Facilities for naturists are classified in various ways. A landed or members’ naturist club is one that owns its own facilities, while non-landed (or travel) clubs meet at various locations, such as private residences, swimming pools, hot springs, landed clubs and resorts, and rented facilities. From early on during the dawning days of the twentieth century, naturists camps/clubs have wrongly been ridiculed as being places for strange, sex mad and generally odd people, running around with no clothes on.During this time, came the “carry on” style humour, the saucy silly postcards, as well as the very early, late 1950’s naturist films, which really were just a way for the film makers of the day, to dodge the strict censorship rules that existed at that time. The first club in the United Kingdom with any kind of established home was founded near Wickford in Essex in the late summer of 1924. The club adopted the name of the Moonella Group coming from the name of the owner of the clubs ground, and it called its site” The Camp”. Most clubs in England though, came into being during the 1950’s and have developed their facilities year on year, so now most are nice places to visit for weeks, weekends or even the entire summer. We have visited three so far Spielplatz, The Naturist Foundation and also Arcadians of Greenglades, who we decided to join after a number of visits last summer.Arcadians, situated near Billericay, is a membership club set in 4.5 acres of woodland. It has a happy friendly atmosphere, enhanced with social functions held in the pavilion with activities continued all year round. The Arcadians, far from being a club like I described earlier are just a club, full of normal people who like relaxing in their spare time as nature intended. The club has a pool, a sauna, sunbathing areas, two clubhouses, as well as Sporting facilities that include: miniten, badminton, petanque, table tennis, snooker/pool and darts.It is as with most clubs a very nice place to stay during the hazy days of summer.As I’ve started a new job recently, the chances of going camping this summer seems remote as I have to work on Saturdays, so hopefully we can spend more time at the Arcadians and get to know some of the members a little bit more. We spent the last warm day of March at the club topping up our all over tans and it was hard to believe it was still only March and not July. Hopefully this summer will eventually match the scorcher I remember back in 1976.