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

Tips for Gilbert’s Games

Tips for Gilbert’s Games
Gilbert’s Games is a great day for the whole family but there’s a lot going on!

So here’s our guide to making the most of the weekend!

Saturday 5th August 

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10:30: Let the Games begin! All our stalls and Georgian games begin and are totally free to take part in!
11:00: Ever tried Stool Ball? A ancestor of Cricket , stool ball can be traced to the 15th century and was very popular in the 18th Century!

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11:30: Visit our games! You can try our Coconut shy . Aunt Sally . Boot bowling . Croquet . Giant checkers . Giant jenga . Melon rolling . Pancake flipping . Snail racing . Table skittles
12:00: 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!

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12:30: Ready Steady Go! The 1st round of children’s races begin! Egg and Spoon Check, skipping ropes check, book balancing check!
13:00: Make sure you get to the catering tent before Debbie’s famous sausage rolls run out!

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13:30: Dorset Button’s will be running a workshop on button making!
14:00: The Dandy Chargers arrive! The Dandy Chargers display and ride their two wheeled propulsion machines (they call them “horses”) at stately homes and in Regency cities and towns.

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14:30: The games distributor Esdevian Games Demonstrators will be on had all Saturday to introduce you to some modern board games
15:00: Embrace you inner Poldark and join our Scything Demonstration

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15:30: Too busy playing for the Button making workshop here’s your chance!
16:00: It’s the final round of Children’s games on the lawn!

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16:30: Visit the Mostly miniatures water colours and handmade pottery Stall!
17:00: Time to go home, but never fear you can buy a weekend pass that’ll get you in tomorrow too!

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Sunday 6th August
10:30: Up and at ‘em for another day of games and crafts!
11:00: We’re joined by the Hampshire Regency Dancers, who will be showing dances from Gilbert White and Jane Austen’s time.

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11.30 Join our Dorset button workshop! Missed the morning session? Never fear they will also be holding a workshop at 14:30.
12:00 Our favourite Ferrets are back for a race at 12pm, 2pm and 3:30pm.

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12.30: Time for day two of our Children’s races on the lawn at 12:30 and 4pm.
13:00: Join the International Guild of knot tyers to learn more about their crafts and try not to get yourself tied up in knots with their activities!

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13:30: It’s time to try your hand at Regency Dancing, are you a Mr Collins, or a Henry Tilney? Too busy eating lunch never fear they will be performing again at 3pm!
14:00: We have both our Tea parlour and Catering tent full of yummy homemade treats for lunch and afternoon tea.

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14:30: Visit the East Hants weavers and spinners and see how it’s done!
15:00: Time to visit our Jane’s Games tent and play some of the games mentioned in Austen’s novels and letters!

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15:30: Last chance to see those ferrets race!
16:00: Esdivian games will be showing off some of their board games

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16:30: Then go back in time and see how the ROMANS played board games with our friends at Butser Ancient farm!
17:00: Last chance to challenge Gilbert to a game or two before it’s time to go home!