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Thomas Hardy and his second wife Florence with their beloved Fox Terrier Wessex outside Max Gate

New room tells stories of hot baths and angry terriers at Max Gate 

New room open to the public sheds fresh light on domestic life of the Hardys - including their devotion to their demanding Fox Terrier

Upcoming events

Hardy Talk at Kingston Maurward: Thomas Hardy and Art

Thu 26 Sep 2019
19:30-21:00
This talk by Helen Lange of the Hardy Society is being held at Kingston Maurward College. It explores of the artistic legacy of Hardy's work.

Tuneful Stories with Tim Laycock

Sat 28 Sep 2019
13:00-16:00
Tim Laycock's Tuneful Stories, bringing Hardy's home to life with stories, folklore and tunes.

Portland House Autumn opening 2019

Fri 04 Oct 2019
14:00-17:00
Come down to Portland House in Weymouth for a special peek inside this stunning 1930s art deco holiday villa, not usually open to the public. Portland House, Belle Vue Road, Weymouth, DT4 8RZ.

Tim Laycock's Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Sat 12 Oct 2019
12:00-15:30
An intimate retelling of the story of Tess in the study where it was written.

Hardy Talk at Kingston Maurward: Hardy’s Tess

Wed 23 Oct 2019
19:30-21:00
This talk by Luke Rake will be held at Kingston Maurward College and looks at the development of Hardy’s work as both documentary recording of the world and the interpretation of landscape through the eyes of Tess.

Remembrance Sunday: a selection of poetry and readings

Sun 10 Nov 2019
14:00-15:00
Members of the New Hardy Players read poetry and prose to mark Remembrance Sunday. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players of £3
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Places to stay

The terrace at Portland House with sea views

National Trust places to stay in West Dorset 

West Dorset is an ideal holiday location. Our places to stay are located by the coast in gorgeous countryside that's featured in the hit TV programme Broadchurch and the Far from the Madding Crowd film starring Carey Mulligan.