“My drug-fueled visit to ‘naked zombie’ nudist camp still gives me nightmares”

London’s Ben Myers accidentally visited the naturist resort of Playground in 1997 – but is still traumatized at being “surrounded by naked old people” in scenes he likened to a horror film

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Playground: Hertfordshire naturist resort in detail at Bricket Wood

A man remains haunted after stumbling across a naturist resort 25 years ago and being “surrounded by naked old men”.

Ben Myers, 47, recalled accidentally visiting Playground – which is German for Playground – a naturist camp in Hertfordshire.

Playground, also known as Bricket Wood, is the longest running naturist resort in Britain, having opened in 1929 and has 65 houses on site.

When Ben “got too high” after work in 1997, he and a friend took a drive and ended up at Bricket Wood.

“I drove through this nudist camp paranoid, scared, confused and amused — and it was one direction,” said Ben, an executive at a media company Daily Star.

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“I’ve looked at people who shouldn’t be naked. . . and then the car broke down.

“We were then surrounded by naked old people, like in a scene from a zombie movie or The Walking Dead. We were too scared to get out of the car but we had to and pushed it to the entrance of the place for the RAC to come and fix it.

“It still scares me to this day – hashish, old cars and nudists don’t mix.”

Even the ones that live in Bricket Wood admit “society doesn’t see it (naturism) as a normal thing”.

A local resident said last year: “The problem is that people don’t see enough naked bodies, de-sexualized naked bodies, especially as children and teenagers.”

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Last year, a Hertfordshire Live Reporters visited the nudist site and spoke to several residents.

The journalist wrote: “Society never prepares you for the moment when a man opens the door naked.

“Nudity is totally accepted as the norm [there].

“About 50 people live there, all of whom are happier without clothes than with them. Wrapped up in my knit dress and huge fleecy coat, I’m the outsider who invades their world, not the other way around, although they never do, I feel that way.”

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