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

Summer Daze

On the 5th August, at 7pm, come and picnic to a relaxing ensemble of melodies, including: Summertime, Valerie and Here Comes the Sun!

Brought to you by outstanding West End performers, John Donovan (musical director of Mamma Mia The Party and former pianist to Dame Shirley Bassey) and Alison Carter-Nesbitt (a singer who has performed in the West End, on international tours and even in front of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II).

Open the bubbly, spread out the picnic and let them wash away the blues with an evening of relaxed tunes to lift the spirits.



    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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