This FAQ is based on questions asked between 1995 &
We shall add to this section as we update our archive.
Can I be arrested if I go beyond the posts?
The same criminal laws apply whichever side of the
posts you are on and no-one has been arrested for simply being in the nude
beyond the posts.
4th September 2005 Update: SUN have received a report of a
_threatened_ arrest of a nudist doing no more than sunbathing in a dune
he has used for years. The nudist has made a written complaint regarding
his treatment and the situation is under investigation.
Can I be arrested for having an erection?
You don't have to take many visits to a nudist beach before witnessing
an embarrassed dad leaving mum and racing to the sea for the cold water
treatment as his kids return with the ice creams! Most beach users view
this as a natural occurrence are not bothered in the least.
The fact is that erections happen and if you are a man
then at some time you are going to have to deal with an erection whilst
on the beach.
Whether or not your erection could lead to your arrest
depends on what you do with it! In a nutshell... ensure nobody feels
threatened by your erection (this is important), turn over, crouch
down or run into the sea!
If you become erect whilst
If you become erect whilst sleeping, which is a fairly common
occurrence, it's possible that Mrs Grundy may walk by and be shocked. In
law she would have the right to complain to the police and in law you
could actually be arrested. That said we think this is a VERY unlikely
scenario as most sensible human beings passing by an obviously sleeping
man with a erection would accept your perfectly natural human condition
with (probably) mild amusement.
If you wake up and find you
have an erection
If you wake up and find you have an erection best advice is
to turn over and lay face down for a while!
If you are walking and get a
spontaneous obvious erection
Please be aware that:
Some people on the beach, particularly single
women, find the sight of an erect man approaching them very
Some people on the beach, who you have no way of
identifying, will be experiencing nudism for the very first time and
will not be used to the sight of an occasional erection.
The police are aware that Studland is listed on internet
dogging websites and that if you walk around with an obvious erection
you may be mistaken as a sexual predator and draw their attention.
By walking around with an erection you may cause
somebody to complain.
So, if you get an erection whilst walking around the best advice
is to get out of view for a while. Swim if you're by the sea, sit or crouch or
lay down for a while if you're on the open beach.
If you choose to crouch in the dunes whilst your erection
subsides choose your spot with a little care. If you crouch to hide an erection
and you are close to a single woman (for example) your actions could be
If you become erect DO NOT BEHAVE LIKE A STALKER.
If you are arrested for having a naturally occurring
erection get as many witnesses as possible and contact a recommended solicitor
via the Coast & Country Club - 0870 458 2115 (8am to 8pm most days).
If you masturbate
If you masturbate on the beach you could be arrested (even if secretively and viewed
through powerful binoculars).
Is public sex an arrestable offence?
Strictly speaking private sex is in open space is not a
criminal offence but private means private. Sex that could be witnessed by anybody else
is an arrestable offence.
Sexual activity at Studland causes many problems and
naturists deplore the activities of those who, through sexual
misconduct, threaten to bring naturism into disrepute.
We encourage all visitors to act responsibly so please
take care and avoid behaviour that could alarm or distress members of
the public. Offenders get no support from local or national naturist
The Bournemouth Daily Echo frequently name, shame and
print the address of those found guilty and archive reports on their
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