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Naturist Campaign for Public Nudity

Posted on behalf of John Wood.

Would anyone be interested in joining me to start a new campaigning team to promote naturism and public nudity in the UK?
Subject to enough public support, the idea is to arrange naked/clothing optional protest marches through British town centres campaigning for public nudity to be accepted by the general public and the authorities.
An ideal team would consist of several people having different aspects of campaigning and protesting experience. Anyone who could build and maintain a website would also be a bonus.
Please email me at  to take this idea further. Please note that any work will need to be on a voluntary basis.
Thanks in anticipation,
John Wood.

22 Responses to Naturist Campaign for Public Nudity

  • Most definitely! I will email you at some point this week. AC

  • Yes , yes, yes!

  • I’d like to help. Email on its way, but the time I have available for anything like this is very limited

  • Hi John, YES good idea! I invite you and ALL NAG members to call / text me direct on +447985185332, Yours NATURALLY! Roger

  • P.S. I should like to receive follow up comments via email. Roger

  • Sorry to be negative about this idea, but I don’t believe naked protest marches through town centres are likely to achieve acceptance of public nudity by the public or by the authorities. It is much more likely to provoke vociferous, and possibly physical, opposition from those who are appalled at the sight of public nudity, and to result in the arrest of naked marchers.

    I believe people’s readiness to tolerate public nudity is contextually related. On beaches, in the countryside, and possibly in large parks, there is probably a substantial feeling that nudity can be accepted so long as it is not obviously confrontational. But my gut feeling is that that tolerance would not extend to town centres.

    I think acceptance of public nudity will gradually increase if more naturists go naked in places that are seen as natural locations for going clothes-free. Town centres, in my view, are not amongst these.

    Still, if enough willing protesters want to take up John’s idea, I’ll be interested to see the result.

  • Like Chris Lamb, I’m afraid the idea is likely to be counter-productive. The obvious parallel is with gay-pride marches. They have been successful in getting the gay community recognised as distinct and deserving the same rights and acceptance as the heterosexual majority. For naturism to be better accepted we need to do exactly the opposite: emphasise that naturists are not a distinct sub-set of the population; that most people enjoy being naked at certain times and could be healthier in body and mind if it were easier in appropriate situations. It’s the prudes who are the vociferous minority, imposing their will on others, not us.

  • My suggestion is to have one day exhibitions on naturism in town centres using empty space such as unused retail units or anything that put the idea of naturism in the public eye.
    We have tried engaging the local press without much success and are now trying public talks.
    I think Chris Lamb is right and that the first step should be toward gaining acceptance of public nudity outside of big urban areas. Obviously the World Naked Bike Ride is successful as a protest, but not for body freedom/naturism.
    Philip Baker

  • When you say ” We have tried engaging the local press without much success and are now trying public talks.”- who is “We” please? I’d be very interested to hear details of what has been happening.

  • I am the Treasurer of the Eastbourne Naturist Swim Group and I have two good friends who are keen supporters of some of my ideas. I will report how our talks go – the first will be in St Leonards in mid January. I don’t want to give details, because I don’t want the audience to be entirely naturist. I will give the talk in early February in Eastbourne. We will report on how they go to you and Nick Caunt.
    It may be possible to arrange a talk in Brighton and if so I was going to refer this opportunity to Norman Donachie BN LASER group chairman).
    In September we held a swim under the Great British Skinny Dip banner. We managed two very short mentions in the Eastbourne Herald with an article promised, now expected in Ecetera magazine, but we have not seen anything as yet.

  • I’m inclined to agree with Chris Lamb too. People (the public) need to accept nudity in places where it is most likely to be encountered. Beaches, Open countryside, woodland, parks etc.
    It needs to be done subtly, rather than in protest. Firstly, the law enforcement personel need educating so that when a report is made, after considering the nature of the complaint, providing there has been no criminal offence committed, it should be made clear to the complainant that simple nudity is legal and no action needs to be taken.
    Recently, I attended a naked sauna party in a pub garden in London. It was very well attended and later in the evening, quite a few people filtered through to the bar area naked or at least topless amongst the locals and public. There were bands performing and naked people dancing on the stage! Did anyone take offence or complain? NO! Perhaps if these or similar events took place, people would get used to nudity in public places.

  • Another port of call is the media, in how they report instances. To reduce the sensationalism. I read recently where a celebrates three daughters bathed in a hot tub (wait for it…) NAKED!!!!! They were sisters and actually in a ‘private’ environment. I think one of them posted a pic on Facebook and the papers got hold of it and….

  • I’d be interested, but like others above I think it better to start low key. A number of naked rambles close to large towns or cities would be a start, then once this starts to be accepted then walks through the town centres.

    To start with town centres would, to me, seem a little confrontational.

  • How would you propose to educate the law enforcement personnel?

  • So what would you propose to actually do to gain the acceptance you favour?

  • I’m in Huddersfield. My police force needs educating, as they arrested Stephen Gough twice, in Halifax and Hebdon Bridge if my memory serves me well.

    Instead of a protest through town centres walks along canals which start or end near a town centre is one possibility. Walking trails too or from prominent landmarks is another.

    Clothing Optional days at various venues with grounds. Not nudist days, as mixing with textiles without prejudice is what we are after, isn’t it?

    A well publicised day with national newspaper and local radio interest would be good to raise the profile of both naturism and public nudity.

    Those using public right of way would be simpler to organise.

  • Good ideas, but they won’t happen unless someone comes forward to actually organise them and others to take part in them. Would you organise such an event?

  • I am already doing it, not protesting but organising or getting other people to organise naturist events in public places across England and Wales. Picnics, skinny dipping, cycle rides, jogging, walks are just a few things I have done in 2017 and are planning for 2018. I am hoping to add volleyball to the list in 2018 if I can get enough people interested. I use Facebook naturist meetup groups. Anybody can have a go at organising naturist events on the naturist meetup groups. I did try to organise events on the BN website and forum but is not set up for that and BN overreacted when I deleted my old posts and blocked me from the website. In some ways it is good as now all the events are on Facebook and it is less work keeping track of people that are planning to attend. I am always looking for people happy to organise and host naturist activities in public places if you want to be apart of what I am doing.

  • The WNBR work through sheer weight of numbers. I’ve done Brighton twice and most smile or cheer but, some standing further back just stare disapprovingly but, are outnumbered so they do nothing.

    Other natural places to make a point are clothes shops changing cubicles, eg charity shops. It has to be 50/50 male/female though. Males only will just be misinterpreted. The female(s) would lead the way to gauge reaction then, the males follow.

    I would not advocate advance publicity though. At the risk of slipping in to paranoia, an especially nasty person (they exist) could come along with acid. Since the press helpfully educated the whole country about this, how to get it etc everyone now knows about this form of assault. Small groups quietly making their point is the way. Even the WNBR has minimal national publicity in advance.

  • I think this gives some useful pointers. Each summer our club has a naturist boat trip from Exmouth, going along the sea front and far up the River Exe. There’s food, drink, live music and dancing. Nudity’s to be seen through the large windows of the saloon and on the open upper deck. Friendly waves are exchanged with other pleasure boats and moored yachts. Upstream, the river narrows and the boat needs to turn in a basin right in front of a quay and pub with tables outside, always prompting many more smiles and waves. The event’s always a huge success and I think it offers some good lessons:

    (1) It is not a self-conscious ‘demo’ but a group of people being seen enjoying themselves. What it implies is not “we are different but you ought to accept us” but “we’re like you – don’t you wish you were in here with us?”.

    (2) There is a normal mixture of males and females socialising. Too often naturism is portrayed as a ‘sad group of fat old men’.

    (3) Weather permitting, there is 100% nudity. Too often the ‘Naked’ Bike Ride seems to have more body paint and bikinis than frank nakedness.

    Incidentally, the boat crew are always completely unfazed. One remarked “We often get groups of commandos from Lympstone – they ‘re always taking their clothes off!”.

  • I’m all for promoting naturism and public nudity in the UK, and elsewhere. I am inclined to agree with those suggesting public acceptance of nudity might be better approached through approaches like the designation of sections of public parks for nude use, or the one of using empty shops etc as venues to up the visibility of naturism in the public eye. While I’d love to be nude in city centres on more occasions than WNBR events I’m not sure that a naked protest is for the best currently. I’m open to being shown that I’m wrong though!

  • Sadly, it has been decided to discontinue the idea of a naked protest because of the lack of support. Most people agree with you NudeNik.

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