Tuneful stories

Tim Laycock brings the Hardy family home to life with music and stories.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

As a boy, Hardy was immersed in the musical and storytelling traditions of his parents and grandparents. These traditions later inspired many of the storylines and communal scenes of his novels. Tim Laycock will be taking up residence in the Potting Shed to explore these traditions.


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

Children are welcome
Assistance dogs are welcome.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
14 January 2018 13:00 - 16:00 Available
10 February 2018 13:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Hardy's Cottage
Call 01305 262366

Upcoming events

Christmas at the Cottage

Thu 14 Dec 2017
Experience a traditional, rural Christmas at Hardy's Cottage

Carols at the Cottage

Thu 14 Dec 2017
A cold, crisp day, the log fire roaring, and the sound of harmonious voices warming the air...

Tranter Dewey's Christmas Party 2017

Wed 20 Dec 2017
A celebration of Midwinter and the Christmas season with carols, folksongs, poetry and readings from the works of Thomas Hardy. Performed by Tim Laycock and fiddler Colin Thompson

Performance: 'Winter Words'

Sat 23 Dec 2017
I leant upon a coppice gate When Frost was spectre-grey, And Winter's dregs made desolate, The weakening eye of day.

Hard times and hungry months

Thu 04 Jan 2018
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.

Tuneful stories

Sun 14 Jan 2018
Tim Laycock brings the Hardy family home to life with music and stories.