Autumn Apples

Join us in October and November to celebrate Dorset’s favourite fruit, the apple. The apples in Hardy’s orchard will be ripe and ready for harvesting.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Join us for harvesting and pressing our apples and taste the juice of the freshly pressed fruit. There will be cooking demonstrations using apples, and apple-themed craft activities. Have a go at writing your own poem and add it to our poetry tree. We will be exploring Hardy's references to apples in his writing and poetry with readings and displays.


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


Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £8.40 £7.50
Child £4.20 £3.75
Family £21.00 £18.75
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £7.10
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.50

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...


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
1 October 2019 11:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Hardy's Cottage
Call 01305 262366

Upcoming events

Artist in residence - Daria Lugina

Wed 21 Aug 2019
Meet our artist in residence as she paints in the cottage garden at Thomas Hardy's childhood home.

Tree Spirits

Thu 22 Aug 2019
Get to know a tree, have fun with sticks and make a mud creation, in the orchard of Hardy’s Cottage! In this free outdoor workshop we will use clay, twigs and leaves to create expressive faces on the trees.

Sketching walk: with artist in residence, Daria Lugina

Thu 22 Aug 2019
Join our artist in residence, Daria Lugina, for a sketching walk through Thorncombe Woods.

Skep Making

Fri 23 Aug 2019
Join us in the garden of Hardy's Cottage where the Dorchester and Weymouth beekeepers association will be in attendance to showcase this traditional craft.

Hardy Talk: Thomas Hardy and Art

Thu 26 Sep 2019
From the National Gallery’s Collection in 1861 to Hardy’s exploration of artistic themes in his poetry and prose. This talk by Helen Lange of the Thomas Hardy Society will trace the artistic legacy of Hardy's work.

Tuneful Stories with Tim Laycock

Fri 27 Sep 2019
Tim Laycock's Tuneful Stories, bringing the Hardy family home to life with stories, folklore and tunes.