Tuneful Stories

Tim Laycock brings Hardy's home to life with music and stories

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

There will be three performances, each lasting approximately 25 minutes, between 1pm and 4pm. The performances will take place in the Drawing Room. Seating is limited and as there is no booking it will be on a first come first served basis.


Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Max Gate


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 or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

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: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  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 donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

Please note...


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
21 April 2018 13:00 - 16:00 Available
9 May 2018 13:00 - 16:00 Available
12 June 2018 13:00 - 16:00 Available
3 November 2018 13:00 - 16:00 Available
1 December 2018 13:00 - 16:00 Available
7 December 2018 13:00 - 16:00 Available
23 December 2018 13:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Max Gate
Call 01305 262538

Upcoming events

Cadbury Easter egg hunt

Fri 30 Mar 2018
Explore the house and garden where Thomas Hardy lived. Find the clues in a nature-themed trail and solve the puzzle to win a Cadbury chocolate prize.

Nature trail

Tue 03 Apr 2018
A trail with a nature theme will help you to see Hardy's home in a new light.

Tuneful Stories

Sat 21 Apr 2018
Tim Laycock brings Hardy's home to life with music and stories

Tea with Mr Hardy and Marie Stopes

Thu 17 May 2018
Mr Hardy invites you to take tea with him in his garden along with special guest Marie Stopes and a short performance from the Hardy Players. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players for the tea of adult £3, child £2

Poetry at Max Gate: Thomas Hardy & others

Thu 07 Jun 2018
Members of the New Hardy Players read inspiring seasonal poetry by Thomas Hardy and other associated writers. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players of £3

Open air theatre: The Trumpet-Major

Fri 29 Jun 2018
The New Hardy Players present a colourful and musical interpretation of Hardy's romantic historical novel