CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Hampshire Life today CLICK HERE

Selborne's splendour

PUBLISHED: 17:27 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:41 20 February 2013

Selborne’s splendour

Selborne’s splendour

With world renowned explorers and famous ecologists having made it home – it's no wonder Selborne is a Site of Special Scientific Interest

Selborne is a quaint village just south of Alton. Surrounded by beautiful countryside the village's flora and fauna was immortalised in the English classic The History and Antiques of Selborne (1789). It is busting with history and has good communication links with the A3, M3, A31 and
A27 nearby.

Most noted for...
Being the home of 18th century naturalist Gilbert White who is noted as the first ecologist.

While you're here...
Pop in to the Selborne Gallery (01420 511347) and check out the latest artwork from Hampshire Artists Cooperative. Their new exhibition starts on January 31.

But try not to...
Pass up the unique opportunity to ring the church bells - St. Mary's bell tower now has two additional bells.

Stop for
A cup of speciality tea and homemade cake in The Tea Parlour at Gilbert Whites House & Oates Museum (01420 511275).

White wash
Home of the famous naturalist Reverend Gilbert White, the House and Museum commemorates the exploration of the natural world and gives an insight to Captain Lawrence Oatess adventures. Why not explore the 18th century house or stroll around the pleasant gardens?

Potty about pottery
Established in 1985, Selborne Pottery (01420 511413) creates and sells a range of decorated stoneware pottery. Each piece is hand thrown and turned on a wheel, no industrial techniques or moulds are employed. Grab yourself a decorative item to adorn your home.

Apples & pears
Fruit enthusiasts should head to Blackmoor Estate (01420 476003). This family-run fruit farm has one of the widest selections of varieties in the country offering 75 different types. There is even a farm shop where you can buy some of its top quality fruit, vegetables and cakes. Take the educational tour and find out which fruit is in season and how to grown your own.

Eat at: The Selborne Arms
01420 511247
Drink at: The Queens Head
01420 511454
Stay at: Beech Barns Guest House
01420 85575

Did you know?

Selborne Hill and Common are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation, and owned by the National Trust.
St. Marys Church has two wonderful stained glass windows honouring Gilbert White.
The village green is known as the Plestor and is home to Selborne Gallery and Selborne Pottery.

More from Out & About

Blow away the Christmas cobwebs on a walk with fine views and a striking memorial

Read more
Yesterday, 14:07

Treat yourself to lunch and tea with a visit to one of these fantastic Hampshire tea rooms.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:06

Is there anything more refreshing than a stroll on a crisp winter’s day? We don’t think so! Here are a few of our favourite rambles across the county to enjoy this season

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

We round up some of the best events and things to do across Hampshire this month

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

With 100 years since the last guns were fired during World War One, we remember the sacrifices Hampshire made

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

With the New Forest, South Downs and a picturesque coastline, Hampshire is an amazing place for a walk. We round up a few of our favourites

Read more
Friday, November 30, 2018

There is so much to see and do in Hampshire over the festive season, from carol services to markets and of course amazing food and drink and our day-by-day guide brings you the pick of the best

Read more
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

If you’re planning to add a new extension, remodel the internal layout or create a brilliant new kitchen overlooking a landscaped garden, a visit to the South East Homebuilding & Renovating Show (19-20 January 2019) at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre is a must

Read more
Monday, November 26, 2018

Huge Christmas markets, frosty countryside and cosy pubs; winter in Hampshire is second to none…

Read more
Monday, November 26, 2018

When it comes to celebrating the festive season, Winchester is alive with the sound of music. From Cathedral choirs to community singers and from family musicals to classical concerts, there’s something for everyone

Read more
Friday, November 23, 2018

Get in the festive spirit with our selection of the Hampshire's top dining experiences this Christmas…

Read more
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

This thriving community in North Hampshire is a desirable location for residents and visitors alike

Read more
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Running a successful regional theatre means thinking beyond the bricks and mortar to reach out to the community. We ask four of Hampshire’s leading impresarios, how do they ensure that the show goes on?

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Savour spectacular views of the Needles and Alum Bay and discover history tales on this invigorating walk on the Isle of Wight

Read more
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search