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Upcoming events

Tess: A Pure Woman

Thu 21 Feb 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.

The stories behind The Woodlanders

Sat 23 Feb 2019
Virginia Astley presents 'The stories behind The Woodlanders'.

Tim Laycock's Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Sun 24 Feb 2019
An intimate retelling of the story of Tess in the study where it was written.

Free talk at Kingston Maurward College: How Hardy frames his texts

Thu 07 Mar 2019
A talk by Dr Mary Rimmer, University of New Brunswick. Hardy characteristically planned, or had a hand in planning the titles, prefaces and sometimes even the covers of his novels. This talk probes the connections between the frames and the texts.

How Hardy frames his texts - free talk

Thu 07 Mar 2019
Free talk by Dr Mary Rimmer for anyone interested in Thomas Hardy's writings.

National Trust World Book Day

Sat 09 Mar 2019
Join us as the National Trust celebrates World Book day.
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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.