Best of 2016

It’s New Year’s eve! Here’s what we’re remembering about 2016! January: We began the year with the first of this years 82 events, Twelfth Night. We welcomed local theatre group Foot in the Door, and enjoyed a wonderful night of food and merriment. February: Antarctic explorer, author and broadcaster Tim

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Christmas Opening Times

Today is the shortest day which means the Christmas period is upon us! But that doesn’t mean you can’t visit Gilbert White & The Oates Collections over the Christmas break! Here are our Christmas Opening Times…. Wednesday 21st Dec: 10:30-4:30 Thursday 22nd Dec: 10:30-4:30 Friday 23rd Dec: 10:30-4:30 Christmas Eve:

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Hercules Re-built: Gilbert White’s Statue

One of the more unusual features of the garden here at the Wakes is the ‘statue’ of Hercules. Situated at the southern end of the park adjacent to a strip of woodland known as the Piddle it was erected in 1999 as part of the Kim Wilkie Garden Restoration project

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The Garden in December

Here is what is happening in the garden in December… As Christmas draws near the garden clear up continues, and house decoration and mulled wine is upon us. In the Dining Room shrubbery the one remaining Laurestinus has some flowers on, but at the time of writing, there are no

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Dreaming of a Gilbert White Christmas in Selborne!

Selborne is always a lovely place to visit during the festive season and this year Gilbert White and the Oates Collections has a bigger and better programme of Christmas events than ever before. We start on the 26th November with our popular Wreath Making Workshop, run by expert Rosemary Lanning,

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Gin Tasting!

After the success of Gilbert White Gin No. 1 which was released in December 2015, Gilbert White & The Oates Collections invite you to the exclusive tasting of a new gin made in partnership with Winchester Distillery. Gilbert White Gin no.2 has been made with botanicals from White’s garden in

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The Garden in November

The autumn clear up continues in the garden this November! The Dining room shrubbery is now in a state of limbo as we await the new lottery project to take place. It is planned to remove the yew hedge, or at least part of it, so that a view of

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Wild About Gardens

This year the Wild About Gardens Week, supported by The Wildlife Trusts, The Royal Horticultural Society and the Bat Conservation Trust, runs from 24th to 30th October 2016. During this week, those organisations are seeking to promote a better understanding of bats and what we can do to support and

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Local Council Sponsors Car Park Renovations

Work has begun on Gilbert White & The Oates Collections ambitious renovation project which will be undergoing an exciting programme of improvements to the museum and visitor facilities. The first stage of this project is to improve car parking in the village, and extend the existing car park situated behind

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The Return of the Harvest Mouse

On the 19th October Francesca Pella explains how the partnership between the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and Selborne farmers helped to boost the population of the Harvest Mouse, in the very village that they were identified by Gilbert White. The talk will be held at the Gilbert White Field

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