Serpents at Hardy's Cottage

Come along to Hardy's Cottage to hear the unique sounds of serpents!

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

The serpent is an historical instrument that Hardy knew well. He mentions this unusual wind instrument in 'The Return of the Native', 'The Three Strangers', 'The Fiddler of the Reels' and 'Under the Greenwood Tree'.

A group of serpent players from all over the world will gathering in Hardy's Cottage garden to perform a short set for visitors as part of their biannual 'Serpentarium' gathering. It will be the first time the event has been held in Dorset.

Prices

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

Prices

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...

The basics

Suitability
Unfortunately dogs are not welcome at this event.
Meeting point
Hardy's Cottage garden
Other
This event is free, normal admission applies. Admission is on a timed- ticket basis. Timed-tickets are available from the visitor centre only. The performances will be on an informal schedule during the afternoon. The musicians will be playing a 20 minute performance at 13:45pm and again at 15:00pm.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
26 May 2019 13:45 - 15:30 Available

Contact Info

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

Upcoming events

Storytelling under the Tolpuddle Tree

Sun 26 May 2019
11:30-12:30
Family storytelling under the beautiful 320 year old sycamore in Tolpuddle, which once sheltered the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

Serpents at Hardy's Cottage

Sun 26 May 2019
13:45-15:30
Come along to Hardy's Cottage to hear the unique sounds of serpents!

Biodiversity Day

Fri 31 May 2019
11:00-14:00
Come along to Hardy's Cottage and meet our team of Volunteer Ecologists. They will be here to explain what valuable work they do for our wildlife and show us some nature highlights from Hardy's garden and orchard.

Paint school under the Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree

Thu 06 Jun 2019
14:00-16:30
Learn to paint the Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree with acclaimed artist Bob and Roberta Smith. This paint school is part of a wider programme of events celebrating the Tolpuddle Tree, as part of the People's Landscapes programme.

Woodland Poetry Walk

Sun 09 Jun 2019
12:30-13:15
Explore the landscape of Thomas Hardy's imagination in this guided walk through Thorncombe Woods. The walk includes poetry and novel extracts along the way linked to Hardy’s landscape.

Walking the way of the Tolpuddle Martyrs: Tolpuddle to Dewlish

Sat 15 Jun 2019
11:00-16:30
Join us for a two and a half mile walk in the footsteps of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. This walk is part of a wider programme of events celebrating the Tolpuddle Tree, as part of the People's Landscapes programme.