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

Georgian Fair

4th & 5th August

Admission: £8 Adults, £3 Children, £7 Concessions, Family ticket (2A +3C) £20

Either pay on the door or purchase your ticket below

The Dorset button making sessions and pottery sessions should be booked in advance as we have limited spaces, please book your space below

During the first weekend of August Gilbert White’s House and grounds will be transported through time to celebrate the reign of the Georges (1714 – 1830) and The Age of Enlightenment which inspired Gilbert White to write his famous book ‘ The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne’.

This event is the perfect antidote to our electronic age, celebrating the science, craft, food and entertainment of the Georgian period.

So come along and get involved!

Both days will be full of activities for all the family, with Georgian style entertainment and activities. Stalls demonstrating crafts and food making will be interspersed with various games science and leisure pastimes inspired by or practiced in the Georgian times.

Stool Ball . Timothy tortoise (Saturday Only) .Thatching and scything demonstrations (Saturday only) . Regency Dancing (Sunday Only) . Ferret Racing (Sunday only) . Falconry . Crafts and lots more…

Our Great Parlour Game will guide you around the activities available at the fair picking up clues and secrets as you go.

What’s On

Saturday

Timothy Tortoise visits us on Saturday from Ringmer. We also have thatching and scything demonstrations.

11am Scything Demonstration

Discover our gardeners are becoming expert at scything, discover the tricks of the trade

11.30 Stool ball

Join us for this game that dates back to 1400’s in southern England. It is similar to cricket. Traditionally  milking stools were used as wickets.

12pm Timothy the Tortoise visits from Ringmer

Timothy the tortoise originally lived in Ringmer looked after by Gilbert White’s aunt Rebecca Snooke. Today Timothy is visiting us from his home in Ringmer Gilbert White was fascinated by Timothy. Find out more about Timothy in this short talk.

12.30 Dorset button workshop/ Clay animal making

Take this fantastic opportunity to make a clay animal or a Dorset button (one of the earliest types of button), there are limited places on these activities so please book (on the day)

1pm Children’s Games

There are games to take part in all day, but these games are designed for the smaller legs!

1.30 Book Binding Demonstration

Discover how books binding has changed over the course of the 18th century

2pm Croquet

Join Gilbert White and the Selborne Croquet Club in a Game of Croquet. Croquet is a later version of Palemaille : f. A game, wherein a round box bowle is with a mallet strucke through a high arch of yron (standing at either end of an alley one) which he that can do at the fewest blowes, or at the nuber agreed on, winnes.— Randle Cotgrave, A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues, 1611

2.30pm Falconry

Falconry, once a vital way to hunt for food for the table became something of a rarity towards the end of the 18th century as hunting with guns took over.

3pm Stool Ball

Join us for this game that dates back to 1400’s in southern England. It is similar to cricket. Traditionally  milking stools were used as wickets.

3.30pm Dorset button workshop/ Clay animal Making

Take this fantastic opportunity to make a clay animal or a Dorset button (one of the earliest types of button), there are limited places on these activities so please book (on the day)

4pm Children’s Games

There are games to take part in all day, but these games are designed for the smaller legs!

 

Sunday

11am Regency Dancing

Regency dancing, with the Hampshire regency dancers, will take place in the Great Parlour.

11.30pm Ferret Racing

Ferrets, which are related to polecats, have been domesticated for thousands of years. They were traditionally used  for hunting, today we will simply watch them race.

12pm Dorset button workshop / Clay Animal Making

Take this fantastic opportunity to make a clay animal or a Dorset button (one of the earliest types of button), there are limited places on these activities so please book (on the day)

12.30 Gilbert Arrives on horse back

Gilbert White will arrive from his travels to enjoy the fair

1pm Children’s Games

There are games to take part in all day, but these games are designed for the smaller legs!

1.30pm Regency Dancing

Regency dancing, with the Hampshire Regency Dancers, will take place in the Great Parlour.

2pm Book Binding / Dorset button workshop / Clay Animal Making

Take this fantastic opportunity to make a clay animal or a Dorset button (one of the earliest types of button), there are limited places on these activities so please book (on the day)

Alternately discover how books binding has changed over the course of the 18th century

2.30pm Falconry

Falconry, once a vital way to hunt for food for the table became something of a rarity towards the end of the 18th century as hunting with guns took over.

3pm Regency Dancing

Regency dancing, with the Hampshire Regency Dancers, will take place in the Great Parlour.

3.30 Ferret Racing

Ferrets, which are related to polecats, have been domesticated for thousands of years. They were traditionally used  for hunting, today we will simply watch them race.

4pm Children’s Games

There are games to take part in all day, but these games are designed for the smaller legs!

4.30pm Ferret Racing

Ferrets, which are related to polecats, have been domesticated for thousands of years. They were traditionally used  for hunting, today we will simply watch them race.

 

Exhibitors

Ferret Rescue Surrey (Sunday Only)

Come along to watch the ferret racing, take a ferret for a walk and find out how to care for these fluffy mammals.

Timothy Tortoise (Saturday Only)

We are lucky enough to have a visit from Gilbert White’s Pet tortoise Timothy (AKA Saffron). Gilbert White was fascinated by his pet, visit timothy to find out more.

Dorset Buttons

View the exquisite detail showcased in this centuries-old style of craft-made button that originated in Dorset.

Farrell and Millard Master Thatchers (Saturday Only)

Watch a live demonstration of the skilled art of thatching in progress.

Hats Period

Visit this stall to try on some fine period style ladies millinery or a gentleman’s smoking hat, similar to those worn in the 18th, 19th and 20th century.

Flower Arranger

Learn more about the art of using plant materials and flowers to create an attractive display to exhibit the beauty of nature.

Falconry

View these great birds of prey and find out about the historic art of falconry.  At 2.30 each day you can see the birds in action as they put on a display to showcase their incredible flying abilities.

Wood Whittling

Come along to watch a lump of wood whittled into beautiful creations.

Anstey Junior School – Parent and Teachers Association

Visit for a range of craft demonstrations such as hat pin making and more.

University of the Arts – Wimbledon

Learn all about 18th century dress-making and needlework techniques from the students and academics of UAL.

Turning Wood Around – Wood Turning

Watch as wood is turned into beautiful ornaments using only a lathe, some tools and a lot of skill.

Solent Branch of the International Guild of Knot Tyers

Get involved in fun games with string and learn have a go at tying some different knots.

Gone To Pot Ceramics

Check out this stall to see live demonstrations of hand thrown ceramics and the creation of small ceramic animals.

Claire’s Mosaics

Take a look at the mosaic creations for house, garden and to wear, lovingly made using mixed media and upcycled materials.

East Hampshire Country Park Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

Come along to watch demonstrations of hand spinning on spinning wheels and drop spindles and view the displays of hand-made articles.

Flamingo Paperie

Take some time to peruse the quality greeting cards, tins, wrapping material and paper stationary available.

Hampshire Regency Dancers

Performing dances from the Regency era, this is a spectacle not to be missed.

Georgian Life by Eggar’s School 

Discover the science behind Georgian life with help from the interactive displays created by students from Eggar’s school.

 

Tickets

200 available
Georgian Fair - 2 day Pass - Adult£15.00Admits one Adult for both days
  • Start Date: 04 Aug 18
  • End Date: 05 Aug 18
  • 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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