House, Gardens & Cafe Open Tuesday - Sunday 10.30 - 17.00

Dog Show

Sunday 24th September, 10.30am-3.30pm,

With fun novelty classes for your doggy companions (and for their owners!) to take part in, as well as South Downs National Park joining us for obstacle courses for their ‘Take the Lead’ campaign, it’s a day that promises to be full of canine capers and fun for all the family.

Entrance Ticket Price: £3 per person, (under 5’s go free). Admission includes entrance to the dog show, house & gardens. *Please note that dogs are not allowed inside the house.

For tickets to enter classes these can be purchased on the door. To compete in a class is £1. REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 12.45pm.

This event is a charity fundraising event for the museum.


10.30am – 15.30pm event opening & closing times


South Downs National Park will be running their drop in obstacle and agility course, as part of their ‘Take the Lead’ Campaign encouraging responsible dog ownership in the countryside. Why not take the challenge and see how your dog does? They might have a few distractions thrown in along the way…

13.00 – 15.00

Join in on our novelty classes! Please sign up for each class in advance at the registration tent on the day.

Classes include:

13.00 – Dog that looks most like it’s owner

13.15 – Handsomest Hound

13.30 – Loveliest Lady

13.45 – Waggiest Tail

14.00 – Best Veteran (for the dogs 8 years +)

14.15 – Cutest Puppy (under 1 year)

14.30 – Best Child Handler

14.45 – If you end up winning first in any class then you can enter our Best in Show competition!

£1 per novelty classes sign up, payments taken either by cash or card on the day. Timings are approximate.

Stallholders include:

Bramble and Blossom Bags handmade dog walking bags

Butternut Box nutritious box meals designed for our canine friends

Pupcakes and Bakes  delicious cakes, bakes and treats for your canine companions

Dogs for Autism

Helping Hounds Hampshire

Our café will be open 10am – 4.30pm. The house and gardens are open 10.30am – 5pm. Entry is £3 (under 5s go free) and gets you access to the dog show, house and gardens. Classes are a further £1 per sign up and money raised goes back into supporting Gilbert White’s House and Gardens Charity.

Parking for this event will be in our events parking in the Ewel Field, on the first bend of Gracious Street. Please follow signs on the day

Tickets Here!

    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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