Gwyneth Paltrow did it to celebrate her birthday, Nadia Sawalha played it for laughs while celebrities including Kelly Brook, Rita Ora and Liz Hurley claim they love it when the sun is out.
I’m talking about stripping off and getting naked – one of the biggest spikes in behaviour (other than boozing) during lockdown.
According to British Naturism, new nude members have tripled since March. Even before then, figures show that one in four people have sunbathed and/or swam naked and at least 1.2million people describe themselves as a naturist.
And yes – confession time. Getting naked on a public beach is easily the most thrilling thing I’ve done since the start of lockdown. Thanks to my enforced hiatus from travelling this year, I’ve missed the heady rush of endorphins that exploring a new country brings.
Instead, I have to get my kicks elsewhere. Which is how the other week I found myself in the buff on Brighton beach trying out nude sunbathing for the first time.
Last month would usually be when Britain’s naturists start oiling up for Nudefest, the UK’s biggest naturist festival (held at a caravan park near Langport in Somerset – the glamour!). Sadly, like most big events this year, the week-long nudey gig has been postponed until 2021. But by then they might need a bigger venue.
When I was young – and pert – I used to sunbathe topless all the time. However, I was never quite brave enough to go the whole hog.
Original publication 5 October, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 13th October 2020
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