Max Gate

Upcoming events

Tea with Mrs Hardy and the Suffragists

Thu 13 Sep 2018
Mrs Hardy invites you to tea in the garden at Max Gate, with some special guests advocating Votes for Women and a short performance by the Hardy Players. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players for the tea of adult £3, child £2

Poetry at Max Gate: William Barnes

Sat 15 Sep 2018
Tim Laycock and members of the William Barnes Society read Dorset dialect poetry by William Barnes. Suggested donation to the William Barnes Society of £3

Portland House Autumn Opening

Fri 05 Oct 2018
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.

Tess: A Pure Woman

Thu 01 Nov 2018
Thomas Hardy controversially subtitled Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman and later wrote that he 'lost his heart to Tess as he wrote about her'. Delve into one of Hardy's most famous novels and find out about the stories that lie behind it.

Tuneful Stories

Sat 03 Nov 2018
Tim Laycock brings Hardy's home to life with music and stories

Flute and harp with Virginia and Florence Astley

Sun 04 Nov 2018
Music, stories and poetry from Hardy's time bring his home to life. There will be three performances, each lasting approximately 25 minutes.
Max Gate

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.