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Wreath-Laying Ceremony in Poets' Corner
Wreath-Laying Ceremony in Poets' Corner
On 11/01/2018
Starts 17:30
Wreath-Laying Ceremony in Poets' Corner
Jan2018
Hall Green Little Theatre presents
Hall Green Little Theatre presents
From 23/03/2018 until 28/03/2018
All day event
Hall Green Little Theatre presents
Mar2018
Men Who March Away
Men Who March Away
On 28/03/2018
Starts 18:30
Men Who March Away
Mar2018
Songs From Weatherbury
Songs From Weatherbury
On 20/04/2018
Starts 19:30
Songs From Weatherbury
Apr2018
Tea at the Athenaeum Club
Tea at the Athenaeum Club
On 23/04/2018
Starts 13:00
Tea at the Athenaeum Club
Apr2018
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
From 27/04/2018 until 05/05/2018
All day event
Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Apr2018
An Evening with Sabine Baring-Gould and Thomas Hardy
An Evening with Sabine Baring-Gould and Thomas Hardy
On 05/05/2018
Starts 19:00
An Evening with Sabine Baring-Gould and Thomas Hardy
May2018
The Face At The Casement
The Face At The Casement
On 06/05/2018
Starts 12:30
?Readings and Poems to be recited outside St. Clether Vicarage, the 17thC cottage which was home to William Sergant, Hardy's love rival for Emma Gifford.
May2018
Songs For Libby Memorial Concert
Songs For Libby Memorial Concert
On 12/05/2018
Starts 19:00
?An evening of traditional unaccompanied folksongs, selected as a tribute to Elizabeth Goodchild; ?special friend and avid supporter of the Arts, sorely missed by her legacy lives on!
May2018
2018 Birthday Weekend
2018 Birthday Weekend
On 02/06/2018
Starts 10:30
The 2018 Birthday Weekend will begin on Saturday 2nd June (168 years after Hardy was born).
Jun2018
A Day Trip to Cornwall
A Day Trip to Cornwall
On 15/07/2018
Starts 09:00
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 publication of A Pair of Blue Eyes.
Jul2018
Thomas Hardy Country Fair
Thomas Hardy Country Fair
On 15/07/2018
Starts 12:00
Thomas Hardy Country Fair at Kingston Maurward from 12 noon onwards on Sunday 15th July 2018
Jul2018
The 'Casterbridge' Walk
The 'Casterbridge' Walk
On 16/07/2018
Starts 09:00
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 'Casterbridge' sites
Jul2018
A Portrait of Tess/Mr Hardy's War
A Portrait of Tess/Mr Hardy's War
On 16/07/2018
Starts 19:30
The portrait is of Agatha Cox 'Her on whom I thought when I wrote Tess'. She married Hamo Thorneycroft, the sculptor, in 1884 and thus became the aunt of Sigfried Sassoon.
Jul2018
The Fiddler of the Reels
The Fiddler of the Reels
On 17/07/2018
Starts 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 Car'line Aspent:
Jul2018
Thomas Hardy's Reredos
Thomas Hardy's Reredos
On 18/07/2018
Starts 09:00
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
Jul2018
Exploring Egdon Heath
Exploring Egdon Heath
On 18/07/2018
Starts 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
Jul2018
Far From the Madding Crowd
Far From the Madding Crowd
On 19/07/2018
Starts 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 Clarke
Jul2018
The Old Neighbour and the New
The Old Neighbour and the New
On 19/07/2018
Starts 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 across the fields to Winterborne Came Church
Jul2018
Lock 'em up!
Lock 'em up!
On 19/07/2018
Starts 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 and 1919
Jul2018
The Glass Aisle
The Glass Aisle
On 19/07/2018
Starts 19:30
Poet/Singer/Songwriter BBC Presenter Paul Henry will read from his acclaimed collections 'The Brittle Sea' and 'A Boy Running'
Jul2018
A walk around Jude's 'Shaftesbury'
A walk around Jude's 'Shaftesbury'
On 20/07/2018
Starts 13:30
What have a stonemason from Fawley, 4 obscure teachers, 2 Shastonians (one fictional), 3 Kings, a Saxon Nunnery, 27 pubs
Jul2018
The Strange House
The Strange House
On 20/07/2018
Starts 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
Jul2018
Mrs Yeobrights Last Walk
Mrs Yeobrights Last Walk
On 01/09/2018
Starts 10:30 until 17:00
To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the publication of The Return of the Native.
Sep2018
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