Hard times and hungry months

During the winter months you can gather around the warm hearth and discover how hard life would have been for Victorian families.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Our vision of Victorian country life as idyllic is a myth. Visit Hardy's Cottage during the winter and discover how hard life was in the darkest of months. Feel the frost in the air and see the landscape stripped bare.

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 £7.70 £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
  • 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...

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
1 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
2 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
3 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
4 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
8 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
9 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
10 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
11 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
15 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
16 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
17 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
18 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
22 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
23 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
24 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
25 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
29 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
30 November 2018 11:00 - 16:00 Available
3 January 2019 11:00 - 15:15 Available
4 January 2019 11:00 - 15:15 Available

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Contact Info

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

Upcoming events

Explore the orchards at Hardys Cottage this autumn

Wed 17 Oct 2018
11:00-17:00
The apples are ripening in the orchard around Thomas Hardy's childhood home. Come and explore the grounds and see the trees which provided cider for the adults and tree climbing games for the Hardy children.

Make your garden hedgehog friendly

Tue 23 Oct 2018
14:00-15:00
Want to attract hedgehogs to your garden? Come along and find out more about these amazing animals in the garden of Hardy's Cottage. Activity suitable for children aged from 2-11.

Free lecture at Kingston Maurward College: Hidden faces, hidden places

Tue 23 Oct 2018
19:30-21:00
Helen Gibson, Curator of the Thomas Hardy Archive at Dorset County Museum, talks about the stories behind some of the objects in the archive. The lecture will take place at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester DT2 8PY.

Hard times and hungry months

Thu 01 Nov 2018
11:00-16:00
During the winter months you can gather around the warm hearth and discover how hard life would have been for Victorian families.

Christmas at Hardy's Cottage

Sat 01 Dec 2018
01:00-01:00
This December, Hardy’s Cottage will be decked with natural decorations of evergreen collected from the cottage garden and surrounding woodlands. Come and warm your toes by the warmth of the fire and get into the festive spirit.

Festive Tuneful Stories

Sun 02 Dec 2018
13:00-16:00
Celebrate Christmas with traditional music and storytelling.