Hardy's Cottage

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

Hardy's Cottage

Things to see and do

Hardy's Cottage

What's on

Upcoming events

Wessex cookbook

Fri 26 May 2017
Come and experience the sights, smells and tastes of Hardy's beloved Wessex, as the team prepare various recipes from Victorian Dorset. Every Friday through March, April and May (except 28 April and 5 May).

Hardy's Birthday at the Birthplace

Fri 02 Jun 2017
Celebrate the poet's birthday at his birthplace, with music and cooking.

How wild is our garden?

Fri 14 Jul 2017
Join the West Dorset Ecology volunteers who will be researching the plants and animals of the cottage garden.

Writer in Residence

Fri 01 Sep 2017
Finding inspiration from the Cottage, its stories and its surroundings, a writer in residence will share their work and thoughts with visitors.

Harvest Home

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

Apple Day

Sat 07 Oct 2017
'It's the cider-maker, And appletree-shaker And behind him on wheels, in readiness, His mill, and tub, and vats and press'
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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.

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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.

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Visitors in the cafe at Hardys Cottage

Information for groups prior to visiting Hardy's Cottage 

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

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