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.
Moth Nights

Moth Night

  • 18 September 2018 8:30-10pm
  • 16 October 2018 7:30-9pm

Join us and learn a little more about the fantastic world of moths.

Moths are sensitive indicators of the health of the natural environment and a vital part of the food chain; something which didn’t escape the attention of Gilbert White as early as the 18th Century.

We are having a series of moth nights (and mornings) this year one a month during the most active part of the mothing season (except for August when we take a break), each night will see a different variety of moths as we see the seasons change. Join us on this fantastic journey into the night time world of moths.

As well as helping to identify any moths that are seen, during the night sessions there will be an opportunity to experience other nocturnal life in the grounds especially looking out, or listening, for owls and bats.

This event will include outdoor activity including a short walk so please come dressed appropriately for the weather and time of year with sturdy footwear and bring a torch. A warm drink and biscuits will be provided during the evening’s activities and a light breakfast snack will be available for the morning sessions.

£6 per session –hot drinks and snacks provided.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=moth-nights%2F&event_date=2018-04-10

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

  • 21 July — 2 September 2018 *on now

Pick up a scavenger hunt at reception to see what you can discover and do around our grounds this summer.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Free with admission.

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=scavenger-hunt%2F&event_date=2018-07-21

Explorer Backpacks

Explorer Backpacks

  • 21 July — 2 September 2018 *on now

Borrow one of our Family Explorer Backpacks from reception to take your natural adventure to the next level. Backpacks include magnifying glasses, binoculars, sketch books and identification keys. Deposit required.

Suitable for

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

Admission

Free with admission. Deposit required.

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=explorer-backpacks%2F&event_date=2018-07-21

Life Lab

Life Lab

  • 21 August 2018 10:30am-2pm
  • 28 August 2018 10:30am-2pm

Come and try your hand at being a naturalist by examining some of the specimens from our learning collection. Use a range of tools to find out about the animals in front of you including microscopes, measuring equipment and fact files. Suitable for all ages.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6

Admission

Free with admission.

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=life-lab-2%2F&event_date=2018-07-31

Bat Walk

Family Friendly Bat Walk

  • 30 August 2018 7:30-9:30pm

Join us for a family friendly evening bat walk around the grounds with bat detectors. All ages welcome. Advanced booking required.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6 per adult with accompanying adult free

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=family-friendly-bat-walk%2F&event_date=2018-08-02

Nature Camp

Nature Camp

  • 20 — 23 August 2018

Holiday day camp for kids between 8 and 12 who have a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. Using all of our 30 acre site and neighbouring woodland, children will be able to run off some steam and learn more about the world around them. Activities include pond dipping, habitat building, butterfly hunts, animal tracking, bat box building, den building, wild art and Bushcraft. See our website for more details. extended hours available.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£25 per child per day, 4 days for £80

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=nature-camp-2%2F&event_date=2018-08-06

 Butterfly Day

Butterfly Day

  • 15 August 2018 10am-12pm, 1-3pm *on now

Join us as we take a walk to try and document all of the amazing butterflies species which can be found in Gilbert’s grounds and to build butterfly feeder to take home. Don’t forget your wellies! Advanced booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6 per child with accompanying adult free

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=butterfly-day%2F&event_date=2018-08-15

Summer Kitchen Garden

Summer Kitchen Garden Course

  • 25 August 2018 10am-4pm

Our Kitchen Gardener Keith Oakley will be showing the best techniques for getting your vegetable garden up to scratch this summer. Over the course of the day Keith will talk about hoeing, weeding, aftercare of seeding, successional sowing, harvesting crops, maintaining pathways, making compost, and sowing green manure crops. The day also includes lunch and refreshments.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Any age

Admission

£45

Website

http://Our Kitchen Gardener Keith Oakley will be showing the best techniques for getting your vegetable garden up to scratch this summer. Over the course of the day Keith will talk about hoeing, weeding, aftercare of seeding, successional sowing, harvesting crops, maintaining pathways, making compost, and sowing green manure crops. The day also includes lunch and refreshments.

Little Women

Little Women

  • 26 August 2018 7:30-9pm

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to present the timeless story of Little Women, based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott at Gilbert White’s House. Join Chapterhouse as four sisters – Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy – tell the story of their life during the Civil War in America. It is a story full of romance, love, passion, friendship; a story where hope will always outdo heartache and hardship if you just have the courage to follow your dreams.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

From £10-£46

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=little-women%2F&event_date=2018-08-26

River Dipping

Pond Dipping

  • 29 August 2018 10am-12pm, 1-3pm

Join us as we delve into our local river to discover what is living there. All equipment is provided. Wellies are a must. Advanced booking required. Suitable for all ages.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6 per child with accompanying adult free

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=river-dipping-2%2F&event_date=2018-08-29

Dog Show

Dog Show

  • 2 September 2018 10:30am-5pm

A great Free Family event with great dog friendly stalls, games and competitions!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=dog-show-2018%2F&event_date=2018-09-02

WILD Art

WILD Art Exhibition

  • 8 September — 30 November 2018

WILD is collective of four female artists, whose styles and methods all vary in creating wonderful pieces of contemporary art. For this exhibition the artist’s will create new artwork responding to the words of Gilbert White and the scenic landscape of Selborne, where Gilbert lived.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with admission

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=wild-art-exhibition%2F&event_date=2018-09-08

Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Day

  • 13 September 2018 11am-4pm

Experience this diverse and newly renovated museum for free and get the chance to look at artefacts not usually on display and hear stories about the amazing women that featured in the lives of Gilbert White, Frank Oates & Lawrence Oates.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=heritage-open-day-whats-store-2%2F&event_date=2018-09-13

Hedgehogs in the Linescape

Hedgehogs in the Linescape

  • 20 September 2018 7-8pm

We have a very definite fondness for lines - we make them wherever we go - hedges, walls, ditches and dykes, canals, railways and roads. These ubiquitous lines have become embedded in the landscape and absorbed into the ecosystem, acting as either agents of connectivity or fragmentation for wildlife. In his latest book Linescapes, Remapping and Reconnecting Britain’s Fragmented Wildlife, Hugh Warwick explores the history, both social and natural, of these lines and argues that they can, if we are brave enough, work as ecological goods. And the animal that perhaps best illustrates the impact of these lines is the hedgehog - named after our best-loved linear feature and stereotypically flattened by our most used line.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=hedgehogs-in-the-linescape%2F&event_date=2018-09-20

Astronomy Course

Astronomy Course (10 week)

  • 20 September — 29 November 2018

We are delighted to offer this informal 10 week course with Graham Bryant from the Hampshire Astronomical Group. The Course will cover the some of the historical aspects of astronomy and we will view some of the notable people and events in the history of mankind’s quest to understand the cosmos and our place in it.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£100

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=astronomy-course-10-week%2F&event_date=2018-09-20

HAMPSHIRE

HAMPSHIRE - An Evening Through Writers' Eyes

  • 27 September 2018 6:30-8pm

Join Alastair Langlands and friends to celebrate HAMPSHIRE through the eyes of writers who have known and loved the county. It was through the native genius of Jane Austen that the novel reached its first flowering in Hampshire, but not the least of the county’s literary claims is as the birthplace of nature writing, with Gilbert White opening up a new universe with his minute observation of the natural world around him in his Hampshire parish of Selborne. This tradition was furthered in the county by W H Hudson, and reached its apogee with the night walks of the poet Edward Thomas. If Hampshire is revealed to be a crystallization of all the quiet virtues of England, we also get to delight in the affectionate mocking attention of Beryl Bainbridge, P G Wodehouse and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6

Website

http://gilbertwhiteshouse.org.uk/?event=hampshire-evening-writers-eyes%2F&event_date=2018-09-27

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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