'He was a man who used to notice such things' - Thomas Hardy
Tue 17 Oct 2017
Finding inspiration from the Cottage, its stories and its surroundings, a writer in residence will share their work and thoughts with visitors.
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Local performer Tim Laycock, accompanied on fiddle by Colin Thompson, will entertain guests with an evening of music, storytelling and readings.
Fri 20 Oct 2017
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'Past things retold were to her as things existent, Things present but as a tale' Thomas Hardy
Sat 21 Oct 2017
'Here [in the stoneyard], with keen edges and smooth curves, were forms in the exact likeness of those he had seen abraded and time-eaten on the walls' Thomas Hardy
Fri 27 Oct 2017
'My grandfather used to go to Conjuror Mynterne, out at Owlscombe, and a clever man a' were, so I've heard grandf'er say' Thomas Hardy
Sat 28 Oct 2017
Tim Laycock brings the Hardy family home to life with music and stories.
Sat 18 Nov 2017
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Experience a traditional, rural Christmas at Hardy's Cottage
Fri 01 Dec 2017
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'Songs and old tales are drawn from the occupants by the comfortable heat, like fruit from melon-plants in a frame'
Sat 02 Dec 2017
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A cold, crisp day, the log fire roaring, and the sound of harmonious voices warming the air...
Thu 07 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
Wed 20 Dec 2017
I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-grey,
And Winter's dregs made desolate,
The weakening eye of day.
Sat 23 Dec 2017
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.
Thu 04 Jan 2018
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