Thanet council considering nude bathing warning signs for area of Botany Bay

A 'naturist' warning sign is likely to be installed by Thanet council

Thanet council is considering warning signs at Botany Bay to let visitors know that part of the beach is used by naturists.

The bay is not an officially designated naturist beach but an area is often used for nude sunbathing,

A Thanet council spokesperson said: “An area of Botany Bay in Broadstairs, east of Foreness Point, is known to be used by some beach goers as a naturist beach. This is not officially recognised by Thanet District Council. There are currently no plans to designate Botany Bay as an official site for naturists.

“Due to the use of this part of the bay for naturist sunbathing, the council is considering the installation of signage at Botany Bay to alert visitors to the possibility of naturists in the area beyond the main beach.”

Separately, Botany Bay has also been the site of complaints about ‘flashing’ incidents. Last month police investigated a report of a man exposing himself in the car park before walking off towards Kingsgate beach. The incident happened at about 2.15pm on Wednesday 17 May. Other reports have been made this month.

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police is investigating a report that a man exposed himself on Botany Bay beach, near Broadstairs at around 12.10pm on Thursday 8 June.

“On Friday 9 June, a man was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and he was later released without charge.

“Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and anyone with any information should call Kent Police on 01843 222289, quoting reference 46/101712/23.”

Kent Police Inspector Jim Woodward will meet councillors to discuss the issue. The ward beat officer will also attend the area.


  1. Probably about time. I do know of people that have been quite shocked to see naked bodies roaming around when walking the dog 😱

          • Talk me through your ethical principals on producing a book of photographs of naked women. And why just women and not men? And while you are at it show me the research you previously cited about the sentiment of Thanet that I asked for because I know you hate it when people don’t answer your questions on IOTN comments section.

  2. Last time I checked Indecent exposure is defined in the Sexual Offences Act 2003. It is an offence for a person to intentionally expose their genitals with the intention for someone to see them and be alarmed or distressed. This is the main indecent exposure offence. Botany bay not a naturist beach .So me and our local friends will be calling police if we see anyone thinking its acceptable approaching woman and children without there clothes .

  3. Good idea there is nothing wrong with naturism we all have a naked body. Signs will let people know the area where naturist can go it is long overdue. Naturist have nothing to hide.

  4. Designate them another beach please. Not one you can walk through. My stomach turns when I see naked old men standing in the sea , legs apart so everyone can admire their package…..I turn the dogs on them, that makes them get under the waves . Dirty old …..

  5. Nothing wrong with naturism in the right location. It’s a shame that designated beaches are not provided. So few in the entire UK. France and Spain provide lots of beaches that are well signs posted with parking nearby. The British still enjoy living in the past with stiff upper lip Victorian attitudes. I guess that is why we left the EU.

    • There’s a fantastic designated beach on sheppey , Shellness beach leysdown , we often go there and it gets extremely busy .

      • All the more reason to recognise the existing small area (well away from the main Botanty Bay beach) naturists are generally very conscious of how they treat a beach, no litter, no bbqs, etc. and also prepared to travel – they’d bring spending money with them 🙂
        Also chatting to some of the regulars, it’s been an unofficial spot for naturist sunbathing and swimming for over 40 years, so maybe time to embrace at and turn it into a money spinner?

  6. Oh yea, oh yea, oh yea, bring out the prudes, the Victorian prudes the ones who would not go into the naturist club / beach, but love looking through the hole in the fence.

  7. This is not why we voted for Brexit. It’s disgusting that people should have bodies and display them and make me think about other people’s genitals all the time. I think it should all be banned.

  8. I think you should be banned Andy because don’t think you support Brexit or Boris and that makes you unpatriotic and you should support it because it’s the will of the people and just be grateful Jermememememney Crumblybin didn’t get in charge because all this is his fault and you’d be making jam in communist Russia right now if he did.

  9. Thank you Sam for posting that information it’s very clear and helpful for those who are sad enough to think everything nude is rude.

  10. Unfortunately me and my mates were at the beach yesterday afternoon at about 4pm. We were told by the police on the beach to cover up there was complaints made by members of the public. We will go to leysdown instead in the future .Not worth risking DBS over sunbathing .

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