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

Tips for Summer

Its summer, arguably the best season of the year and we have plenty of ideas of how to spend a summer in Selborne!

1. Have a Picnic

tips for june
Summer isn’t summer without a picnic; we have 25 acres of picnic spots to choose from whatever the weather!

2. Unusual Plants Fair

25th annual unusual plants fair
The Unusual Plants Fair has been running for 26 years! It’s a great day out for the family especially if you or someone you know loves gardening! Lots of stalls, advice, talks and workshops!

3. White’s Café

tips for june
This summer our new café will be open to the public, set in the wonderful eighteenth century stables once belonging to Gilbert White, White’s will have a brand new menu with plenty of home grown ingredients including those from our own garden!

4. Celebrate the Life of Gilbert White


The Summer months hold two very importnant dates for us the birthday (18th July) and death day (26th June) of Gilbert White. Not only can you celebrate Gilbert’s life by visiting the museum and garden, or by reading the new online manuscript, but we are having a birthday party on the 22nd July!

5. Get learning!

tips for may
Just because school’s out doesn’t mean you can’t learn some new skills! We have some great course and workshops this summer, including two gardening courses and a quilting workshop!

6. Explore the Garden!

tips for summer
Summer is a time to get outside, and our garden is the perfect place to get lost for a few hours!

7. Night time Nature

Bat Walk
Nature doesn’t just abound the garden during the day! We have some great opportunities to meet our local bats and moths in some night time nature sessions.

8. Outdoor Theatre and Concerts

A midsummer nights dream
What better way to spend an evening than in a beautiful summer garden, with friends, good food and drink and fantastic entertainment? On the 16th June we are hosting a Jazz evening, then on the 22nd June and 26th August we will playing host two two different touring theatre company’s productions Oberon’s Cure and Little Women!

9. Summer Holidays

gilberts games
Schools Out for Summer and he have a huge list of activities to do during the six week holiday! From free activities like our Life lab and Scavenger Hunt to our Nature Camp!

10. Go back in time!

tips for a great august
Go back in time with our Georgian Fair and try your hand at games and sports popular in the time of Gilbert White, you can also try your hand at dancing and learning more about 18th century science!