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

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Penguin Crafts

Penguin Crafts

  • 21 February 2017 11am-2pm *on now

Drop in arts and crafts session for all ages

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free with Admission


Be an antarctic explorer

Be an Antarctic Explorer

  • 22 February 2017 11am-4pm

Wednesday 22nd February 11am-1pm (5-9years) & 2pm-4pm (10years+) at The Gilbert White Field Studies Centre, £6.
Have a go at being an Explorer! Go behind the scenes to find out about the equipment you would need to take, bake your own bannock bread and make a souvenir just like Captain Scott.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • Any age


£6 per child, one adult free.


Penguin Ecology and Biology

Penguin Ecology & Biology

  • 23 February 2017 6:30-8pm

In this talk Phil Tranthan from British Antarctic Survey explores how new technology has helped reveal different elements of penguin behaviour and ecology, much of this previously unknown. Satellite remote sensing has now provided revised information about the breeding, distribution and population sizes of various different penguin species, so that we now know – for example - that there are 54 colonies of emperors with a breeding population of more than 238,000 pairs; almost twice that previously recognised. Use of new technology has been vital in re-assessing the threat status of all different penguin species.

Suitable for

  • Any age




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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