A late-night nude family swim event which has previously caused outrage will return to one of the country's most popular water parks this weekend.

The controversial naked family swim session returns to Waterworld in Staffordshire - which describes itself as the UK's No1 tropical aqua park - and is popular with families from all over the UK, including those from Hull and the East Riding.

The nude session is being held after dark from 7pm until 10pm on Saturday, and is open to adults and children of all ages who are members of British Naturism, reports Stoke-on-Trent Live.

The organisers - British Naturism - which are the UK’s internationally recognised organisation for naturism has told its members the naked swim - described as the 'biggest waterpark event of the year' - will go ahead as planned, despite the pandemic.

Previously the event - which usually attracts around 300 people - has courted criticism from locals, concerned perverts could prey on youngsters.

One session held last year saw around 20 protesters gather outside the entrance with police in attendance. A petition was also set up.

However, British Naturism and Waterworld have both strongly defended the event.

A British Naturism spokesman said: "British Naturism is an organisation 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. It was developed in conjunction with the NSPCC and is reviewed annually.

"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."

Waterworld is popular with families from across the UK

Waterworld owner Mo Chaundry has previously stated British Naturism is a 'perfectly law-abiding organisation. In a letter to our sister paper, The Sentinel he wrote: "We have been unjustly accused of encouraging paedophiles.

"Far Right protest group Britain First has been trying to whip up a frenzy by handing out inflammatory flyers.

"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 organisation 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 organisation’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.

"It is not Waterworld’s role to be judge and jury on a matter where no laws of the land are being broken.

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"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 organisation."

Based in Northampton and founded in 1964, British Naturism is the UK’s internationally recognised organisation for naturism.

Its Facebook group says it 'exists to unite and support naturists, to protect naturist places and provide more, make social nudity more acceptable across the UK'.

Tickets for the Waterworld events cost between £18 and £24 for adults with discounts on family tickets.