Nudist or Naturist?
“Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment” (International Naturist Federation, 1974)
“A naturist is a person who aspires to the naturist philosophy as defined by the INF. A nudist is a person who just likes to be naked” (Glenne Findon, New Zealand Naturist Federation)
The “N” in MBNC happens to be for “Naturism”. It could equally be for “Nudist”. Or just “Naked”
Reopening Silverglades, Spring 2021
NB dates subject to confirmation by HMG
Based on the official guidance we aim to reopen the site in stages.
8 March Still closed to all, Stay At Home
29 March Open to Members, Minimise Travel
Grounds open to Members who can minimise travel. Closed to Visitors and Prospective Members.
12 April Open to Prospective Members and Members, Minimise Travel
From 12/04/21 Silverglades will be open to Prospective Members (who must book via the Secretary) as well as Members. [A PM is someone who has not made a first visit accompanied by a committee member.]
Some restrictions apply which are are law and MUST be followed. Other guidance SHOULD be followed.
Social distancing will apply. You MUST observe the Rule of 6 / Maximum 2 Households. The clubhouse MUST remain closed.
You SHOULD continue to minimise travel where possible.
We cannot currently arrange visits for visitors until restrictions are further relaxed. If you are interested in becoming a member, please click here
See Coronavirus updates for the latest news
New members are welcome! (when lockdown allows)
Small joining fees:
£15 (single) / £24 (unit)
Then a low annual membership fee:
£55 for singles or £70 for units
Nothing more to pay, for all-year use of Silverglades
For more details – please click here
MBNC is an Equal Opportunities club
What we are
MBNC isn’t like a traditional large naturist (or nudist) club. You could say we are a naturist beach, without the beach, but with woods and lawns! Our roots go back to 1986 when Lancaster City Council considered sanctioning a nudist beach at Heysham Head for the 1987 season but then changed its mind about naturism for 1988. As a result we obtained a small woodland site for the season, and in 1989 we moved to our current site Silverglades, in Silverdale.
Although we have 10 acres of secluded woods, glades and lawns (only ten miles north of Lancaster, less than a mile from Morecambe Bay, and close to Silverdale Station) we don’t have luxuries like electricity and gas. Our facilities are very simple (which is why our annual fee is so low – about £1 per week!) and our membership is quite small.
When members are present we mostly spend our time there outdoors which means it’s best to visit when the weather is warm. The site is ideal for day visits, or for stripped-back camping.
10-acre of private grounds, only ten miles north of Lancaster. Less than a mile from Morecambe Bay and close to Silverdale Station. We do not have a postal address, but directions to the entrance gate will be supplied on request.
We are situated in the heart of Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is renowned for:
- Outstanding landscapes and spectacular views
- Unique limestone geology
- Morecambe Bay – a stunning seascape
- Rare and precious habitats
- Internationally and nationally important species
- A sense of tranquillity, space and place; and
- A highly protected area for both landscape and nature
Our site, ‘Silverglades’, occupies ten acres of sheltered south facing slopes, a spectacular mix of woodlands, glades, lawns and legally protected limestone pavements screened from the outside world. We are a short distance from the Leighton Hall estate, and close to the RSPB Leighton Moss nature reserve.
If you go down to the woods today…
Woodland walks are good for mind and body, studies show
Research shows that two or three short jaunts to woods and forests dramatically improve mental as well as physical health
By car or motorhome we are only 5 miles from J35 of the M6 (leave via the A 601(M) east slip road onto the B2564 and travel through Carnforth/Millhead towards RSPB Leighton Moss; we will meet you at Silverdale station and lead you to our grounds)
By train we are a short 10 minutes walk (or 20 minutes including the track to the clubhouse!) from Silverdale station, making a visit easy for naturists living on the Leeds – Morecambe line, the West Coast line, and the Cumbria Coast (Barrow) line. (If travelling via Lancaster you may need to change for the Barrow line; Silverdale is 2 stations from Lancaster. If travelling from Barrow, Silverdale is 2 stations before Lancaster.)
Attending as a Day Visitor
We’d love you to visit, but please note we may not be able to arrange access on the day of enquiring. We need a few days notice to make arrangements for a committee member to accompany visitors and open up the site. MBNC is a members-lead club and unaccompanied visitors are not allowed on site – this is a condition of our lease.
There has never been a better time to try naturism. We know, all too well, that the pound in your pocket doesn’t go too far nowadays. We have kept our fees low, as usual this year, so it isn’t going to break the bank to visit Silverglades
If you are new to all this and perhaps just inquisitive at this stage, maybe wondering what on earth people see in naturism, check our About Naturism page
For a list of all pages on this website go to the website map.
And remember to follow the MBNC blog to read our latest news
The Equality Act 2010 requires private clubs and associations not to discriminate because of disability, race, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, and sex. The Act will eventually contain provisions prohibiting age discrimination. Morecambe Bay Naturist Club fully respects the Equality Act 2010 and welcomes applications for membership, and visits by guests, no matter who you are.
Meet our Chairman
I’m fairly new to naturism having joined Morecambe Bay Naturist Club (and later BN) in 2013 along with my wife
In 2010, I took part in a Spencer Tunick installation (Everyday People at The Lowry, Salford). Later that year I was invited to take part in a small scale installation for Spencer in Cambridge and since then I’ve done 2 more large installations (Munich 2012 and Hull 2016) as well as 7 small-scale installations with fewer than 30 participants. Through these I became involved in various Participation Art projects involving public nudity, and in 2011 I became a life model for Brewery Arts in Kendal.
Over the next year or so I found I was doing so much life modelling that I gave up my part time job with a local council and became a full time life model. I’ve now sat for over 1200 life model sessions mostly for schools, colleges and universities. I’ve also appeared on TV in 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown, and My Daughter the Teenage Naturist.
One of my friends visited Silverglades in about 2012 and told me about MBNC and in 2013, when I found the club website, my wife and I joined the club
In 2016 we were asked to join MBNC committee to fill vacancies, and I now help edit the club’s website. In June 2017 I became Chairman
We live close to Silverglades and will gladly accompany prospective members to Silverglades any day of the week. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Morecambe Bay Naturist Club is a member of British Naturism, the internationally recognised representative body for naturists in the UK
Morecambe Bay Naturist Club
Putting Nature back into Naturism
Silverglades, Silverdale, Lancashire
Call/text 07467 246690
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