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

Home Educators Day- World Explorers

Thursday 23rd May 10am -2pm

Based on the story of Frank Oates and his trek through Southern Africa to the Zambesi River, this workshop includes discovering more about the people of Southern Africa, investigating the adaptations of animals from around the world and learning explorer skills using compasses in the grounds of our museum. All activities are hands on and interactive.

Some activities will take place outside whatever the weather so please come dressed appropriately. Please bring a packed lunch. Light lunches and hot drinks are also available from our onsite café.


Suitable for 5-12 year olds- younger siblings may attend and there is no charge but please book a ticket so we know they are coming!



£10 child

£5 accompanying adult- one accompanying adult per child

£10- additional adults

Under 5 – free


    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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