Hard times and hungry months

Hardy's Cottage will be open Thursdays to Sundays throughout January and February, with the opportunity to see how hard the Hardy family had it. See website for more details.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

The brutal realities of winter life for a family in a Victorian country cottage are laid bare, with some tips for surviving it. See website for more details.

Please go to the Hardy's Birthplace visitor centre first as all admissions, including for National Trust members, are run from there now.

Prices

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

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £7.00 £6.30
Child £3.50 £3.15
Family £17.50 £15.75
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.50
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
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
4 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
5 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
6 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
7 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
11 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
12 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
13 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
14 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
18 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
19 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
20 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
21 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
25 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
26 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
27 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
28 January 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
1 February 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
2 February 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
3 February 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available
4 February 2018 10:00 - 16:00 Available

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Contact Info

Name
Hardy's Cottage
Email
hardyscottage@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01305 262366

Upcoming events

Writer in Residence

Tue 17 Oct 2017
11:00-17:00
Finding inspiration from the Cottage, its stories and its surroundings, a writer in residence will share their work and thoughts with visitors.

Trafalgar night

Fri 20 Oct 2017
19:00-21:00
Local performer Tim Laycock, accompanied on fiddle by Colin Thompson, will entertain guests with an evening of music, storytelling and readings.

Writing Workshop - For Old Association's Sake

Sat 21 Oct 2017
10:30-13:00
'Past things retold were to her as things existent, Things present but as a tale' Thomas Hardy

Writing Workshop - Hardy and Architecture

Fri 27 Oct 2017
10:30-13:00
'Here [in the stoneyard], with keen edges and smooth curves, were forms in the exact likeness of those he had seen abraded and time-eaten on the walls' Thomas Hardy

Writing Workshop - Mystical and Spiritual

Sat 28 Oct 2017
10:30-13:00
'My grandfather used to go to Conjuror Mynterne, out at Owlscombe, and a clever man a' were, so I've heard grandf'er say' Thomas Hardy

Tuneful stories

Sat 18 Nov 2017
13:00-16:00
Tim Laycock brings the Hardy family home to life with music and stories.