Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 10.30AM to 5PM & Bank Holidays

Nature Festival

Admission: Adult £7 Child £3 Concessions £6

Admission price includes the house and grounds.

Join us for our Nature Festival Celebrate the Nature on your doorstep… No need to book. Just turn up!

* Interactive stalls

* Guided Walks

* Nature games and activities

* Live demonstrations

* Nature Exploration

There is plenty to do for all ages and we hope you spend the day with us. Learn more with each activity you participate in and find out how you may get involved in making a difference!

The legacy of Gilbert White’s work is one that demonstrates man’s of love nature…

Gilbert’s studious approach to observing species and his avid recordings of gardening, weather and local wildlife are some of the first to show a different approach to man’s relationship with nature. Affectionately known as the father of ecology, he also studied the relationships between animals and their relationships with humans.

Collect your Nature Passport Stamps

Each stall has a nature activity and once completed you earn a stamp for your nature passport…

Organisations providing stalls include: 

The RSPB . South Downs National Park Authority . The National Trust . Hampshire Fungus Recording Group . Hamshire Bat Group .  Fresh Water Habitats Trust. Hampshire Ornithological Society and More…

What’s On

As well as the stalls which all have fantastic activities we also have the following:


11.30 Plant transect / Bug hunt
12.30 Butterfly transect / Pond dipping
1.30 Fungi hunt / Bug hunt
2.30 plant transect / Pond dipping
3.30 Butterfly transect / Fungi hunt

Walks and Talks
11am Selborne Common (Chris Webb – National Trust)
12am Plant Walk (Tony Mundell – Hampshire Botanist)
1pm Bird Watching Walk (Ted Barnes and Dave Munday – Hampshire ornithological society)

2pm Selborne Common (Chris Webb – National Trust)
3pm Plants walk (Tony Mundell – Hampshire Botanist)
4pm Bird Watching Walk (Ted Barnes and Dave Munday – Hampshire ornithological society)

Join Our 24h BioBlitz May 27th 10.30am – 10.30am the following Day  – Tickets are available for evening and breakfast activities


Wildlife Support and Conservation


Primary school Art Competition – Draw a tree

The closing date is 30th April, 2017, and the winning entries will be displayed at Gilbert White’s Museum in Selborne on 27th May, during our Nature Festival.

Click Here to find out more

  • Start Date: 27 May 17
  • End Date: 27 May 17
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

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.

Learn more