Inside the famous hidden nudist resort where 50 people live in tents without clothes

The famous hidden nudist resort still has the power to shock when a man answers the door naked.

Tom Derrier Beers and his wife Victoria feel very comfortable in their own skin especially when they visit a well-known resort and residential community.

The hidden community of Spielplatz, Hertfordshire is a place where being blatant for no reason at all comes naturally.

About 50 people who live there like to let the wind blow free and they all admit that they are much happier without clothes.

Isabella McRae of HertsLive reveals how she visited in a knitted dress and huge fluffy coat and felt like an outsider intruding into their world, and not the other way around, even though they had never felt her that way…

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Tom welcomes me into their home, which looks like a small room from the outside but feels very spacious and homely when I make my way into their living room.

There are bookshelves and artwork stretching to the ceiling, some created by Victoria, who wore a shawl and looked more shy than her husband, herself.

Tom, a member of the Spielplatz board of directors, says, “If we wore badges saying we were nude or nude on our shoulders, we would have to answer silly questions and put up with a lot of fanaticism.

“So we tend to be kind of silent. But that’s great among other naturalists, because we just communicate with each other without any problems.”

Spielplatz is the tallest nudist resort in the UK


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Tom, who is from Pennsylvania, found an interest in nature when he began designing lifelong drawing lessons.

He felt some fear the first time, as expected because he was not familiar. But almost immediately, I felt like appearing in a natural nude. He started talking to artists after that and realized that this world he wanted to explore.

Tom continued modeling, and Victoria attended one of those life drawing lessons. An artist, Victoria has been drawing corpses since she was sixteen and is very comfortable with the human form. However, she was not very confident in her body, and it was Tom who slowly aroused her interest in nature.

“Tom is really excited about it,” Victoria says. “I think it took a little longer because society doesn’t see it as normal.

As a woman, society makes you very conscious of your body. When you go naked, you realize that all of this is irrelevant. Something amazing.”

Tom Derer Bears is passionate about nature


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“You realize that bodies go through different stages. The idea of ​​a ‘beautiful body’ is ridiculous.

“He’s making fun of him. I wish other people could see that. A lot of people don’t have the right idea about places like this. I just don’t get it.

“When you see people who aren’t dressed, it’s like, ‘Oh, that’s it.’ You have to focus on who they are as a person, and that’s the most important thing.

“No clothing shows your place in society, or to which group you belong. You are just as a person.”

Victoria is gardening naked


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Tom adds: “The problem is that people don’t see enough naked bodies, and de-sexed naked bodies, especially in children and teens.

“If that becomes more normal, then a lot of the concerns will go away.

“But it still takes a while for that to become normal as you get over decades of unnecessary anxiety.

“If you’re used to seeing people as they are, that’s an entirely different story.”

Isolet Kelly, daughter of Charles and Dorothy McCasky, founders of Spielplatz


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Tom had read about Spielplatz, which was founded by Charles and Dorothy McCaskey in 1929 and is the UK’s longest-running nudist resort.

It is also the only residential nudist community in the country, where nudists live together, although there are many in Europe.

In 1957, investigative reporter Dan Farson, the documentary series Out of Step on ITV, visited Spielplatz and interviewed Charles and Dorothy and their daughter Iseult.

It is believed that the program was the first show of a naked woman on British television.

About 50 people built a house for themselves on Spielplatz


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Tom explains, “When Victoria and I met up, I said, ‘Let’s go and test this.’ So we came in a very wet and rainy February, and we visited and stayed in one of the cabins up the road.

“And while there wasn’t a lot of kindness about the weather, there were some very nice people.

“We thought, OK, maybe we’ll take the advice and need to come back when it’s warmer.

‘And we did. And we noticed at the time that this property had begun to be built.’ And I said to Victoria, ‘We might really want to think about this.’ “

When asked about their family and friends’ reaction to their move to Spielplatz, Victoria said: “They think it’s a nice place, but they don’t want to be naked.

Spielplatz has a beautiful pool


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They think it’s perfect for me. But they don’t want to be naked and that’s totally fine.”

Spielplatz is the German word for “playground,” and it was established by naturists as a place to retreat. Even now, when the site is closed to visitors for the cold winter months, there are signs of bustling life.

There is a club, a center for social gatherings, a children’s playground, hot tubs, a swimming pool, a basketball court, and camping grounds.

Tom says, “As a community, there is a real spirit of wanting to be here, get together, and just enjoy social nudity.

“It’s a real cult of sunshine when you’re outside, which is lovely. And of course, that’s really good for you too.”

The gated community feels off the beaten path, but is only minutes from the M25 and not far from St Albans or Watford.

But Tom and Victoria say few people seem to have heard of Spielplatz in the local area, despite it being very popular in the nudist community.

“I would say, as far as we know, anyone who knows this is curious or accepting,” Tom says.

“There are an astonishing number of Bricket Woods who have no idea he’s here. But that’s about to change.”

British Naturists, a member organization of the naturists, has acquired the property adjacent to Spielplatz.

The site has been a members club for the entirety of Spielplatz’s existence, but its activity has been in decline.

It is being redeveloped with the hope of becoming a nudist hub in the London area.

“There’s a lot of history here that is underappreciated,” Tom adds.

“Parliamentarians from the 30s, 40s and 50s used to come here regularly as a way to escape the press, relax and enjoy themselves.

“George Bernard Shaw was a visitor and wrote about his experiences here. All sorts of things that got lost have happened slowly over the decades.

“Back in the 1950s, there were several hundred people here camping and experiencing [naturism] On a warm summer’s day.”

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