Naturists to be banned from Holkham beach due to anti-social behaviour

Naturists are now banned from Holkham beach. Naturists are now banned from Holkham beach.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
6:30 AM

Naturists are to be banned from a nationally-renowned Norfolk beach following complaints about anti-social behaviour committed in the area.

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The Holkham Estate has decided to close the naturist area on the western section of Holkham beach, near Wells, from July 1 following discussions with police.

There has been growing concern over incidents of public indecency.

The western section of Holkham beach has been a designated destination for naturists for a number of years.

A spokesman for British Naturism, which has around 10,000 members, has expressed disappointment at the decision and frustration that “a small minority of troublemakers ruins it for everyone.”

Sarah Henderson, conservation manager at the Holkham Estate, said: “It is sad we have been forced to take this step due to the persistent anti-social behaviour of a minority of people.

“The management and control of these activities has been an increasing concern to me and my team who look after the reserve so we have had to take action to ban all nudism.

“We have consulted with the police and discussed the issues and options. The decision has been made to implement a total ban for the better management and future safety of all our visitors.”

There will be prominent signs to highlight this change and Holkham Estate wardens will be patrolling the beach to ensure visitors comply with the new policy.

The wardens will be instructed that if they come across any naturists they will politely ask them to put their clothes on and if they refuse they will need to be aware they could be arrested and face prosecution.

The Holkham National Nature Reserve, which includes the beach, is managed by the Holkham Estate.

The dunes are owned and managed by the estate and the beach is owned by the Crown Estate and managed by Natural England and both organisations were consulted before this decision was finalised.

Andrew Welch, a spokesman for British Naturism, said: “Many of our members enjoy coming to this beautiful part of the country to sunbathe on the beach and socialise with like-minded people without causing any problems.

“Unfortunately some people see being nude as an excuse to misbehave and it is a great shame that a small minority of trouble-makers ruin it for all of us. These people should be dealt with by the police.

“If 20 people out of 20,000 in a football stadium cause trouble they don’t close the whole stadium so it is a shame that the Holkham Estate has come to make this decision and we would like to open some dialogue with them about this.”

Holkham National Nature Reserve attracts over 500,000 visitors each year and has been described by Natural England as one of the most important and heavily visited sites in the UK.

31 comments

  • stupid. Nudists do not stand around naked on street corners offending people; exhibitionists stand around naked on street corners offending people. Exhibitionists do not follow nudistnaturist principles or practices because they are not nudists! If you are looking to try something new, the clothes free lifestyle could be your answer to meeting true nudist friends.If you're looking to ease your way into the nudist lifestyle, nudist resorts , nudist beaches and nudist dating site (Google DatingwithNudist ) are available that offer a slightly less adventurous experience.

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    Sara Brown

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • I was camping with my family at Waxham Sands and decided to walk to Sea Palling for some baked potatoes for dinner, and set off along the dunes. I almost stumbled over a 30-ish man lying face down on the dunes with binoculars and a camera. I wondered what he was looking at and that was my introduction to the naturalists' beach. Anyway, I bought the potatoes and set off back to the caravan site, but decided to walk the landward side of the dunes to aoid the peeping Tom. Off I went along the edge of the fields in from the dunes, when I noticed a couple of men embracing in the scrubby undergrowth. As sson as I saw one couple I saw what seemed like dozens of couples at it like rabbits all over the fields leading up to the dunes. I could hardly believe my eyes, as I lead a sheltered life. An older rather stout well dressed man approached and said "Good afternoon" but I hurriedly made my excuses and left. I'm all for freedom of expression, but in reality such an open display of sexual intercourse (and the furtive peeping Tom) ruined a lovely walk in the countryside for me. And thank goodness my children were not wih me at the time - imagine the endless questions -

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    Barbara

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Someone should tear them off a strip for expressing a naked desire to exhibit themselves. They are going to end up with painful sunburns mark my words. Isn't this the beach that they exercise the Guards horses on? You know what they say about not frightening the horses.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Is that a fig leaf you suggest the police take Daisy Roots? I am enjoying this post!

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    alecto

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • It is a great shame that Holkham Estates have taken this decision without consulting with us. It is our experience that it will make the problem worse, not better as they hope. Considerate Naturists will stay away, leaving the way open for those who are flaunting the law to go about their nefarious practices unhindered by those who might stop them. The estate wardens will now be on their own trying to stop the perverts instead of having support from the Naturists. A far better approach was taken by the National Trust and Dorset police when a similar problem existed at Studland beach some years ago. So successful was their approach - working with the Naturists to solve the problem - that the Naturist section of that beach is now being extended! They say that Naturists "will need to be aware they could be arrested and face prosecution"! For what would we be arrested? Even with their (quite probably illegal) ban in place, those practising simple Naturism will not be committing an offence, so with what would they be prosecuted? The fact is that there is no law preventing anyone being simply naked on ANY beach. No so, the kind of lewd behaviour to which they are rightly objecting - but why didn't they arrest and prosecute these people before?

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    BritishNaturism

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

  • Sad that the non-objectionable presence of ordinary naturists has to be curtailed because of the activities of a set of blokes with an entirely different agenda. I know that there were similar problems at and around Studland Bay in Dorset but don't know if they sorted that out.Hard to see what can be done apart from a ban.

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    Chris Booty

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Bit worried about Daisy's pipe smoking vicar - or more precisely where he may be stowing his baccy pouch and matches.

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    Chris Booty

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • I was camping with my family at Waxham Sands and decided to walk to Sea Palling for some baked potatoes for dinner, and set off along the dunes. I almost stumbled over a 30-ish man lying face down on the dunes with binoculars and a camera. I wondered what he was looking at and that was my introduction to the naturalists' beach. Anyway, I bought the potatoes and set off back to the caravan site, but decided to walk the landward side of the dunes to aoid the peeping Tom. Off I went along the edge of the fields in from the dunes, when I noticed a couple of men embracing in the scrubby undergrowth. As sson as I saw one couple I saw what seemed like dozens of couples at it like rabbits all over the fields leading up to the dunes. I could hardly believe my eyes, as I lead a sheltered life. An older rather stout well dressed man approached and said "Good afternoon" but I hurriedly made my excuses and left. I'm all for freedom of expression, but in reality such an open display of sexual intercourse (and the furtive peeping Tom) ruined a lovely walk in the countryside for me. And thank goodness my children were not wih me at the time - imagine the endless questions -

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    Barbara

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Are you a `Madame`, Sara Brown? ;-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Mad Brewer ..people are people.. geniune naturism it about excepting people as they are..beauty is only skin deep. real beauty comes from with in.

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    musicman

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Chris Booty - I`ve seen some pretty gruesome sights in the sand dune bit of Gran Canaria. Warning; Father Ted is bringing Father Jack to Naarfolk for his hols. FJ is prone to sleepwalk in the nude, shouting "gurrls, drink, f€ck, @r$£.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 23, 2013

  • No ggj666, I am 100% Norfolk, honest, I just don`t like dogs at all, anywhere, anytime, nor the extrusions they leave behind ever more frequently. I don`t like ugly nudes, either. That`s why I wear a blindfold in the shower. ;-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

  • I am sorry to say we stopped using that end of the beach when it became apparent that the dunes were being used by large groups of naked men 'displaying their wares' not a pleasant sight. Its a shame for the genuine naturists but the minority always seem to spoil things.

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    caroline jacobs

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Go on Benson......fetch that stick!! Oh no. Benson! Benson!

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    One Horse Town

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • It would appear to me that some people deliberately go there to be offended, so they can complain. We go to Holkham Beach regularly as a family, and as i read the EDP, i am aware of what goes on at the West side, so i walk along the east side towards Wells with my children. It's not rocket science, if something offends you, don't go there!

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    DaveG

    Friday, June 21, 2013

  • And how do you all react should you go on holiday to the Med and there is nakedness or topless sunbathing ??.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • And of course the Textiles never engage in anti social activities such as littering, swearing, drinking and smoking on the beach.

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    CllrJohnCowan

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • I was thinking the recent adder bite at Waxham may make some naturists think twice about frolics in the dunes there, although the sharp edged marram grass probably makes them careful enough. I have no objections to encountering genuine naturists but I really don't know what t think about the sort of people who feel the need to use beaches where nudism is permitted to instigate encounters with strangers. Well I do, but I would not be allowed to say it here.When photo processors were getting the wind up about processing innocent images of little tots in the altogether on the beach and when kids are incessantly warned about stranger danger, it must puzzle them that adults are strolling in the nude on the beach. If we don't have enough funds to police and deter objectionable behaviour masquerading as naturism then a blanket ban seems inevitable. I suppose we could wonder about the motivation for naturism and point out that some social conventions are old and exist for a reason-wearing clothes seems to pre-date any Abrahamitical religious impositions, even if some of us stripped off and went woad blue into battle.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Barbara has been brave enough to put her finger on the problem ( but not literally one hopes). We used to take our kids to Waxham beach or walk along the coast from other access points and encountering nudists was never a problem, and certainly not male couples at it like rabbits-not acceptable even if Waxham used to have its own warrener. I could not comment on the ownership of that beach, nor if the caravan site at Waxham is popular with naturists nor if the number of continental registration motor homes we see in the vicinity are there because naturism has been tolerated on the beach in more recent years. All I can say is this, Sea Palling is a growing village and popular award winning beach and is adjacent to Waxham beach.Waxham Barn is a popular and nice tourist attraction where visitors might also like to access the beach. It is not naturism people object to, it is sexual acts that defy common decency. One might expect to trip over the occasional couple if one ventures out at dusk nightjar watching at Winterton, but not in the middle of the day. This is 2013, we have the social conventions of civil partnerships and gay marriage on the books so why are all these people acting in defiance of the social convention of not having sex in public places, why don't they have a bit of respect for the sensitivities of others? Surely it is not that these activities have been given the green light but that Norfolk police are not protecting the rights of the majority to use public places without feeling threatened by the activities of doggers and other al fresco sexual activities.Clamping down on raves might be high profile but they should also be ensuring our beaches and woods are not becoming no go areas.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

  • Trouble with nakedness is that it makes you realise just how ugly most people are.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • And before the male contributors make light of this, do not forget that women and children ( or the parents of children) often have to stop to think about their personal safety before venturing to the quieter places. Not quite fair that they could feel further intimidated by those who should be getting a room.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

  • I am a transvestite with naturist tendencies. How do I start?

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    Rhombus

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

  • What I don't understand is why can't the wardens simply reprimand those that are misbehaving rather than everyone. Presumably this would be less time-consuming as there will be fewer of them (and most likely to be in a more concentrated area).

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    AE

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Good. I'm not a prude and have no problem people going nude if thats their wish, however over the last few years the nudity seems to be spreading into other areas and there seems an increasing number of people who rather than sunbathe prefer to exhibit themselves for all to see. As always a few spoil it for the rest.

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    Carol Barnes

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • "V" asks "And how do you all react should you go on holiday to the Med and there is nakedness or topless sunbathing ?" And I think the answer is that we have no problem with it. It's quite normal on continental beaches and that's that. But I've never seen the particular problem of men hanging around to meet like-minded men there that seems to happen in this country. If these men tried the same thing in their local High Street they would be stopped, but because they attempt to validate their behaviour by using naturism as a front they seem to be immune.

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    Chris Booty

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

  • The principle that a small minority of offenders restricts liberties for others is well established. Prude is the last thing my pals would label me but I really want to be free to walk the beaches and woods of the region alone without encountering open sexual activity. Flaunting the wares on the beach or " dogging " at a woodland picnic site with no regard or respect for the rest of us is not on.I know of one very nice naturists campsite in rural Cambridgeshire-isnt that better for naturists than being an object of suspicion? The freedom of women and children( and anyone really) to roam where they will without fear is diminishing. Encountering the naked and wondering if this is a pipe smoking sandal wearing vicar or a potential sex offender is a worry we don't want.Most of us are aware that quiet rural spots have been places of happy encounters away from strict parents for generations but this is different. I hope the police take a leaf and crack down on unwanted activities in all rural areas instead of letting it go unchallenged.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • See-through boiler suit & tabard, popeye, with open-toed safety shoes ;-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

  • There are plenty of naturist clubs in an around Norfolk..problem is single males are not really welcome. Hence the need for free beaches. Sad for the genuine people but has been said already, it IS the few that spoilt for the rest.

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    musicman

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Dogs next? Please.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • "Naturists", not "naturalists"; sorry.

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    Barbara

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Come on Mad Brewer admit it, your so anti dogs on beaches you must be a member of the Cornish council :o)

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    ggj666

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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