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

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Nature Day

Nature Day: Below the Hanger and Beyond

  • 28 May 2016 10:30am-5pm *on now

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




sun catcher activity

Nature Sun Catchers

  • 31 May 2016 11am-4pm

Create a beautiful piece of art work to hang in your window using flowers and leaves.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6


Free with normal admission


Pin Hole Photography

Wildflower and Butterflies Pin Hole Photography

  • 1 June 2016 10am-12pm, 1-3pm

Following our popular Antarctic Explorer photography session, we will be taking pictures using pin hole cameras outside and developing them in our own dark room. Suitable for ages 5+ due to use of chemicals in development. All materials included.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15


£6 per child, accom. adult goes free.


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

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01420 511275


01420 511040

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