We’ve never been much of an exhibitionist. Maybe we’ve been to the odd secluded beach in the South of France before and stripped off. Maybe. But in public? Where other people might see us? No, we’re far to prudish for that. But of course, we respect those that are confident enough to get in the buff and flaunt their birthday suit. That’s why we’re letting you know about Bristol’s exclusive nudist dining experience.
Dine Naked Bristol was started by Will Bryson – a former organiser of Bristol’s World Naked Bike Ride and a member of British Naturism in 2018. And after a three-year absence, it is finally returning with a string of events throughout the rest of the year. The first is a games night coming this Sunday (August 28) at the board game bar RePlay. Newcomers and seasoned nudists can come together to play table football, scrabble, ping pong and cult-classics like Catan. All normal, friendly activities – just minus the clothes. A spread of vegetarian food will also be provided by Hungry Meeples.
There are further events coming up, including spirits tastings on September 11 and October 2 (the latter is a women only event). While there will be another naked dining experience in central Bristol on November 17. The location of this has yet to be announced, but previous venues have included Clifton’s Flour & Ash. All events are non-sexual and everyone is welcome, but strictly for over-18s only.
“Being naked in a safe, friendly environment can be a really positive, life-affirming experience,” said Will Bryson. “Here’s the perfect way to do it — with the benefit of getting to eat good food in friendly places.”
I’m new to this, what do I need to know?
You’ll need to arrive at the event dressed, where you will be welcomed and have everything explained. Only then will you find a seat and get undressed. Remember to bring a bag to put your clothes in and some sandals or slippers to wear around the venue. You are also advised to bring money to pay for drinks (but don’t ask us where to keep it). For those that are a bit shy, you can also bring a beach wrap or something similar to wear to begin with. And yes, the curtains will be closed, so only the staff and diners will see you, and the heating will be on if need be.
Tickets must be purchased beforehand, with the games night costing £24.50. For those of you that are keen to give it a try, but still have some concerns, then we advice you heading to Dine Naked Bristol’s website to learn more.