The Singles Outdoor Club (SOC) was founded in 1981 as a countrywide naturist club primarily for single people, although couples and families are welcome as members. Those with ‘protected characteristics’ are especially welcome.
It is a naturist club governed by a written Constitution (not to be confused with any kind of dating service) and our purpose is to arrange opportunities for members to enjoy naturist leisure activities: visits to other naturist clubs, naturist walking through the countryside, naturist cycling and information about naturist sessions at swimming pools and leisure centres. Members may choose to enjoy nude sunbathing, walking, swimming and sports etc. coupled with social interaction with like-minded people. The new edition of the Singles’ Outdoor Club Handbook aims to provide information and guidance that will help all SOC members to get the most from their club membership. Handbook 2017
SOC is a member club of British Naturism (BN) and the International Federation of Naturists (INF/FNI); individual SOC members may choose whether they also want to be individual members of BN; however we recommended this.
For those new to going without clothes the movement has a long history and an established philosophy expounded in many academic works.
The definition of Naturism agreed by the International Federation of Naturism and subscribed to by all member jurisdictions including British Naturism is:
“Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment”.
The definition of Naturism adopted by British Naturism (BN) is:
“Naturism is the practice of going without clothes – whether that is just occasionally at a beach or in your garden, or as a more general part of everyday life. Naturism is healthy, sensible – who wants to wear clothes when the weather is hot – and great fun!”
The word ‘Naturism’ is attributed to a French-speaking Belgian, Jean Baptiste Luc Planchon (1734–1781), in a book published in 1778 with the title ‘Ou La Nature Considérée Dans Les Maladies & Leur Traitement Conforme À La Doctrine & À La Pratique D’hippocrate Et De Ses Sectateurs: … Sur La Méd’. Rather than a philosophical work it deals with nudity as a means of improving the hygiène de vie or healthy living.
The next important work was published in 1924 by Hans Surén, one of the early German pioneers of Nacktkultur (nudism) who published Der Mensch und die Sonne in that year. This work deals with nudity as a philosophy of living based on the Frei Korper Kultur or Free Body Culture already established in Germany. This book brought free body culture to the attention of the global intelligentsia and led to the growth of the movement world-wide.
There have been many other works and academic research on the many benefits of Naturism/Free Body Culture. Generally these terms include much more that simply taking off clothes and being naked.
The law governing public nudity is different in England and Wales to that in Scotland or Northern Ireland. In England and Wales there is no law against being naked in public. BN publish a guidance to the law, that folds down and be carried with you available to download; HERE there is also separate guidance for Scotland.