Wish you were here!
Looking back on Highcliffe Holidays
Saturday, 4 May 2013 - 11:00am - Sunday, 8 September 2013 - 4:30pm
“Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside, I do like to be beside the sea.” When John Glover-Kind penned this popular song in 1907, Highcliffe was already well-established as a holiday resort.
Photographs from those Edwardian days show the beach crowded with families. Looking at their fashionable clothes it appears that they dressed up rather than undressed to enjoy a day by the sea.
Within 50 years, voluminous beachwear had shrunk to skimpy bikinis – and holidaymakers were sunning themselves rather than hiding behind Edwardian sunshades.
Our “Wish You Were Here!” exhibition will trace the story of how Highcliffe-on-sea developed as a popular resort. We will look at what attracted visitors to come here, how they travelled, where they stayed and what they wore.
Visitors sent off picture postcards to tell their friends and relations what a good time they were having. These now provide a valuable record of Highcliffe beach scenes down the years and will be a feature of our exhibition.
Our visitors also liked to return home with souvenirs of their holidays here. Shops in the village sold many items marked with the words “Highcliffe-on-sea” such as crested china, teapots, milk jugs and sugar bowls. We will have a display of Highcliffe souvenirs.
Exhibition in the Library Gallery. Normal admission chrages apply