There’s a secret village in Bricket Wood near the city of St Albans in Hertfordshire called Spielplatz that is home to the naturists of England, hidden away from the rest as it is a way of life here for these people. For almost 85 years since 1929 they kept to themselves, a people who enjoyed being naked day in and day out, without feeling the need to cover up their “private” bits. Now, they want to let the rest of the world in by starring in a new TV documentary that follows the lives these people live, with the mission to attract more residents to the little simple town.
At the moments, there are 50 nudists living in the village and the average age in the community is around 60, while the residents are trying to focus on bringing in a younger crowd that will settle the village and bring life back into the aging population.
This is the only naked village in Britain but the idea is not restricted to Spielplatz. On the contrary, Florida boasts the largest nudist colony while many places in the world such as Thailand, Crete, and Croatia offer naturist resorts for those who want to enjoy the fun in their birthday suits.
“There is no difference between naturists and people who live up the street,” says Iseult Richardson, an 82 veteran resident to The Mirror. “We all live normal lives but are just lucky enough to live in this extraordinary place. It’s like a small estate.” There are 34 bungalows in the village and there are 24 more houses can be rented by visitors for summer holidays.
The residents do everything in the nude and the women often carry around towels to sit on for hygienic reasons. The idea is that you strip down to the point where you are comfortable and let the sun heat you up when it’s warm. You don’t need bikinis to cover you up, not even panties and bras. Instead you let it all hang out as people did in the early days.
Called “The Naked Village” in an attempt to really show off the lives of nudists, the show hits television screens on December 11, 2014 on More4 channel.Images credit: Dave King at Channel 4