House, Gardens & Cafe Open Monday - Sunday

White Christmas

Join us on the 5th of December for our White Christmas event taking place in the stable-yard and gardens.

Enjoy food from the White’s cafe including mulled wine & mince pies and a varied collection of local stallholders including food, eco items, clothing, drink. Our brewery will be open where you can learn a bit more about brewing beer and buy some of our Gilbert White craft ale.

The garden will be lit up with lights with festive music playing and you can take part in a wassailing walk.

More information released soon.

5th December 2020
10.30am until 6pm

Parking in the Gilbert White & The Oates Collection Car Park behind the Selborne Arms and then follow the path down from the car park to the museum.


  • Start Date: 05 Dec 20
  • End Date: 05 Dec 20
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

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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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