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

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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.
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

  • 10 December 2016 7:30-9:30pm

It’s Christmas Eve and old miser Scrooge is visited by four ghostly visitors come to teach him a lesson; his old partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. But as Christmas day dawns are these apparitions and their dire warnings enough to make Scrooge see the error of his ways?

Adapted and directed by Michael Whitmore, Quantum Theatre’s delightful new production captures all the warmth and humanity, anguish and earie portent of this festive classic

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £12, Child £8


The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

  • 10 December 2016 2:30-4:30pm

Quantum theatre presents two wonderful festive family shows. Join Kay and Greda as they battle the Snow Queen then in the evening be transported back to Victorian London for a Christmas Carol.

Matinee Performance of Snow Queen – 2:30-4:30pm
A young boy, Kay and his friend, Gerda are devoted to each other. Kay’s Grandmother tells them both about the Snow Queen, and a mirror that won’t reflect the good and beautiful in people, but magnifies all the bad and ugly aspects.

One summer’s day a splinter from the mirror lodges in Kay’s heart and his personality changes – he becomes cruel and aggressive – and later that year, when winter comes, the Snow Queen appears and whisks Kay away to her palace in the North Pole.

No one knows what’s happened to Kay but Gerda who is heartbroken at Kay’s disappearance, decides to look for him.

She sets out on a long and dangerous journey but eventually reaches the Snow Queen’s palace. Kay seems unrescuable, but Gerda’s tears melt the splinter in his heart and the spell is broken. They travel home and find that it hasn’t changed, but they have – they’ve grown up and it’s summer time once more.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £12, Children £8


Christmas storytelling

Christmas Storytelling

  • 18 December 2016 10am-2pm

With Christmas fast approaching, come along to make a Christmas lantern and enjoy some traditional Christmas storytelling. All materials and refreshments included. Advance booking required.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • Any age


£3 (adults go free)

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

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