The British Naturism and Waterworld have both strongly defended their program. It is claimed to be the "biggest waterpark event of the year."
Waterworld in Stoke-on-Trent is hosting a rather controversial event this weekend, according to Mirror Online. In this event, children and adults can enjoy some of the best rides in the park with nothing but their birthday suit on. Tickets for the Waterworld events are priced between £18 and £24 for adults, and discounts can be availed on family tickets. The event, organized by British Naturism, will take place as scheduled on Saturday from 7 pm to 10 pm despite the pandemic. While that's a cause for concern in itself, people had previously expressed concerns over how this opens up an opportunity for perverts to prey on young children.
Last year, the event—which attracted around 300 people—saw a group of protesters outside the theme park's entrance along with the police. Even a petition was set up to put an end to this, but the British Naturism and Waterworld have both strongly defended their program. It is claimed to be the "biggest waterpark event of the year." In a statement issued to StokeOnTrentLive, a British Naturism spokesman said: "British Naturism is an organization that has been in existence for over 50 years with many of our clubs being even older. We have a membership of 9,000 over 18s."
"We take our safeguarding and health and safety responsibility seriously and review our practices in advance of every event we run. We have a robust child and vulnerable adults safeguarding policy - it’s actually rather ignorant of the complainers to assume that we don’t. We also have a strict ‘no cameras’ rule with any photographs to record the event only being taken by our official photographer, who follow certain guidelines about what can be taken. Children at our events are always supervised by their parents and not allowed to attend unaccompanied - unlike schools, churches, scouts, play areas, and other venues where parents opt to leave their children in the care of others."
"Naturist swims are being successfully - and safely - run all around the country throughout the year." Mo Chaudry, who is the owner of Waterworld, previously stated that British Naturism is a 'perfectly law-abiding organization.' In a letter published in The Sentinel, Chaudry wrote: We have been unjustly accused of encouraging pedophiles. Far-Right protest group Britain First has been trying to whip up a frenzy by handing out inflammatory flyers, he wrote in a statement. Some of our staff have even been subjected to unacceptable and unwarranted personal abuse. So it’s time to set the record straight and get this situation into perspective.
British Naturism is a perfectly law-abiding organization which has been hiring our venue – and many similar sites across the UK – for private swimming events for more than 20 years. In all that time, the Waterworld sessions have passed off happily and peacefully, and we have never had any reasons for concern. It’s important to point out that these events are completely private. They are not open to anyone to simply walk in off the street. They are restricted to the organization’s members and pre-registered guests, and no children attend without parents or guardians. I am not a naturist, but I fiercely defend the rights of those who choose to be.
He continued: It is not Waterworld’s role to be judge and jury on a matter where no laws of the land are being broken. We hire out our venue to a wide range of different groups for their private functions. The morally right thing to do is for us to continue giving our full support to British Naturism, which has exactly the same rights to hire our facility as any other law-abiding organization. Established in 1964, British Naturism is the UK’s internationally recognized organization for naturism. A Facebook group for the organization says, "It exists to unite and support naturists, to protect naturist places and provide more, make social nudity more acceptable across the UK."