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Here are some of the questions we get asked:

     Do I have to undress the moment I enter club grounds?

Not at all.  You undress as and when you feel ready to do so.

You can park and undress at your car. The parking places are amongst the trees and

quite secluded so it isn’t like being in a supermarket car park!

You can use the Ladies or Gents or you can undress where you sit, be it on the lawn or


IIt’s your choice.

Am I expected to be naked at all times?

Only when the weather and temperature makes it desirable.  We are naturists but we

 feel the cold too!! 

I am new to naturism and feel nervous about joining in.  What is expected of me?

Your first visit to the club will be to look around and be shown the facilities and for you

to decide if you might like to join. You are under no obligation to sign up or pay any money!  You might like to return and have a second look before making a decision. 

During  your first visit, you would not be expected to undress but please do so if you

feel comfortable.   Otherwise you will be left to take part at your own speed. But it’s

best to try it out as soon as you can so that you stop feeling nervous about doing so.

It’s  far easier than you might suspect.

Though it has to be remembered that this is a naturist club and you will be expected to

be naked whenever the weather is suitable, especially after your first few visits.

Is there any protocol I should know about?

For hygiene reasons carry a towel around and always use it to sit on when using

communal chairs.

It is also a good prop to have if you are unsure of what to do with your hands or to hide some of your body if you feel a little shy.

If you help out in the kitchen or any food preparation area, then cover up.

This is also for your own protection!  Hot tea hurts!

I’m embarrassed to ask...but what about during my monthly period?  Surely I can’t

be expected to be naked then?

No, of course not.  You do whatever is most comfortable for yourself. Once you’ve been attending and got used to being naked you’ll be surprised to find you feel overdressed

f you wear a skirt or jeans as you probably would do otherwise, so women often wear a sarong. It will be quietly understood if you go around dressed for a while each month

and no one will question it.  Don’t worry!

I’m worried that I won’t be able to stop myself from getting an erection at the sight

of nude females!!  What do we men do?!!

Relax!  First of all, if you feel really anxious, carry a towel around with you and you can

hide behind it!  Secondly, don’t worry, this rarely happens.  Trust me!!  It might sound strange but you’ll understand in time; seeing naked people in such natural surroundings, doing everyday tasks and lounging around in the sun is not the same as posing in a

sexual or attracting manner.  It is not viewed in the same light and will not be as

arousing as you might think it will be.  Sometimes the addition of clothes gives a more sexual perception to the human body, than the taking away.

Do people attend the social events dressed or undressed?

The evening events are generally a time for clothes but if you have been lounging on the patio in the evening sun you will not be evicted at a certain time!  The communal

evening patio barbeque on a Saturday will generally be a mixture of clothed and unclothed depending on the temperature, but then people will drift off and return for the evening event, dressed.  Occasionally someone will later decide it is warm enough to strip off and swim in the pool and this is perfectly acceptable. Due to popular demand we now have Clothes Optional socials so that you can be naturist if you wish, but the choice is yours.

Is swim wear allowed?

No. This is a strict rule within the club.  No swim wear is allowed in the pool, with the exception of children.

it is much nicer to bathe without that clingy wet swimsuit, giving you a feeling of

freedom, and it’s easier to dry oneself afterwards! 

What do we wear to play miniten?

The temperature and weather will play a part in this! But even on a cooler day, once you are warm enough, or the sun shines, it will be normal for you to remove your clothes.  Suitable footwear must be worn.  Sandals, flip-flops etc. are not allowed,

 purely for safety reasons.

The same applies to the volleyball and petanque courts.

Are the toilets and showers mixed?

The Ladies and Gents are separate but the showers are communal with a communal changing area.  Don’t feel shy, you’ve seen it  all before!

Do the children have to follow the same rules?  What if they don’t want to join in?

 Children of any age are not forced to do anything they don’t wish to do.  All we ask is that parents encourage them to undress, but the choice is always their own.

My children might get bored easily...what is there at Blackthorns for them?

They have a clubhouse of their own where they can get away from the adults and sit

and chat, watch videos, play games and music, and so on.  It is right next to the main clubhouse so they are never far away. 

They also have an outdoor play area, so they can climb, slide and swing away their


They nearly all love the pool where the young ones are supervised by their parents and

no one swims alone.  

They have the grounds to roam in and it is a relatively safe atmosphere but please remember that parents are ultimately responsible for their child at all times.

We have qualified Safeguarding Officers  (sometimes referred to as Child Protection Officers) to deal with any problems that could arise.  We have a Safeguarding Policy to

work from.  We don’t anticipate there being any but we are ready to deal with them in

the same manner as any other type of club.  They are there for anyone to talk to about

any concerns, not just for the children or vulnerable adults.

I’ve heard of naturist clubs being a den for swingers and sexual activities! 

Is this true?

Most definitely not! We are a family orientated club that keeps a balance of single and

joint  membership units.  This results in there being a mix of both sexes and all ages but

the emphasis is on creating a comfortable family environment.

You are free to use the club facilities 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week all year round. You can walk in the woods, sit in the clubhouse; whatever you wish.  Sunday mornings will generally see a gathering for coffee and a chat and sometimes there is a lunch laid on at a low cost.  Work is carried out throughout the year, but especially during the colder months; painting, decorating, cleaning, weeding, pruning, clearing, digging, planting. You name it, it needs to be done!

Saturday evenings are generally still a social time and it’s good to continue to meet up throughout the colder months.  Take your own drinks to the clubhouse or make yourself

tea  or coffee .

Are dogs allowed?

Guide dogs and other working assistance dogs are allowed on site with their owner but

we do not allow pets. It is the decision of the majority of members that they do not want the risk of the mess or noise associated with dogs or other animals.

Are tattoos & piercings allowed?

Whilst tattoos and piercings are permitted, genital piercings had been viewed as attracting attention to that area and not in keeping with a family environment and non- sexual nudity, so they were not allowed.  However, that rule has been re-visited and it is now acceptable to wear genital jewellery, but please keep it subtle.

What do you do when it turns cold?

We put our clothes on!