Max Gate

Atmospheric Victorian home designed by Thomas Hardy

Upcoming events

Tuneful Stories

Sat 24 Feb 2018
Tim Laycock brings Hardy's home to life with music and stories

Cadbury Easter egg hunt

Fri 30 Mar 2018
Explore the house and garden where Thomas Hardy lived. Find the clues in a nature-themed trail and solve the puzzle to win a Cadbury chocolate prize.

Nature trail

Tue 03 Apr 2018
A trail with a nature theme will help you to see Hardy's home in a new light.

Tea with Mr Hardy and Marie Stopes

Thu 17 May 2018
Mr Hardy invites you to take tea with him in his garden along with special guest Marie Stopes and a short performance from the Hardy Players. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players for the tea of adult £3, child £2

Poetry at Max Gate: Thomas Hardy & others

Thu 07 Jun 2018
Members of the New Hardy Players read inspiring seasonal poetry by Thomas Hardy and other associated writers. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players of £3

Open air theatre: The Trumpet-Major

Fri 29 Jun 2018
The New Hardy Players present a colourful and musical interpretation of Hardy's romantic historical novel
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