The Great British Take Off on Saturday 16th May 2020 is an initiative from British Naturism (BN), the UK’s organisation for Naturism, Naturists and Naturist places which will see people all around the country stripping down to nothing to enjoy the liberated and exhilarating feeling that comes from being naked in the fresh air and sunshine. Science also tells us that it can make you happier!

Anecdotal evidence suggests that during the lockdown, people around the UK are a) dressing less, if at all, b) looking for things to do and c) in these unprecedented times, keen to throw out the rule book and try new things. The restrictions mean that people will be participating at home, but that’s actually a wonderful place – what could be more relaxing than being naked in the comfort of your own space?

It’s perfectly legal to do so. By all means tell the neighbours, but there is no need to warn them even if you are overlooked. So long as you are not revealing yourself with the intention of upsetting people, it’s fine. Check out this helpful article on naked sunbathing in your garden.

It’s also for Charity. BN are supporting British Heart Foundation in 2020 and you can be sponsored to ‘Take Off’ or make a donation. Maybe this will help you if you are taking that first nude step outside, or to encourage people to join in with you.

We’re also hosting a special ‘Pimms on the lawn’ online event during the afternoon for all participants to come together from Cardiff to Colchester, Plymouth to Pitlochry and everywhere in between.

BN spokesman said: ‘People have always enjoyed the thrill of a skinny dip or the relaxation of a spa but social isolation has caused an explosion in naked living. For many, working from home means working naked, and nude sunbathing seems to be the new national pastime. Naturists know that it’s only social convention that makes wearing clothes seem essential but people who try it for the first time realise that it feels great. Human beings weren’t designed to be wrapped up in clothes 24/7 and yet that’s often how we are even when it’s more sensible not to be. It’s easier not to dress, it saves on the laundry – and it’s really good for you and a lot of fun! This could be the perfect opportunity for those that like the idea, or those who live with a Naturist partner but have been hesitant, to have a go. You’ll wish you had done it years ago! Business has been booming at BN with a 100% increase in new members since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. Our programme of online events has been welcoming guests from around the world’