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
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

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

Poetry at Max Gate: Thomas Hardy & others

Wed 04 Jul 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

Tea with Mrs Hardy and the Suffragists

Thu 13 Sep 2018
Mrs Hardy invites you to tea in the garden at Max Gate, with some special guests advocating Votes for Women and a short performance by the Hardy Players. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players for the tea of adult £3, child £2

Poetry at Max Gate: William Barnes

Sat 15 Sep 2018
Tim Laycock and members of the William Barnes Society read Dorset dialect poetry by William Barnes. Suggested donation to the William Barnes Society of £3

Portland House Autumn Opening

Fri 05 Oct 2018
Come down to Portland House in Weymouth for a special peek inside this stunning 1930s art deco holiday villa, not usually open to the public. Portland House, Belle Vue Road, Weymouth, DT4 8RZ.

Tess: A Pure Woman

Thu 01 Nov 2018
Thomas Hardy controversially subtitled Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman and later wrote that he 'lost his heart to Tess as he wrote about her'. Delve into one of Hardy's most famous novels and find out about the stories that lie behind it.