Christmas at Max Gate

A festive Hardy welcome awaits you throughout December, with the house decked out for a Victorian Christmas, craft activities for children, and seasonal performances, stories and music on selected days (see separate listings for those days).

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Come and experience:

*Festive food treats cooked in the Max Gate kitchen.

*Christmas crafts for children: making Christmas cards and traditional Victorian decorations like cornucopias.

*Readings of some Hardy poems with a Christmas theme.

*Tim Laycock, Virginia Astley and The New Hardy Players performing on selected dates - see separate listings for these.

Prices

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

Prices

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.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
14 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available
15 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available
16 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available
17 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available
21 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available
22 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available
23 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available
24 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available
28 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available
29 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available
30 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available
31 December 2017 10:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Name
Max Gate
Email
max.gate@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01305 262538

Upcoming events

Christmas at Max Gate

Thu 14 Dec 2017
10:00-16:00
A festive Hardy welcome awaits you throughout December, with the house decked out for a Victorian Christmas, craft activities for children, and seasonal performances, stories and music on selected days (see separate listings for those days).

The New Hardy Players Christmas performance at Max Gate

Sat 16 Dec 2017
12:30-15:30
Three ½ hour performances by the New Hardy Players including carols, poetry and Mummers' Plays (suggested donations to the New Hardy Players: adult £2, child £1)

Flute and harp with Virginia and Florence Astley

Sun 17 Dec 2017
12:00-16:00
Music, stories and poetry with a Hardy theme bring Max Gate's Victorian Christmas to life.

'Tuneful Stories' - Poetry and performance at Max Gate

Sat 13 Jan 2018
13:00-16:00
Hardy's homes come alive with poetry, music and performance this summer as Tim Laycock, performer in residence, explores the writer's love of poetry, music and 'tuneful stories'.