Max Gate

The garden facade of Max Gate

Park and ride to Max Gate  

Opportunity to park and ride from Kingston Maurward to Max Gate this May half term

Upcoming events

Park & Ride to Max Gate

Sat 25 May 2019
From 25 May to 2 June why not park and ride to Max Gate? Visitors to Thomas Hardy’s house at Max Gate in Dorchester will be able to park for free at Kingston Maurward College, and take a free shuttle bus to Max Gate.

Tuneful Stories

Sat 25 May 2019
Tim Laycock brings Thomas Hardy's home to life with music and stories from Hardy's own time. Suggested donation of £3 to Tim Laycock himself.

Tea with Hardy

Wed 05 Jun 2019
Tea with Hardy and Edmund Blunden by the New Hardy Players

Flute and harp with Virginia and Florence Astley

Sat 15 Jun 2019
Music, stories and poetry from Hardy's time bring his home to life. There will be three performances, each lasting approximately 25 minutes.

Poetry at Max Gate with the New Hardy Players

Wed 19 Jun 2019
Poetry with the New Hardy Players, 'Standing on the shoulders of Giants'.

Open air theatre: Far from the Madding Crowd (New Hardy Players)

Thu 27 Jun 2019
A dramatic outdoor production based on the well-loved novel that prompted Thomas Hardy to become a full time writer.
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.