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Our guide to what’s on at the weekend

At last year's Durrow's Scarcrow festival

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This weekend sees the Durrow Scarecrow festival celebrate its ninth year with a wonderful 9 day festival. While Durrow should be on everyone’s list to visit over the festival there is also lots of other great things to do across the rest of the county. Some hard choices will have to be made as Laois is truly spoilt for things to do this weekend.

THURSDAY JULY 26

Laois Walks Festival
Laois Walks Festival is entering its final week so make sure you catch one of the walks before the end of the month. Thursday evening’s walk is a guided 10K Grade B walk of Wolfhill. Meet at the church car park at 7.30. All walks are €2 each or get a festival ticket covering all 27 walks for €25. For more information see here.

FRIDAY JULY 27

Beezneez Theatre Group presents Callaghan’s Place
Beezneez return to the Dunamaise Arts Theatre with what many consider to be John McDwyer’s finest play, full of outrageous humour and terrible tragic sadness. This high quality production is not to be missed. Tickets are still on sale at €17 for adult / €15 concession. The play starts at 8pm. For booking see here.

Table Quiz in aid of Portlaoise Resource Centre – This event has been cancelled
Kavanagh’s Bar Portlaoise hosts a charity table quiz in aid of Portlaoise Resource Centre. A great evening is guaranteed so brush up on your general knowledge and round up your team. All proceeds go to this great cause. A table of 4 is €40 and kicks off at 8pm.

SATURDAY JULY 28

Stop-Motion Filmmaking Workshop
Running as part of the Summer Saturday’s programme run by the Dunamaise Arts Centre, this week looks at stop motion filming making. It’s ideal for any budding movie makers!. Make an awesome set, write a great short story, fine tune your animation skills and then film the results! Bring along your favourite mini figure to be one of the stars! Suitable for ages 9+. For more information visit here or phone 057 866 3355.

Laois Walks Festival
Today’s walk is a guided 8k Grade B walk of Ballykilcavan Stradbally. Meet at the farm entrance at 2.30. All walks are €2 each or get a festival ticket covering all 27 walks for €25. For more information see here.

Something To Do Tour For Kids – Slieve Blooms
Looking to get the kids out and about over the summer holidays, need ideas to keep them entertained? Experiencing Laois has the solution. Their something to do days out gets the kids outdoors in an engaging way. Join Trudy and Mick Dowling at Glen Monicknew, Slieve Blooms at 3pm. The tour includes face painting and picnic followed by enchanting storytelling about Fionn Mac Cumhaill & his life in the Slieve Blooms . This will be followed by a short guided walk around Glen Monicknew. (‘The Cut’). Costs €10 per child. For more information call 087 7923367 or see here.

Vinyl Party –Heritage House Abbeyleix
Love listening to Vinyl? Love Wine? Then this is an event for you. Heritage House is hosting a fabulous Winyl party (Vinyl and Wine) on Saturday July 28 from 8pm. You bring your favourite vinyl’s and your wine (or whatever your preferred tipple is!). Then dance the night away to your favourite vinyl spun by their star DJ. A fun and eclectic evening of music awaits. €10 entry fee and finger food will be served. For more information contact Heritage House on 057-8731653.

SUNDAY JULY 29

Durrow Scarecrow Festival
Sunday marks the opening of the ninth Durrow Scarecrow festival and a jam packed calendar of events is planned for the next nine days. On Sunday visit the scarecrow village, take part in a fairy door workshop, visit the food and art fair. Enjoy live music, family fun and even take part in a scarecrow making workshop. A walk around the town is a must to fascinate in the creativeness that’s put into the entries. The full programme for the following 9 days can be found here.

Laois Walks Festival
Today’s walk is a guided 10k Grade A walk Rickets Rocks Clonsalee. Meet at the Heritage Centre at 2.30pm. All walks are €2 each or get a festival ticket covering all 27 walks for €25. For more information visit here.

Ard Eireann Walk
The Slieve Bloom Association is organising a walk to Ard Éireann. The views at 1,700 foot are stunning with sights across many different counties visible! The group will meet on Sunday at The Poet’s Cottage Camross at 2.00pm. This is a guided tour by local historian Mick Dowling. Refreshments served afterwards in the Poets Cottage. This is a free event and a great way to find out more about this amazing part of the country.

Camross Family Fun Day
Camross Vintage & Camross Parish Development Association Clubs are co hosting a Mega Family Fun Day to fundraise for the Sports/ Recreation Development in the village. A Tractor Run, Vintage event, Heifer raffle, Sports, Competitions, Vintage stall, Special Guests and Much More. Vintage run begins at 12pm and the fun day at 2pm in the parish field, Adults €5 and kids go free.

If you would like to have something included in our What’s On Guide email us on info@laoistoday.ie or call 057 8670722

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Siún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.