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

Harvest Fair

18th September

10:30-5pm

£8 per adult for admission to whole site (fair, house and gardens). Under 16s go free

Celebrate the changing of the seasons and take the opportunity to revamp your garden for the winter, or plan for the spring, with our Harvest Fair. We will have a range of plant stalls selling everything from perennials to shrubs and grasses and more, as well as food and drink and demonstrations!

Tickets available on the door.

  • Start Date: 18 Sep 22
  • End Date: 18 Sep 22
  • 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.

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