Corfe Castle from the South seen through dawn mist. This is one of Britain's most magnificent ruins and can be seen here with a graveyard in the foreground.

Corfe Castle from the South seen through dawn mist. This is one of Britain’s most magnificent ruins and can be seen here with a graveyard in the foreground. ©National Trust Images/Matthew Antrobus

Changes to Car Parking at National Trust Sites

As you will have seen in the 2017 National Trust Handbook (under the car sticker), new ticket machines are being installed in car parks this year.

Members should scan their membership card and will be issued with a free parking ticket to be placed on their car dashboard. There will be staff at car parks this year to assist members.

Scanning your membership card will enable the property or countryside area to claim funding from National Trust central funds, based on the number of people visiting the site, which will be used to maintain and improve local facilities.

This will be the last year that National Trust parking stickers will be provided but parking will remain free for National Trust members.

We have been told by NT West Dorset Office that they will be replacing all Life member cards with a new scannable version through 2017. As soon as the Life member receives this, they will be able to scan for their free parking ticket. Until then, the 2017 car sticker remains valid.


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Montacute House

Take a Tour of the Exterior of the House

Discover why the “front” is the “back” and the “back” is the “front” and why Montacute is made up of two houses on an Elizabethan Welcome Tour, Saturdays and Sundays at 11.30 am and 1.30 pm. Please telephone Montacute House on 01935 823289 to confirm availability.

Hardy’s Cottage

Wessex Cookbook

Every Friday in April and May, 11 am until 4 pm.
Come and experience the sights, smells and tastes of Hardy’s beloved Wessex as the team prepare various recipes from Victorian Dorset.

Portland House Open Days – 2017

Spring Opening

Portland House, Belle Vue Road, Weymouth DT4 8RZ
Perching on the hillside overlooking Portland Harbour, Portland House is a stunning reminder of a glamorous bygone age. For three days only this Spring, visitors are invited to walk up the palm-lined path and explore the house with its original Art Deco features. Booking is not required and entrance is free to NT members – remember to take your NT membership card. Please note there are steps both inside and outside the House and some uneven paths within the garden.

View from Portland House

View from Portland House – Photo by Brian Tait

Portland House - The Terace

Portland House – The Terace. Photo by Brian Tait








In Spring 2017 this beautiful Art Deco villa will be open to the public on the afternoon of Friday 5th May (2 pm – 5 pm), Saturday 6th May (from 11 am – 5 pm) and Sunday 7th May (from 11 am – 4 pm).

Max Gate

“Tea with Mr Hardy and T E Lawrence”

Thursday 18 May 4 pm – 5 pm.
Mr & Mrs Hardy invite you to tea in their garden with special guest, T E Lawrence. This is part of the National Trust’s “From Desert to Dorset” – two weeks of talks and displays exploring the life of T E Lawrence from “Lawrence of Arabia” to T E Shaw – 6 until 21 May.


Please note:

National Trust South Dorset Association has withdrawn its requirement that applicants for membership be National Trust members or volunteers.  

Anyone who supports the aims of the National Trust may now apply for association membership.

Membership News:

Please remNT Logoember that subscriptions fall due on 1st September.

Please send your cheques payable to NT South Dorset Association (£4.00 single/£7.00 family membership) to the Membership Secretary

Please email:  for contact details

Why not make a saving by paying by Standing Order — £3.00 and £5.00          respectively

We need your help!

We urgently need volunteers to join the Committee, both to act as Membership Secretary and to book halls for talks. Without new volunteers we will not have enough people to continue running the Association! Plenty of assistance will be available.

If you are willing to help, please  email:

Thank you

Hardy’s Monument opening & volunteering opportunities

This is now open on a regular basis (weather permitting). NT have installed new signage and are restoring the land using higher level stewardship funding from Natural England and are working with partners DCC and AONB on a wider landscape project. They are introducing grazing and improving the wildlife. An NT member of staff will be present, together with a small refreshment facility. Volunteers are sought to meet and greet visitors, take money and inform people of what is special there. Rangers are also looking for volunteer assistants to improve the surrounding landscape.

For volunteering details please contact Helen Mann, General Manager West & North Dorset (Tel: 01297 489481)

Can we have your e-mail address, please?

From time to time the committee obtains details of Trust events which will be of interest to all members. We can only pass on this information to you quickly by email.

If you are willing for us to contact you in this way please send your e-mail address to

We will not pass on your address to any other organisation.

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