism said
‘As Naturists, we are always keen to see expanded opportunities for our activities. This great initiative by Wigton Baths will be well supported by us and, we hope, lots of newcomers keen to experience Naturist swimming. This swim adds to the wide range of Naturist opportunities in the Lakes, which this year also included a Naturist swim in a tarn, and a wild camping weekend at Windermere, as well as our local Naturist Clubs, Solway and the Lakeland Outdoor Club.
With a figure of almost four million people in the UK describing themselves as Naturist, there is an increased demand for Naturist events and facilities, and it is clear that the taboos are eroding. It’s perfectly legal in UK society to be naked and recent research has also confirmed that taking part in Naturist activity can have very positive benefits for mental and physical health and wellbeing, as well as issues such as body image and self confidence. British Naturism itself has seen its membership increase this year, with more people realising how nice it is to be naked and the heat wave encouraging many people to try Naturism for the first time.
Running for three months initially, the events will run on the 2nd Saturday of each month beginning 10th November. 14.00-16.00 and cost £5 per person.
Photo by Colin Brundle