Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.30AM to 4.30PM & Bank Holidays

Mulled Wine Weekend

Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd December

Admission: Free
Join us for our Mulled Wine Weekend at the historic home of the eighteenth century ecologist Gilbert White
Our Mulled Wine Weekend event combines live choirs, mulled wine, traditional wassailing and a chance for Christmas shopping in the beautifully decorated Georgian residence.

Supped a glass of mulled wine (or spiced grape juice) and enjoy a wide range of local Christmas entertainment as Gilbert White’s House plays host to this year’s Mulled Wine Weekend.

The event is a relaxing weekend of festive merriment, help the garden team awaken the apple trees by wassailing them with wine soaked toast, noise, beating, traditional chanting. Wassailing has taken place at the house for many years which may go some way to explain why the trees at Gilbert White’s House crop so well each year.


What’s On

Saturday 2nd December

11am Wassailing

12pm Froxfield Choir

1pm Shuffletunes

2pm Wassailing

3pm Selborne Primary School Choir

4pm Raffle


Sunday 3rd December


11.30am Wassailing

12.30pm Wickham Morris

1pm Barton Stacey Chamber Choir

2pm Wassailing

2.30pm Wickham Morris

3.30pm Alton Community Choir

4pm Raffle

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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