Learning at Hardy's Cottage

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

We offer fantastic opportunities for creative learning across the curriculum at our Hardy Country places.

We can provide authentic, first-hand learning experiences and the opportunity to engage your pupils with objects, real stories, real people and real environments. Please see below for more information about the different learning sessions available.

" Thank you for a great day at Hardy’s Cottage and the woods yesterday. The children talked very positively about their experiences when they got back to school and did some very pleasing creative writing."
- Prince of Wales Primary School, Dorchester
" Ideal, cultural and literacy awareness fostered."
- Rendcombe College, Gloucester
" An outstanding, fascinating and well-pitched session."
- Rendcombe College, Gloucester
Thorncombe Woods in its autumnal beauty

Learning at Hardy's Cottage: Dorset Forest Schools

Explore Hardy with Dorset Forest Schools on Learning at Hardy's Cottage for Early Years and Key Stage 1

A group of children on a learning session in the bedroom at Hardy's Cottage

Learning at Hardy's Cottage: Be a famous writer for a day

Be a famous writer for a day on the Learning at Hardy's Cottage Key Stage 2 session.

Children dressed in period costume peering at lichen

Learning at Hardys Cottage: Costumes and the landscape

Explore costume and livelihoods in the novels of Thomas Hardy on the Learning at Hardy's Cottage Key Stage 3 session.

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

Learning at Hardy's Cottage: Fact into Fiction in the works of Thomas Hardy

Investigate Hardy's writing of The Mayor of Casterbridge on the Learning at Hardy's Cottage Key Stage 4 & 5 session.

A school group on a walk in Thorncombe Woods

Learning at Hardy's Cottage: Key Stage 5 Walks and Workshops

A selection of walks and seminars to contextualize, explore and discuss Hardy's literature in the surroundings of his cottage and Thorncombe Woods

School children learning about Iron Age life

Learning at Hardy's Cottage: Information for teachers

Helpful information for teachers about learning at Hardy's Cottage including costs, facilities and preparing for your visit.