Gilbert White's House and Garden and The Oates Collection

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Discover the fascinating stories of three explorers of the natural world- Gilbert White, 18th century author and naturalist; Frank Oates, Victorian explorer of America and Africa; Captain Lawrence Oates who famously lost his life on Scott's ill fated expedition to Antarctica 1911-1912

Explore the charming house, 25 acres of restored gardens and ancient parkland with award winning tea parlour, gift shop and plant sales- We have all you need for an interesting day out.

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Opening hours

Open all year - please see our website for details

Admission charges

please see our website for details

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Personalities, World Cultures

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Star Gazing at Gilbert’s

  • 5 September 2015 8-10pm

Join Richard Dan as he provides a colourful introductory talk to astronomy. There will be a chance to use telescopes (weather permitting), looking into the night sky above the Hanger. Richard will also have his special solar telescope to demonstrate, allowing participants to look at the sun in perfect safety. Light refreshments will be availabe on the evening. Maximum numbers 35.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13


£7.00 per person
10-15 year olds, amateur astronomy groups and families.

Gilbert White's House at Night

Museums At Night- Wild @ White's Sleepover!

  • 30 — 31 October 2015 6pm-8:30am

As part of the Museums at Night Festival, the Gilbert White Field Studies Centre is opening its doors for an exciting natural history themed sleepover for families. Join us for an evening packed full of activities that explore our local wildlife and enjoy a bat walk and camp fire before going to sleep inside our 16th century barn.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 14-15


£15 per child, accompanying adult free. Includes evening snack, drinks and breakfast.


Museums at Night Promo

Museums At Night- Bat Evening

  • 30 October 2015 6-7pm

Nik Knight of Hampshire Bat Society will be leading a group talking about the bats here at Gilbert Whites. The talk will touch on their importance to the environment, what types of bat are found on the grounds and why they live here. The event is in association with Museums at Night.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£5 per person.


Gilbert White's House and Garden and The Oates Collection
The Wakes
High Street
GU34 3JH




01420 511275


01420 511040

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