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

SOLD OUT: White Christmas

White Christmas
13th December 2020
10am until 6pm

Join us on the 13th of December for White Christmas an outdoor Christmas market taking place in the stable-yard and gardens.

With Christmas decorations, music and festive food and drink we look forward to welcoming you to Gilbert White’s. Explore a varied collection of local stallholders including food, eco items, clothing, drink. Enjoy food from the White’s cafe including mulled wine & mince pies  Our brewery will be open where you can learn a bit more about brewing beer and buy some of our Gilbert White craft ale.


Amelia Anderson Design – Homewares & Greetings Cards
Barnyards Co – Metal Garden Art
Blooming Cow Flowers – Florist
Blue Leaf Soap Ministry – All natural soap and skincare
By Jo Crafts – Hand painted ceramics and designs
Gilbert White’s Shop
Gilbert White Brewery – including Christmas ale
Home of my Heart – Art by Rachel Redfern
Christmas Santa Head – Santa Heads & Crafts
Dampney’s Remarkable Drinks – Fruit liqueurs
Forest Edge Roasting – Roasted Coffee
Grey Star Interiors – Homeware
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
Laura Huartson Illustration – Illustrated Gifts
Little Leaf Organic Cotton – Organic Cotton clothes and homeware design
Nana’s Knitted Friends – Knitted Items
T&M Artisan Chocolates
Susan Griffiths Design – Hand crafted jewellery for children & adults, original and affordable design.
The Treetop Candle Co. – Hand made candles and all home fragrances
Willow Bramble Knit & Gifts

Tickets are £2 for the outdoor market, grounds & museum.

There will be a booking system with a number of tickets for each hour to ensure visitor safety. Ticket price includes entrance to the outdoor market, museum and grounds. This weekend has been free for a number of years but in order to allow for visitor safety during the current COVID19 situation we have introduced ticketing system, this will also really help us with the impact of corona virus and allow the museum to continue holding events.

Parking in the Gilbert White & The Oates Collection Car Park behind the Selborne Arms and then follow the path down from the car park to the museum.


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    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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