Group visits

Make a day of your visit to this lovely part of East Hampshire by visiting two or more of the Heritage Collection.

The Heritage Collection venues are perfect destinations for a Group Visit.*  We are delighted to cater for groups of varying sizes and interests. Whether your group is a Book Group, a U3A special subject group, gardeners, theatre-goers, NADFAS, walkers or just a group of friends and family we can put together the perfect itinerary for you.

Please email us to enquire about a visit to two or more of our venues. Catering can also be arranged at Gilbert White’s House in the Tea Parlour, or at Chawton House Library. We can also recommend nearby hotels, pubs and other places to eat, drink or stay.

To ensure that all of our visitors have an enjoyable experience, it is important that any group of 10 or more people are booked with us in advance. Any group that is not booked prior to arrival may need to wait until a suitably quiet time for entry.

* Please note that currently Petersfield Museum is very limited in size so can only accept smaller groups.

Suggested Itinerary One:

10:30am – Gilbert Whites’ House & the Oates Collection

Explore the House & Garden before enjoying a cup of tea & cake in the Tea Parlour

12:00 – Jane Austen’s House Museum

Watch an introductory film about Jane’s life and the importance of the cottage in Chawton to her writing life. Visit the House to learn more about Jane’s time here.

1:30pm – Walk in Jane’s footsteps along the lane to Chawton House Library

Enjoy a buffet lunch before a tour around this Elizabethan Manor House. View the library dedicated to English Women’s Writing.


Suggested Itinerary Two:

10:30am – Split your group in two with half visiting Petersfield Museum and half visiting the Flora Twort Gallery just across the churchyard, before swapping so that all visitors can enjoy both venues.

12:00 noon – Arrive at Gilbert Whites’ House in time for lunch in the Tea Parlour

1:00pm – explore the House & Garden before travelling to Chawton

2:00pm – Group members visit either Jane Austen’s House Museum or Chawton House Library.

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