Max Gate

Upcoming events

Christmas at Max Gate

Fri 14 Dec 2018
A festive welcome awaits you with the house decked out for a Victorian Christmas, craft activities for children and seasonal treats. Musical and theatrical performances on Sat 1, Fri 7, Sun 9, Thu 13, Sat 15, Sun 16, Fri 21 and Sun 23 Dec

A Christmas perfomance at Max Gate

Sat 15 Dec 2018
Join the New Hardy Players for a short performance of Christmas poetry by Thomas Hardy, well known carols and a Mummer's play. These performances will echo events at Max Gate in the early 1920s. Suggested donation to the New Hardy's Players of £3

Flute and harp with Virginia and Florence Astley

Sun 16 Dec 2018
Music, stories and poetry from Hardy's time bring his home to life. There will be three performances, each lasting approximately 25 minutes.

Tuneful Stories

Sun 23 Dec 2018
Tim Laycock brings Hardy's home to life with music and stories

Tess: A Pure Woman

Thu 03 Jan 2019
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.

Volunteer recruitment drop-in session

Wed 06 Feb 2019
Max Gate is taking on more visitor reception and catering volunteers. If you'd be interested in this, or volunteering at Clouds Hill or Hardy's Cottage & Visitor Centre, come to this drop in session and have a chat about it with staff and volunteers.
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.