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New for 2014
The 2014 leaflet is available and features details of all of the pre-booked events and exhibitions for the year, but the team are constantly working to bring you more activities and good reasons to visit, so keep a watchful eye for additional events throughout the season. 


Gordon Selfridge and Highcliffe Castle
The life story of American business tycoon Harry Gordon Selfridge, founder of the famous London department store, has been made into an ITV drama series, which returned to our screens on 19th January.
Although based in London from the early 1900s, Gordon Selfridge has many links with the local area. He was a tenant here at Highcliffe Castle from 1916 - 1922, when he rented the property as his South-Coast home. Selfridge himself, his wife and his mother are all buried at St Marks Church, Highcliffe.  The second series of Mr Selfridge dramatises the next few years of this extraordinary story including the effects of World War I.  Due to popular demand, we will again feature an exhibition about Selfridge, Shopping King of Highcliffe Castle, during the summer. Until then there will be a smaller display of information about the American entrepreneur and his links with the Castle. If there is a third series, it is likely to cover the period when Selfridge lived at Highcliffe Castle and we hope that the production company may feature the property at that time.

More Family Activities in 2014

The Christchurch & East Dorset Partnership are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a grant from Sport England to deliver an exciting 3-year project which seeks to stimulate local sports delivery and help increase participation for people aged 14 and above. Highcliffe Castle is one of 3 high profile sites in the Activate Coast & Countryside Project along with Moors Valley Country Park and Kingston Lacy House.
There will be a Festival ‘Taster Day’ later in the year where anyone can visit and have a go at several of the sports which, at Highcliffe Castle will include; cycling, petanque, running, sea fishing, rounders, orienteering and surfing. Look out in the local press and on the website for more details.
Highcliffe Castle to bid for Heritage Lottery Money UPDATE
We submitted our application for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund in August 2013, but unfortunately received news in November that the bid had been unsuccessful. It is not all bad news though, as the feedback was very positive, and the Trustees indicated that they considered our project to be a high priority and would welcome a further application. One of the successful applications in November was agreed at its third submission, so we remain optimistic. The Council have taken advice and resubmitted the application in December. We will hear whether we have been successful, second time around, in March. I have enclosed a summary of the bid for your information.  Follow the link for more details of the application.
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