Events and Exhibitions
Travel Evening: Small Ship Expedition Cruising
Join us and our partners in the fabulous setting of Gilbert White’s House in rural Hampshire for a friendly, informal evening all about the wonders of exploring on a small ship cruise.
Enjoy welcome drinks and canapes before our guest speakers share their expertise and stories of seeing wild places on a small ship expedition. There will be time to chat with our team and booking offers exclusive to attendees will be presented on the night.
Ticket price is £8 and proceeds will go towards the Ocean Health Fund, supported by Planeterra in partnership with G Adventures, which helps to protect fragile ecosystems of different species while improving the health of our oceans.
Where & When
Wednesday 23rd October
Evening event 5.30 – 9.30 pm
(Optional afternoon museum tours from 3.20 pm)
Gilbert White’s House, Selborne, Hampshire
Our Speakers & Partners
Programme of Events
17:30 – Drinks and canapes, mingle with our Cruise Experts
18:30 – Guest Talks including Q&A
20:30 – Drinks and chat with our Travel Experts
21:30 – Evening ends
Afternoon tour of The Oates Collection Museum
In addition, we are delighted to offer exclusive 45-minute ‘behind the scenes’ tours of Gilbert White’s House ahead of the evening event. There’s no additional charge, but numbers for these tours are limited to 10 people, so act fast to secure your place.
Guided tour times (approx): 3.20pm | 4.10pm | 5.00pm
Gilbert White & The Oates Collection
Gilbert White was a natural history hero who inspired Charles Darwin and many of today’s natural historians. His museum also hosts the Oates Collection. Captain Lawrence Oates was a polar explorer and member of Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition to the South Pole (1910-1912). His famous and fateful last words – “I am just going outside and may be some time” – have become synonymous with the stoicism and bravery exemplified by the explorers of this era.
On the private tour you’ll be treated to a ‘behind the scenes’ look at some rare early editions of White’s acclaimed Natural History book along with an exploration of the museum’s large number of Antarctic artefacts including Oates’ letters, the contents of Scott’s tent from the Terra Nova expedition and an exclusive look at a copy of Aurora Australis – the book published in Antarctica by members of Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition (1908-09).
Oates & White
There is no direct connection between Gilbert White and Lawrence Oates. The collection is housed in White’s museum thanks to an Oates family relative, Robert Washington Oates. A fan of natural history, Robert heard Gilbert White’s home was being turned into a museum but had run into financial difficulties. He stepped in with funding and also donated his own natural history library and the Oates collection. The museum opened in 1955 as the Oates Memorial Library and Museum and Gilbert White Museum celebrating the lives of Gilbert White, Lawrence Oates and his brother, Frank, also an explorer.
Other Events & Exhibitions
Spirit of Christmas & Luxury Travel Fair
Our travel specialists attend regular events around the country and will be on hand at the following shows to discuss your holiday aspirations and plans. Further details will be added here shortly or click on the links below for venue and ticket information.
- Spirit of Christmas – 4th to 10th November 2019, London Olympia
- Luxury Travel Fair – 7th to 10th November 2019, London Olympia
We will also be exhibiting at Destinations in Manchester and Destinations London, early in 2020.
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Visit our Office
We’d be delighted for you to visit our office in Banstead, Surrey to discuss your travel plans. We’d just ask that you make an appointment (especially on Saturdays) so we can ensure the most appropriate member of our team is available to see you.
Discover the World Travel Evenings
Our friendly, informative travel evenings are a great opportunity to gain inspiration for your holidays as well as get advice and insider tips from our Travel Specialists. In-house and guest speakers will share their expertise on our exciting collection of destinations.
Details of the next event will be shown here, so please check back here regularly for updates or sign-up to our enews in the footer of this page to be kept up to date.