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.

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.

The basics

Suitability
Children are welcome
Assistance dogs are welcome.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
18 November 2017 13:00 - 16:00 Available
14 January 2018 13:00 - 16:00 Available
10 February 2018 13:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

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

Upcoming events

Writer in Residence

Sun 22 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.

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.

Christmas at the Cottage

Fri 01 Dec 2017
10:00-16:00
Experience a traditional, rural Christmas at Hardy's Cottage

Festive Tuneful Stories

Sat 02 Dec 2017
13:00-13:30
'Songs and old tales are drawn from the occupants by the comfortable heat, like fruit from melon-plants in a frame'