The National Trust now owns the house and organises special events here, including Tea with Mr Hardy on 18 June (free with regular admission), which will feature readings from the author's works by the Hardy Players.
Another highlight will be several open-air performances of Return of the Native from 9-18 July (£12).
You can also bed down in the Hix Townhouse (01297 442499; uk), an eight-bedroom boutique hotel just a short stroll away, which has doubles from £120 including breakfast.
Alternatively, book it out as a group for a Hook and Catch break which includes a day's fishing out at sea and a three-course dinner at Hix Oyster & Fish House that uses the fish you've caught.
At the Dorset County Museum (01305 262 735; dorsetcountymuseum.org; £6.35) you can see a reconstruction of Hardy's study and, until 8 June, an exhibition of Madding Crowd film costumes.
Shingle all the way Geological showstopper the Jurassic Coast (jurassiccoast.org) stretches 95 miles from Exmouth in Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset, and was the UK's first Unesco World Heritage Site.
Of course, Dorset has far more to offer than sights based on works of fiction.
Sprawling across an area of 946 square miles, it's cradled by Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire, with the English Channel to the south.Throughout the whole month, many of the town's cafés, pubs, bars and hotels will be offering special menus, deals and events, while on 9-10 May there will be food stalls and cooking demonstrations by Levi Roots among others.And from 11-12 July, the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival (dorset uk) takes place in Weymouth's historic harbour.There is also a downloadable Broadchurch Trail leaflet (bit.ly/Broadchurch Trail), which will direct you to filming locations around the county's spectacular coastline – in particular West Bay, with its soaring cliffs.In February, when Series 2 aired, Parkdean Holidays (03; parkdeanholidays uk) experienced a 45 per cent rise in bookings for its West Bay Holiday Park in Bridport, which features in the programme – the "Broadchurch effect" in action.They also specialise in crab – served with a hammer and a bib.