AROUND 500 naturists are set to descend on Somerset as Nudefest returns to the county.

For the third year, Nudefest will be held at Thorney Lakes Caravan and Camping Site, near Langport, from July 8-15.

The event, which has been running for 13 years, sees people from across the UK and further afield head to Somerset to enjoy some clothes-free leisure time.

Across the week, Nudefest guests can choose from a huge range of over 100 varied activities including exercise classes and workshops; sports tournaments, health and well-being sessions; arts and crafts; music including a daily choir meeting and a drum workshop; archery, rifle and clay pigeon shooting; dance classes; and body painting.

The campsite is visited by a local morris side and a bird of prey demonstration.

Guests will also be taken off the site too and making nude visits to Muchelney Manor, The Cider Brandy Farm, the East Somerset Steam Railway, countryside walks and for a horse-drawn cart ride ending with a boat trip.

There is entertainment every evening with quizzes, karaoke, discos and live bands, fire walking, astronomy and a bat walk.

Local athletes are welcomed to complete with Nudefest guests in a 5K or 10K run that takes place on the Saturday morning.

Organiser Nigel Pinkstone said: "If you have never been to a naturist event consider coming along to Nudefest - it’s the highlight of the year for many of our guests. It’s impossible to describe the fun we have and the euphoric feeling that comes with being part of a like-minded community. Naturism is a growing activity in the UK with more and more people discovering how wonderful it is to spend time without their clothes. Come and join them - you won’t regret it!

Tickets are priced at £24 a night for British Naturism members and £32 a night for non members.

Day passes are also available.

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