gilbert whites houseNestled in the rolling chalk downs of Hampshire, the beautiful village of Selbourne hosts the home of renowned 18th century naturalist Gilbert White, widely regarded as the first ecologist.

selbourne winterThe house is now a museum to White’s work downstairs, while upstairs there is a fascinating exhibiton on polar exploration – just the thing to inspire adventure on chilly winter afternoons.

The garden surrounds the house, and was the source of White’s inspiration and investigations into the natural world, and his book, ‘White’s Natural History of Selbourne’.

selbourne hangerThe Beech woods at the back of the house, known as the ‘Hanger’, are accessable via public footpaths adjacent to the village pub, and are worth exploring, as long as you feel up to scaling the steep, zigzag path into the woods.

This year the museum will be hosting a festive workshop for children on the morning of 12th December. Children will be able to help with activities to prepare the large barn (in the garden) for an afternoon performance of ‘The Snow Queen’.

snow queenFor more information click here. Activities 10.30am – 12.30pm. Performace 2.30 – 4.30pm.

Also, on the evening of the 12th December, there will be a performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’, from 7.30 – 9.30pm. For more information click here.