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Hotels near nudist beaches could see UK holidaymakers caught with their pants down

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Research by hotel booking platform, Hoo, has revealed that hotel room rates surrounding Britain’s nudist beaches cost 57% more than the UK average.

Hoo looked at the average room rate of hotels surrounding 41 of the best beaches to bare all in the UK. The research shows that when booking a seven week stay the cost of a hotel room per night came in at £115 on average, 57% more than the room rate of the average UK hotel (£73).

However, the cost of accommodation while letting it all hang free by the sea does come in considerably higher depending on which famous nudist coastal hotspot you opt for.

Lymington’s Taddiford Gap in Hampshire is the most expensive of the lot. On average, a hotel room close to this nudist beach comes in at £181 per night, 148% higher than the national average.

In neighbouring Dorset, Knoll Beach in Studland sits along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK and also provides the added freedom of leaving your swimsuit at home. However, a hotel close to the beach will set you back £175 per night, 140% more than the UK average.

Carolyn Bay in St Austell, Cornwall, also ranks within the top three, with the average hotel room rate sitting 128% above the national average at £167 per night.

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In fact, Cornwall is home to a further three popular nudist beaches where surrounding hotels are all home to an average room rate more than double that of the UK average.

There is hope for the ultimate alfresco staycation at an affordable price though. Hotel room rates surrounding Cumbria’s popular nudist beach of West Shore Walney Island average just £71 per night, coming in -2% below the UK average.

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Hoo Co-founder, Adrian Murdock, commented: “Although a visit to one of the UK’s most popular nudist beaches might mean a lighter suitcase, it’s also likely to come at a higher cost with the average room rate surrounding almost all of those we looked at coming in above the UK average.

Of course, it’s hard to put a price on such a feeling of complete freedom, not to mention the fact that many of these beaches are found along some of the best stretches of coastline the UK has to offer.

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However, if you’re less inclined to go starkers while at the seaside, you might want to look further afield as it could mean paying less where accommodation is concerned.

Whatever beach you opt for, just remember to bring the sun cream.”

Average room rate of hotels surrounding each nudist beach and the percentage difference compared to the average UK hotel room rate

Nudist BeachLocationAverage hotel room rate per nightDifference vs UK average
Taddiford GapHampshire£181148%
Knoll BeachDorset£175140%
Carlyon BayCornwall£167128%
Vault BeachCornwall£165125%
Porthzennor CoveCornwall£159118%
Porth KidneyCornwall£158116%
Budleigh SaltertonDevon£13484%
Pedn VounderCornwall£13382%
Moor SandsDevon£13078%
Brighton NaturistEast Sussex£12875%
Kemp Town BrightonEast Sussex£12368%
Morfa DyffrynWales£12268%
Sandwich BayKent£12064%
Druridge BayNorthumberland£11760%
Llanddwyn BeachWales£11760%
Meon ShoreHampshire£11456%
EastneyHampshire£11152%
Cayton BayNorth Yorkshire£11050%
Porthluney CoveCornwall£10645%
Birling GapEast Sussex£10645%
Rocken EndIsle of Wight£10544%
Lower LargoScotland£10544%
Petit TorIsle of Wight£10543%
Weston MouthDevon£10543%
Scabbacombe SandsDevon£10443%
Fairlight Glen HastingsEast Sussex£10443%
Wells / HolkhamNorfolk£10443%
Yaverland SandownIsle of Wight£10239%
Corton SandsSuffolk£10139%
Normans BayEast Sussex£9936%
Crakaig BeachScotland£9733%
Slapton SandsDevon£9733%
Sillery SandsDevon£9631%
Wild Pear BeachDevon£9530%
Leysdown-on-SeaKent£9428%
ShellnessKent£9328%
Marros SandsWales£9124%
St OsythEssex£8821%
KeristalIsle of Man£8821%
Abbot’s CliffKent£809%
West Shore Walney IslandCumbria£71-2%
Average£11557%

Best UK nudist beaches sourced from the Beach Guide
Average hotel room rate based on a 7 nights stay between Aug 9th to Aug 16th 2021 – sourced from Hoo and Hotels.com
Percentage difference based on the average UK hotel room rate of £73 per night – sourced from Finder

Lead image: Marros Sands in Carmarthenshire (Image: rhedeg.co.uk/Flickr)


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PCSO works to bring end to unscrupulous cockle pickers in Kidwelly, Ferryside, Llansteffan and Laugharne

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PCSO Helen Fender has been recognised at Dyfed Powys Police’s awards for her efforts in tackling anti-social behaviour associated with unscrupulous cockle pickers descending on the communities of St Ishmael, Kidwelly, Llanybri, Llansteffan and Laugharne.

To effect change, PCSO Fender looked at the issue and its cause – pinpointing an old by-law that allowed anyone to get a free permit to pick cockles in the Three Rivers Fishery cockle beds.

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PCSO Helen Fender (Image: Dyfed Powys Police)

In 2017 there were more than 1,000 permit holders and the only regulation for obtaining a permit is to give a name, address, contact details and a photograph for ID.

“I noticed that something had to be done, it couldn’t go on this way as it was causing no end of issues for the community and the genuine fishermen who relied on picking cockles for a living,” she said.

“On the Bury Inlet there was no issue as it was much harder to get a permit.”

PCSO Fender set about working with the Welsh Government to try and make the Three Rivers Fishery regulated as other cockle beds are.

A three-month consultation is being launched with the aim to bring in tougher legislation for permits to be issued – with requirements to include training, minimum kit standards, their employment status for HMRC and an annual fee of £800.

“I’ve worked with the communities and with the local fishermen on this, and they are supportive,” said PCSO Fender.

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“When you’ve got 1,000 permits handed out to people from all over the country, there is going to be problems for the community and it impacts the local gatherers who depend on this industry to make a living.

“It was having a really detrimental effect on the lives of people in the area and it was proving dangerous, with numerous quads on the beaches and villages, even crossing railway lines.”

The issue has caused problems over the years with the Welsh Government Marine and Fisheries Division closing the Three Rivers Fishery cockle beds from 2012 to 2017 due to serious reports of anti-social behaviour, including people sleeping rough, litter not disposed of properly, no toilet facilities, and large articulated lorries trying to access small village roads.     

Sgt Gemma Davies said: “Helen has conducted a thorough and detailed enquiry into the underlying issues at the location, has sourced expert opinion and discussed numerous options to try and implement change for the better for the cockling community and the people living near to the cockle beds.

“We’re hopeful to achieving a regulated permit system which can be monitored and ‘policed’ by the fisheries more effectively.”

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Lead image: File photo of cockle picking in the Burry Inlet (Image: Natural Resources Wales)

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Kaiser Chiefs to headline at Ffos Las Racecourse in Carmarthenshire

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Kaiser Chiefs are set to headline at Ffos Las Racecourse near Kidwelly in Carmarthenshire on Thursday 2 June 2022.

The special ‘Live After Racing’ show will invite audiences to enjoy an entire day of horse racing, with the added bonus of a full live set by the indie titans late into the evening.

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Established as one of the best loved guitar bands to emerge this century, the Kaiser Chiefs will be heading to the races with a winning set-list of bona fide indie belters in their arsenal.

Over the last 15 years the Kaisers have become a real household name, from their seven critically acclaimed and Top 10 charting albums selling multi-millions worldwide, to making memorable performances at some of the biggest events in recent history including Live 8 and the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, and winning innumerable awards including ‘Best Live Act’ at both the Brit Awards and Q Awards. 

With top 10 hits like ‘I Predict A Riot’, ‘Ruby’, ‘Oh My God’, ‘Never Miss A Beat’, and ‘Everyday I Love You Less & Less’ all cementing the band’s penchant for penning contemporary pop classics like few of their peers, the many highlights to be found on their acclaimed #3 charting 2019 album ‘Duck’, illustrate a band that have no intention of slowing down soon.

With a reputation as one of the best live acts in the biz, if there’s one safe bet to place all day, put it on a hit-packed set from the Kaisers…

The event, rescheduled from 27 August last year, is priced at £35 advance, £25 for under 18s, with under 5s admitted free of charge.

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Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

(Lead image: Kaiser Chiefs)

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Save the Cinema Film make scenery at UWTSD Set & Design Production Workshop

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The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Set Design Production Scenery Workshop has revealed its involvement in the newly released ‘Save the Cinema film for Sky.

The film ‘Save the Cinema’ is a true story looking back at Liz Evans’s campaign to save the Lyric Theatre from closing in Carmarthen. Stars such as Jonathan Pryce, Samantha Morton, Tom Felton, Adeel Akhtar and Susan Wokoma feature in the film.

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As the production started, art director Gwyn Eiddior visited UWTSD’s Carmarthen Campus to see if there were any props or scenery he could possibly use for the film as it was being filmed in Carmarthen. After requesting on social media later that day for use of a workshop to build sets for the film in Carmarthen, Lecturer Dave Atkinson suggested for them to use the facilities at UWTSD.

As a result of this, the film’s construction team were based at UWTSD’s Set Design Production Scenery Workshop, meaning that all of the construction work and scenic art created for the film was made on campus. Along with Dave who was employed as the workshop manager, two graduates from the BA Set Design & Production course, Mari Hullett and Ashley Phillips were fortunate to gain work from this project in the scenic art and graphics departments.

They worked alongside the experienced production designer Jonathan Houlding who has  worked on high-end screen productions such as ‘Love Actually’, ‘Band of Brothers’ and ‘The Martian.’ Dave adds,

“We created a variety of scenery for the film. Largely dressing for the Lyric Theatre, and the theatre scenery they were filming on. The hairdresser’s salon was the largest build which was an empty shop. We had to reinstall a whole salon in there. One fun element to make was the Big Breakfast set – we made the bedroom where they interviewed people.”

UWTSD Lecturer Dave Atkinson at the University’s set design workshop (Image: UWTSD)

Graduate Mari Hullett said, “Working on ‘Save The Cinema’ as a scenic artist was an amazing opportunity and I will always value my time being involved in the production as an experience to take further into my career.

“I am extremely grateful for the chance of working alongside the friendly and highly skilled scenic and construction team as I was able to learn so much from them. I was also able to work on different roles within the art department such as graphic props, which I greatly appreciated as I got to experience a broader spectrum of skills involved on a film set.

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“As a whole, it was a really heart-warming experience to be a part of a project that involved my university town and the wider community.

“This was also my first professional role on a film project which has opened my eyes to the growing opportunities within the film industry in Wales. I am very excited to see this on-screen!”

An experience like this has been a fantastic opportunity, and a chance for the students to have an insight into the industry.

Dave Atkinson adds: “Welcoming Sky Cinema onto campus has given UWTSD Carmarthen the opportunity to not only showcase the high-quality practitioners that graduate from the Set Design & Production course, but to also exhibit the facilities we have, such as the scenery workshop which is equipped with top of the range tools and machinery.”

(Lead image: UWTSD)

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