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Tess, a feminist vision of Thomas Hardy's classic novel
Tess, a feminist vision of Thomas Hardy's classic novel
From 31/01/2024 until 24/06/2024
All day event
Tess uses the original text combined with the physical language of circus, allowing the performers to retell the well-known story of power, loss and endurance through a feminist lens.
Jan2024
Madding Crowd
Madding Crowd
From 23/06/2024 until 20/07/2024
All day event
Come and join us for a fun and informal discussion group. Each week, we will read a section of Thomas Hardy's novel, Far from the Madding Crowd, discussing our thoughts about the text.
LOCATION: 165 West 86th Street New York, NY 10024 United States
Jun2024
Vita Sackville-West and Sissinghurst
Vita Sackville-West and Sissinghurst
On 03/07/2024
Starts 19:15 until 20:30
Mark Damon Chutter will explore the background to Sissinghurst and the context of when Vita Sackville-West lived there.
LOCATION: St Goerge's Church Hall, High Street, Fordington, Dorchester
Jul2024
Louise Leigh- Distracted
Louise Leigh- Distracted
On 13/07/2024
Starts 11:00 until 12:00
As part of the Hardy Har comedy festival, Louise Leigh brings her show Distracted to the historic Casterbridge room at the Kings Arms Hotel
LOCATION: The King's Arms, 30 High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF
Jul2024
Laugharnival Week
Laugharnival Week
From 21/07/2024 until 28/07/2024
All day event
As part of the Festival, the Laugharne Players are performing three “rehearsed readings” of Under Milk Wood
LOCATION: Cors Field, Newbridge Road SA33 4SH
Jul2024
Dorset Opera Festival: Under the Greenwood Tree
Dorset Opera Festival: Under the Greenwood Tree
From 23/07/2024 until 27/07/2024
Starts 19:00 until 14:00
To celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2024, Dorset Opera has commissioned an opera based on Thomas Hardy’s enchanting tale,  Under The Greenwood Tree.
LOCATION: The Coade Theatre, Dorset Opera Festival, Bryanston, Blandford Forum, DT11 0PS
Jul2024
CAITLIN by Mike Kenny
CAITLIN by Mike Kenny
On 26/07/2024
Starts 19:30 until 22:30
Before the poet Dylan Thomas died at the tender age of 39, he and his wife Caitlin boozed, binged and brawled their way through the bars of Britain in the 1930’s
LOCATION: Laugharne Memorial Hall, Clifton Road, SA33 4QG
Jul2024
The 26th International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival
The 26th International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival
From 27/07/2024 until 03/08/2024
Starts 09:00 until 20:00
The 26th International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival
LOCATION: United Church, 29 South St, Dorchester DT1 1BY
Jul2024
Talk: Mary Channing
Talk: Mary Channing
On 29/07/2024
Starts 15:00 until 17:00
Come and join the chairman and academic director of the Thomas Hardy Society in a talk about Mary Channing.
LOCATION: Shire Hall Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UY
Jul2024
Dates for your Diary
Dates for your Diary
From 14/09/2024 until 05/07/2025
Starts 09:00 until 18:00
Dates for your diary (further updated information will be added in August 2024)
Sep2024
Stourhead House and Gardens Trip
Stourhead House and Gardens Trip
On 28/09/2024
Starts 12:00
Tucked away in the books in a library at Stourhead are the letters and postcards that map the 25-year friendship between Lady Alda Hoare and the great man of literature Thomas Hardy.
LOCATION: Stourhead, Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6QD
Sep2024
William Barnes and Thomas Hardy: Study Day
William Barnes and Thomas Hardy: Study Day
On 26/10/2024
Starts 10:30 until 18:00
The Barnes Society and the `Thomas Hardy Society are pleased to present a joint study day on Saturday 26th October
LOCATION: Dorchester Baptist Church Bridport Road Dorchester Dorset DT1 1RR
Oct2024
Visit to Lulworth Castle and to St Andrew’s Church
Visit to Lulworth Castle and to St Andrew’s Church
On 17/11/2024
Starts 14:00 until 16:00
Visit Lulworth Castle and St Andrew’s Church where Hardy was involved in the restoration. Sunday 17 November 2024 
LOCATION: East Lulworth, Wareham BH20 5QS
Nov2024
Thomas Hardy London Lecture 2024
Thomas Hardy London Lecture 2024
On 07/12/2024
Starts 15:00
Thomas Hardy London Lecture 2024: ‘Friends Beyond : Barnes, Moule, Hardy and Fordington Vicarage’
LOCATION: University College London Gower St London WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
Dec2024
Christmas at Athelhampton
Christmas at Athelhampton
On 21/12/2024
Starts 12:00 until 17:00
Come and have a guided tour of all of the Hardy connections with this Tudor building. There will be a tour and walk followed by an afternoon tea. Meet at Athelhampton at 12 noon on Saturday 21 December.
LOCATION: Athelhampton House & Gardens, Puddletown, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7LG
Dec2024
The Late Great Thomas Hardy
The Late Great Thomas Hardy
From 03/04/2025 until 06/04/2025
All day event
Every Spring Christ Church hosts our Special Interest Event, where specialists discuss the chosen topic in a series of lectures during the four-day event.
LOCATION: The Steward’s Office Christ Church, Oxford, OX1 1DP
Apr2025
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