At the end of January we were lucky enough to be represented at a body image and self esteem workshop for parents and teachers run by our friends at the charity Body Gossip. It was a very interesting evening that equipped those attending with good information and tips to help young people deal with the avalanche of digitally manipulated images of bodies that they are faced with in the media and advertising.
Of course, here at Diogenes we are all about positive body image – we know that bodies come in all shapes and sizes and that naturism is the perfect way to lose all that baggage, grow in confidence and self esteem and also enjoy an enormous sense of wellbeing. That’s why we think Body Gossip are fab! Read the blog written by a Diogenes member on the Body Gossip website.
We wish you all a happy Christmas and a fantastic, sunshine filled new year from all of us at Diogenes.
We’ve had a lovely year at our fantastic club, and have celebrated 50 years as part of the Chalfont St.Peter community. Many new members have taken their first steps into naturism at Diogenes and we are proud to welcome them to our very special community. If you want a new year resolution with a difference, why not pay us a visit in 2015? We’re hosting our special skinny dip sessions early in the year, or you you could just apply for a trial visit.
We hope to see you in 2015!
Back for a fourth year, our popular skinny dip sessions return to soothe and relax the population! On January 10th, February 21st and March 7th we are once again throwing open our doors to welcome you to our club for these very special swimming sessions.
These are smaller events than many naturist swims, so probably far less ‘scary’ if you are a newcomer to naturism. Of course, there is actually no reason to be nervous – our wonderful family-friendly club is so friendly, and naturism really isn’t a big deal, so you’ll be imediately at ease in the welcoming surroundings of our lovely warm indoor pool area. You’ll not need your swimming costume either – we think they’re rather pointless!
Tempted? Come along and see for yourself. At just £5 for adults, with under 18s free (must be accompanied), this is the perfect way to have a new year resolution with a difference! To find out more and to book a place, head to our skinny dip page.
Were you caught out by the clocks going back? There’s a definite nip in the air now the nights are drawing in but despite our penchant for being in the buff, we can enjoy our naturism year-round at Diogenes Sun Club, both inside the warm, welcoming manor house itself or for the hardier amongst us, outside in the grounds.
On the 2nd November 2014 there was another Club Sunday working on the house and grounds which is always a good opportunity for members to work together and learn new skills such as building or gardening or learning to drive some of the machinery, such as the drive on mowers, tractors etc.
With the wind whistling and the leaves of various hues falling as we work, every season is a reminder of the passing of time. Hillview, the home of Diogenes, was largely built in the 19th century (though some parts are older) and fell into disrepair before it was taken over as a Sun (Naturist) Club, when the last surviving member of the family who owned the house passed away. Our members, typically for the naturist community have a range of skills and expertise which they are able to bring to the community and to benefit the club. We rarely have to outsource, most of the work can be readily and expertly completed by our members.
It’s not all work though. A social on Saturday 8th November is a member and guest only fancy dress, ‘Your Favourite Era” event, including a quiz, supper and clothes-optional disco. Naturists are convivial and gregarious and many naturists say once they’ve discovered naturism, they’d far rather socialise in a naturist than a non naturist environment. Here’s a blog written by one of our members, Emma James ‘the supreme irony is’ .
Naturism isn’t just for the warmer months at Diogenes. We can enjoy naturism all year round thanks to our wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities and skinny dipping is never off the menu! The outdoor pool might be shutting for the winter, but the heated indoor pool never shuts and with its under floor heating, it’s the perfect place to sit with a Sunday paper or spend time with family.
Our large manor house (which features in many of our photographs) has a multitude of rooms where members can enjoy their naturism despite the changing seasons. One houses a full sized table tennis table and our younger members can enjoy the vast array of toys and activities in the recently refurbished children’s room. There’s also a separate sauna block which is very popular in the winter months, although not everyone chooses to use the cold plunge pool alongside the sauna cabin!
We have an active sports, arts and social programme during the year. Some events are member-only but others are designed for guests. Keep an eye on the website, our Twitter account (@DiogenesSunClub) or Facebook page for details. Between January to March we hold our monthly skinny dips in the indoor pool – a perfect way to try naturism for the first time. Dates for 2015 will be announced soon so keep a look out because they’re sure to book fast!
Over the autumn and winter, some of our members take part in monthly club Sundays to help with the upkeep of the house and grounds. It’s not as onerous as it might sound. These days are enjoyable in their own right and it’s a great means of getting to know other members and keep the club in tip-top condition. The catering crew ensure no-one goes hungry, with a tempting array of warm, wholesome dishes, puddings and of course lashings of tea and cake!
Come along and see Diogenes for yourself. Apply for a FREE trial visit and find out for yourself why naturism is so popular in Britain and nude recreation is on the rise.
Last weekend’s successful visit by Gloucestershire based Pines Outdoor Club was graced with some really warm weather and very little rain during the Saturday fortunately. Our upper camping field was populated with tents of all shapes and sizes, and there was even a decent sized marquee/gazebo erected to provide an extra modicum of cover should the heavens have decided to open up on everybody! The club was alive with smiling faces as the boule pistes took a hammering and the 60′ heated outdoor pool lived up to expectations. Saturday evening was brought to life by Pine’s member Dick renowned in The Forest and on the folk circuit as a singer/songwriter and story teller. Revellers enjoyed Dick’s musings until the early hour, when finally the rain kicked in and brought an end to the outdoor proceedings.
Sunday saw the sun shine again and this gave the visitors plenty of opportunity to dry off their tents and make sure that they were packed up clean and dry for the journey home. We really enjoyed your company and would welcome you all back again whenever you fancy making that pilgrimage out of “The Forest” (but just don’t mention the bears again, ok?)
This weekend see’s the Pines Outdoor Club (Gloucestershire) visiting Diogenes. With no less than 14 guests coming on-site there’s going to be a great atmosphere around the house and grounds for sure. Diogenes welcomes visitors from other naturist clubs, be they UK based or from further afield. With a lovely camping area to relax in, Diogenes is a wonderful place to visit for a short stay. Located just on the outskirts of London, with good road and rail links, you could enjoy being clothes free after a great day’s sight seeing. With two heated swimming pools, one indoors and one outdoors, there’s never been a better time to request a trial visit or camping stopover with us. Explore our website to see what else we can offer you.
Thank you to everyone who came along to see us at the Feast of St.Peter event in Chalfont St.Peter last Saturday. We had a great day meeting so many nice folk and answering lots of questions about our club. Of course, it’s hard to make a convincing case for Naturism when it’s pouring with rain, but what makes Diogenes almost unique is that we are truly an all-year round club, with our amazing indoor pool meaning that you can enjoy Naturism even if the heavens are opening outside!
If you missed us at Feast Day, don’t despair! There’s plenty of summer left to enjoy so why not contact us for a FREE trial visit now?
We’re delighted to once again have a stall at the Feast of St.Peter event on Gold Hill Common in Chalfont St.Peter on Saturday 28th June. It’s a wonderful event and we are very proud to be a part of it.
If you’re planning on visiting, drop by and see us on stand 88 and find out more about the little piece of paradise right on your doorstep!
On Saturday 26th April, local naturist club Diogenes Sun Club welcomed Councillor Brian Norman, Vice Chairman of Three Rivers District Council, to plant a cherry tree to commemorate our fifty years in Chalfont St. Peter. Those present included many Diogenes members, including some who helped move the club to Chalfont in 1964. The planting was followed by the cutting of a cake by some of the longest standing members, along with the chance to see some photographs of those first few months at the site. The history of the club is described in detail here.
Now of course, Diogenes is one of the UK’s finest family friendly naturist clubs, with some of the best facilities to be found in any such club. We now also have a beautiful indoor pool opened in 2003, along with a sauna suite and superb facilities for children – a real draw for the many families we welcome into membership, which now numbers around 300.
In this special year for the club, we remember the herculean efforts of those members who had the vision and foresight to purchase Hillview, and who worked so hard to give us the beautiful piece of paradise we now enjoy. Naturism is becoming more popular in the UK and the facilities we treasure at Diogenes continue to attract new members throughout the year, many from the local community. We are looking forward to our next fifty years!
If you want to discover naturism for yourself, there really is no better place than at Diogenes. Apply for a free trial visit today!
Many of us are aware of the images of ‘perfect’ bodies with which we are bombarded on a daily basis. In the media only certain body types are deemed worthy of attention and the people like us, those with the normal range of scars, lumps and bumps, those who are bigger or smaller than the ‘ideal’, are ignored. The pressure to look a certain way can be huge and can cause terrible damage, particularly for children, who are presented with a terribly unrealistic ‘ideal’ to aspire to.
As naturists we know that the human body comes in all shapes and all sizes. Life events such as childbirth, surgery or illness, paint their picture on us with scars, stretch marks, lumps, bumps and missing bits. In a naturist environment none of this matters – we accept and value the whole person, not what they look like. To be comfortable in your own skin is a truly special feeling, as is that moment when your body shame melts away.
Because we know the power of having a positive body image we applaud the work of campaign group Body Gossip. A group run by volunteers, Body Gossip campaigns through arts and education to empower everybody to be the best version of themselves and ‘rock their own brand of gorgeous’. Their website is packed full of amazing resources to empower and educate and we can’t recommend it enough. With a packed programme, including arts and education activities, Body Gossip is tackling body image issues in a creative and accessible way. Why not check out their website Body Gossip, or follow their vibrant social media presence on Facebook and Twitter?
At Diogenes we have seen many nervous newcomers become enthusiastic naturists and it isn’t unusual to hear naturism described as a ‘life changing experience’. All that damaging baggage disappears when you realise that nobody is ‘looking at you’, nobody is judging you and that actually what lies under your clothing is actually pretty much the same as everyone else! It’s an incredibly empowering experience and we have an enviable track record in welcoming people who have natural first time nerves. In fact it is a great privilege to see people become confident and empowered in a naturist environment, with nerves replaced by smiles!
Body Gossip, we salute you!
We’ve been overwhelmed by the interest in our skinny dips this winter as so many local (and not so local) people have taken their first steps into naturism in our indoor pool. Our March session is now fully booked, bringing to an end the busiest skinny dip season we’ve had in the three years we’ve been running them.
There’s no need to miss out though. With spring just round the corner, you can still make a free trial visit and experience one of the UK’s top naturist clubs for yourself.
Thanks to all our wonderful guests over the winter. We’ve had a blast and we hope you have as well.
It’s the third year of our popular skinny dip evenings and they’ve always been popular, with lots of local (and not so local) people coming to try our lovely indoor pool. This year though, it seems that everyone’s up for the great experience of costume free swimming, obviously inspired by last year’s super summer. Of course here at Diogenes we can’t blame them because we think swimming cossies are really rather pointless – and it seems that lots of you agree! Interest is flying this year and we’ve had to close any further bookings for this Saturday (8th February) or it’ll be standing room only in the pool.
If you’ve been putting off your booking, then don’t forget we’ve got one last session on March 15th and that’s sure to fill up over the next couple of weeks, after which it’s a case of “too late, too late we hear you cry, as the skinny dip sessions pass you by!” Book now to guarantee your place.
As we look back on 2013 we reflect on one of our most successful years ever, with over forty new members joining our ‘family’. In 2014 we celebrate fifty years in Chalfont St.Peter – though we have been in existence since the 1930s. For us there is so much to look forward to as more and more people discovering naturism for themselves and as we celebrate our proud heritage.
We would like to wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
It’s that time of year again! Yes, it’s time to announce our very special and popular skinny dip evenings. These will be held on January 11th, February 8th and March 15th 2014 in our wonderful heated indoor pool, so whatever the weather outside, you can still enjoy naturism. These great sessions are perfect for newcomers who want to try naturism in a truly family friendly environment, so if you’ve ever wondered what naturism is all about, why not come along and give it a try? At only £5 per adult, under 18′s free (must be accompanied by an adult) they are great value as well.
Contact us: Swim Nights Register
The Sun may be packing its bags for the winter and it would be fair to say that we won’t be doing too much sunbathing just now, but we don’t stop just because its winter! Here at Diogenes this Sunday marks the first of our winter club Sundays, where members carry out maintenance on the house and grounds. With tasks varying from minor repairs to major refurbishments we’ll be busy, but happy, as these days are also have a good social atmosphere. Even the kids get involved in keeping ‘their’ bits of the club pristine!
So why are we telling you about our maintenance activities? Well, quite simply because it’s what keeps our club looking as good as it does for us all to enjoy. Also, because we don’t have to rely on expensive contractors it keeps our fees low and makes us exceptional value for money. In these austere times we’re all after a bargain and at Diogenes we certainly offer that in spades! You won’t get 24/7 access to excellent facilities like this elsewhere, that’s for sure! Have a browse round the rest of our website to see what’s on offer and come for a FREE trial visit to experience Diogenes for yourself.
Okay, it’s a bit chilly, a bit blowy and we know you’re thinking “no way am I getting naked now”! But, did you realise that we are one of the few clubs in the UK to have an indoor pool? It’s beautifully heated and is in its own area with underfloor heating – perfect for enjoying naturism all year round. It’s one of the many jewels in the Diogenes crown for sure and is known to attract the odd impressed gasp from our visitors!
So now you don’t have to wait until next spring before making that life changing decision to take the naked plunge. Apply for a FREE trial visit now and you’ll already be a seasoned naturist by the time the Sun appears again! Still wavering? Well once again this winter we will be holding our popular ‘skinny dip’ evenings where you can come along and experience the club at your own pace (and we’re pretty sure that there will be much cake on offer too!). We haven’t finalised the dates yet, but keep dropping by this site and you’ll be the first to know – and believe us when we say that these events are pretty popular!
Our latest monthly committee meeting has no less than 12 new membership applications going through for approval. The fabulous summer weather has truly been a bonus in helping us to convert the numerous enquiries into keyholder applications and we’re still not finished yet. We’ve got many more prospects in the pipeline and we’re confident that we can bring them through to join us.
With our two swimming pools, numerous boule and tennis courts, plus our sauna and naturist camping facilities, Diogenes truly is an all year round club. We’re open 365 days a year to our members, come rain or shine. If you would like to experience Diogenes Sun Club for yourself, then why not contact us today via our membership contact form and arrange for your no obligation trial visit? For further information please check out our complete website. There’s also an FAQ page where you can find just about any answer you might need before contacting us. There’s never been a better time to enquire, so what are you waiting for?
A busy time in prospect for the management team at Diogenes Sun Club this weekend. We’re hosting our 11th Boule Open Competition with 21 teams playing to win over the 2 day event. Combine this with our biggest ever 70′s & 80′s Disco Extravaganza that we’re throwing on the Saturday evening too, and you can see why Diogenes Sun Club is truly emerging as one of the best family orientated naturist clubs to join in the South East region.
We’ve sold virtually all of the tickets available, and blocked out most of the camping space in the grounds to accommodate the lucky members of Diogenes who wanted to party on down into the wee small hours of Sunday morning. For your opportunity to join in the great social activity here at Diogenes Sun Club, why not contact our Membership Secretary and discuss a trial visit soonest?
Diogenes Sun Club now has a Google+ page too! You can help us by clicking the Plus 1 button on our Google+ page to help boost Google’s love of Diogenes and our joy of pure naturism. It’s early days yet, but we are endeavouring to maximise our exposure on the internet by making full use of the social media tools that makes it so easy to get the word out about our wonderful club. Why not take a minute to have a look at our newest web presence page and give us a welcome boost by clicking the Plus 1 button?
Feel free to follow us also, there might not be a great deal showing at the moment, but the content will surely increase as the popularity rises.
Membership take up continues to rise at a fantastic pace and our unique ability to offer great all year round facilities at such an affordable price means that we are now reaping the rewards of the fabulous summer sunshine that we are currently experiencing. The membership enquiries are still coming in on a daily basis and we are working flat out to accommodate everybody’s first trial visits**
If you would like to be one of the many naturists we have flocking through our gates, then why not make contact today using our simple contact form found here Membership Enquiries and Trial Visits. It only takes a minute or two to fill in and before you know it you could be organising a free trial visit to our really friendly naturist club here in the sunny Chiltern Hills.
If nerves are holding you back, then worry not, we have a great track record of helping even the most nervous naturists shed their unwanted clothes. Why not enjoy that magical feeling of the warm sunshine on your bare body?
** Subject to eligibility
With the amazing hot weather we have had just recently, Diogenes Sun Club has been beset by many Dutch families all wanting to come and camp at the club and to make the best of this super sunshine we are seeing. The club is experiencing an unprecedented stream of email and phone requests from our European friends, some of whom have never been to us before, but have heard through the grapevine just how good Diogenes is for a truly wonderful naturist camping holiday.
With our premium bay spaces in hot demand from both members and visitors alike, if you are considering coming to Diogenes for a fabulous naturist break, please don’t leave it too long to reserve your space with us, we wouldn’t want you to be disappointed for leaving it too late to book up. Why not check out our Camping & Motor Homing page now? All enquiry’s are responded to pretty quickly so if we have space for your preferred dates we can let you know straight away. We hope to greet you soonest!
With the weather having been so gorgeous just lately, lucky Diogenes members have been able to make full use of the excellent outdoor leisure facilities we have on offer here at our wonderful club. With the amazing 60′ heated outdoor pool being used by young and old alike, there really is nowhere better to be when the heat is on. If you’ve been thinking about trying naturism then there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t contact us now for your trial visit (subject to availability)?
For your personal introduction to Diogenes and a real taste of family orientated naturism, see our Membership Enquiries and Trial Visits page to apply and you too could be enjoying the sun on your bare body sooner than you dare imagine … Go on, what have you to lose except your clothes?
Diogenes Sun Club paid host to BBC Newsnight last Friday, when a three man crew descended to film a piece about how to keep cool in the hot weather (in at about 26.45 minutes).
Stephen Smith, Presenter and the Culture Correspondent of Newsnight was in the frame along with two of our members, Andrew Welch and Emma James. Andrew Welch is also the Commercial Manager of British Naturism and deals with media enquiries on a daily basis so is a veritable minefield of naturist facts and figures. Emma James, a businesswoman, networker and blogger, is a more recent recruit to public naturism, having joined Diogenes in May 2011 and who has thrown herself into naturism and the naturist lifestyle with gusto.
Filming took place late afternoon on a blistering, hot, sunny day, which showed our 60ft heated outdoor pool and the grounds off to full effect. A number of members came along to take part in the filming and appeared, relaxing in the grounds alongside the pool.
There was the usual predicament, “I can foresee one problem. Where do we put the microphones?” which resulted in the Producer, gamely on his hands and knees on the ground alongside Andrew and Emma as they were being filmed.
After a long hot day filming, the crew wrapped, leaving to film another segment for the short piece which was screened towards the end of Newsnight on Friday 19 July 2013. The crew were hot and tired and were they not working, they would surely have been tempted to try naturism for themselves?
Shortly before Kate gave birth to the third in line to the throne (Congratulations!), we also appeared on the Home Page of the BBC: “Naturism or no socks? How to keep cool.”
We could get used to all this exposure … Here we are on the Home Page of British Naturism too!
So what are you waiting for? Sunshine or showers, there’s always a warm welcome at Diogenes. See our Outdoor Pool and New to Naturism pages for starters. Why not browse more of our website, & check out our wonderful facilities at our family-friendly naturist club? Book a Trial Visit for yourself and discover just how positive naturism is.
And here, appropriately given the regal birth, two recent visitors to Diogenes blogged an entry named: “Buckinghamshire Palace” - written after attending our recent “Friends and Family day” held on 30 June 2013 – see: “The Naked Truth. The Tales and Views of an English Naturist”
Stephen Smith, Twitter @StephenSmithBBC https://twitter.com/StephenSmithBBC
Stephen Smith, “The Biggest Cover-Up In History” 10 February 2011; http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tv/posts/fig-leaf-the-biggest-cover-up
Our first ever ladies day last Saturday was a roaring success. With temperatures on the Diogenes lawns reaching around 30 degrees, the scene was set for a day to remember – and so it proved. Several women came along to experience naturism for themselves for the very first time, and their happy faces as they shed their cares along with their clothes was testament to the warm welcome they received. We soon saw our guests enjoying the beautiful outdoor pool and chatting away with our members like they’d been naturists for ever! Relaxing treatments from Chantelle of Watford Holistic Therapy, Diane of Mellowland Therapies and our very own Emma James soothed away the stresses of everyday life and added to the relaxed and mellow vibe of the day, which ended with a Diogenes special barbecue!
Truly it was inspirational to see women arriving, unsure what to expect, then within minutes seeing them offload their worries as they took their first steps into naturism. We see it again and again that this way of life builds a positive body image and self confidence and the women who came along realised that in a naturist environment nobody ‘looks at you’ and that it is a respectful, wholesome and utterly relaxing place to be.
If you missed out on this great event and want to discover naturism for yourself you can apply for a FREE trial visit. With the current hot weather set to continue, there’s never been a better time!