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
14 October 2017 13:00 - 16:00 Available
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

Fri 01 Sep 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 Places' writing workshop with Virginia Astley: Gathering 1

Fri 08 Sep 2017
11:00-13:00
Hardy wrote in his notebook: 'It is better for a writer to know a little bit of the world remarkably well than to know a great part of the world remarkably little.'

'Writing Places' writing workshop with Virginia Astley: The Soundworld of Thomas Hardy 1

Fri 15 Sep 2017
11:00-13:00
'Lonely places in the country have each their own peculiar silence'.

Harvest Home

Fri 15 Sep 2017
19:00-21:00
Local performer Tim Laycock, accompanied on fiddle by Colin Thompson, will entertain guests with an evening of music, storytelling and readings.

'Writing Places' writing workshop with Virginia Astley: The Soundworld of Thomas Hardy 2

Sat 16 Sep 2017
11:00-13:00
'Lonely places in the country have each their own peculiar silence'.

'Writing Places' writing workshop with Virginia Astley: Gathering 2

Sat 16 Sep 2017
11:00-13:00
Hardy wrote in his notebook: 'It is better for a writer to know a little bit of the world remarkably well than to know a great part of the world remarkably little.'