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

Nature Day 2024

12th May 2024 10:30-17:00

Adults £10, Under 16s go free!

Our annual celebration of the natural world is back!

A Family fun day where we are joined by nature and conservation organisations for a day packed with family friendly activities and crafts.

Stall Holders include:

  • Alton Natural History Society
  • Charles Butler Foundation
  • The Forest School Company
  • Gilbert White’s Field Study Centre
  • Hampshire Bat Group
  • Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
  • River Wey Trust
  • Woodland Trust

Admission includes access to the house and gardens. Pre-booking is not essential.

Pre-book Tickets

    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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