Writing Workshop - Mystical and Spiritual

'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

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

Besides Christianity, the Pagan world and its earlier customs influenced Hardy's work.

In Tess of the D'Urbervilles Dairyman Crick reminiscences about his grandfather going to a conjuror to check why the butter isn't churning.

Led by our writer-in-residence, Virginia Astley, we will explore our own worlds, allowing what we hold close to ourselves to speak.

£5 per person. Spaces limited to 8.


Event ticket prices
  • All £5.00
    Normal admission charge also applies
View admission charges
Hardy's Cottage


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.

The basics

Booking details
Call 01305 262366
Perfect for all ages and writing abilities.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Meet at the Visitor Centre.
What to bring and wear
Wear suitable clothing and footwear for walking along muddy woodland paths. Warm clothing advised for working in the Writer's Hut.
Hardy's Cottage is a 10 minute walk from the Visitor Centre. Trampers are available to hire if booked in advance on 01305 224620.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
28 October 2017 10:30 - 13:00 Available

Contact Info

Hardy's Cottage
Call 01305 262366

Upcoming events

Trafalgar night

Fri 20 Oct 2017
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
'Past things retold were to her as things existent, Things present but as a tale' Thomas Hardy

Writer in Residence

Sat 21 Oct 2017
Finding inspiration from the Cottage, its stories and its surroundings, a writer in residence will share their work and thoughts with visitors.

Writing Workshop - Hardy and Architecture

Fri 27 Oct 2017
'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
'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
Tim Laycock brings the Hardy family home to life with music and stories.