Membership. It may not be the sexiest word in the world, but in this consumer-tech filled era of Deliveroo for dinner and Kapten rides home, memberships are literally everything.
But it’s not all about downloading an app and getting fed quicker. There’s a whole world of less obvious membership-based services that can help you find nice waterfalls, niche exercise opportunities and even better orgasms. Here’s our roundup of the oh-too-often-overlooked clubs you know you want to join.
If you think you’re too cool for a National Trust membership, grow up. While it might once have been easy to write off as a pursuit for the retired, thanks to heroes like Greta Thunberg, young people are falling in love with the natural world, realising the planet is worth saving and eschewing foreign travel for nature filled staycations. The National Trust directory is full of hundreds of British Isles based gems; you can walk through forests (obviously), go swimming in waterfalls (there are actual waterfalls in the UK, who knew!), do a 6 week Pilates course on the grounds of a grade 2 listed Georgian house in Havering, or even hang out at the very 16th-century cottage where Virginia and Leonard Woolf took their staycations.
Only 57% of women usually orgasm from penetrative sex with a partner, compared with 95% of men. Now we’ve got your attention, allow us to explain why OMGYes probably deserves your membership. "We finally have the openness and research to take a clear-headed look at the many nuances of women’s sexual pleasure,” says their website. ”It’s about time! The taboo isn’t helping anybody." Aiming to demystify the idea of female pleasure, they use scientific research to underpin the video tutorials and instructional advice you’ll find on the site. Basically, it’s a whole series dedicated to helping women have better orgasms, and membership is a one off £20. Sold.
Is climbing cool? Celebrity advocates Jared Leto, Keira Knightley and Zac Efron seem to think so. Indoor climbing, or bouldering, as our transatlantic friends call it, is having a massive, millennial moment. Maybe it’s because it’s one of those forms of exercise that doesn’t really feel like exercise (because you’re scaling a wall), or maybe it’s because people enjoy the weird shoes and the little chalk-filled bag. Either way, your local climbing wall needs your support.
Mubi is basically a slightly pretentious Netflix, where you don’t have to worry about watching a bad film because everything on there is carefully selected by expert curators, so even if you don’t enjoy the actual film, you can enjoy the cultural currency of name-dropping it. There’s only thirty films on it at any given time (a new title is added and taken away every day), making it much easier to whittle down the choices.
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