Christmas at Hardy's Cottage

This December, Hardy’s Cottage will be decked with natural decorations of evergreen collected from the cottage garden and surrounding woodlands. Come and warm your toes by the warmth of the fire and get into the festive spirit.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

There will be a craft activity for children and delicious treats for you to sample, prepared by our volunteers using traditional recipes.

Experience an enchanting winter walk through the woodlands at Hardy’s Cottage by booking onto a Winter Woodland Walk with one of our knowledgeable guides. Hear extracts from Hardy's writing relating to the landscape surrounding his childhood home. Available to book by appointment on 01305 262366 (no charge but donations welcomed!)

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Hardy's Cottage

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £7.70 £7.00
Child £3.90 £3.50
Family £19.30 £17.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.90
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
16 December 2018 11:00 - 15:15 Available
20 December 2018 11:00 - 15:15 Available
21 December 2018 11:00 - 15:15 Available
22 December 2018 11:00 - 15:15 Available
23 December 2018 11:00 - 15:15 Available
27 December 2018 11:00 - 15:15 Available
28 December 2018 11:00 - 15:15 Available
29 December 2018 11:00 - 15:15 Available
30 December 2018 11:00 - 15:15 Available

Contact Info

Name
Hardy's Cottage
Email
hardyscottage@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01305 262366

Upcoming events

Christmas at Hardy's Cottage

Sun 16 Dec 2018
11:00-15:15
This December, Hardy’s Cottage will be decked with natural decorations of evergreen collected from the cottage garden and surrounding woodlands. Come and warm your toes by the warmth of the fire and get into the festive spirit.

Winter Words

Sun 16 Dec 2018
12:00-14:00
Join the New Hardy Players as they weave together a verbal anthology of Hardy's favourite wintry words, against the backdrop of his beloved childhood home.

Festive Tuneful Stories

Sat 22 Dec 2018
13:00-16:00
Celebrate Christmas with traditional music and storytelling.

Hard times and hungry months: The frugal cook

Sat 05 Jan 2019
11:00-13:30
With little food available in winter, families relied on preserves from the summer harvest and whatever would grow in the garden. Sample Victorian recipes made from the most basic ingredients. You may find carrot jam to be surprisingly tasty...

Winter experience days at Hardy's Cottage and Thorncombe Woods

Tue 08 Jan 2019
10:00-15:00
Experience a day in the life of a Victorian rural labourer at Hardy’s Cottage and Thorncombe Woods this winter as part of Hard times and hungry months.

Hard times and hungry months: Special talk on cholera

Sun 13 Jan 2019
11:00-13:30
Discover how the cholera disease ran rampant through Dorset and how a family friend of Hardy’s invented the first dry earth closet. Visit Hardy's Cottage for an informal drop-in talk with one of our knowledgeable volunteers.