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

Easter Egg Hunt With A Difference!

1st-16th April

An Easter Egg Hunt with a difference!

It’s not only birds that lay eggs! Can you find 10 eggs hidden in the garden and use clues to work out which creature laid them?

From reptiles to mini beasts, you’ll be surprised by the number of egg laying creatures which live around us all the time. Spot the odd one out and claim a chocolate egg as your prize!

£3 per child with museum entry.


Please consider coming to us by bus to reduce your carbon footprint! Bus fares are £2 per person per single journey thanks to a Government scheme to promote greener travel. Our activities are timed to fit in with the no 38 bus timetable between Alton and Petersfield. Please see full timetable.

    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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