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.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open all year - please see our website for details www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk

Admission charges

please see our website for details www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk

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.
Walking in the footsteps of gilbert white

Walking in the Footsteps of Gilbert White

  • 29 March — 1 May 2016 *on now
  • 7 — 8 May 2016 10am-5:15pm

Join us in retracing Gilbert White’s Footsteps from his college in Oxford to his home in Selborne, raising money for our project to rescue the At Risk buildings of our stable yard at Gilbert White’s House, to create a new exhibition to Frank Oates, the uncle of Captain Oates, to install new interpretation throughout the museum and to create a new café and shop. Last year’s walk raised the tremendous sum of £23,000 and it was wonderful to have the support of so many walkers and sponsors.
Friday 22 April - Sunday 24 April Oxford to Goring.
Friday 29 April - Sunday 1st May Goring to Nuneham Green.
Saturday 7th May - Sunday 8th May Nuneham Green - Selborne.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

The minimum donation for each day is £25 per adult, £10 per dog and £10 for subsequent days. The minimum donation for the whole walk is £100.

Website

http://www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/event/gilbert-white-walking/

containers

Cottage Containers

  • 30 April 2016 11am-2pm *on now

A workshop ran by head gardener David Standing on how to create the ideal cottage container. David will guide you through the process of potting, selecting your plants and then talk about how to care for the different species. Materials provided:
• Terracotta pot
• Soil
• Basic selection of flowers – more available for purchase
• Tea/Coffee and a light lunch
• Admission to the house and gardens included
You will need to bring secateurs and trowel. Feel free to bring plants you may wish to use, with David’s expert advice on hand to get the best out of them.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£30

Website

http://www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/event/cottage-containers/

Wedding Fayre

Wedding Fayre

  • 1 May 2016 10:30am-3:30pm

The Museum, Gardens and Barn are an increasingly popular wedding venue with wedding bookings on a record high. In the beautiful setting of our Hampshire Barn, a popular wedding venue looking out over the beautiful grounds of Gilbert White's House. This will be a perfect opportunity for couples to talk to experts and sample their produce to help make their dream day a reality.

Our marquee will be full to the brim with a varied selection of wedding suppliers; from venue decorators, to cake makers, wedding transportation and wedding stationary.
For more information see our website!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/event/wedding-fayre/

Wild Gardening

Wild Gardening

  • 7 May 2016 12-3pm

Time will be spent talking through how to create your own wild garden. Followed by a tour of the wild gardens at Gilbert White’s. There will then be an open forum to discuss what you have learnt and how you can apply this in your own garden.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/event/wild-gardening/

Bat Walk

Bat Walk

  • 10 May 2016 8:30-9:30pm

Nik Knight of Hampshire Bat Group joins us again for a late evening bat walk in Gilbert’s garden. With bat detectors in hand you will explore Gilbert’s garden as dusk begins to set, a prime time for bats to take flight for their evening meal. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather, and bring a torch for when it gets dark.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7

Website

http://www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/event/bat-walk/

Newt Survey

Museums at Night: Night time Newts!

  • 13 May 2016 8:30-10:30pm

Museum at Night returns for its May edition. This year Gilbert White & The Oates Collections is working in association with HIWWT to run a newt survey event! Participants will help lay traps to carry out a survey of the wildlife pond, take part in a classroom style session to understand why we survey and then return later to see what newts have made their way into the traps! A hand’s on experience, with plenty to learn. Guest’s asked to bring appropriate footwear and torches.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7

Website

http://www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/events

The Wild Woods Sleepover

Museums at Night: The Wild Woods Sleepover

  • 13 — 14 May 2016 6pm-8:30am

An evening of exciting activities and crafts exploring the woodland and what lives there, culminating in a campfire cooked supper and a sleepover in tents in our 16th century barn. Don’t forget your torch!
Suitable for ages 5 and up
£15 per child, accompanying adult free. No more than 1 adult to each child.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • Any age

Admission

£15 per child, accompanying adult free. No more than 1 adult to each child.

Winnie the Pooh

The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh

  • 25 May 2016 6-7pm

Join Kathryn Aalto, author of ‘The Natural World of Winnie The Pooh’ for a visually-rich journey into one of the most iconic settings in children’s literature: the Hundred Acre Wood, in East Sussex, known as Ashdown Forest. This is where A. A. Milne lived and set the tender adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his band of friends. Learn about Milne’s extraordinary childhood in the natural world and how he and illustrator E. H. Shepard became the Lennon-McCartney of children’s literature. Discover the real places that inspired the stories as well as the rare flora and fauna of the forest. Leave with a new understanding of how the Winnie-the-Pooh books are now, more than ever, field guides for the free range child, a hymn to those days of doing nothing — yet learning everything.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12

Website

http://www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/event/natural-world-winnie-pooh/

Nature Day

Nature Day: Below the Hanger and Beyond

  • 28 May 2016 10:30am-5pm

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections, in Selborne, Hampshire, will be joined by nature and conservation organisations from all over the country, including the RSPB and the Wildlife Trust, plus many more organisations who work in the fields of biodiversity, conservation and climate change. Various family friendly activities will run all day, for us to learn more about the importance of the natural world around us and what we can do to protect it.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/event/nature-is-now/

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

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Website

www.gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk

E-mail

info@gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk

Telephone

01420 511275

Fax

01420 511040

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