Naked festivals, nude cruises and naturist resorts becoming a hit with Brits

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  • We Brits are generally stereotyped as being a bit prudish and refusing to talk about anything deemed rude.

    However, it seems attitudes are changing across the nation as millions of people declare they love to get their kit off – including a rise in nude holiday options.

    A poll taken by British Naturism recently found that 14% of British adults – that’s 6.75million people – would describe themselves as nudists or naturists*.

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    That’s an increase of 8% since the last figure was taken in 2011 meaning we might be becoming more European in our attitudes towards nakedness.

    Additionally, 39% of this asked said that they had taken part in naked activities like skinny dipping or visiting a nudist beach.

    Plus, 22% said they has been naked in the company of other people – including videoconferencing – in the last 12 months.

    Against the usual assumptions it also seems that the younger generation are getting involved in nudism as 47% of young people under the age of 24 said they’d been naked around others in the last year.

    Dr Mark Bass, President of British Naturism, said: "Attitudes to nudity are changing with taboos and stigma being eroded.

    "Modern society is weighed down by a body confidence crisis and more and more people are discovering the benefits that nudity brings to mental, emotional and physical health by allowing us to reclaim ownership of our identities.

    "When we spend time naked with others we realise that we all have scars and flaws, and that we don’t need to compare ourselves with an airbrushed model.

    "Naturism gives us the freedom to be ourselves and have a lot of fun."

    In terms of travel, nudist holidays and experiences are also on the rise – we take a look at some options below…

    Nudist cruise

    The Big Nude Boat trip runs next year, 2023, from February 12 in Florida until February 26.

    The naked ship’s journey will include several "fun nude days at sea" before heading to St Thomas, St Kitts, Antigue, Grand Turk, Amber Cove, Princess Cays and Half Moon Cay.

    The Caribbean islands will require clothing, but while on-board the ship passengers are welcome to forego their clothes.

    The Carnival Pride ship will also offer some nudist days while on land.

    The Cruise Bare website states: "The highlight of the cruise will be our exclusive visits to the private beach resort of Princess Cays and a day at the beach at everyone’s favourite private island of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.

    "These two days of nude sea, sun and fun will be a return to bare-adise."

    Find out more at cruisebare.com.

    Naked festival

    Festivals are usually full of loud music, mud and fun outfits, but at Nudefest you don’t need to buy a new wardrobe.

    Returning to Thorney Lakes in Somerset in July 2023 Nudefest brings together daytime activities and nightly entertainment.

    Some of the fun from the 2022 Nudefest included body painting, dance classes, clay pigeon shooting, archery, drum workshops, arts and crafts and choir meetings.

    In the evening nude festival goers could dive into quizzes, karaoke, discos, live bands, fire walking, astronomy and more.

    There are four camping zones with toilets, showers and electrical hook ups as well as parking, and there were plenty of visits off site to cider farms, railways, carriage rides with horses and boat trips.

    Tickets for Nudefest 2023 start from £189.

    Social media star Kate tried out a naked festival earlier this year – check out her thoughts here.

    Find out more at shop.bn.org.uk.

    Naturism abroad

    Across the Channel, France is known to have a number of naturist resorts available to those who want to strip off.

    One popular nudist holiday area is Bagheera Village Naturiste. The gorgeous resort is based in Linguizzetta – a commune on the French island of Corsica.

    It’s a family-friendly naturist resort with a garden, shared lounge, kids club and restaurants as well as easy access to a stunning beach with crystal clear water.

    All rooms come with a terrace and there are private bathrooms with showers.

    The closest beach is Bravone Beach just 1.4miles away which boasts a swathe of yellow sand and plenty of swimming areas.

    Plus there are plenty of activities from aerobics to walking tours, tennis to snorkelling and windsurfing.

    There are plenty of places to stay in Bagheera from villas to chalets, mobile homes and camping pitches.

    Villas cost from around 111euros per night (£96).

    Find out more on Booking.com.

    Other famous French nudist resorts include Cap D'Adge – one of the oldest and largest of its kind – and Euronat.

    Nude staycation

    There’s a gorgeous award-winning naturist retreat on a bluebell farm by the Essex/ Sussex border that offers accommodation in a total of seven properties.

    Pevors Farm, which features on the British Naturism website, contains five cottages and two apartment for those looking to holiday in the buff.

    Facilities in the back-to-nature mini-resort include Wi-Fi, a hot tub, an indoor pool and plenty of clothes-free walks around meadows and ponds.

    There’s also a games room, sun room, BBQ, and secluded sunbathing areas with hammocks on the site.

    A boules court, pool table, indoor carpet bowls, table tennis and more are available to guests for no extra cost.

    Find out more at Pevorsfarm.com.

    *Results are based on a representative sample of 2,249 people, equally divided between men and women, and evenly spread among age.

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