This coming Sunday 31st May marks the first of the five much talked about clothes optional days of 2009. The gardens are open as usual from 11am to 5.30pm but all guests have the option of viewing them clothed or naked. The forecast for next weekend is currently very good with temperatures around 20C. The gardens usually receive around 400 guests during a clothes optional day, a figure that grows year on year.
Entrance to the Abbey House Gardens during a clothes optional day does not require a visitor to be without their clothes. The opportunity is offered to anyone who wishes to spend their time within the boundaries of the beautiful gardens without their clothes. We are not a club requiring membership, do not have club facilities and offer simply the opportunity to visit the gardens without clothes and without comment.
There is no pressure to dress or undress whilst on the property; it is a matter entirely for personal preference. Purchasing a ticket for admission buys you into an agreement to respect everyones elses freedom of choice to be with or without clothes and to respect, the environment into which you are entering and its boundaries, the wishes of the garden owners, the needs of other visitors and the needs of the wider local community.
If choosing to visit us on a Clothes Optional days we ask all guests to change in the Belvedere area of the gardens. We can then look after your bags in our cloakroom for a small £1 dontation to charity. The gardens support the Marine Conservation Society as a charity.
Visitors may bring their own food to eat in the garden on the understanding that they also take their rubbish home with them. We do offer light lunches such as vegetable soup paninis or pasties available to purchase between 12 noon and 3pm.
To reach the gardens on clothes optional days we advise a couple of options, either climb the 60 Abbey steps or arrange to be dropped at the Market Cross in the town centre (2 minute level walk to the admission gates). There is also a short stay car park in the town centre but parking is limited to two hours.
Photographs taken in the garden must not, under any circumstances, include other visitors and the Abbey House Gardens retains the copyright to all photographs taken within the grounds. (as above!)
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