A guide for those new to naturism, or just curious

Whilst we have experienced naturists amongst our members, we also have newbies – and everything in between – but one thing we have in common is that we were all new to it once. Perhaps you’re just curious about trying it – maybe you’ve been practising home nudity and want to try a social setting. Our group is a great way to make that happen! In the meantime, we’ve put together this guide to address inevitable questions, concerns and simple curiosity.

Naturists come in all shapes and sizes. The media image of what a perfect naked body should look like is rarely reality at a naturist event! What you will see is lots of people comfortable in their own skin regardless of what they look like.

What do all these terms mean?

As with most things, naturism comes with its own set jargon, buzzwords and acronyms. Here are selection of some of the terms you may not be familiar with.

Landed Club

Landed clubs are naturist clubs with their own land and facilities

Non-landed Club

Put simply, the opposite of a landed club; indeed we are a non-landed club ourselves


Textile is a term we naturists use for non-naturists – textile as in clothes! Similarily, you’ll often see or hear the term textile beach


British Naturism – commonly referred to by BN – is UK’s national organisation for Naturists, Naturism and Naturist places for nearly 60 years.


Great British Skinny Dip, which is a nationwide series of events across the UK, raising money for British Heart Foundation.


The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is a global protest movement with rides in cities around the world, raising awareness of issues such as safety of cyclists on the road, reducing oil dependence and saving the planet.


Freikörper Kultur, or FKK, is a naturist movement with its origins in Germany.


Below, you’ll find a selection of frequently-asked-questions

What is naturism?

Answer – 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 clothe when the weather is hot and great fun!

What is the difference between naturism and nudism?

Answer – For the most part, the terms “naturism” and “nudism” are largely interchangeable, with the latter being more common in the US.

Do I have to be naked all the time?

Answer – No, it’s a myth that naturism is about being naked all the time. There are some basic rules though – at a naturist club it’s usual that you will have to be naked in the pool area and the sauna. Otherwise you will see lots of people in wraps, sarongs, or if the weather is cold, fully dressed. There are some naturists who like to be naked all the time, but mostly it’s having personal choice to be naked or not. Even with those basic rules there are, of course, exceptions for that ‘time of the month’ so it’s not uncommon to see a women with bikini bottoms on.

How do naturists disassociate seeing a naked person on a naturist weekend from seeing a naked person in a sexual context?

It is always a surprise to those new to naturism that once everyone is naked you very quickly stop thinking about it. So the question is similar to saying ‘how do you disassociate seeing a clothed person on the street from seeing a clothed person in a sexual context? In other words, this question is not specific to naturism. The difference is, outside of naturism people are usually only seeing genitals when there is a sexual context – hence they link genitals with sex. In naturism there are genitals all around you, so it’s just another part of the body.






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