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

Jazz in June

Date: Saturday 16th June Doors Open: 6pm Performance start time: 7pm

Join us for this fantastic celebration of summer with our big band jazz evening. Bring your own picnic blanket or why not book one of our tables. Sit back and relax in Gilbert White’s Summer garden set to the sound of jazz enjoying a glass of fizz… (Or similar beverage of your choice!).

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Please Note – This is a fundraising event for Gilbert White & The Oates Collections. Our band will play whatever the weather, so please bring appropriate clothes for the weather, and a blanket.

About the BandJazz in June

Tongue and Groove Big Band is an 18-piece Big Band, based in Godalming, Surrey. Formed in 2017, we play all types of Big Band music, from Swing to Modern arrangements – from Bennie Goodman to Gordon Goodwin – with a bit of Buddy Rich thrown-in. We are formed of friends – mostly music graduates and professional musicians – who enjoy making music together. We believe this shows in the professionalism of our performance!


  • Start Date: 16 Jun 18
  • End Date: 16 Jun 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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