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Merry Beermas – Brewery Tour & Tastings

Tuesday 5th December 6:30-8:30pm

May your Christmas be full of festive beer! Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to visit the house after hours in all its glorious festive decoration. Join Collections Manager Kimberley James for an up close and personal look at Gilbert White’s very own brewing book, take a tour around our nano brewery and onsite brewhouse which dates to 1765, before heading over to The Jubilee Tap to sample some the beer brewed to Gilbert White’s original recipes by our team of volunteers. Enjoy sampling our seasonal special ‘Wass-ale’ along with some delicious canapés cooked by our Head Chef Chris.





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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