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

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

A passion for learning outdoors is at the heart of the learning offer at Hardy’s Birthplace and Thorncombe Woods. Children will get the opportunity to walk in the woods that inspired much of the writing of Thomas Hardy.

Key Stage 4 & 5: Fact into fiction in the works of Thomas Hardy

Inspiring writing in amazing places.

Venue: Hardy’s Cottage & Thorncombe Woods.

Duration: Two hours.

Price per student: £4 + VAT with Education Group Membership, or £6.50 + VAT without.

Curriculum: English & Experiential Learning.

Students will investigate Hardy’s writing of The Mayor of Casterbridge. This is a novel which draws closely on actual historical events in nineteenth-century Dorset. While working on the novel Hardy scrutinized editions of a local newspaper, The Dorset County Chronicle, to find unusual or distinctive events on which he could base his story. Using objects and text, students will gain insight into how a local writer engages with ongoing themes and issues across distinct time periods in his craft.

How to book
All groups must book in advance. For more information and to make a booking, please contact Harriet Still on 01297 489481 or by email or download the booking form (pdf).