Dare to bare all
The BHF Naked Heart Walk will grace Painshill Park in Cobham on Saturday 3rd July 2021, and will raise vital cash towards research into heart and circulatory diseases.
The inaugural Naked Heart Walk will take place in the beautiful 18th Century landscape gardens of Painshill Park. Participants will have the choice of taking on a 2km or 5km walk through winding paths around the lake and woodland, passing follies including the ruined Abbey, Gothic Temple and Turkish Tent.
The event is for adults over 18 years old, and people of all shapes and sizes. Changing facilities will be available on site and those who complete the walk will even receive a medal.
Adult spectators accompanying participants are also welcome but must purchase a spectator ticket in advance. There will also be food and drinks available after the walk, including a BBQ.
The entry fee costs £20 and all walkers will need to pledge to raise £100 for the BHF. Once registered, participants will receive a complete fundraising pack and all the support they need to achieve their fundraising goal.
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FAQ & Event Info
How do I sign-up?
- Please visit www.bnevents.co.uk/BHF to register as a walker and add any guest spectators who will accompany you.
- Registration will close at midnight on the 28th June. On the day entries will not be available and will be sold on a first come first served basis. Registrations into the event are limited, if you don’t want to miss out, we urge you to get your tickets well in advance.
Who can take part?
- All adults aged 18 and over are welcome to take part. We are sorry but no under 18s will be allowed to attend.
- Proof of age will be required before entry on the night so please ensure you have ID with you. Failure to prove your age may result in non-admittance to the walk.
- All volunteers, participants and spectators will need a form of photo ID with them if asked for.
- Well behaved dogs are welcome on a lead in outside areas and must always be accompanied by their owner.
Where is the event and how do I get there?
- The event takes place at Painshill Park in Cobham in Surrey. The address is Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey. Final details of access to the car park will be sent nearer to the event as parking will not be through the usual entrance. It will also be signposted.
- The location of the park and a map of the estate is available here.
- The park is close to the A3 and to junction 10 on the M25 and is accessed from the A245. A Google Maps link can be found here. Access will be via a private road on the west side of the river Mole bridge and parking will be on the grass by the visitor centre. Do not use the access via Anvil Lane as a separate event is taking place using that car park.
- If coming by public transport the nearest station is Cobham and Stoke D’Abernon which is two miles away. Journey time is approximately 45 minutes from London Waterloo. Please check train times before you travel.
What time is the event?
- The event starts at 18:00. The walk starts at 19:00. It will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete the short 2km walk which is accessible for wheelchair users and the 5km longer route will take you approximately 60-90 minutes
Why is this event taking place?
- Organised by the East Sussex Coastal Fundraising Group, and lead by Philip Baker the event offers a different and daring challenge and hopes to raise vital funds to support the BHFs lifesaving research. Philip has been a volunteer for the BHF for the past 8 years and was diagnosed with a heart defect aged 32. He also has a lifetime’s support for naturism as a stress reliving lifestyle.
Is there somewhere I can leave my clothes and belongings?
- Yes. There will be a secure changing area and place to store your belongings which must be in a bag and managed in a cloakroom style way. This area will be for the walkers only and no spectators will be allowed to enter this area.
- Valuables are left at your own risk and we recommend that you leave these securely locked and hidden in your car.
- The cloakroom will be open to store your bags until 9:00pm
- Any uncollected bags will be sent to Lost Property at the end of the night where you will have 2 weeks to collect any personal belongings.
- The secure changing area will remain open until 9:30pm
Is the whole site open on the evening of the event?
- No, there is another private event taking place on site, however accessible areas will be clearly marked and marshalled. We ask that all participants respect the privacy of the other event.
Do I have to fundraise?
- Yes please! By registering to take part all walkers are pledging to raise £100 for the British Heart Foundations lifesaving research. Your entry fee will help us cover the cost of the event but as a fundraising event we want to help continue the vital work that the BHF is funding!
- All walkers will receive a fundraising pack to help you with your fundraising
- You will be able to set up a JustGiving page linked to the event once you have registered and the details of this will be sent to you soon after registration.
How much is it to enter and how much do I need to raise?
- Each walker will pay a registration fee of £20 for the event and pledges to raise £100 for the British Heart Foundation. We guarantee that you will find this easy as it is such a unique and daring event!
- All spectators will pay a ticket price of £10 per person and can only be purchased when a walker is also registering.
- A BBQ meal ticket will also be available priced £10 in advance of the event and £12 on the day (if any BBQ tickets remain)
What is the money going towards?
- All proceeds from the event will be donated to the British Heart Foundation. The event hopes to raise over £5,000!
How do I fundraise?
- All walkers will receive a fundraising pack with fundraising ideas and sponsorship forms and information on how to set up a JustGiving page lined to your entry information will be supplied once you have registered.
- We will of course do everything that we can do to support you throughout your fundraising, including giving you plenty of updates and encouragement along the way!
- Follow the link in your registration email to join our Facebook event!
- Because of the daring nature of this event, we really hope your friends and family will get behind you!
- If you have any questions or need any additional fundraising materials (collection boxes etc.) please contact Hannah Miller, BHF local Fundraising Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
On the day
What do I need to wear and bring?
- Suitable footwear is recommended to walk on the variety of paths and terrains which take you around the park. These may be muddy or slippery if there has been rain or it is forecast
- Photo ID for both walkers and spectators
- A towel or blanket to sit on before or after the event
- A bag for your belongings
- Friends and family for moral support (or get them to take part too!)
- Face/body paints if you want to be creative!
Is there somewhere I can change and leave my clothes and belongings?
- Yes, there will be changing areas and a cloakroom style bag drop. This area will be for the walkers only and no spectators will be allowed to enter this area. We recommend you leave any valuables in your vehicle and any belongings are left at your own risk and must be collected before 9:30pm.
- The changing areas will close at 9pm when the event will close. If any bags go uncollected, they will be sent to lost property at the end of the night, and you will have 2 weeks to collect any items.
- If you wish to leave clothing at the secure changing area please bring a bag. Your bag will be tagged so it can be returned to you when you finish. The secure changing area will remain open until 9:30pm.
- You will be allowed to be naked once you have parked in the designated parking area from 6pm. Please put your clothes back on before leaving the event.
Will there be food and drink available to purchase?
- Tea, coffee and snacks will be available from the Painshill Park Café before and during the event and a BBQ and bar will also be open for when walkers finish.
- Tap water will be available to refill your own bottles.
- You will be able to purchase a ticket for the BBQ when you register to take part. This is being organised by the Painshill Park catering team with a donation from each meal going to the BHF. This will cost £10 per person if purchased in advance (£12 if purchased on the day) and there will be a meat and vegetarian option. Other dietary requirements can be accommodated for if purchased in advance, please contact us if you require this.
- The BBQ menu will be the following (but may be subject to change based on suppliers):
1 x Venison burger
1 x Chicken Thigh
1 x Sausage
Homemade potato salad
1 x Vegetarian burger
1 x Grilled mushroom with Halloumi
1 x Vegetarian Sausage
Homemade potato salad
Mixed SaladSliced baguette
What is the format of the event?
- The event takes place in the evening of 20th June 2020 on the Summer Solstice once the country park is closed to day visitors. The event will then open at 18.00 for participants and spectators and parking is free.
- Naked walkers will have from 18:00-18:45 to register and undress for the event.
- Secure changing areas will be in the Education Centre close to the restaurant where you can leave your belongings, or you are welcome to leave your clothes locked in your car.
- At 6:45pm the walkers will congregate at the start before embarking on their naked walk at 7pm. You have the option to take part in the long or the short walk (approximately 5km or 2km).
- Both walks are circular, taking in the park’s beautiful lake and wonderful follies and landmarks.
- Both walks will be waymarked and marshalled.
- After the event there will be a barbecue and the restaurant will remain open until 9:30pm
- The bar, café and BBQ will close at 9:30pm and participants and spectators are asked to be off site no later than 10pm
Can I invite friends and family to come along?
- Friends and family aged 18 and over can attend on the evening but a spectator ticket must be bought in advance when purchasing a walk entry. https://www.bnevents.co.uk/BHF
- Spectator tickets cannot be bought separately, and they will be available on a first come, first served basis.
- Spectator access will be limited to the start and finish and the area surrounding the restaurant and outdoor barbecue.
- Spectators and volunteers can choose to be clothed or naked
If I am at Painshill for the day, can I just stay in for the evening?
- No. For all evening events at Painshill, we must clear the site first before allowing guests in again for the evening under their new ticket and through a different entrance.
- If you do choose to visit Painshill during the day you can simply leave Painshill park before they close at 6pm and then be re-admitted a short time afterwards and through the other entrance and car park.
- Please note that access to the event will be via a different car park than the Anvil Road car park as another event is taking pace using that car park. Nudity will therefore not be permitted in the Anvil Road car park.
Do I really have to do the whole walk naked?
- Basically, yes! We encourage all participants in the walk to take part naked as part of the challenge. If you’ve never done this before it can be quite daunting and will feel strange at first but once among hundreds of others, who are also doing this for the first time and for a great cause, you will soon not even notice it! We understand that full nudity can be quite daunting, so please do get in touch with us to discuss any concerns. You are advised to wear suitable footwear.
- Spectators and volunteers can choose to be naked or remain clothed
- After the walk you can opt to get dressed any time to enjoy the rest of the evening.
Why is the walk naked?
- The walk is being organised by the BHF East Sussex Coastal Fundraising Group whose members are naturists and also members of British Naturism.
- The organisers feel that naturism is simply a lifestyle for people who prefer to be naked when clothing is unnecessary and find great benefit from the practice, particularly when enjoyed as a social activity. They hope that by organising this event it will give people the opportunity for naturists and non naturists alike to experience being naked in nature and raise vital funds for a cause they are equally passionate about.
- For more information about the benefits of naturism can be found on by following these links:
Is naked walking legal?
- Yes! Though many people and the press often assume that being naked in public is contrary to the law, but this is not the case.
- There are clear guidelines from the Crown Prosecution Service regarding the various relevant Acts of Parliament and the College of Policing recognises naturists right to freedom of expression and has issued guidance to officers concerning the treatment of public nudity and particularly naturists. Part of British Naturism’s work and the aims of this event as well is to challenge attitudes about nudity as well as body image perceptions.
T's & C's
Are there special rules for the walk?
- You must arrive and leave the event fully clothed. Nudity will be permitted in the car park and most areas of the site from 18:00 (and not before). Please respect all other people at the event, inside and out, whether dressed or naked.
- Any inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated throughout the event and Painshill staff or BHF staff and volunteers will remove anyone who acts unsuitably.
- We have a specific photography policy which is covered separately
- There is another private event being held in a different part of the site and we ask all participants to avoid this area completely.
What are the rules regarding photography on the night?
- This event has been designed as a fundraising event. This quite unique event is likely to receive media attention. By signing up to this event, Participants and Spectators are consenting to photographs and filming taking place throughout the evening by individuals pre-approved by Painshill and the British Heart Foundation.
- By registering to take part as either a walker or spectator you also understand that photographs may be taken of you during the event that may be used to publicise future BHF events.
- Every effort will be used to ensure that no unauthorised photographs are taken throughout the evening and of those who expressly disapprove of their photograph being taken
- Photography is prohibited at this event except for British Naturism’s official photographers and a specific managed selfie-area may be made available at the discretion of the organisers.
- Failure to adhere to this rule can result in photographs being removed from cameras (including phones) and individuals being removed from the premises. If any behaviour is deemed to be inappropriate during the evening, this will result in immediate removal from the site.
What is the cancellation policy?
- Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds to anyone that has signed up to the event.
How will my data be managed?
- Thank you for taking part in the Naked Heart Walk for The British Heart Foundation. Registration to take part in the event will be through a British Naturism managed webpage at www.bnevents.org.uk/bhf
- Please note that your contact details will be shared with the British Heart Foundation, who will contact you in relation to your participation in this event.
The organiser behind the novel event is 64 year old, British Naturism member, Philip Baker, from Rye in East Sussex, who decided to combine his passion for naturism and heart research.
Diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heart rhythm) in 1987, Philip has undergone three heart procedures. He’s one of more than 1.3 million people in the UK living with the condition – and they are five times more likely to have a stroke than people without atrial fibrillation.
Since making a full recovery from the treatments he received, Philip wanted to give something back and began volunteering in 2011 with the BHF. In his role as a volunteer in-memoriam secretary, he has processed over £100,000 from people leaving a gift in memory of a loved one passing.
Approaching retirement, he took on the role of Fundraising Group Leader of the newly formed East Sussex Coastal BHF Fundraising Group. Now with the help of friends, he set upon his new mission to raise funds for the BHF through his love of naturism.
“I have been a lifelong naturist quietly enjoying my garden in the nude and taking the odd Mediterranean holiday ‘au naturelle’,” added Philip.
“I joined the Eastbourne Naturist Swimming Club and discovered the social side of naturism, which has ‘cured’ me of a lifetime of shyness.
“My heart condition caused me to sweat a great deal and get very hot upon any normal exertion, such as travelling to any venue. When I get there all I want to do is rest and cool down and strip off my damp and consequently uncomfortable clothing.”