Hardy's Cottage

Important notice -

Hardy's Cottage will, unfortunately, be closed on Saturday 21 October due to high winds. Clouds Hill and Max Gate will be closed for the same reason.

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

More about this place

Hardy's Cottage

What's on

Tim Laycock performing inside Hardy's Cottage at a Christmas carolling event

Christmas at Hardy Country 

Max Gate and Hardy's Cottage will be full of Christmas cheer this December with plenty of festive fun to be had.

Upcoming events

Trafalgar night

Sat 21 Oct 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.

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
Hardy's Cottage

Eating and shopping

Visitors sitting at a wooden table outside the café at Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre

The café at Hardy's Birthplace Visitor Centre 

A taste of the visitor centre's café, an independent family business using mostly local produce to create the tempting and varied menu.

Hardy's Cottage

Learning

The front of Hardy's Cottage, with the garden in full bloom

Learning at Hardy's Cottage 

Introducing the learning opportunities for schools and education groups at Hardy's Cottage.

Hardy's Cottage

Groups

Visitors in the cafe at Hardys Cottage

Group Visits 

Useful information for group leaders prior to visiting Hardy's Cottage with a group.

Hardy's Cottage

Get involved

National Trust volunteer Gerry sitting in the welcome kiosk at Hardy's Cottage

Volunteer at Hardy's Cottage, Max Gate or Clouds Hill 

Find out about current volunteering roles at Hardy's Cottage, Max Gate and Clouds Hill and details of how you can register your interest and learn more about what's involved.