Volunteers

Volunteer with us

Join our team of dedicated volunteers and you’ll be part of a large, friendly team who share a passion for Highcliffe Castle. Learn new skills, add valuable experience to your CV and make new friends. So whether you want to pursue a career in heritage, or just want to meet new people and indulge your passion, we want to hear from you.

Ways to Volunteer

Welcome our visitors

Create that great first impression for our visitors as you welcome them to the castle. Our front-of-house volunteers are enthusiastic and love meeting new people every day. They process entry tickets on the till as well as selling guidebooks and children’s trails.

 

Tell our stories

After the devastating fires in the 1960’s the castle was left a shell and although it has been restored, much of the contents were lost or bought by interested parties.

Our tour guides and room stewards have a passion for history and talking to groups of visitors to bring the castle’s interesting past to life.

I enjoy volunteering as a Tour Guide because I love finding out interesting and unusual stories about the families who lived in the Castle, and sharing those with our visitors, so that they will find the history of Highcliffe as fascinating as I do!”

Catherine, Volunteer Tour Guide

 

Volunteering in the gift shop

The castle’s gift shop is the ideal place to pick up a memento of the castle as well as browse a great selection of locally made products. Our volunteers in the shop are always busy pricing up products, restocking the shelves and selling on the tills.

Two ladies who volunteer in the shop at the Castle

 

Tending the grounds

First inspired by the work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the grounds and estate at Highcliffe Castle have seen many changes through the centuries but still retains some of Capability Brown’s original alterations.

The castle sits in 14 acres of land from the manicured Parterre by the Wintergarden to woodland connecting up to Steamer Point Nature Reserve.

Our active garden volunteers love being out in the elements and help keep the grounds looking at their best throughout the year, come rain or shine.

 

The benefits of volunteering

  • Make new friends and learn new skills
  • Join in with social events for our volunteers
  • Discount in our shop

Volunteer as much or as little as you like. All we ask is for a minimum of 3 hours a week.

 

Get in touch

If you are interested in volunteering download our Volunteer Application Form 2018 and send to our Volunteer Coordinator:

lisherwood@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk