Hardy's Cottage

Important notice -

Please collect your timed entry tickets from the Visitor Centre front desk, on arrival.

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

Hardy's Cottage

What's on

Upcoming events

Writer in Residence

Sun 24 Sep 2017
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: Rural traditions 1

Fri 29 Sep 2017
'That atmosphere of cider which at its first return each season has such an indescribable fascination'.

'Writing Places' writing workshop with Virginia Astley: Rural traditions 2

Sat 30 Sep 2017
"'Tis a real drop o' cordial from the best picked apples - Horner's and Cadbury's - you d'mind the sort, Michael?"

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'

Tuneful stories

Sat 14 Oct 2017
Tim Laycock brings the Hardy family home to life with music and stories.

Trafalgar night

Fri 20 Oct 2017
Local performer Tim Laycock, accompanied on fiddle by Colin Thompson, will entertain guests with an evening of music, storytelling and readings.
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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

Group Visits 

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

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