There’s no need to be ‘clothes’ minded when it comes to nudity.
Seriously though, baring all in the great outdoors and feeling your inhibitions and chaffing waistline disappear can be extremely liberating, just ask any child how they would prefer to be clad on the beach.
There is also no better way to realise the folly of what the media constantly feed us as ‘the ideal body’ than to throw care to the wind and let it all hang out with a load of strangers.
Also it can be a right old laugh, as well as helping to save the planet and tigers! Plus it’s summer and it’s too damn hot for clothes. So what are you waiting for?
Just remember to use sun cream on those tender parts.
Abbey House Gardens
These gardens in Wiltshire are famous for the naked gardeners, Ian & Barbara Pollard.
The gardens allow visitors to roam free among the beautiful foliage on ‘clothes optional days’. The next dates if you care to bare are the 7 and 28 July.
If you need to cool down after all that wandering nude in the hot sun, head over to Swindon to cool down at Bare Swim, where nudists can enjoy a Turkish bath.
Brighton East beach was the first public naturist beach in the UK and still attracts big crowds of the un-garbed, being a relaxed place in general and within walking distance to the city centre.
Pednvounder Beach in Cornwall is stunning and lets naturists and swimsuit-wearers mix happily together, while Blackgang Beach on the Isle of Wight has a nudist section called Rocken End.
The most northerly naturist beach in the country, Ross Back Sands, has sweeping ocean vistas and dunes to huddle in of the weather turns. It can get a little nippy in Northumberland though, so bring some garments just in case.
Skinny dip like a gentlemen
Newnham Riverbank Club is a skinny dippers haven offering a “clothing optional policy”, though those wishing to cool down should drop towel out of sight of passing punts to avoid embarrassment.
Just £16 buys a year’s membership for the club grounds, and free access to the tea and cakes which make a frequent appearance on the fine lawns.
Elegant steps lead down to the water, where one can swim up to Grantchester meadows (where Virginia Woolf and Rupert Brooke swam naked in a river smelling of ‘mint and mud’) surrounded by willows, dragonflies and colourful kingfishers.
Martello tower Dublin
This historic tower 5 miles from Dublin houses a James Joyce museum and below it lies a seawater pool, mentioned in the first chapter of Ulysses.
Many locals become every day heroes in the grand tradition of Joyce by daring to bathe in the very nippy waters bare skinned.
Best for early risers as a sign reads ‘Togs must be worn after 9 am’.
Skinny dipping in London
The regular Sunday Swim is Naturist London’s core event. It is just like going to any other public swimming pool except that costumes are banished.
Unlike many traditional naturist events, there is no booking, no membership and no commitment. You are welcome to just turn up whether or not you consider yourself a committed naturist.
They quote “Come and enjoy a refreshing dip before Sunday lunch. Come once or come often. Come with friends or come alone and make some new ones”. How hospitable.
Those wishing to fully top up their tan all over can head to the banks of the men’s swimming pond on Hampstead Heath, the only official naked sunbathing area in London.
Unfortunately it’s men-only but women can sunbathe topless at the ladies’ pond.
World naked bike ride
Fighting for cleaner air, less reliance on fossil fuels, safer roads and the freedom to express yourself, thousands hop on their two wheeled transport naked (or nearly) for this day of international protest and general fun.
‘Stop indecent exposure to vehicle emissions’ is one slogan and we couldn’t agree more.
Plenty of body paint, colourful costumes and characters are to be found at this event which takes place in many major cities worldwide.
Streak for tigers
After the success of last years streak, London Zoo is hosting a very unique event on the evening of Thursday 14th August.
They are looking for supporters to strip off and bare all for Tigers and run completely starkers around the grounds of the zoo.
How many people can say they’ve been seen naked by so many fabulous species of animal?
London zoo say “We hope this event will not only raise much needed funds for ZSL but it will also highlight and raise the profile of ZSL’s work with Tigers”.
Spectator tickets are available for 15 quid if you fancy seeing your loved one (or anyone for that matter) zipping around the way nature intended.