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Oakwood Sun Club Open Day

On Sunday 24 June, join artist Barry Sykes at Oakwood Sun Club, as the club invite visitors to meet their members and explore the grounds at their annual Open Day BBQ.

Barry has been working as artist in residence at Oakwood, exploring the history and infrastructure of naturist and nudist clubs in Essex. This is a rare chance to explore the 5.5 acres of one of Essex three remaining naturist clubs, a fascinating, welcoming, body-positive environment not far from the location of the UK’ very first club, established in Wickford in 1924.

The Open Day will include tours of the grounds, a barbecue, presentations of research material and activities and workshops devised by Barry and the club members, including Petanque, Miniten, Potato Throwing, Laughter Yoga, Life Drawing and Feel the Sock!

Guests will not be asked to undress (unless using the pool), although are very welcome to give it a try in this safe, family environment. You are advised to bring a towel with you. There will be a simple BBQ but feel free to bring a picnic and any drinks.
No cameras or photography please.

The easiest way to get to Oakwood is by car, postcode RM3 7NA, turning off Chequers Road close to crossing the M25. There is parking onsite, simply call Bob on 07960 109041 when at the locked entrance gate. Alternatively, Oakwood is a twenty minute walk from Wincanton Rd bus stop.

Entrance is FREE, simply email bobatoakwood@yahoo.co.uk if you want to attend.


Romford RM3 7NA, United Kingdom
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Radical Essex is a project re-examining the county in relation to radicalism in thought, lifestyle, politics and architecture. A programme of events will take place across Essex throughout 2016 and 2017, shedding light on the vibrant, pioneering thinking of the late 19th and 20th centuries. The project will celebrate the crucial role Essex has played in the history of British Modernism and its utopian ideologies under the themes ‘The Modernist County’ and ‘Arcadia for All’.

The Radical Essex site is designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Alex Rich, developed by Twelve.

Radical Essex is led by Focal Point Gallery in collaboration with Visit Essex and Firstsite. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England it forms part of the country wide Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership with VisitEngland, supporting arts organisations to work with the tourism sector to deliver projects that maximise the impact culture has on local economies.

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