Here is the Blackthorn's guide to the sort of questions we most often get asked,
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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...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
It’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 these visits 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
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
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
if 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 will generally be a mixture of clothed and unclothed depending
on the time and temperature but then people will drift off and return for the evening
event fully dressed. Occasionally someone will later decide it is warm enough to
strip off and swim in the pool and this is perfectly acceptable.
Is swimwear allowed?
No. This is a strict rule within the club. No swimwear is allowed in the pool.
If it is warm enough to go into an outdoor pool it is warm enough to be undressed!!
Anyway...it is much nicer to bathe without that clingy wet swimsuit...a feeling of
freedom and easier to dry oneself afterwards!
What do we wear to play miniten?
There are signs up to say no clothes are allowed on the courts but once again, the
temperature and weather will play a part in contradicting this! But once you are
warm enough or the sun shines, it will be expected of you to remove your clothes.
Trainers and suitable footwear must be worn. Sandals are not allowed, purely for
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 already!!
Do the children have to follow the same rules? What if they don’t want to join in?
It is understood that some of the children are here because their parents bring them
and not of their own choosing! The younger they start as naturists the easier it
is for them to be comfortable with their body being on show and they feel no embarrassment
at all. They enjoy total freedom and no wet clingy swimsuit as they emerge from the
Some of them go through a stage during puberty when they are more body conscious
and they tend to stay covered up for longer, but always manage to undress to use
the pool!! As long as the parents are actively encouraging them to take part, then
that is all we can ask. Children of any age are not forced to do anything they don’t
wish to do. Left alone they invariably join in anyway. They don’t like to be the
odd one out!! Blackthorn's other children will always make them feel welcome.
My children might get bored easily...what is there at Blackthorns for them?
There is a good mixture of ages in children currently members of the club and they
always seem to get on well with one another and accept newcomers into their group
and activities. They have a clubhouse of their own where they can get away from
the adults and sit and chat, watch videos, TV, play music and so on. It is right
next to the main clubhouse so they are never far away. There are 2 parents on duty
each weekend to keep an eye on things, including encouraging the children to tidy
up after themselves!
They also have a play area, which has just benefited from some new equipment so they
can climb and slide and swing away their energy!
Of course 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 I must
remind you that parents are ultimately responsible for their child at all times.
We have two Child Protection Officers to deal with any problems that could arise.
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.
I’ve heard of naturist clubs being a den for swingers and sexual activities! Is
Some might well be, but Blackthorns most definitely is not!! We are a family/couples
orientated club that keeps a balance of single members too. This results in there
being a mix of both sexes and all ages but the emphasis is on creating a comfortable
What do you do when it turns cold?
Put our clothes on!!
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 meet up throughout
the colder months.