The New Hardy Players bring the stories of Thomas Hardy to life through evocative dramatisations of his work


Coming Soon

This biennial event, Going the Rounds, begins in Thorncombe Woods. 

In collaboration with the Hardy Society  entails a walk through Kingston Maurward and Lower Bockhampton, ending at Stinsford Church.  Walkers will be accompanied by members of the New Hardy Players, re-enacting scenes from Under the Greenwood Tree. Leader: Tim Laycock.

Tickets: £8 members; £10 non-members.  Numbers are limited so tickets need to be booked in advance from


For full details of upcoming events please click here


About Us

The New Hardy Players formed in 2005, at the request of Norrie Woodhall on her 100th birthday, to celebrate the work of Dorset’s world famous and much loved author and poet Thomas Hardy.

We’re a friendly group and we’re always happy to welcome new people, so if you think you might like to get involved, either backstage or treading the boards, please get in touch. You can find more details here.

Over they years,the New Hardy Players have raised money for the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, for Julia’s House, and for other local charities including Heroes Haven and Blind Veterans. We also helped the Dorset County Museum to bring unique Hardy manuscripts back home to Dorset.

Contact Us

For general information about the New Hardy Players:

Andy Worth – Chairman  Tel: 07787 123927


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We look forward to hearing from you!



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