Max Gate

A hedgehog at Plas Newydd

Make your garden hedgehog friendly - children's activity 

Want to attract hedgehogs to your garden? Come along and find out more about these amazing animals in the garden of Max Gate, which is home to several hogs. Free activity session suitable for children aged from 2-11. The Dorset Wildlife Trust will be in the gardens all day to answer your prickly questions!

The cottage front door with a festive wreath

A very merry Hardy Christmas 

Experience a traditional Christmas at Max Gate and Hardy's Cottage this festive season.

Upcoming events

Make your garden hedgehog friendly

Tue 23 Oct 2018
11:00-12:00
Want to attract hedgehogs to your garden? Come along to the gardens of Max Gate, which is home to several hedgehogs and find out more about these amazing animals. Activity suitable for children aged from 2-11

Free lecture at Kingston Maurward College: Hidden faces, hidden places

Tue 23 Oct 2018
19:30-21:00
Helen Gibson, Curator of the Thomas Hardy Archive at Dorset County Museum, talks about the stories behind some of the objects in the archive. The lecture will take place at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester DT2 8PY.

Tuneful Stories

Sat 03 Nov 2018
13:00-16:00
Tim Laycock brings Hardy's home to life with music and stories

Flute and harp with Virginia and Florence Astley

Sun 04 Nov 2018
12:00-12:30
Music, stories and poetry from Hardy's time bring his home to life. There will be three performances, each lasting approximately 25 minutes.

Tess: A Pure Woman

Sat 10 Nov 2018
11:00-16:00
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.

Armistice Day 1918: a selection of poetry and readings

Sun 11 Nov 2018
14:00-16:00
Members of the New Hardy Players read poetry and prose to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players of £3
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.