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


Saturday 15 July at The Wakes from 2:00 pm – 7 pm Adults £5 Children Free

You are invited to bring your family, neighbours and friends to a village Garden Party in the spectacular setting of Gilbert White’s gardens at The Wakes. Bring a picnic, chairs, something to drink and everything else that you might need. There will be fun & games for all the family and a marquee for shelter.A VILLAGE PARTY TO CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY Children’s entertainment and prizes for best interpretation of the French theme.

Entry from the Ewell Field where car parking will be available. £5:00 adults, children free.

Why not book a table (bring your own chairs…) Book below:

  • Start Date: 15 Jul 17
  • End Date: 15 Jul 17
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

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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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