Tuneful Stories

Stories and music from Tim Laycock, from the times and works of Thomas Hardy.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Stories and music from Tim Laycock, from the times and works of Thomas Hardy.


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 £7.00 £6.30
Child £3.50 £3.15
Family £17.50 £15.75
Group Adult N/A £5.50
Group Child N/A £2.75

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.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
29 April 2017 13:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Max Gate
Call 01305 262538

Upcoming events

Easter Egg Hunt in partnership with Cadbury

Fri 14 Apr 2017
Explore the house where Thomas Hardy lived. Find the clues and solve the puzzle to win a Cadbury chocolate prize.

Tuneful Stories

Sat 29 Apr 2017
Stories and music from Tim Laycock, from the times and works of Thomas Hardy.

Portland House Spring Opening 2017

Fri 05 May 2017
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. NT members free, otherwise adults £5, children £2.50

Flute and harp with Virginia and Florence Astley

Wed 17 May 2017
Music, stories and poetry with a Max Gate theme bring Thomas Hardy's house to life.

Tea with Mr Hardy and T E Lawrence

Thu 18 May 2017
Mr and Mrs Hardy invite you to tea in their garden with special guest T E Lawrence. This is part of the National Trust's 'From desert to Dorset', two weeks of events celebrating the life of T E Lawrence (6 May - 21 May)