Nudefest - The Event
This June saw the inaugural Nudefest event, Nudefest2007. British Naturism took the bold step of organising the event which took place at Newperran Holiday Park in Cornwall during the weekend 22nd-24th June.It was a bold venture in two respects. Firstly, there was no guarantee that the event would be supported by naturists. Secondly, there was no guarantee that the unpredictable Cornish weather was going to be suitable for walking around in the nude!
In the event both fears were unfounded. Many naturists, members and non members of British Naturism, attended and the weather held out sufficiently for many people to walk around naked.
Newperran turned out to be an ideal venue, secluded and with distant sea views. The owners of Newperran, Keith and Christine Brewer, were extremely cooperative in what must have been quite an unusual experience for them.
Jan and I had never been to an organised naturist event before preferring to make our own arrangements and 'do our own thing'. However, the enthusiasm of Andrew Welch, the Commercial Manager of British Naturism, was enough to persuade us to go.
Friday evening kicked off in the bar and what a great evening it was. The entertainment was 'Edison Lighthouse' and everyone had a really good time.
Much of Saturday revolved around the marquee. Here there were many exhibitions including travel firms such as Chalfont and Peng Travel. Andy and Kathy Eke from the newly established naturist retreat of 'Acorns' in Devon were present, as was Citlali, a Mexican lady with a unique display of hand made Mexican jewellery. There were also Life Drawing classes organised by Chris Roberts which proved popular.
Nick Mayhew-Smith and Mike Charles, authors of 'Bare Britain' and 'Bare Beaches' were there presenting their thoroughly recommended new book
'The Worlds Best Nude Beaches and Resorts'.
Jan gave massage demonstrations during both the morning and afternoon and had no shortage of volunteers.
British Naturism had a stand promoting the Association and Steve Thompson, official BN photographer (and to whom I must thank for many of these photographs) displayed photographs taken at other BN events.
Away from the marquee there was a belly dancing exhibition in the bar which was great fun. The Young British Naturists did an excellent job of organising childrens games and there were also games of volleyball.
The 'Garden of Eden' evening at the Eden Project proved a tremendous success. Red Letter Days did a superb job in organising quite a ground breaking event for naturists. Nude people walking around the biomes was a 'first' and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening which was accompanied by an African acoustic rhythm group, a harpist and various displays and stalls. The food also proved very popular.
The evening finished off with a disco back at Newperran where the atmosphere matched the occasion. Well done to all the
committee involved with a particular mention to Andrew who worked so hard to promote it and who was responsible for Jan and I going. We will certainly travel from France next year for Nudefest 2008.
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