The Naturist Action Group blog has many articles that may interest NACO users, but one of its long-running themes is the effort to obtain naturist facilities in London. There is now a group acting to open up a naturist area on Hampstead Heath. Anyone who uses the Heath is welcome to support them.
This event – originally scheduled for 29th June – has been cancelled, pending formal discussions with the City of London Corporation.
The picnic was intended to be a ‘proof of concept’ demonstration that naturism on Hampstead Heath and other large open spaces in London could work. However, following an exchange of letters between myself and Sue Ireland, Director of Open Spaces for the Corporation, and the acceptance of an offer for discussions, I feel that it would be inappropriate for the event to continue. I am sorry to disappoint anyone, but hope you’ll understand that NAG is doing this for the greater good of naturism in London and as a whole.
Your co-operation would be appreciated by not attending on 29th or the alternative date provided in case of poor weather, and by re-posting this message to other forums and message boards so that this information is broadcast as widely as possible.
Chairman, Naturist Action Group
Winter is obviously a quiet time of year for a British naturist venue, so it’s a good time to get on with jobs that need doing to improve facilities. This winter was no exception here at Acorns in Devon.
Since we opened six years ago we have constantly been improving the place and up until now, have had a games barn and lounge for campers to use, but they were basic. The games barn was a barn, with some games in it and we would like to thank guests for putting up with the primitive feel. But not any more, we have converted the old cow shed into a new facility offering panoramic views of the site and the glorious Devonshire countryside, to Dartmoor in the distance through floor to ceiling double glazed windows. (Dartmoor was there to start with, we didn’t do that !) The whole area is heated by an old fashioned pot belly stove, giving a warm cosy feel, even in the worst of weather.
With the building’s history being that of a cow shed we have tried to retain the theme, but not the smell. To this end we have decorated the space with old farming implements, even turning old milking machine parts into lighting, and re using the old roof timbers to make book shelves etc. we have even called it “The Cow Shed” a title we came up with all by ourselves. It just came to us in a flash of inspiration.
The cows have been removed and replaced by a games area, with table tennis, free pool table and darts board. Exercise area with multi gym, plus other machines of physical torture and a nice comfortable lounge area create a great place to just sit and relax, or take advantage of the numerous games, puzzles and books on offer.
Free Wi-Fi is accessible for those in need of communication with the rest of the planet, so you can sit here and enjoy the ambiance, whilst pretending to be stuck in the office working your socks off (and the rest of your clothes !) We can even give you a discreet VAT receipt with no mention of naturist, so your boss need never know your secret.
Our on-site honesty shop has also moved into the building, giving guests the opportunity to get stocked up on basic provisions, have a cuppa and ice cream all whilst admiring the view. (Hopefully the person who stole half a jar of coffee and then put the jar back on the shelf, will be more honest if they come again ! Yes, they really did. )
This new facility not only offers every visitor a great place to be when it’s not sun bathing weather but also gives us the chance to put on special events such as Charlie Simonds photography master class in June, a life drawing day in May, a craft weekend in July and a pig roast in August.
Evening meals in the farm house are always available by arrangement and this year on most Saturday evenings we are offering cheaper bar snack type meals in the Cow Shed. Things like home made pizza or ham, egg and chips . This gives a greater number of guests the chance to get together and not have to bother about cooking. This is proving very popular.
We also plan on holding social evenings twice a month through the winter. These will be held on the first and third Sunday of each month, starting on September 8th. The evening will include sauna, hot tub, use of the Cow shed, plus bar snacks, soft and alcoholic drinks will be available for a very reasonable extra cost. Keep an eye on our website www.acornsindevon.co.uk for further details or give us a call.
I heard about this only after the event, and from reports it does not appear to have been a hoax. It has been said that they intend to repeat the event on the first Sunday of each month. So if you are interested, I suggest you contact the pub to confirm.
Sadly, they only seem to have a Facebook page, so it may be inaccessible to most of the world.
A report here at Cat’s Chat
Sunday 7th July 2013
Sunday 1st September 2013
Parking is in the Long Stay car park adjacent to the gardens.
You can get up-to-date information from their web site. At the time of posting this, these are the UK rides that are definite or possible:
Brighton & Hove: 9 Jun 2013 (PREVIOUS RIDES: 10 JUN 2012, 12 JUN 2011, 13 JUN 2010, 14 JUN 2009, 14 MAR 2009, 7 JUN 2008, 9 JUN 2007, 10 JUN 2006)
Bristol: 15 Jun 2013 (PREVIOUS RIDES: 10 JUN 2012, 19 JUN 2011, 13 JUN 2010, 14 OCT 2006)
Canterbury: 15 Jun 2013
Cardiff (Caerdydd): 15 Jun 2013 (PREVIOUS RIDES: 9 JUN 2012, 11 JUN 2011, 12 JUN 2010, 13 JUN 2009, 14 JUN 2008)
Clacton: 20 Jul 2013
Edinburgh: Jun 2013? (PREVIOUS RIDES: 11 JUN 2011, 12 JUN 2010, 29 JUN 2008, 12 JUN 2004)
Exeter: Jun 2013 – TBC (PREVIOUS RIDES: 9 JUN 2012, 11 JUN 2011)
Glasgow: Jun/Jul 2013? (PREVIOUS RIDES: 14 JUL 2012 CANCELLED)
London: 8 Jun 2013 (PREVIOUS RIDES: 9 JUN 2012, 11 JUN 2011, 12 JUN 2010, 13 JUN 2009, 14 JUN 2008, 9 JUN 2007, 10 JUN 2006, 11 JUN 2005, 12 JUN 2004)
Manchester: 14 Jun 2013 (PREVIOUS RIDES: 1 JUN 2012, 3 JUN 2011, 11 JUN 2010, 12 JUN 2009, 13 JUN 2008, 8 JUN 2007, 9 JUN 2006)
Nottingham: Jun 2013? (PREVIOUS RIDES: 16 JUN 2012 POSTPONED DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER)
Portsmouth: May 2014? (PREVIOUS RIDES: 25 MAY 2013, 26 MAY 2012, 10 JUN 2011)
Sheffield: Jun 2013? (PREVIOUS RIDES: 19 JUN 2010, 13 JUN 2009, 8 JUN 2008)
Southampton: 7 Jun 2013 (PREVIOUS RIDES: 8 JUN 2012, 10 JUN 2011, 11 JUN 2010, 12 JUN 2009, 6 JUN 2008, 8 JUN 2007)
York: 21 Jun 2013 (PREVIOUS RIDES: 2 JUN 2012, 4 JUN 2011, 19 JUN 2010, 12 JUN 2009, 7 JUN 2008, 8 JUN 2007, 9 JUN 2006)