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Past events

Portland Walk through the country of The Well-Beloved


September 21, 2018   10:00

Portland Walk through the country of The Well-Beloved Friday 21st September, 2018 at 10.00am This is a walk of approximately 7 miles from Portland...

Reading Walter de la Mare


September 20, 2018   09:00

READING WALTER DE LA MARE - Conference at Newnham College, Cambridge. 20th-21st September, 2018 Thomas Hardy was a large influence on Walter de la...

Mrs Yeobright's Last Walk


September 1, 2018   10:30

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the publication of The Return of the Native Beginning at 10.30am on September 1st, this walk begins at...

Westcountry Historic Omnibus & Transport Trust Return of the Native Coach Trip


August 12, 2018   11:45

An historic Coach Trip through the country of The Return of the Native in conjunction with WHOTT, the West Dorset District Council and the Thomas...

A walk around Jude's 'Shaftesbury', Friday 20th July, 1.30pm


July 20, 2018   13:30

What have a stonemason from Fawley, 4 obscure teachers, 2 Shastonians (one fictional), 3 Kings, a Saxon Nunnery, 27 pubs, thousands of buttons,...

'The Strange House': The Poetry of Max Gate, Friday 20th July, 1.30pm


July 20, 2018   13:30

A walk from the United Church, Dorchester, to Max Gate where John Hayes (National Trust house manager) will give a talk about the house, and Andrew...

The Glass Aisle - An Evening of Poetry with Paul Henry


July 19, 2018   20:30

Poet/Singer/Songwriter BBC Presenter Paul Henry will read from his acclaimed collections 'The Brittle Sea' and 'A Boy Running'...

​'Lock 'em up!' A tour of the Crown Court and prison cells


July 19, 2018   16:15

Shire Hall Courthouse Museum, newly refurbished, recently re-opened to the public. It was here that Thomas Hardy served as a magistrate between 1884...

The Old Neighbour and the New: A Hardy/Barnes Walk, Thursday 19th July, 2.00pm


July 19, 2018   14:00

Tony Fincham will be joined by Thomas Hardy and William Barnes experts Alistair Chisholm and Brian Caddy for a 2.5 mile walk in Hardy's footsteps...

Far From the Madding Crowd, Thursday 19th July, 1.30pm


July 19, 2018   13:30

Celebrating film and fiction in Wessex, and especially the Far From the Madding Crowd films of 1967 and 2015, this tour led by the THS's Sue...

​Exploring Egdon Heath, Wednesday 18th July, 1.30pm


July 18, 2018   13:30

Led by Joy Wallace and Wendy Barter Smee this is an opportunity to get into the countryside beyond Hardy's Cottage and listen to Hardy's poems...

Thomas Hardy's Reredos, Wednesday 18th July, 8.30am


July 18, 2018   08:30

A day trip to Windsor led by the THS's Helen Lange, this will incorporate a visit to All Saint's Church to study the reredos designed by Hardy...

'The Fiddler of the Reels', Tuesday 17th July, 1.30pm


July 17, 2018   13:30

A tour led by Dr Tony Fincham, this will be a musical exploration of the territory where Mop Ollamoor exercised his acoustic magnetism over...

A Portrait of Tess/Mr Hardy's War: Thomas Hardy and the Remarkable Thorneycrofts in Peace and War


July 16, 2018   19:30

A Portrait of Tess/Mr Hardy's War Monday 16th July, 7.30pm at the Corn Exchange, Dorchester Presented by Andrew and Marilyn Leah The portrait is...

The 'Casterbridge' Walk, Monday 16th July, 1.30pm


July 16, 2018   08:30

This is a two-hour walk led by Dorchester's own Town Crier Alistair Chisholm. Beginning at the Town Pump it will take in various...

Thomas Hardy Country Fair


July 15, 2018   12:00

Thomas Hardy Country Fair at Kingston Maurward from 12 noon onwards on Sunday 15th July 2018 The Thomas Hardy Society is celebrating our 50th...

'...that wild weird western shore' – A Day Trip to Cornwall


July 15, 2018   00:00

An excursion led by Dr Tony Fincham and Professor Jane Thomas of the THS, Sunday 15th July, 8.30am, to commemorate the 145th anniversary of the...

2018 Birthday Weekend


June 2, 2018   10:30

The 2018 Birthday Weekend will begin on Saturday 2nd June (168 years after Hardy was born). Our events begin with a 3-4 mile walk on Egdon Heath, in...

Funeral for Dr. Michael Murphy


May 23, 2018   12:30

'The Hardy Society is sad to report the death of long standing member, Dr. Michael Murphy, from Long Barn, Warrington, earlier this month. His...

Songs For Libby Memorial Concert


May 12, 2018   19:00

SONGS FOR LIBBY - MEMORIAL CONCERT ​For Elizabeth Goodchild MBE ​Saturday 12th May 2018 ​7.30pm (Doors open at 7.00pm) At: All Saints Church,...

The Face At The Casement


May 6, 2018   12:30

​A re-enactment of the poem by Thomas Hardy ​ 'The Face at the Casement' ​Sunday 6th May, 2018 ​12.30pm Start, until Dusk Guest...

An Evening with Sabine Baring-Gould and Thomas Hardy


May 5, 2018   19:00

​An Evening with Sabine Baring-Gould and Thomas Hardy ​Saturday 5th May 2018, 7:00pm ​Two experts lead a discussion about their 'Cornish...

Tess of the d'Urbervilles


April 27, 2018   19:30

​The Questor's present Tess of the d'Urbervilles ​at the Judi Dench Playhouse ​By Mike Langridge and Caroline Bleakley from Thomas...

Tea at the Athenaeum Club


April 23, 2018   00:00

This visit to the famous Athenaeum Club in London is a unique opportunity to frequent Hardy's favourite gentlemen's club.  As well...

Songs From Weatherbury


April 20, 2018   19:30

https://www.facebook.com/ThomasHardySociety/photos/a.263546760356992.67928.220593331319002/1826051577439828/?type=3 SONGS FROM WEATHERBURY Friday...

HARDYWAY4HARRY Sponsored Walk


April 18, 2018   10:00

HARDYWAY4HARRY Sponsored Walk “Margaret spent a hideous and heartbreaking year watching her beloved partner finally succumb to the deadly...

Thomas Hardy Society Study Day


April 7, 2018   10:00

Following the success of our inaugural Thomas Hardy Society Study Day, we are now looking forward to the second such occasion. This event will again...

Men Who March Away


March 28, 2018   18:30

Men Who March Away is a Dorchester Arts Event, but is supported and sponsored by the Hardy Society.  This full-length play, with music, will be...

Hall Green Little Theatre presents - Far From the Madding Crowd


March 23, 2018   19:00

The Hall Green Little Theatre in Birmingham are pleased to present Far From the Madding Crowd adapted by Jessica Swale from the novel by Thomas...

Wreath-Laying Ceremony in Poets' Corner


January 11, 2018   17:27

This year's wreath-laying ceremony in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, commemorates exactly 90 years since Hardy's death on 11th January...

Going the Rounds 2017


December 9, 2017   18:00

  This biennial event, Going the Rounds, begins in Thorncombe Woods.  It entails a walk through Kingston Maurward and Lower...

Reconsecration of Hardy's Altarpiece at All Saints Windsor


November 26, 2017   18:30

Hardy Society  members are cordially invited to the Service of Reconsecration of the Altarpiece designed by Hardy.  The design plans were...

The Thomas Hardy London Lecture, 2017


November 2, 2017   19:30

This year's London Lecture will be given by Mark Ford, Professor of English and American Literature at University College, London.  The...

Hardy Barnes Walk


October 22, 2017   09:30

The Hardy Barnes Walk, part of the Dorchester Literary Festival, will be a guided walk in the footsteps of Thomas Hardy.  It will be led by Dr...

The Dorchester Literary Festival 2017


October 20, 2017   14:00

Dr Tony Fincham will once again be chairing a discussion panel, this time on poetry. Jamie McKendrick, poet and critic, and Virginia Astley, Writer in...

Annual General Meeting 2017


September 16, 2017   15:00

Annual General Meeting, 2017 The 50th Annual General Meeting of the Thomas Hardy Society will be held at 3pm on Saturday 16th September in the marquee...

A Waiting Supper


September 16, 2017   00:00

A Waiting Supper Walk to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the first publication of this story. Meet in the car park at Athelhampton House (NGR...

A Portland Coastal Walk


July 9, 2017   10:00

A leisurely exploration of Hardy's Isle of Slingers to mark the 120th anniversary of the publication of The Well-Beloved. A nine mile...

Birthday Weekend


June 3, 2017   10:00

The Birthday Weekend Commemorating Thomas Hardy's 177th Birthday and the 130th Anniversary of the publication of The Woodlanders, the...

A Spring Woodlanders Walk


May 14, 2017   10:00

A walk of approximately seven miles through the heart of Hardy's original Woodlanders country - the landscape associated with the first...

A Meeting with the Dorset County Boundary Research Group


February 1, 2017   10:00

Meet in the Springhead at Sutton Poyntz.   After a welcoming coffee, Katherine Barker, co-founder of the Dorset County Boundary Group, will talk...

The Thomas Hardy Memorial Service


January 14, 2017   12:00

The Westminster Abbey Memorial Service  to commemorate the 89th anniversary of Hardy's death. Meet inside the West Door of the Abbey at...

The 2016 Thomas Hardy Society London Lecture


October 27, 2016   19:30

The Thomas Hardy London Lecture to be given by Dr. Alan Chedzoy, 'The Most Interesting Link: Thomas Hardy's Debt to William Barnes'...

A Walk Around Thomas Hardy's Dorchester


October 23, 2016   09:30

Dorchester Town Crier, Alistair Chisholm and Dr. Tony Fincham, will lead a walk around Hardy's Dorchester and Fordington.

Hardy Today: Strong Women


October 19, 2016   19:00

Dr. Tony Fincham in Conversation with Rachel Joyce and Dinah Jefferies at the Dorchester Literary Festival

A Thomas Hardy Society and William Barnes Society Event


October 15, 2016   14:00

A Thomas Hardy Society and William Barnes Society Event in Sturminster Newton To commemorate the 140th anniversary of Hardy and Emma's move to...

A Commemoration at Old St. Pancras Churchyard


September 3, 2016   14:00

A London Meeting to commemorate both 150 years since Hardy oversaw the removal of graves to make way for the Midland Railway, and the poems of...

22nd International Conference and Festival


July 23, 2016   12:00

The Conference will be opened by our President, Julian Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, at a reception at the Thomas Hardye School....

2016 Birthday Weekend


June 4, 2016   10:00

The Weekend will begin with a Walk in the Dorchester area.  10.00am   A walk in and around Dorchester, led by Helen Lange and based on...

'Knollsea - A Lofty Down - A Ruined Castle'


May 15, 2016   10:00

A Walk From Swanage to Corfe Castle, to celebrate the 140th anniversary of The Hand of Ethelberta.  The walk will follow in the footsteps of...

Tea and a Tour of the Athenaeum Club


April 4, 2016   15:00

London Meeting: Tea and a Tour of the Athenaeum Club, SOLD OUT where we will see portrayals of Hardy amongst many other famous former members....

A Spring Weekend in Cornwall


March 18, 2016   19:30

A Weekend in Cornwall, based at St. Juliot.    The Weekend will begin with a Welcome Dinner at the Old Rectory, where Hardy and Emma first...

Wreath-Laying Ceremony


January 9, 2016   13:00

A Wreath-Laying Ceremony in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, to commemorate the 88th anniversary of Hardy's death.  Meet inside the...

2015 Going the Rounds


December 19, 2015   18:00

2015 Going the Rounds SOLD OUT This event will be led by Tim Laycock and will follow the carol singing route described in Under the Greenwood...

2015 London Lecture


October 29, 2015   19:30

'Hardy and Larkin: Poetry versus the Novel' This year's London Lecture will be given by James Booth, author of Philip Larkin: Life, Art...

Dorchester Literary Festival


October 24, 2015   11:00

Tony Fincham Chairs Panel. At Dorchester's first Literary Festival Dr Tony Fincham will chair a panel discussing Love and the Literary...

Visit to the Battlefield of Waterloo


October 2, 2015   08:00

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FROM THAT PUBLISHED IN THE THOMAS HARDY JOURNAL This visit is to celebrate The Dynasts during the bicentenary year of...

A Walk with Margaret Marande


September 13, 2015   10:00

A walk with Margaret Marande, author of The Hardy Way.   Meet at The Wise Man Inn for a circular walk of about five and a half miles in...

AGM and Hardy and the Courts


September 12, 2015   15:30

Annual General Meeting This year's AGM will be held in Shire Hall, in Dorchester, a building famous for the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and...

Summer Meeting in London


August 22, 2015   14:00

A Summer Theme: Meet at 2pm for light refreshments followed by music and readings on a summer theme. Bring along your favourites to read or just...

Celebratory Weekend for Hardy's 175th Birthday


June 6, 2015   10:00

Saturday 6th June 10.00am: Walk Tony Fincham will lead a Junetide Walk through the heart of Hardy's landscape.  Meet at Thorncombe Wood Car...

Inaugural London Meeting


May 30, 2015   13:45

The Inaugural Meeting of a new London series We will meet at the Library for a short walk to St. Giles, Cripplegate for readings associated with The...

Early Morning Walk


May 10, 2015   09:00

An early morning walk on Hardy's Egdon Heath, led by Mavis Pilbeam.  Enjoy the sight and sounds of the bird life and experience something of...

Jude the Obscure Walk


March 29, 2015   10:30

To celebrate 120 years since the publication of Jude the Obscure, Roderick Drew will lead a walk in and around Shaftesbury.  Meet in the Bell...

87th anniversary of Hardy’s death


January 10, 2015   12:00

The Westminster Abbey Memorial Service to commemorate the 87th anniversary of Hardy’s death   11.45am  Meet at the West door of the...

2014: London Lecture (New Date)


December 4, 2014   19:30

The Thomas Hardy London Lecture: "The Evil Eye?" Looking and overlooking in The Return of the Native' Phillip Mallet & Jacqueline...

A Hardy Talk by Dr. Rebecca Welshman


October 30, 2014   19:30

 A Hardy Talk by Dr. Rebecca Welshman:  'Life is...A Game of Chess: Hardy, Games and Prehistoric Landscapes' Dorset County...

An Autumn Walk - from Beaminster to Mapperton


September 28, 2014   10:00

10.00 am  Meet in Beaminster Square (NGR ST480013)  for a 5-mile (approx.) circular walk led  by Sue Clarke in the  unspoilt...

The 21st International Thomas Hardy Conference & Festival


July 26, 2014   12:00

Welcome to Dorchester – and welcome to the Thomas Hardy Society’s 21st International Conference and Festival: a coming-of-age for our...

Open Gardens at Waterston Manor


June 8, 2014   10:00

With special guest Made in Chelsea star Francis Boulle Come and visit one of Dorset’s most beautiful and exclusive gardens in the heart of...

The Birthday Weekend


June 7, 2014   10:00

Saturday 7th June 10.00am. Walk : Tony Fincham will lead a Far from the Madding Crowd walk starting from St Mary’s Church, Puddletown...

Folklore, Hardy & Rural Writing


April 11, 2014   12:00

A joint conference of The Folklore Society and the Thomas Hardy Society exploring Wessex folklore, folk customs and rural traditions, and the works of...

Carol Ann Duffy - Reading Her Poetry


March 29, 2014   11:15

The Thomas Hardy Society and The Philip Larkin Society present Carol Ann Duffy reading her poetry Location: Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St...

Hardy & Larkin in Oxford


March 28, 2014   19:00

An exploration of Hardy’s Christminster and Larkin’s Oxford A joint Conference of the Thomas Hardy & Philip Larkin Societies A...

Wreath Laying Service at Westminster Abbey


January 11, 2014   11:45

The Westminster Abbey Memorial Service on the 86th anniversary of Hardy’s death 11.45 am Meet at the West Door of Westminster Abbey for 12...

Going the Rounds


December 21, 2013   18:00

6.00 for 6.30 pm: Start at Thorncombe Wood Car Park (NGR SY 72621) A walk in the footsteps of the Mellstock Quire with music and singing, led by Tim...

A Bonfire at Rainbarrow


November 2, 2013   16:30

135th anniversary Return of the Native Walk. 4.30 pm: Meet at Thorncombe Wood Car Park (NGR SY 726921) for a walk to Rainbarrow, led by Jacqueline...

The Thomas Hardy London Lecture


October 24, 2013   19:30

We are honoured to welcome Stephen Platten, The Bishop of Wakefield, who will lecture on: ‘They Know Earth-Secrets’: Hardy’s...

The Thomas Hardy Society Annual General Meeting


September 7, 2013   17:30

5.30 pm At the Acorn Inn, Evershot (NGR ST 574045) After the AGM, a buffet supper (including tea and coffee): £11.50 each. This will followed by...

The Woodlanders Revisited


September 7, 2013   11:00

11.00 am Walk: meet outside The Acorn Inn at Evershot (NGR ST 574045) for an exploration of George Melbury’s and Giles Winterbourne’s...