More than 400 strip off for chilly annual charity skinny dip

Hundreds strip off for annual skinny dip

Druridge Bay in the north east welcomed hundreds of brave skinny dippers yesterday (Sunday) for the annual North East Skinny Dip.

The event, which was started in 2012, raises money for MIND charity with each participant paying a £12 entry fee that goes to the mental health charity.

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This year saw the event's largest turn out yet with a staggering 440 people registering to strip off and take a dip in the icy cold waters.

BRITAIN-LIFESTYLE-NUDITY-OFFBEATHundreds strip off for annual skinny dip

According to their Facebook page the North East Skinny Dip takes plane each year in September, 'as close to the Autumn Equinox' as possible.

They state: "The event isn't about looking good. It's about taking a risk, celebrating our unique bodies, being close to nature, raising money for charity and maybe even breaking a world record!"

Hundreds strip off for skinny dip event

The event also encourages participants to raise money for the charity and this year's fundraising page has amassed a total of £371 so far on top of the approximately £5,300 total raised from entry fees.

Jax Higginson organises the fun-filled event and she told the Chronicle the event always gets a positive response.

More than 400 strip off for chilly annual skinny dip

She added: "People do it one year then come back again and again. We've grown every year so far - people come back with a friend."

The autumn equinox determines the end of summer and the beginning of autumn: on this date the length of day and night are the same. In 2016 the equinox was Thursday 22 September.

You can donate to this year's fundraising total online at Virgin Money or you can donate directly to MIND online here.

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Set in 30 acres in Arizona, Mira Vista (miravistaresort.com) is a beautiful clothing-optional destination with breathtaking views and plenty of historical charm. A guest ranch for over 100 years, it boasts original, luxurious guest rooms and suites, plus space for caravans. Amenities include two pools, two spas, a full-service restaurant and bar, tennis courts, fitness centre, games room and on-site massage. The resort is private and secluded but just three miles from the main interstate highway. Children welcome.

Laguna del Sol (lagunadelsol.com) boasts a 25-acre lake as well as four large pools and three spas. There's cottages and rooms for rent, lots of maintained lawns for camping, and a separate restaurant and clubhouse offering at least two nights of music and dancing each week. What's more, two children's playgrounds and planned kids' activities on summer holiday weekends keep little ones entertained. The resort is open all year.

Terra Cotta Inn is a nude sunbathing resort in sunny Palm Springs, California. A popular mainstream nude sunbathing spot, it's ideal for those trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. It's also considered one of the best value nudist vacation resorts in the world. 

For more information about the resort visit: www.sunnyfun.com

The river cruise specialists eWaterways (ewaterways.co.uk) recently announced the launch of four naturist cruises taking place in Croatia in 2012 on a small fleet of motor sailing ships. Island hopping cruises along the stunning Adriatic coastline remain the most popular way to experience Croatia's diverse landscape. Choose from two different itineraries, both of which offer plenty of opportunities for guests to be 'as nature intended' while on board, with clothes required only when in port and during meal times.
The cruises last 8 days and prices start at £389 per person on a half-board basis.

Home to what is commonly held to be Europe's longest naturist beach, the Riva Bella holiday park in Corsica stretches over 70 hectares and offers a range of accommodation to naturist holidaymakers on this part of the island, including secluded bungalows and camping facilities very near the beach. A vitality and well-being spa package is available from €339 including one night in a luxury villa as well as a breakfast and two lunches or two dinners. The offer is valid until 1 November. See visit-corsica.com for more information.

A new naturist resort is opening in the spectacular Cape Winelands in December 2011. Following the success of their Vassaliki Naturist Resort in Kefalonia, British couple owners, Mark and Samantha, are looking forward to their second venture - the Vasnat Spa Resort, with eight suites, four self-catering cottages and one penthouse with pool, spa, bar and dining facilities on site. 

Prices from £1,170 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow) and seven nights' accommodation with breakfast.

Cll Peng Travel on 0800 171 2153 or visit (pengtravel.co.uk) for more information.

Sunbathe on talcum powder sands, snorkel in crystal clear waters and go on a nude cruise to the pristine island of Tintamarre. Stay in an ocean-front chalet at Saint Martin's family-friendly premier naturist resort, Club Orient (cluborient.com) located on a bay protected by the only barrier reef in the eastern Carribean, and enjoy fine dining and extensive duty-free shopping.

Costs from £1,640 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow) and seven nights' accommodation (self-catering).

Call Peng Travel on 0800 171 2153 or visit (www.pengtravel.co.uk)

Haulover Beach in Miami is a 1.4 mile-long beachfront park with a 0.4 mile designated clothing-optional area that was established by South Florida Free Beaches in 1991. Check out their Nude Year Party planned for New Year's Eve - a three-day two-night beach festival - billed as the most extreme thing to do for New Year's Eve in the world!

Visit hauloverbeach.org for more information.

The UK's first public naturist beach opened in 1980. Within easy walking distance of central Brighton, Brighton Naturist Beach (also known as Cliff Bathing Beach) is approximately 1 mile east of Brighton Pier towards the Marina, at the end of the main beach. Large banks of pebbles provide some seclusion and public notices mark where the beach begins. You can also take the Volks Electric Railway to Blackrock station. From there the beach is a short walk.

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