Gilbert White’s House & Garden and The Oates Collection is perfect for celebrating your special day, from ceremony to reception, with a variety of informal yet distinctive spaces to hire for a memorable event. Our idyllic setting beneath the famous Selborne ‘Hanger’ of the South Downs National Park is steeped in history, retaining a charm and serenity quite of its own.
Download your copy of our Weddings & Celebrations Brochure here for venue options, capacities and the latest prices.
Be married in our 16th Century Hampshire Barn, set in a tranquil meadow, where large glass doors open onto the backdrop of the Hampshire South Downs. Adjacent to ample car parking, the barn offers good toilet and cloakroom facilities for your guests, as well as adjoining space for the erection of a marquee.
Or get close to history by solemnising your partnership in the museum’s period rooms and fascinating galleries on Gilbert White, Captain Lawrence Oates and Victorian Explorer Frank Oates. Available to hire for a unique and intimate civil ceremony, these rooms range from the period elegance of the Great Parlour, to our recently renovated exhibition on the Scott Antarctic Expedition.
The Great Mead provides an excellent location for a marquee wedding reception, offering stunning views of the house and Selborne Hanger. Set your marquee amid our ancient meadow, with the adjacent Ewell Field available to hire for convenient additional car parking.
All our wedding packages include the use of our heritage garden, largely restored to Gilbert White’s original designs, for your wedding photographs. The Main Lawn is also available for hosting champagne receptions with small gazebo-type structures and non-amplified music such as a String Quartet.
Our brochure is downloadable as a PDF by clicking on this link: Wedding Brochure 2013.