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The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck

Wednesday 7th August 2pm

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Quantum Theatre

New for 2024, Quantum presents a delightful new adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s much-loved tale — The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck .

Prevented from hatching her eggs at the farm, foolish Jemima goes in search of a nesting place in the forest and soon she meets a charming ‘gentleman’ who offers her the perfect nesting place in his wood-shed.

But why is his wood-shed full of feathers and why is he asking her to collect the herbs for roast duck?

Back at the farm, the Collie-dog, Kep, puts two and two together, but will he be in time to rescue Jemima from her fate?


Adult – £15

Child (aged 3-16) – £10

Child (aged 0-2) – Free

Family Ticket – (2 Adults and up to 3 Children) – £45

Tickets include access to the garden, but not the house.


This performance is taking place outside on the lawn of Gilbert White’s garden.

The event will go ahead in rain, so please dress appropriately for the weather. Please do not bring umbrellas as this blocks the view for audience members, please wear a raincoat instead. Feel free to bring your own picnic blankets and/or chairs to watch the performance, seating isn’t provided for. Running time is approximately 1hr 30 minutes, including a 15 minute interval. Doors open 1.30pm.

    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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