Max Gate

Upcoming events

Cadbury Easter egg hunt

Fri 19 Apr 2019
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.

Tuneful Stories

Sat 27 Apr 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.

Portland House spring opening 2019

Fri 10 May 2019
Come down to Portland House in Weymouth for a special peek inside this stunning 1930s art deco holiday villa, not usually open to the public.

Tea with Hardy

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

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'.

Tim Laycock's Tuneful Stories

Sat 22 Jun 2019
Tim Laycock's Tuneful Stories
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.