The first bits of festival fun and activities

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The annual DH Lawrence Festival is once again upon us offering a packed programme of activities and events throughout September.

The festival, which celebrates the life and works of the Eastwod-born writer, will offer exhibitions, family workshops, film screenings, guided walks, bus tours, lectures, reading groups and a heritage open weekend.

Hosted by the Lawrence Heritage Centre in Mansfield Road, the fun kicks off on September 6 and for the first time, will be supported by a distinguished list of well-known patrons including actor, Robert Lindsay, screenwriter William Ivory, radio and tv presenter John Holmes, Ashfield and Eastwood MP Gloria de Piero and director and producer, professor Christopher Miles.

Highlights of this year’s programme will include an exhibition of rare and controversial paintings by DH Lawrence, a premiere of BBC Four’s adaptation of Lawrence’s Women in Love novel and the opportunity to meet Queen Victoria at a party with games and crafts.

A wealth of historic buildings will open their doors to celebrate the heritage in Lawrence’s hometown, as part of the national Heritage Open Weekend. Venues include a fully restored Victorian cottage and the grand opening of Annesley Old Church.

DH Lawrence Heritage, which includes Durban House in Mansfield Road and the DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum in Victoria Street is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm.

For more information about the festival and for a programme, call the heritage centre on 01773 717 353, or download a copy at www.dhlawrenceheritage.org/dhlfestival.