What is naturism?
Naturism, often called nudism, has as many definitions as there are naturists. The International Naturist Federation, which represents millions of naturists around the world, including all members of British Naturism, describes it as:
"A way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity, with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment."
Who are naturists?
Anyone can be a naturist. Your background,age, shape and colour are irrelevant when it comes to enjoying the freedom of naturism, which is why it attracts people from all walks of life. Naturists practise social nudity, aimed at encouraging self respect, respect for others and the environment. We only enjoy clothes-free activities in the right environment, among like-minded naturists, when it is warm enough.
Where do naturists go?
In the past 30 years, social nudity has become ever more acceptable. Naturists in the UK have a growing number of facilities which cater for nude recreation. And although nudist bathing is commonly acknowledged as part of the British seaside, there are plenty of other inland venues where you can enjoy naturism all year round.
There are now more than 100 public swimming pools where time is set aside for naturist use, and in some places complete leisure centres are hired by naturists. There are also more than 100 naturist clubs, usually called sun clubs, which often have their own swimming pool, sauna and other recreational facilities for members.
A way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity, with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment.
There is a growing number of naturist holiday centres, where you can camp or rent a chalet. And possibly the most popular choice for naturist leisure is on holiday: millions of Europeans - including hundreds of thousands of British people - visit naturist resorts, beaches and inland sites every summer.
Naturism is the practice of going without clothes - whether that is just occasionally at a beach or in your garden, or as a more general part of everyday life. Naturism is healthy, sensible - who wants to wear clothes when the weather is hot – and great fun!