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

Unusual Plants Fair 2020

Our longest running event is back for 2020 in the year of Gilbert White 300. What better way to celebrate 300 years than a plant fair with many of the plants Gilbert White grew in his garden.

Join us for great stallholders from across the region, expert advice, talks and workshops.

Adults £7; Concession £6; Child £3

  • Start Date: 20 Jun 20
  • End Date: 21 Jun 20
  • 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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