British Naturism

MBNC is a member of British Naturism (BN), the internationally recognised UK national Naturist organisation. MBNC has a full and active role within BN. Although there is no obligation  for MBNC members to belong to BN, we do encourage our members to join for the benefits it brings.

BN exists to unite and support Naturists, to protect, and provide more Naturist venues, to make social nudity acceptable in the UK and to provide comprehensive information on Naturism and Naturists around the world.

Naturists may wonder why they need a national organisation, but collective action makes things happen. by:

  • having events in brilliant locations
  • helping new groups and Naturist venues to get off the ground
  • liaising with (and challenging) government and other authorities
  • overcoming misunderstanding, prejudice and discrimination via the Media
  • supporting individuals
  • supporting places under threat
  • providing a point of contact for information and advice
  • campaigning against the ever-changing environment that throws up new obstacles– even for Naturism in private places

Fore more information about BN go to (opens in new tab)

The BN Guide to Naturism

View a full colour, fully illustrated publication that has it all: A guide to British Naturism including BN events, BN campaigns, BN successes and bags of useful information for anyone that needs it.

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More about naturism


Naturism is normal

We’re ordinary people choosing not to wear clothes when the weather and circumstances are appropriate. Other than being nude, our activities are no different from what most people do in their
leisure time. We’re not anti-clothes, we just know they are not always essential. It’s also a lot of fun!

If we were supposed to be naked, we’d have been born that way…

…and yet now anyone wanting to be in that natural state is treated with at best, mild amusement and at worst, suspicion. Being naked isn’t obscene, provocative, ridiculous, eccentric, shameful, immodest, weird, rude, disgusting, perverted etc. In fact…

Naturism is good for you

Naturism promotes positive body image. There is no such thing as the perfect body and we’re all unique. Physical health is improved with the benefits of sunshine and fresh air, which we don’t get enough of; and mental health benefits from relaxation, de-stressing and a friendly, comfortable community spirit. Most sunbathers wear very little more than we do. Swimsuits are pointless – why get dressed to get wet? It has wider benefits too – teenage pregnancy rates appear to be lower in countries with a more relaxed attitude to nudity. Research published in 2017 confirms what we’ve all known for years – Naturism boosts self-esteem, happiness and life  satisfaction.

Naturism is not illegal

There is no offence of nudity in English law but there are badly defined offences which may be used and abused for just about anything that somebody in authority dislikes. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 specifically excludes Naturism, though intending to upset or cause harm by being naked may well be a criminal offence. Fundamentally the law is a mess but the practice of Naturism is legal in a much wider range of circumstances than many people assume.

Naturism is not about sex

Naturist people have sex like anyone else but despite what people imagine, a gathering of naked people doesn’t make for a sexually charged environment. Think of a nude beach as closer to the checkout queue in Tesco than a page three photo shoot.

Naturism is not embarrassing

Once in a Naturist place, you soon get used to being surrounded by naked people and forget that nobody is wearing clothes. It’s clothed people that stand out. What you look like is irrelevant. No-one stares at you, or judges your appearance – it’s all about feeling good for yourself. It’s liberating not to have to conform. Nudity is usually only mandatory when swimming and people will put something on if the weather turns.

Naturism is very popular

Millions of people around the world have discovered this wonderful way of life. BN’s IPSOS- MORI survey in 2012 discovered there were 3.7 million Naturists in the UK. 10 years later, the number had risen to 6.7m. There are thousands of holiday resorts and other places to go to. Plenty of ‘non-Naturist’ people in the UK have skinny-dipped, go topless on beaches and spend time happily naked at home.

Morecambe Bay Naturist Club. Putting Nature back into Naturism

Putting Nature back into Naturism since 1988

Page last updated 2022/Nov/05