What is Naturism?
Although everyone has their own individual slant on it, naturism was once defined at an international conference of naturists in 1974 as:
“…a lifestyle in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, and characterised by self-respect as well as respect of people with different opinions and of the environment.”
This is as good a generality as any. The idea of social nudity is shocking to some people who have not tried it because they equate nudity with sex, or bodily shame. Naturists do not. Naturists prefer to be naked when clothing is not necessary for practical reasons, because it is more comfortable – particularly for leisure activities-, it brings them closer to the natural environment, and removes many subtle social barriers.
Who are naturists?
Surveys have shown that over 2 million people in the UK have regularly gone naked in appropriate social settings, such as the beach and private property. Over 20,000 members make up British Naturism, the UK’s ‘umbrella’ organisation for naturist activities. Many more are members of the many sun clubs throughout the UK. They are just ordinary people who have tried the lifestyle and liked it. Naturists are a cross section of society, and so come in all ages, shapes & sizes, races, opinions and personal situations.
Naturism on the Isle of Wight
Naturism has been practiced on several beaches on the Isle of Wight for many years, and though they are not ‘official’ it is well accepted there. In the past there have been naturist resorts at Woodside and Blackgang. Nowadays, the needs of many local and visiting naturists are catered for by Valerian Sun Club, which is a members club, affiliated to British Naturism, with its own 6 acre site and basic facilities here on the Island. Our grounds are a beautiful oasis of tranquillity where we can relax in our own way, totally legally, in complete privacy.
If you would like to try it, or want to know more:
Please contact us via the form on the contact us page or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can visit the British Naturism website for a lot of great information and resources.