Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10.30AM to 5.00PM & Bank Holidays

Gilbert’s Games 2017

Saturday 5th Sunday 6th August
Admission: £2 children, £8 adults

Travel back to the 18th century, to participate in fun-filled activities, showcase the very best in local arts and crafts, and demonstrate how these skills continue to be passed from generation to generation. Enjoy a wide range of traditional 18th century games and activities for all the family – whatever the age and ability! These activities varied from Stool Ball, Aunt Sally and Croquet. You will also have the chance to watch local crafts people demonstrating their skills all weekend.

Whats On:

Jane’s Games
To commemorate the 200th anniversary year of Jane Austen’s death we will be having a Jane’s Games Tent of Games as Jane would have known them.

Ferret Racing (day to be confirmed)

Hampshire Regency Dancers (Sunday Only)

Back to modern times – Family Board Games – In the house we will celebrate modern board games with thanks to esdevium games who will be demonstrating some of their latest family board games.


Cupboard in the corner – handmade wood crafts

East Hants weavers and spinners – with demo

Mostly miniatures water colours and handmade pottery

International Guild of knot tyers


Coconut shy . Aunt Sally . Boot bowling . Croquet . Giant checkers . Giant jenga . Giant pick up sticks . Melon rolling . Costume competition . Pancake flipping . Snail racing . Table skittles

Children’s Races

Egg & Spoon . Book balancing . Skipping

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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