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

Needlefelt Toadstools Workshop

 Monday 2nd October

10am – 1pm  

Gilbert White’s Café  

 £40 per person  

Get into the autumn spirit and learn to needlefelt these delightful toadstools. Anna McCallion with Quirk and Whimsy will show you how to sculpt these lovely mushrooms using special felting needles and wool to create the perfect autumnal decoration.  

Please note this workshop is for adults only as it involves the use of sharp needles. The house and gardens and café are closed on a Monday. All materials and coffee, tea and cake are included.  


    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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