It’s a question we get asked a lot – after all, surely two pools, a sauna, a big country house and six acres of grounds must take some upkeep, mustn’t they?
Well, yes, they certainly do – but that’s what makes Diogenes special. Members collectively own the club and undertake the upkeep – we aren’t a private company there to make big profits! This means we can keep our fees very reasonable and affordable. From April 2017, the standard annual fee is just £185 per adult, with under 18′s free of charge. Compare that to the average leisure centre or swimming pool and you soon see what incredible value Diogenes membership represents – and there’s no timed sessions or other nonsense either as your membership entitles you to 24/7 access! Pop in after work, bring the kids after school, spend time at weekends with a picnic – Diogenes membership leaves you to decide how best to enjoy this very special place in a way that suits you and your family.
But wait, there’s more! If you are aged 18 to 30 you can join us for £50 a year for your first two years, then pay half the standard annual fee until your 30th birthday. No, that wasn’t a typo – that’s less than a pound a week for the first two years!
Check out the rest of our website to see our faciities and see if you’re tempted to make a FREE trial visit!
Coming this May – the second Diogenes mini-festival event ‘Jump Into Your Skin’! Building on the success of last year’s event, we are once again delighted to welcome back the awesome Billy Bottle and Martine to fill the dance floor on Saturday 28th. There’s so much more planned across the weekend as well – from life drawing to wellbeing activities, such as yoga and Tai Chi. Aching from the dancing? No problem, we’ve got massage therapies and a chill out sauna as well! The event is clothing optional throughout, giving you the chance to experience all that is great about naturism at one of the UK’s top naturist clubs.
Full catering is available throughout the weekend from the Diogenes kitchen, and with camping, motorhome and caravan pitches available, why not stay and make a proper weekend of it?
Early bird tickets for the entertainment and food are now available at £45 pp (camping and visitor fees are extra), so the weekend is great value as well. To find out more, or to make your booking, email social-secretary AT diogenessunclub.co DOT uk See you there!
So, Diogenes was on Channel 4′s ‘Great British Skinny Dip’ documentary on February 14th (it’s still on catch up if you missed it). Admittedly we weren’t the main focus but there were a few shots of the club’s facilities and grounds and that of course made us very proud. If you are visiting our site because you saw the documentary, welcome! In fact welcome to you even if you didn’t see it!
Do have a good browse around and check out what the club has to offer. Our facilties are second to none and we are known for the welcome we give to newcomers.
If you are thinking about trying naturism then you are in the right place. It’s a brilliant way of life and you will soon doscover the massive benefits to your wellbeing and confidence – and once you’ve swum costume free then there really is no going back! And here’s a little secret – it really isn’t at all nerve wracking and we naturists are really not incredibly brave folk! It’s normal to be nervous at frst but after a few minutes you soon forget you’re naked and just get on with enjoying yourself and relaxing.
Don’t be one of the many naturists who say “I wish I’d tried it years ago” – get in touch and enjoy your free trial visit.
See you soon!
You will know that we took part in the Great British Skinny Dip last September, in support of our friends at Rennie Grove Hospice Care (raising £4,500). The planning for GBSD was filmed through last year by ZKK TV (who also filmed Diary of a Teenage Nudist (2004) and My Daughter, the Teenage Nudist (2012)) and, while our event itself wasn’t filmed, there was plenty of filming at Diogenes in the run up. We’ve now had word that the documentary will air on Channel 4 at 10 p.m. on February 14th!
The documentary promises to show the fun and vibrancy of GBSD and Naturism – which is being sought out by more and more people who are seeking escapism, wellbeing and fun in these times of increased pressures around body image concerns.
We’re really looking forward to having our wonderful club showcased on national TV and hope you can check it out so you can see the club’s great facilities.
Watch out too for an announcement about this year’s GBSD event at Diogenes!
Dr Keon West of Goldsmiths, University of London, has published the results of his research into Naturism – and the results confirm what those of us who are Naturists already know. Yes, Naturism is good for you! The research showed that Naturists experience positive benefits in wellbeing, happiness and body confidence, with exposure to ‘real’ people countering the effects of exposure to ‘idealised’ imagery. Read about the research here and find out more by watching this short film.
If you want to experience Naturism at one of the UK’s top Naturist clubs then Diogenes is the place for you – why not come for a trial visit?
Why not come over to Diogenes for an autumn break? If you are free for the weekend of 15th October you would be most welcome to join us for a clothes optional disco. To book, contact social-secretary AT diogenessunclub.co DOT uk.
Last weekend we held our ‘Get Bare to Care’ skinny dip as part of British Naturism’s Great British Skinny Dip event. All proceeds were for the fabulous Rennie Grove Hospice Care and participants were encouraged to gain sponsorship to challenge themselves by trying something new.
On the day we had 20 participants – the vast majority of whom were in various states of nervousness, having never taken part in any socially nude activity before! With the newly refurbished outdoor pool shimmering crystal clear under the glorious blue sky, we knew this was going to be a great morning – and so it proved! Even BBC Three Counties Radio put in an appearance!
After a countdown from Rennie Grove’s Claire, a cheer heralded the skinny dippers leaping into the water and much swimming, splashing and socialising began. All this was followed by tea and cakes (lovingly made by Diogenes members) and some genteel socialising in the sunshine. All the participants had a thoroughly good time and enjoyed the club’s great facilities and we loved hearing how any misconceptions about Naturism were blown away that morning.
This event was a great success and at the time of writing, over £4,000 has been raised. Thank you to all who took part and made such a great contribution to Rennie Grove. We’re hoping we will run the event again next year so watch this space!
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the reunion event planned for this Saturday (10th September) has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
It’s now just two weeks until our fantastic skinny dip in support of Rennie Grove Hospice Care on Saturday September 3rd. People are challenging themselves to do something different – and they’re doing it at Diogenes! Organised as part of the national Great British Skinny Dip event, participants get use of our newly refurbished outdoor pool or, if the weather is poor, our equally lovely indoor pool, and can stay all day to relax and enjoy their new found freedom. Why not ‘get bare to care’ this #Septembare? Find out more and register.
A recent poll by lastminute.com athttp://bit.ly/2aEmqXb shows that 59% of Brits would consider a naturist holiday or a visit to naturist beach. Of course, you don’t have to go on holiday to enjoy the liberating and health giving benefits of social nudity – you can try it far more locally than that and enjoy our fantstic facilities, which are some of the best in UK naturism. Why not get in touch and arrange a trial visit – don’t be part of the 41%! #keepitchalfont
We’re delighted to be taking part in The Great British Skinny Dip on September 3rd – and it’s for a great cause! We’re working with our friends at Rennie Grove Hospice Care to raise funds for their fabulous services. Why not push your boundaries and ‘get bare to care’? To register call 01442 890 222 or visit www.renniegrove.org/baretocare
Diogenes invites you to a 2016 Reunion on Saturday 10th September at 10.00. This is an event for ex members & current members to get back in touch with friends at Diogenes. Come along and meet with old friends and make new ones, take advantage of our lovely surroundings and new outdoor pool. You can have unlimited access to all our facilities
Price of £15 per person including a cream tea
You can even stay for a barbecue in the evening if you bring something to put on the coals.
If you would like to come along please get in touch by 3rd September.
Email members-secretary AT diogenessunclub.co DOT uk
As part of British Naturism’s ‘Women in Naturism’ weekend, we are running a skinny dip just for women, to introduce them to the liberating and relaxing experience of costume free swimming. Weather depending, you will be able to use our newly refurbished outdoor pool, as well as our heated indoor pool, with its warming underfloor heating. And at just £6, it’s a bargain as well! Book at http://bit.ly/1OsNazR
At Diogenes we love a party, and last weekend we set a new high when we had our first ever ‘Mini-Festival’. The whole weekend was filled with activities and entertainment, which kept everyone busy. For the children, there was face painting, hair braiding and art. The adults meanwhile enjoyed yoga, life drawing, Nordic walking and a range of sports. Sunday evening saw a campfire sing along, where everyone chilled round a roaring fire whilst doing justice to a range of classic songs (though our ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ probably scared the birds away!). This was followed by music till late back in the house.
The highlight of the weekend, however, was a live performance from Billy Bottle and Martine, who had previously appeared on ‘ The Voice’ on BBC1. They raised the roof with their unique take on a great selection of music and had the assembled crowd rocking the night away until late with their uplifting set. In fact several present were a bit hoarse on Sunday morning from cheering!
Another high point was the reopening of our outdoor pool, following an extensive refurbishment and upgrade. The covers were wound back to reveal the sparkling clear water beneath, along with the beautiful new tiling, and within minutes the pool was filled with swimmers and the laughter of the children in their dinghy filled the air.
This was a truly special weekend and was enjoyed by all, including the many visitors who came from across the country to join us. If you missed out this time, then we are already planning next year’s event, so watch this space!
In the meantime, don’t forget our skinny dip for women this coming Saturday (June 4th). If the weather allows, the outdoor pool will be available, but there’s also our lovely indoor pool as well! Book tickets at http://bit.ly/1OsNazR
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/1OsNazR
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.