We’re gearing up for our fantastic mini festival this weekend – the main social event of our season. We’re holding a fun-filled weekend of actvities, including yoga, life drawing, Nordic walking, arts and crafts for the children and much more besides. The highlight though is Saturday evening’s entertainment, which is provided by the fabulous Billy Bottle and Martine, who appeared on BBC1′s The Voice.
We’re really excited and looking forward to welcoming members and visitors to what promises to be an unforgettable weekend!
Following on from the success of our Christmas skinny dip for women last December, we have arranged another event for Saturday June 4th from 6 till 9 p.m. as part of British Naturism’s ‘Women in Naturism’ initiative. Tickets are just £6 and give you access to our lovely indoor pool - but as our outdoor pool refurbishment nears completion, we’re rather hoping to have this available too, if we possibly can – imagine a dusk swim, watching the sunset as you skinny dip - beautiful! Tickets available now from http://bit.ly/1UCyfub
The grounds are looking really first class – our resident arborist has been really busy and the tender ministrations of his chainsaw have seen several overhanging and overgrown trees removed or reduced, and many new trees being planted. The result is more light – and, importantly, more sunlight hours in which to enjoy the sunshine au naturel! Plants are springing into life, the grass is lush and well mowed, and the refursbishment of our outdoor pool is now nearing completion – we’ll be sure to publish photographs as soon as we can, but be assured it will look absolutely stunning!
Yesterday also saw our boule season start in earnest with the first of our melée competitions being held. These are great fun, open to all abilities, and continue monthly through the summer until a male and female winner emerge victorious.
We’d love to welcome you to experience our very special club – you can arrange a FREE trial visit online.
Come and join us for our main event of the season – a mini festival weekend! The highlight will be live music on the evening of May 28th, from ‘The Voice’ contestants Billy Bottle and Martine. We’re also holding other great activities across the weekend – so far we’re planning life drawing, yoga, and other wellbeing activities. The whole weekend will be full of the friendliness and fun for which Diogenes is renowned. Why not come and stay over? We take tents, motorhomes and caravans (terms and conditions apply).
Book your event tickets by emailing our social secretary – social-secretary AT diogenessunclub.co DOT uk
Following the great success of the Christmas skinny dip we held in December 2015, we have decided to hold another event in our indoor pool on Saturday June 4th from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of British Naturism’s ‘Women in Naturism’ weekend. Clubs and swims across the UK will be holding events to encourage women to try this amazing way of life, with all its wellbeing and confidence boosting benefits, so we thought we’d play our part!
Tickets are just £6 including light refreshments and you can book online at http://bit.ly/1OsNazR
Last Saturday saw the club host a fabulous evening of salsa. Outside dance instructors were on hand to teach the room full of members and guests how to work their moves, and the room was soon filled with music and laughter as everyone put their new skills into practice (with varying degrees of success it must be said!). Our social calendar is filling up nicely now – there’s never a dull moment at Diogenes!
We love this time of year – with spring around the corner and our beautiful grounds coming to life again, we look forward to what we hope will be a wonderful sunny summer. We also tend to start seeing our prospective membership enquiries increase as well. With naturism on the increase in the UK, more and more people are trying it for themselves – could you be one of them? If you’d like a FREE trial visit, you can arrange this through our membership enquiries page. Why not come along and meet us – it could just change your life!
On Saturday February 13th we are holding a special Salsa night. It’s going to a fabulous evening, with a truly Latin vibe and, best of all, you can join us to party till late – and at only £10 a ticket it’s great value too! Why not make a weekend of it and bring your motorhome or caravan (or if you’re brave, your tent!) – just check out our camping page for booking details (criteria apply, please read these carefully). If you book to stay over, then our Social Secretary will contact you with details of how to book your salsa tickets.
This is a clothed event and catering is ‘plate and bottle’.
Last Saturday evening we held a special skinny dip event to encourage women to try naturism for themselves. We often find that women can be more reluctant to try naturism, often because of body confidence issues, or because they are unsure what a naturist environment is really like. We wanted to show that ours is a wonderful, safe and welcoming environment – and we achieved that in spades! In fact, many of our guests were soon so at ease that they enjoyed a sauna (which is where the men were politely keeping out of the way while the swim was going on!). Along with the accompanying mince pies, home made cake, and mulled wine, the event was a perfect start to the festive season!
Feedback has been fantastic, with one guest commenting “Want to say thank you for a lovely Saturday evening, and for making me feel so welcome, had a brilliant time!” and others wanting to come back to visit again.
You too can arrange a free trial visit, even though you’ve missed this special event!
On Saturday 5th December from 4.30 to 7.30 pm, we’ve organised this really great event for the many women who are keen to try naturism, but are perhaps a little nervous! This is a perfect introduction to the proven health and wellbeing benefits of naturism, and we’ll even include mince pies to help you celebrate your skinny dip experience! We are one of the UK’s premier family friendly naturist clubs and you’ll be enjoying your experience in our safe, welcoming and friendly surroundings. At only £6 a ticket, you’ll have a great time – why not bring a friend? Be sure to book quickly as spaces are limited!
Book your tickets here. We look forward to meeting you!
Remember – when you take off your clothes, you put on a smile!
Summer may have faded into autumn, but please don’t think that our lovely club hibernates! Not a bit of it! We continue throughout and, as well as our great facilities, such as our indoor pool and sauna, we have a full social calendar to bring members together. Next up is our fabulous Halloween party. With a tasty meal of ‘ghoulash’ (geddit?!) and a top class disco to take us through the evening, this fancy dress themed spectacular is typical of the sort of thing we do so well. When you join Diogenes, you join one of the finest communities of like minded folk anywhere – and not just on sunny days!
You too could join us for this, or most of our other social events and stay over to make use of our camping,motorhome and caravan facilities. You will just need to meet our camping criteria. Fill out our contact form if you’re interested.
We’ll be posting our latest social calendar shortly so watch this space!
Diogenes is one of the UK’s top naturist clubs and has long been a well regarded destination for the naturist holidaymaker, however those with caravans found it difficult to wend their way through leafy country lanes, and manoeuvre the turn in to the Diogenes sun club entrance. New gates, and improved access now make Diogenes a must stay for naturists.
We are ideally located in the Chalfonts and have become a magnet for naturists wanting overnight accommodation in the Chiltern Hills. Our location has great transport links to those wishing to explore London and the Home Counties via tube and Overground trains from Rickmansworth and Denham. Junction 17 of the M25 is less than two miles away. Diogenes has also proved popular with European naturists who are on their way from the Channel ports to other areas of the UK.
Facilities for overnight visitors include electric hook ups, barbecue or kitchen choice, and washrooms and showers in the mansion house that is the centre of the club. Friendly wardens and members of the club welcome guests and will proudly show them around.
Set in 6 acres of well manicured gardens and woodland, members and visitors benefit from amenities that include both indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, a sauna suite with plunge pool, tennis and miniten courts, badminton, petanque pistes and ample lawn areas to relax upon.
Children have their own large outdoor play area, and a children’s play room for the youngest. Within the house, darts, table tennis and a TV room are available. Wi-Fi is free to guests and members alike. A social calendar provides a variety of activities for members and guests to enjoy.
Many overseas visitors immerse themselves in the club spirit, as camping has been available since the club opened in 1932. Whether you are a diehard naturist or want to experience a clothing optional environment for the first time, visit Diogenes. For more information see our camping page.
It’s the news we’ve been waiting for! Weather forecasters are predicting a lovely warm and sunny start to June, and for Naturists everywhere it signals the start of our season. While we can’t claim credit for the weather, we can help you make the most of it at our beautiful club.
Kicking off our season is our very special FREE women and families day on Saturday June 6th, which includes full use of our facilities and a range of activities for the whole family throughout the day. Places are filling up fast, so grab one while you can – we know you won’t be disappointed! Laze on our fabulous lawns, take a dip in one of our pools, maybe try your hand at Tai Chi, or relax with a sauna and a soothing mini massage – the choice is yours.
Nervous? Don’t be! Diogenes is renowned for the friendly welcome we give to visitors and we understand that social nudity can seem a scary prospect at first. There’s no pressure to undress (except for use of the pools and sauna) so why not book a place and come and see our wonderful club for yourself. Also check out our ‘new to naturism’ page which will help answer all those first time questions.
If you want to organise a FREE trial visit at another time then visit our enquiries page.
On Saturday 6 June 2015 we are holding an open day at Diogenes Sun Club which is aimed at women and young families, to encourage women to try naturism out for themselves in a trusted environment at our family-friendly club. The event is has been scheduled to coincide with the British Naturism’s ‘Women in Naturism’ weekend.
A FREE event, running from 10am to 5pm, guests will have full use of the club facilities, including the heated indoor and outdoor pools, sauna and plunge pool. You can play tennis and miniten (a form of short tennis) on one of our four courts, enjoy badminton or volleyball on the outdoor courts and there will be chance to try out petanque on one of our ten pistes.
Tai chi, yoga, healing, emotional freedom technique (EFT) and mini massages will be on offer during the day, along with a range of activities; a drama workshop for adults and children and specifically for the children, arts and crafts, cookery and swimming. Diogenes has a large outdoor children’s play area and a beautiful, refurbished children’s playroom. There’s also a games room and a TV room (but who would want to watch TV when there’s so much to do?!)
On hot days, the heated outdoor swimming pool has the greatest appeal, along with ice creams for adults and children alike. Swimming games will be organised for the children by our resident member and qualified swimming coach, who has taught many of the children at the club.
Bring a picnic for lunch which you can eat in the manor house, or within the six acres of picturesque grounds which surround Diogenes Sun Club. In the afternoon, there will be a magical Mad Hatters Tea Party… we’re full of surprises!
Book your FREE places now by emailing: social-secretary AT diogenessunclub.co DOT uk
Trial visits for any other time can be booked through our enquiries page.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family!
p.s. you can bring your husband/partner too of course!
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.