Hardy's Cottage

Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy

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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 Winter with plenty of festive fun to be had.

Upcoming events

Christmas at the Cottage

Sat 16 Dec 2017
Experience a traditional, rural Christmas at Hardy's Cottage

Tranter Dewey's Christmas Party 2017

Wed 20 Dec 2017
A celebration of Midwinter and the Christmas season with carols, folksongs, poetry and readings from the works of Thomas Hardy. Performed by Tim Laycock and fiddler Colin Thompson

Carols at the Cottage

Thu 21 Dec 2017
A cold, crisp day, the log fire roaring, and the sound of harmonious voices warming the air...

Performance: 'Winter Words'

Sat 23 Dec 2017
I leant upon a coppice gate When Frost was spectre-grey, And Winter's dregs made desolate, The weakening eye of day.

Hard times and hungry months

Thu 04 Jan 2018
Hardy's Cottage will be open Thursdays to Sundays throughout January and February, with the opportunity to see how hard the Hardy family had it. See website for more details.

Tuneful stories

Sun 14 Jan 2018
Tim Laycock brings the Hardy family home to life with music and stories.
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.

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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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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.