Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.30AM to 5PM & Bank Holidays

Thimble Pip Workshop 

Friday 28th June 2019

‘I wish I could help you in your needlework. I have two hands and a new thimble that lead a very easy life.’- Jane Austen 27th December 1808

A Thimble Pip (also called Secret Keepers) are small containers to keep your thimble in so you don’t so readily lose it. Frances Law will guide you in hand sewing your own thimble pip to use and cherish.

£25 incl. materials and refreshments

Part of Alton Regency Week 


  • Start Date: 28 Jun 19
  • End Date: 28 Jun 19
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

Gilbert Whites House

Gilbert White was aged 7 or 8 when the White family moved from the Vicarage on Selborne’s Plestor, to this house, called ‘The Wakes’ (named after the Wake family who had lived here previously). At that time the property would have been no more than a ‘two up, two down’  but over the subsequent years lots of extensions and additions have been made, creating the long sizeable house you see today.

The rooms have been restored following descriptions in White’s own correspondence and include a chair he used at Oriel College, Oxford (loaned from the College), items of contemporary furniture, family portraits and bed hangings embroidered for him by his aunts.

On display is the original manuscript of his book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, which was purchased with generous help from English Heritage and others.

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